What is the most successful Formula 1 car of all time? There are many candidates, including the McLaren-Honda MP4/4 which won 15 out of 16 rounds of the 1988 championship, and the Maserati 250F whose career spanned the entire 2.5-litre formula from 1954-1960. And what about Mercedes-Benz’s W07, which took a staggering 19 wins out of a possible 21 in the 2016 season?
But I’d like to make the case today for the Lotus 72, not just because this year is it’s 50th birthday, but because when you combine success and longevity I think it’s probably still top of the tree. Factor in innovation and beauty and to me at least, it is unrivalled.