1970 Mexican Grand Prix

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Mexico  1970 Mexican Grand Prix
Race details
Race 13 of 13 in the 1970 Formula One season
The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Date October 25, 1970
Official name Mexican Grand Prix
Location Mexico City, Mexico
Course Permanent racing facility
4.421 km (2.763 mi)
Distance 65 laps, 305.049 km (190.656 mi)
Pole position
Driver Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari
Time 1:41.86
Fastest lap
Driver Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari
Time 1:43.11
Podium
First Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari
Second Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari
Third New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford

The 1970 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Mexico City on October 25, 1970. It was the 13th and final race in the 1970 Formula One season.

Race report[edit]

The immense crowd of 200,000 proved almost uncontrollable and almost forced the cancellation of the race. They were crammed in front of the guard-rails, sat at the trackside and ran across the track itself. Despite impassioned appeals from Jackie Stewart and local hero Pedro Rodríguez they still remained troublesome.

From the start, Jacky Ickx led from Stewart and Clay Regazzoni, but dropped back with steering column trouble. Later, a collision with a dog which had escaped onto the track damaged Stewart's suspension and forced his retirement, leaving the Ferraris dominant in first and second. Jack Brabham retired from third place in his final Grand Prix when the engine blew on lap 53. The Ferraris romped home with Ickx leading Regazzoni and Denny Hulme claiming the third podium spot. The Italian cars had proved they were now good enough to compete with the Ford-engined cars, but the crowd's antics meant that for safety reasons the Mexican Grand Prix would be dropped from the 1971 calendar.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 65 1:53:28.3 3 9
2 4 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 65 +24.64 1 6
3 8 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 65 +45.97 14 4
4 12 New Zealand Chris Amon March-Ford 65 +47.05 5 3
5 6 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 65 +50.11 6 2
6 19 Mexico Pedro Rodriguez BRM 65 + 1:24.76 7 1
7 20 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 64 + 1 Lap 13  
8 17 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 64 + 1 Lap 15  
9 7 France Henri Pescarolo Matra 61 + 4 Laps 11  
NC 23 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 56 Not Classified 12  
Ret 15 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 52 Engine 4  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 33 Suspension 2  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 27 Engine 10  
Ret 16 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 15 Fuel System 17  
Ret 2 France François Cevert March-Ford 8 Engine 9  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 4 Overheating 8  
Ret 11 Switzerland Jo Siffert March-Ford 3 Engine 16  
Ret 24 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1 Engine 18  

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 6 results from the first 7 rounds and the best 5 results from the last 6 rounds counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

References[edit]


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1970 United States Grand Prix
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1971 South African Grand Prix
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1969 Mexican Grand Prix
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1986 Mexican Grand Prix