Colin Chapman, the Lotus boss, has been cooperative—to a certain extent. He has helped to alter my car, making it smoother with better penetration. These changes have lessened drag and so increased the speed. But the car remains a compromise nevertheless. Obviously Colin Chapman's ideal is to help me finish just behind—but not in front of—his own drivers. I am not able to drive a 1961 Cooper either.
In a team that is run in the accepted fashion there is always a No. 1 man. If he is doing well in a race, the others are sometimes held back. But to me motor racing is more than this: it is the entertainment of literally millions of people. If I can push the others and by hard driving break up this pattern, it makes for better racing. Not only do the spectators enjoy it more, but the cars themselves are more severely tested; thus they are improved, and eventually the results will improve the mass-produced car. At the Dutch Grand Prix this year, for example, 15 cars started and 15 finished, without one stop at the pits. It was something unique in the history of automobile racing, and it marked a magnificent advancement in the constant striving for mechanical perfection.
Today all the British cars are underpowered in comparison to the Ferrari. The formula change which took effect in Grand Prix racing this year limits engine size to a maximum cubic capacity of one and a half liters. So British cars have had to make do with a modification of the old Formula II engine; this produces about 150 bhp, compared to around 190 bhp produced by the Ferrari's power plant. On the high-speed circuits, such as Spa, Rheims and Monza, we British haven't much chance. In the Monaco Grand Prix I was able to squeeze in ahead of the pack only because of a circuit that twisted all over the place and put less of a premium on power.
However, the English fire-pump manufacturers, Coventry Climax, are now producing a more powerful 1�-liter engine. Fortunately for all of us, including myself, Coventry Climax does not have a factory team, nor is the company tied to an oil concern. As soon as a few of their new engines are available, I hope to be among those to get one. Jack Brabham, last year's world champion, will probably be the first, because of the close relationship between Coventry Climax and Cooper, for whom Jack drives. If the new engine can produce 175 to 180 bhp, I think the British will be able to give the Ferraris a good run for their money. But I still will be at a distinct disadvantage in relation to the drivers in 1961 cars. Companies like Lotus and Cooper never stand still.
So I can see no prospect, short of a miracle, of winning as an independent driver. But I wouldn't like to change, not yet anyway. Of course, I would like to win the world championship, but if I did, I might have to retire, and I don't like the idea of that. So really I am quite happy; I just have to drive a bit harder to keep up.