1968 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 6 of 12 in the 1968 Formula One season
The Rouen Les Essarts circuit in 1968
The Rouen Les Essarts circuit in 1968
Date 7 July 1968
Official name LIV Grand Prix de France
Location Rouen-Les-Essarts, Grand-Couronne, France
Course Permanent racing facility
6.542 km (4.065 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 392.520 km (243.901 mi)
Weather Wet
Pole position
Driver Austria Jochen Rindt Brabham-Repco
Time 1:56.1
Fastest lap
Driver Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM
Time 2:11.5 on lap 19
Podium
First Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari
Second United Kingdom John Surtees Honda
Third United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford

The 1968 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Rouen-Les-Essarts Circuit on 7 July 1968. It was the sixth round of the 1968 Formula One season.

The French driver Jo Schlesser had a fatal accident on the second lap of the race. His car crashed and caught fire, the car's magnesium chassis contributing to the fire.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 26 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 60 2:25:40.9 3 9
2 16 United Kingdom John Surtees Honda 60 + 1:58.6 7 6
3 28 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 59 + 1 Lap 2 4
4 30 United Kingdom Vic Elford Cooper-BRM 58 + 2 Laps 17 3
5 8 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 58 + 2 Laps 4 2
6 36 United Kingdom Piers Courage BRM 57 + 3 Laps 14 1
7 22 United Kingdom Richard Attwood BRM 57 + 3 Laps 12  
8 10 New Zealand Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 56 + 4 Laps 6  
9 6 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 56 + 4 Laps 8  
10 24 New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari 55 + 5 Laps 5  
11 34 Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford 54 + 6 Laps 11  
NC 20 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 53 Not Classified 10  
Ret 2 Austria Jochen Rindt Brabham-Repco 45 Fuel Leak 1  
Ret 4 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 15 Fuel Pump 13  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 14 Halfshaft 9  
Ret 32 France Johnny Servoz-Gavin Cooper-BRM 14 Accident 15  
Ret 18 France Jo Schlesser Honda 2 Fatal Accident 16  

Notes[edit]

Jo Schlesser's Honda RA302 crashes at Virage des Six Frères, igniting the magnesium body and killing Schlesser.
  • Milestones:
  • Jo Schlesser had a fatal accident on the second lap of the race, when he lost control in the then-new Honda RA302 chassis which overturned and caught fire partially due[citation needed] to its magnesium content. He was chosen when normal Honda driver John Surtees refused to drive the new car, opting for the older RA301 chassis, on the grounds that the new car was unsafe.
  • This race was a turning point in Formula One as the death of Schlesser prompted many safety precautions in later races. This was also the last F1 race to take place at Rouen-Les Essarts.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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