More than just a milestone win for Fittipaldi and Lotus

Just a month after Lotus endured the tragic loss of Jochen Rindt at Monza, Team Lotus' spirits were lifted on this day in 1970 by Emerson Fittipaldi's maiden F1 win in the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.

The remarkable triumph was a significant event, not only for the young 23-year-old Brazilian, but also for Colin Chapman's team as the win ensured that Rindt could not be overtaken in the F1 world championship by runner-up, Ferrari's Jacky Ickx.

The great Austrian thus became Formula 1's only posthumous champion, while the man of the day, Emerson Fittipaldi, set himself on a path to stardom.