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Swiss
18 August 1934 (84)
Clemente Biondetti (18 August 1898)
John Rhodes (18 August 1927)

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11th (1961 French Grand Prix)
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1961 Monaco Grand Prix
1961 Italian Grand Prix

about Michael May

Michael May (born 18 August 1934 in Stuttgart, Germany) is a former racing driver from Switzerland. He participated in three Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 14 May 1961. He scored no championship points.

After a crash during practice for the 1961 German Grand Prix, May concentrated on engineering, helping to develop a fuel injection system for Porsche and Ferrari.

May is generally credited with introducing the first manipulated elevated wing onto a racing car - a Porsche 550 - to produce downforce (or down thrust) for enhanced braking and cornering speeds to reduce lap times.

He also worked in designing high-compression engines, improving fuel economy among other things. The most notable example was his reworked 'Fireball' head for the 'high-efficiency' high-compression Jaguar V-12 HE engine.


source: Wikipedia

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1961,

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wins

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teams & teammates

season teammate
1961 Jim Clark
Innes Ireland
Stirling Moss
Cliff Allison
Henry Taylor
Trevor Taylor
Ian Burgess
Lucien Bianchi
Willy Mairesse
Wolfgang Seidel
Tony Marsh
Juan Manuel Bordeu
Tony Maggs
Tim Parnell
Gerry Ashmore
Masten Gregory
Ernesto Prinoth
Jim Hall
Olivier Gendebien
Peter Ryan
Lloyd Ruby
Ken Miles
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