“Huge revs and 500bhp and more – I was convinced,” says Jackie Stewart, BRM’s boy wonder of 1965.
“But I was naïve.”
Be careful what you wish for.
Surtees was disappointed to discover that his ‘brand new’ engine was a shrunken – internally at least – version of the ‘sportscar’ V12 that could be traced to Ferrari’s roots.
He didn’t want to drive it at Monaco. “Rowed like hell” to put it on the front row. Told the team it wouldn’t go the distance. And led the early laps before retiring because of transmission failure.
Stewart won that day in a 2-litre BRM, and Ferrari’s Lorenzo Bandini, driving the 2.4-litre V6 denied Surtees by meddling team bosses, set fastest lap and finished second.
Less than half of the 16 that started this world championship-opener in May were full 3-litres – and not one of those got within 20 laps of the full distance.