THE STORY OF THE DECADE
Jack Brabham winning the 1970 South African Grand Prix opens a decade of tumultuous change. Bernie Ecclestone begins the decade as a team owner but quickly builds influence and control, recognising both the power of the teams within a sport that’s nothing without them and the immense wealth television can pump into F1 and his own wallet. The cars begin the decade wearing crude wings, end it as low-flying aircraft. Turbocharging will win races before the decade’s out – a taster of the insane power to come. And myriad narratives make the ’70s unforgettable: Ferrari’s renaissance, Hunt versus Lauda, the emergence of Williams and McLaren as powerhouses, and Sid Watkins’ tireless work to rid the carnival of carnage.