1968 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 4 of 12 in the 1968 Formula One season
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Date 9 June 1968
Official name XXVIII Grand Prix de Belgique
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
14.100 km (8.761 mi)
Distance 28 laps, 394.800 km (245.317 mi)
Weather Overcast, Dry
Pole position
Driver New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari
Time 3:28.6
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom John Surtees Honda
Time 3:30.5 on lap 5
Podium
First New Zealand Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford
Second Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM
Third Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari

The 1968 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit on 9 June 1968. It was the fourth round of the 1968 Formula One season.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 New Zealand Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 28 1:40:02.1 6 9
2 11 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 28 + 12.1 8 6
3 23 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 28 + 39.6 3 4
4 7 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 27 Out of fuel 2 3
5 2 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Lotus-Ford 26 Transmission 15 2
6 15 Belgium Lucien Bianchi Cooper-BRM 26 + 2 Laps 12 1
7 3 Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford 25 Oil Pressure 9  
8 10 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 25 + 3 Laps 13  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Piers Courage BRM 22 Engine 7  
Ret 6 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 18 Halfshaft 5  
Ret 20 United Kingdom John Surtees Honda 11 Suspension 4  
Ret 22 New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari 8 Radiator 1  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Brian Redman Cooper-BRM 6 Spun Off 11  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Richard Attwood BRM 6 Oil Pipe 18  
Ret 18 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 6 Throttle 10  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 5 Halfshaft 14  
Ret 19 Austria Jochen Rindt Brabham-Repco 5 Engine 17  
Ret 17 Sweden Jo Bonnier McLaren-BRM 1 Wheel 16  

Notes[edit]

  • This was the first race where wings were used on an F1 car. Ferrari added wings to their lead driver Chris Amon's car and he nabbed pole position, and was 4 seconds faster in qualifying than the next fastest car of Jackie Stewart. Amon's teammate Jacky Ickx did not have wings on his car.[1] The Brabham team also fitted a rear wing to Jack Brabham's car, paired with dive planes on the nose to counteract lift; he qualified 10th.[2] Wings were added to Ickx's car (and many other teams copied the idea for their cars) for the next race at Zandvoort.
  • On the seventh lap Brian Redman went off the circuit when his suspension failed and he crashed into and over a concrete barrier and into a parked car. His Cooper caught fire but Redman escaped with a broken right arm and a few minor burns.
  • Records:
  • Milestones:
  • Last win: Bruce McLaren

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lawrence (1999) p.100
  2. ^ Nye (1986) p.72


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