1962 Monaco Grand Prix: McLaren Carries the Cooper Flag back to the Top
By: Jeremy McMullen
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| By the beginning of the 1962 Formula One season Jack Brabham had left Cooper to form his own racing team. It seemed the glories days of the double World Championship were well and truly behind them. However, left in Brabham's stead would be a man very akin to the Australian in so many ways. And in Bruce McLaren, Cooper had a driver and competitor more than apt to help carry the team forward into the future.
The first race of the 1962 season, the Grand Prix of the Netherlands, certainly didn't give much of an indication that Cooper was ready to reassume its place at the top. Bruce McLaren would find himself on a team that would boast of Tony Maggs and Jackie Lewis as his two teammates in the first race of the season.
While McLaren would start the race from 5th place on the grid, his other two teammates would find themselves starting from the wrong end of the field with a lot of ground to cover. But though Maggs and Lewis struggled in qualifying, Cooper still had McLaren to carry the team forward, or so they thought.
McLaren's first race of the season would last a mere 21 laps before gearbox troubles would bring it all to an end. Cooper would be forced to rely on the other two drivers. Maggs would perform well coming from 15th to finish the race 5th, some two laps down. Lewis, however, would finish 10 laps behind in 8th.
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