Jochen Mass

Full Name:
Hans-Joachim Richard Mass
Born:
30th September 1946 (Age 71)
Dorfen, Bavaria
Nationality:
German
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Although his Formula 1 career was ultimately disappointing, Jochen Mass is one of the greatest sports car drivers of the Group C era – half of a formidable partnership with Jacky Ickx.

Touring car success, single-seater progress, and Formula 1 debut

A former merchant seaman, Mass began competing in hillclimbs with an Alfa Romeo Giulia during 1968. His promise was recognised by the Ford Cologne team and he raced its mighty Capris from 1971. He won the Spa 24 Hours and European Touring Car Championship in his second full season with the team.

That 1972 season also brought his Formula 2 debut with his works March 722-Ford winning the non-championship Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring. Although Mass remained part of Ford’s ETCC plans, single-seater progress was paramount to his ambitions and he finished as runner-up in the 1973 European F2 Championship with a works Surtees TS15-Ford. John Surtees also handed Mass his GP debut that year – seventh in Germany the best of three starts in a Ford DFV-powered TS14A.

Formula 1 regular with Surtees and McLaren

A full-time member of the F1 Surtees line-up for 1974, he finished second in the non-championship International Trophy at Silverstone. However, poor reliability hampered his campaign and he quit the team after his engine failed having running fourth in the German GP. There was some talk of joining the new Penske concern but he returned in the third Yardley-sponsored McLaren M23-Ford for the final two races of the year when replacing David Hobbs.

He did well enough to be retained as Emerson Fittipaldi’s team-mate for 1975 in what was now a two-car Marlboro-backed line-up. Initial results were promising – third in Brazil was followed by further points scores that included victory in the tragic Spanish GP.

That race in Barcelona’s Montjuich Park was stopped after 29 laps when Rolf Stommelen crashed over the fence with four killed. Mass’s McLaren M23-Ford was declared the winner with half points awarded. He scored another two third place finishes that season (in France and the United States) to clinch seventh in the world championship.

James Hunt replaced Fittipaldi for 1976 and Mass struggled to match the Englishman in their two seasons together. He scored another four podium finishes during that time with second in the 1977 Swedish GP his best result. Increasingly, it was outside F1 that Mass was enjoying success. He started his successful sports car partnership with Ickx and Porsche in 1976 and won a couple of F2 races a year later when a guest in a March 772P-BMW.

His F1 career was now in terminal decline. A disastrous 1978 with ATS ended when he broke his leg testing at Silverstone. Two seasons with Arrows included a fine fourth place at Monaco and second in the non-championship Spanish GP during 1980.

Tragedy as his Formula 1 career fades

He concentrated on sports cars in 1981 but returned to F1 with RAM Racing’s March 821-Ford the following season. Mass was an unwitting factor in Gilles Villeneuve’s fatal accident during practice for the 1982 Belgian GP at Zolder. His own F1 career ended after crashing over the fence at Paul Ricard later that summer. The car landed in a spectator area, upside down and on fire. Mass escaped with nothing more than a burn to his shoulder and no-one was seriously hurt.

Le Mans success caps his sports car career

All the while, he had continued to enjoy sports car success and he quit F1 to concentrate on this discipline. He moved from Porsche to Sauber Mercedes-Benz in 1988 and finally won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the only time a year later. He continued with the works Mercedes outfit until 1991 when he semi-retired from the sport.

Jochen Mass remains a regular visitor to the circuits, working in television and involved with the Anciens Pilotes organisation.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1991 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
MS Racing
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1991 World Sportscar Championship
Team Sauber Mercedes
8 0 2 0 7th 45
1990 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Team Sauber Mercedes
8 (1) 0 7 2 3rd 48
1989 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Team Sauber Mercedes
7 1 6 4 2nd 107
1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Team Sauber Mercedes
9 (1) 5 7 4 5th 180
1987 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Bayside Motorsports
4 0 4 4 0
1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Brun Motorsport
Rothmans Porsche
9 1 3 0 8th 58
1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Rothmans Porsche
5 1 0 0 42nd 10
1985 Deutsche Rennsportmeisterschaft 1st -
1985 World Endurance Championship
Rothmans Porsche
10 2 5 3 3rd 101
1984 World Endurance Championship
Rothmans Porsche
Joest Racing
9 0 8 2 2nd 127 (131)
1983 World Endurance Championship
Rothmans Porsche
7 1 5 2 3rd 82
1982 World Endurance Championship
Rothmans Porsche
3 1 3 2 7th 55
1982 F1 World Championship
Rothmans March Grand Prix
9 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1981 World Endurance Championship
Joest Racing
Porsche System Engineering
5 1 1 0 89th 26.5
1980 F1 World Championship
Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team
11 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
17th 4
1980 World Championship of Makes 1 0 0 0 0
1979 BMW M1 Procar
Team Krebs
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
22nd 4
1979 F1 World Championship
Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team
13 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 3
1979 World Championship of Makes
Porsche System Engineering
1 1 0 0 1
1978 World Championship of Makes
Porsche System Engineering
1 1 1 1 20
1978 F1 World Championship
ATS Racing Team
10 (3) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1978 European F2 Championship
Chevron Cars
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1977 F1 World Championship
Marlboro Team McLaren
17 0 2 0
0% win rate
6th 25
1977 World Championship of Makes
Martini Racing (Porsche)
6 6 3 3 60
1977 European F2 Championship
March Engineering
2 1 2 2
100% win rate
0
1976 World Championship of Makes
Martini Racing (Porsche)
5 4 4 3 73
1976 F1 World Championship
Marlboro Team McLaren
16 0 2 0
0% win rate
9th 19
1976 European F2 Championship
Willi Kauhsen Racing Team
Fred Opert Racing
Project 4 Racing
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1976 World Championship of Sportscars
Martini Racing (Porsche)
5 1 5 5 100
1975 World Championship of Makes
Georg Loos
Willi Kauhsen Racing Team
4 2 1 1 26
1975 F1 World Championship
Marlboro Team Texaco
14 0 4 1
8% win rate
7th 20
1974 World Championship of Makes
Ford Motor Company
1 0 0 0 8
1974 F1 World Championship
Bang & Olufsen Team Surtees
Team Surtees
Yardley Team McLaren
12 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1973 F1 World Championship
Team Surtees
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1973 European F2 Championship
Team Surtees
13 2 6 2
16% win rate
2nd 42
1972 European Touring Car Championship 1st -
1972 European F2 Trophy
March Engineering
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
28th 1
1972 World Championship of Makes
Ford Motorenwerke
1 0 0 0 0
1972 John Player British F2 Championship
March Engineering
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0