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Races: 114
Podiums: 8
Career Points: 71

1973United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Surtees TS9B
1974United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees 11 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Surtees TS16 
1974United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren 73 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 McLaren M23 
1975United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren McLaren 53 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 McLaren M23 
1976United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren McLaren 74 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 McLaren M23
McLaren M26 
1977United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren McLaren 60 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 McLaren M26
McLaren M23 
1978Germany ATS Racing Team ATS   Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 HS1
1979United Kingdom Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 A1B
1980United Kingdom Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows 11 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Arrows A3 
1982United Kingdom Rothmans March Grand Prix Team March   Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 3/1/821 

Jochen Mass: The Mass-ter Breakthrough

By Jeremy McMullen
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Munich, Germany is one of the world's most striking cities, as well as one of the leading academic cities in the world hosting numerous, and famous, universities within its limits. It would be amidst this backdrop that a future professor of motor racing, Jochen Richard Mass, would be born. Demonstrating well-rounded skills, he would quickly become a respected academic of the driving world. But as with many studying in Munich's universities, Mass would spend himself in search of those breakthroughs that would come to define his career.

Munich serves as the home of Bavarian Motor Works, or BMW. Amidst this automotive background in 1946, during the very early stages of the city's reconstruction after the war, Jochen Mass would come into the world.

In spite of the obvious destruction all throughout Munich and the rest of Germany, Jochen has earned a reputation for always seeing the world through half-full eyes. This friendly disposition would remain with him throughout the whole of his racing career and would endear him to many teams and fans throughout the years. Fittingly, this disposition would enable him to become a professor of the whole of the motor racing spectrum. His vast experience and talent would certainly make him an authority on the subject. From European touring cars to Formula 2 to Formula One and the World Sportscar Championship, Mass' career would be a highlight reel for most.

In many respects, his career would be something of a hold-over from the past when drivers drove in many different disciplines and were judged for their ability to be successful behind the wheel of many different types of cars. But prior to his career in motorsports, Jochen would move to Mannheim and then would spend a period of three years on the water serving as a merchant marine. Once back on land, he would turn his attentions to land cruising and would become an apprentice in an Alfa Romeo dealership in Mannheim.

Using his Alfa Romeo connection, he would start his career using an older Giulia entering sprints and hillclimbs in the late 1960s. He was little more than 20 years of age at the time, but he would be successful right from the start. This start would eventually lead to a career behind the wheel of a Ford Capri and Ford Escort in the European Touring Car Championship. Not only would he win the championship in 1972, but he would also take the victory in the Spa 24 Hour race along with co-driver Hans-Joachim Stuck. Victories in the Tourist Trophy and Jarama 4 Hours would help to seal the championship.This success would lead Mass to drive in Formula 2 the following year. Jochen's first Formula 2 event, the Radio Luxembourg Formula 2 Trophy race at Mallory Park, would not have a fairytale start. In the two heat race, Mass' effort would last just 14 laps before oil pressure caused his day to come to an early end. Another that would find the road rough-going would be a future teammate, James Hunt.

Mass would start his next Formula 2 event from pole but would suffer a similar fate as that which befell him at Mallory Park. It would be disappointing given the race took place on home soil at the Hockenheimring.

Trouble continued to follow Mass, but then, at the Swedish Gold Cup race at Gotene, Sweden in late May of 1973, Mass would not only start from the pole, he would go on to set the fastest lap of the race and would eventually go on to take the victory by around 30 seconds from Patrick Depailler. This would prove to be a turning point in Mass' open-wheel career as he would follow the victory up with a 2nd place result at Nivelles and then took victory at Hockenheim in June of that year. Driving for Team Surtees FINA, Mass would continue to achieve strong results and remained in a close battle with Jean-Pierre Jarier for the title. A victory for Jarier at Estoril in late-October would ensure the Frenchman won the title over Mass.
19823/1/821Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1980Arrows A3Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1979A2Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1979A1BFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1978D1Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1978HS1Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1977McLaren M23Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1977McLaren M26Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1976McLaren M26Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1976McLaren M23Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1975McLaren M23Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1974McLaren M23Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1974Surtees TS16Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1973TS9AFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1973TS14AFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1973Surtees TS9BFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8

In spite of losing out on the title, the fact he battled for it right up through the end of what was his first season in Formula 2 signaled to Surtees that this German was ready to make the jump to the pinnacle level of motorsport. Therefore, toward the end of the 1973 season Surtees would make one of its Cosworth-powered TS14A chassis available for Mass.

The debut for Mass would come at the British Grand Prix on the 14th of July at Silverstone. He would start the race from 14th on the grid. Unfortunately, an accident would bring about his early exit from the race. Nevertheless, on home soil in the German Grand Prix, less than a month later, he would come through to finish the race in 7th place. He would, in just his second Formula One race, barely miss out on a points-paying result.

In addition to his success in Formula 2 and his debut in Formula One, Mass would continue to take part in the Touring Car Championship driving a Ford Capri. He would lead up to his 7th place result in the German Grand Prix with a 2nd place finish in the Spa 24 Hours and the RAC Tourist Trophy.Mass' career was just getting started. Unfortunately, the 1974 Formula One campaign would be a difficult one. Able to finish just two races out of ten starts for Team Surtees would prompt Jochen to move to Yardley McLaren at the end of the season. This would yield two finishes in a row, including a 7th place result in the United States Grand Prix matching his career best in Formula One.

The move to McLaren would prove to be a fruitful one as he would stand on the podium for the first time at the 1975 Brazilian Grand Prix. This would be followed by another points-paying result in the South African Grand Prix.

While he was just getting established within Formula One, he would continue to take part in touring cars and endurance sportscars driving for the Gelo Racing Team in a Mirage GR7. In spite of starting a number of races from the front of the grid, making it to the end would prove the greater challenge. Nonetheless, Mass was proving his talents as a multi-faceted driver. He would end up proving more than that in the end of April in 1975.

Yardley would be gone from McLaren. The team was now known as Marlboro Team Texaco. This would prove to be a changing point for Mass and McLaren. A teammate to Emerson Fittipaldi, Jochen was quickly proving himself. Then, at the Spanish Grand Prix, held at the serpentine Montjuic Park Circuit, Mass would find himself starting the race from a difficult 11th place on the grid. However, with the help of attrition and his own efforts to climb up through the field he would find himself locked in a battle with Jacky Ickx for the lead. On the 29th lap, Mass would go into the lead. Just before then, Rolf Stommelen would lose a wing and would end up crashing hard into the barriers. He would then end up being slingshot into the crowd killing more than a couple of people. The race would finally be stopped and only half points awarded. This ‘half' a grand prix would be a tragic first victory for Mass and would seemingly mark his Formula One career from then on.

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Following the victory in Spain, two more visits to the podium would be in store for Mass. He would end the season 8th in the championship standings but seemed to have a bright future ahead of him in Formula One.

The next season, Fittipaldi would be gone from McLaren. His place in the team would be replaced by the rapid James Hunt. Hunt's career, to that point in time, had been marked by great speed but numerous little mistakes that cost him great opportunities. The early part of the '76 season would be similar. He would earn a 2nd place in South Africa, and then a victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But, the early part of that year would be marked with four retirements. The last half of the season would be a stark contrast and it would be very tough on Mass.

Hunt would go on to win the World Championship in his first season with McLaren. This understandably put a bit more emphasis on Hunt's needs than Jochen's. To combat this, the German needed to compete, and beat, his teammate. Unfortunately, he would find it more and more difficult to keep pace with the Englishman, and this would bring about his disillusionment with McLaren and would cause this talent of the future seem as something of the past just as quickly.

Germany Drivers  F1 Drivers From Germany 
Kurt Adolff
Kurt Karl-Heinrich Ahrens, Jr.
Michael Bartels
Edgar Barth
Erwin Bauer
Karl-Günther Bechem
Stefan Bellof
Adolf Brudes
Christian Danner
Ludwig Fischer
Theodor Fitzau
Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Timo Glock
Helm Glöckler
Dora Greifzu
Hubert Hahne
Willi Heeks
Nick Lars Heidfeld
Theo Helfrich
Hans Herrmann
Hans Heyer
Nicolas 'Nico' Hulkenberg
Oswald Karch
Willi Kauhsen
Hans Klenk
Karl Kling
Ernst Klodwig
Willi Krakau
Rudolf Krause
Kurt Kuhnke
Hermann Lang
Ernst Loof
Andre Lotterer
Jochen Richard Mass
Harry Erich Merkel
Gerhard Karl Mitter
Hans Müller-Perschl
Helmut Niedermayr
Josef Peters
Paul Pietsch
Fritz Riess
Nico Erik Rosberg
Bernd Schneider
Rudolf Schoeller
Michael Schumacher
Ralf Schumacher
Wolfgang Seidel
Günther Seiffert
Rolf Johann Stommelen
Hans Stuck
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Adrian Sutil
Anton 'Toni' Ulmen
Sebastian Vettel
Wolfgang von Trips
Pascal Wehrlein
Volker Weidler
Hans Wiedmer
Manfred Winkelhock
Markus Winkelhock
Though just 31 years of age, Mass would leave the McLaren team after the 1977 season. His final highlight with the team, and really Formula One, would come with a 3rd place finish in the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport in October of that year.

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Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
2008 L. Hamilton
2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
2012 S. Vettel
2013 S. Vettel
2014 L. Hamilton
2015 L. Hamilton
2016 N. Rosberg
2017 L. Hamilton
2018 L. Hamilton
2019 L. Hamilton

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