Rindt’s death was life’s way of playing a prank. A way of telling you to be careful with what you wish for. And alongside Senna, most likely one of the saddest due to its terrible timing.
Rindt died during practice laps. At that time, he had won several Grand Prix and was running only to ensure his #1 place in the 1970 Championship, and Rindt managed to conquer his first World Championship victory… unfortunately, while he was dead. He was the first posthumous Formula 1 World Champion.
The prize was given to its wife. Later she said that Jochen had previously promised her to quit Formula 1 if he won that 1970 Championship.