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"You're always going to have problems with a genius..."

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Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman was born on this day in 1928 in London.

The great designer and brilliant engineer founded Lotus Cars and is often heralded as Formula 1's greatest innovator.

In the words of the great Mario Andretti, who won the F1 world championship with Chapman in 1978: "Working with Chapman was no trip to Paris but I guess you're always going to have problems with a genius, right? He was such a maverick."

As massive as is his F1 technical legacy is perceived, perhaps his greatest transformative initiative in his career was to bring commercial sponsorship into motorsport, changing the pinnacle of racing from a rich gentleman's pastime to a hugely successful  high technology enterprise.