1969 Mexican Grand Prix

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Mexico  1969 Mexican Grand Prix
Race details
Race 11 of 11 in the 1969 Formula One season
The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Date October 19, 1969
Official name Mexican Grand Prix
Location Mexico City, Mexico
Course Permanent racing facility
4.421 km ( mi)
Distance 65 laps, 305.049 km ( mi)
Pole position
Driver Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford
Time 1:42.90
Fastest lap
Driver Belgium Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford
Time 1:43.05 on lap 64
Podium
First New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford
Second Belgium Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford
Third Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford

The 1969 Gran Premio de Mexico (Mexican Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City on October 19, 1969, two weeks after the United States GP. This was the 11th and final round of the 1969 Formula One season.[1]

Report[edit]

Entry[edit]

A total of 17 F1 cars were entered for this event, the last of the 1960s. Team Lotus had mixed fortunes at Watkins Glen, although Jochen Rindt had won the race, his team mate Graham Hill had broken both legs in an accident. This is event, Lotus decided not to replaced him, however they did run a second car, a Lotus 63 developmental car with four wheel drive for John Miles, as Mario Andretti was busy racing, and winner the Dan Gurney 200, at Pacific Raceways, USA.[1]

A rest of the field was the same, with only one Ferrari 312, entered by NART for local hero, Pedro Rodríguez.[1]

Qualifying[edit]

The Motor Racing Developments Ltd team proved to be very fast in Mexico, as they dominated qualifying in their Brabham-Cosworth BT26A. Jack Brabham secured pole position, for the team, averaging a speed of 96.087mph. Next fastest was his team-mate, Jacky Ickx. The 1969 World Champion, Jackie Stewart was third fastest in his Matra-Cosworth MS80, who shared the second row with the McLaren-Cosworth M7A of Denny Hulme. A pair of Lotus 49s were on row three, with Jo Siffert ahead of Jochen Rindt.[1]

Race[edit]

The race was held over 65 laps of the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, however, for the second consecutive race, Bruce McLaren failed to make the start. Off the 16 remaining cars, Jackie Stewart made the best start, leading with the Brabhams of Jacky Ickx and Jack Brabham in chase. Jochen Rindt was in fourth, but has Denny Hulme close behind. By the end of the second lap, Hulme was ahead, while Ickx was putting pressure on Stewart. By lap six, Ickx was through, and Hulme passed Brabham to take third. Clearly, Hulme was a man on the move, overtaking Stewart on the next lap, and set about chasing down Ickx. On lap 10, the McLaren was ahead. Meanwhile, Stewart’s Matra had dropped behind Brabham, and this is how the top four remained throughout the remainder of the race. Rindt ran fifth early on in the race, but bent his suspension on a curb, leading to his retirement, so fifth went to Jean-Pierre Beltoise, with Jackie Oliver finishing in sixth in the BRM P139, albeit two laps adrift.[1][2][3][4]

Hulme won in a time of 1hr 54.08.8mins., averaging a speed of 99.618mph, and was a just 2.56 seconds ahead of Ickx.[2][3][4]

Classification[edit]

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 65 1:54:08.80 4 9
2 7 Belgium Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford 65 + 2.56 2 6
3 8 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 65 + 38.48 1 4
4 3 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 65 + 47.04 3 3
5 4 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Ford 65 + 1:38.52 8 2
6 15 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 63 + 2 Laps 12 1
7 12 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Ferrari 63 + 2 Laps 15  
8 16 France Johnny Servoz-Gavin Matra-Ford 63 + 2 Laps 14  
9 21 United States Pete Lovely Lotus-Ford 62 + 3 Laps 16  
10 18 United Kingdom Piers Courage Brabham-Ford 61 + 4 Laps 9  
11 19 Switzerland Silvio Moser Brabham-Ford 60 Fuel Leak 13  
Ret 14 United Kingdom John Surtees BRM 53 Gearbox 10  
Ret 2 Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 21 Suspension 6  
Ret 22 Canada George Eaton BRM 6 Gearbox 17  
Ret 10 Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford 4 Accident 5  
Ret 9 United Kingdom John Miles Lotus-Ford 3 Fuel Pump 11  
DNS 6 New Zealand Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 0 Fuel Injection 7  

Notes[edit]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 5 results from the first 6 rounds and the best 4 results from the last 5 rounds counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Mexican GP, 1969 Race Report - GP Encyclopedia - F1 History on". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Formula 1® - The Official F1® Website". Formula1.com. 1969-10-19. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Race results - 1969 Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix". GPUpdate.net. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Results 1969 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Mexico". F1 Fansite. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  5. ^ Lang, Mike (1982). Grand Prix! Vol 2. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 108. ISBN 0-85429-321-3. 
  6. ^ Lang, Mike (1982). Grand Prix! Vol 2. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 109. ISBN 0-85429-321-3. 

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-15. 


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