1966 German Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 6 of 9 in the 1966 Formula One season
Circuit Nürburgring-1927-Nordschleife.svg
Date August 7, 1966
Official name XXVIII Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
22.810 km (14.168 mi)
Distance 15 laps, 342.15 km (212.52 mi)
Weather Overcast and wet
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 8:16.5
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom John Surtees Cooper-Maserati
Time 8:49.0
First Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco
Second United Kingdom John Surtees Cooper-Maserati
Third Austria Jochen Rindt Cooper-Maserati
Lorenzo Bandini in his Ferrari on his way to sixth place.

The 1966 German Grand Prix was a mixed Formula One and Formula Two motor race held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife on August 7, 1966. It was the sixth round of the 1966 World Championship. It was the 28th German Grand Prix and the 22nd to be held at the Nordschleife. It was held over 15 laps of the 22 kilometre circuit for a race distance 342 kilometres.

The race was won by 1959 and 1960 World Champion Jack Brabham driving his Brabham BT19, his fourth win in succession. Brabham won by 43 seconds over the Cooper T81 driven by 1964 World Champion John Surtees. Surtees' Austrian team mate Jochen Rindt finished third. The first Formula Two driver to finish was French driver Jean-Pierre Beltoise in eighth driving a Matra Sports entered Matra MS5.

The race also saw the death of British driver John Taylor after a collision with Jacky Ickx.

Brabham had collected 39 points, more than double his nearest rival, BRM driver Graham Hill.

Race report[edit]

Another wet track provided a duel between Jack Brabham and John Surtees for the whole race. It was not until the Cooper's clutch failed two laps from the end that the Australian's win was guaranteed. Jim Clark despite qualifying on pole made a mistake and spun into a ditch after using the wrong tyres. In a far more serious crash, the Tyrrell entered Matra MS5 of Jacky Ickx and the privately entered Brabham BT11 of John Taylor crashed near the bridge between Quddlebacher and Flugplatz. Taylor was badly burned in the accident and succumbed to his injuries four weeks later.

This would be the last Formula One race on the original Nürburgring Nordschleife before the Hohrenhain chicane was added to slow the cars coming into the pits.


Note: The race was run with both Formula One and Formula Two cars running together. Formula Two entrants are denoted by a pink background.

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 15 2:27:03.0 5 9
2 7 United Kingdom John Surtees Cooper-Maserati 15 + 44.4 2 6
3 8 Austria Jochen Rindt Cooper-Maserati 15 + 2:32.6 9 4
4 5 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 15 + 6:41.4 10 3
5 6 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart BRM 15 + 8:28.9 3 2
6 9 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 15 + 10:56.4 6 1
7 12 United States Dan Gurney Eagle-Climax 14 Electrical 8
8 34 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Ford 14 + 1 lap 18
9 26 West Germany Hubert Hahne Matra-BRM 14 + 1 lap 27
10 33 France Jo Schlesser Matra-Ford 14 + 1 lap 19
11 28 West Germany Hans Herrmann Brabham-Ford 14 + 1 lap 22
12 2 United Kingdom Peter Arundell Lotus-BRM 14 + 1 lap 17
Ret 15 United Kingdom Mike Spence Lotus-BRM 12 Alternator 13
Ret 1 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 11 Accident 1
Ret 20 United Kingdom Chris Lawrence Cooper-Ferrari 10 Suspension 26
Ret 11 Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti Ferrari 9 Electrical 4
Ret 10 United Kingdom Mike Parkes Ferrari 9 Accident 7
Ret 4 New Zealand Denny Hulme Brabham-Repco 8 Ignition 15
Ret 31 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Lotus-Ford 7 Engine 20
Ret 17 Sweden Jo Bonnier Cooper-Maserati 3 Clutch 12
Ret 32 United Kingdom Piers Courage Lotus-Ford 3 Accident 23
Ret 29 United Kingdom Alan Rees Brabham-Ford 3 Engine 24
Ret 14 United States Bob Bondurant BRM 3 Engine 11
Ret 19 United Kingdom Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax 2 Transmission 14
Ret 25 West Germany Kurt Ahrens, Jr. Brabham-Ford 2 Gearbox 21
Ret 16 United Kingdom John Taylor Brabham-BRM 0 Fatal accident 25
Ret 27 Belgium Jacky Ickx Matra-Ford 0 Accident 16
DNS 18 France Guy Ligier Cooper-Maserati 0 Injury
DNS 35 Switzerland Silvio Moser Brabham-Ford 0
DNS 30 West Germany Gerhard Mitter Lotus-Ford 0

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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