|1961||Cooper, Team Lotus||7||5||0||0||4||10||0||0||11||0||0||0||-|
|1963||Team Lotus, Lola||5||5||0||0||1||11||0||0||8||0||0||0||-|
|First race||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco||May 19, 1957||Race results|
|Last race||Italian Grand Prix||Monza||September 12, 1965||Race results|
Family wealth made Masten's progress easy. If he wanted to race a car, he bought it. Having raced sports cars in the mid-1950s with growing confidence, he took the plunge and went to Formula One in 1957 with a Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati, coming third on his debut at Monaco. Finishing in the points each time out, he placed sixth overall at season's end and this was to prove his best year. Racing for Cooper in 1959 as number three to Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren, Masten came second in the Portuguese Grand Prix, but then he crashed in a sports car race and was injured. Indeed, when Masten came to look for a Formula One ride for 1960, his reputation as a crasher went against him, and this led to him racing Cooper and then Lotus cars for four seasons with little success. He signed off with four races in a privately entered BRM in 1965, but it was in sports cars that he earned his glory, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1965 with Jochen Rindt. Many other wins followed before he retired from racing in 1971, before he was felled by a heart attack at the age of 53.
Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books