1970 Monaco Grand Prix

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Monaco  1970 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 13 in the 1970 Formula One season
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Date May 10, 1970
Official name XXVIII Grand Prix de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street circuit
3.145 km (1.954 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 251.600 km (156.337 mi)
Weather Sunny and warm
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Jackie Stewart March-Ford
Time 1:24.0
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford
Time 1:23.2 on lap 80
First Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford
Second Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford
Third France Henri Pescarolo Matra

The 1970 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at the Circuit de Monaco on May 10, 1970. It was the third race of the 1970 Formula One season. Jochen Rindt scored the last victory for the famous Lotus 49.

This was Bruce McLaren's final Formula One race - as he was killed 5 days before the next race at Belgium - and Ronnie Peterson's first.


There were no significant changes in the drivers' lineup for Monaco, and the only new driver was Ronnie Peterson, entering in a non-works March. The Lotus team decided to bring the old 49C chassis instead of the new 72, despite testing the new car in a non-championship race at Silverstone a couple of weeks earlier. In qualifying, March swept the front row, with Jackie Stewart on pole (for the Tyrrell team) and Chris Amon alongside him. Third was Denny Hulme's McLaren, and fourth the Brabham of Jack Brabham; behind them was the Ferrari of Jacky Ickx. The first Lotus driver was Jochen Rindt, qualyfing in eighth place.

Despite the rain in the previous days, the sun shone on race day, and the track was dry. At the start, Stewart led the field, with Amon, Brabham, Ickx and Jean-Pierre Beltoise behind him; Hulme got a poor start and was way down the order after the first corner. On the second lap, Beltoise passed Ickx. Stewart began to pull away, and so the order remained unchanged until lap 12, when Ickx retired with a driveshaft failure. On lap 22 Beltoise, who in the meantime went into fourth, retired with transmission problems; on the same lap Brabham passed Amon into second place. It seemed Stewart could comfortably repeat the victory he took in Spain, but on lap 27 his March began misfiring, and he pitted for a long stop. He restarted a lap later but soon retired. This left Brabham in front, with Amon, Hulme and Rindt, who worked his way from the middle of the pack, behind. In his first race, Peterson was doing well, in seventh place; meanwhile the engine failed on Jackie Oliver's BRM, leaving the marshalls some hard work to clean up all the oil he dropped on the track.

At about the same time, Hulme had problems with the gearing of his McLaren, the shift jumping gears, so he dropped back behind Rindt and Pescarolo; on lap 62 Amon's suspension failed. He was forced to retire, leaving the Austrian in second place nine seconds behind Brabham. He then increased his pace, and towards the last laps he was on the tail of the Australian. Brabham's victory seemed to be on the way as he resisted to all the pressure that Rindt brought on him. But then, moving off the racing line to avoid a slower car at Gazomètre (Gasworks), the very last corner of the last lap, Brabham slid on the dusty surface and went straight into the straw bales, handing the victory to Rindt (a victory greeted by a big jump of joy by Colin Chapman). Brabham quickly reversed and finished the race in second position. Third was Pescarolo in a Matra, while the remaining points positions were rounded out by Hulme, Graham Hill (who worked his way up from the last spot on the grid) and Pedro Rodríguez.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 80 1:54:37.4 8 9
2 5 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 80 + 23.1 4 6
3 9 France Henri Pescarolo Matra 80 + 51.4 7 4
4 11 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 80 + 1:28.3 3 3
5 1 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 16 2
6 17 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 78 + 2 Laps 15 1
7 23 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 12  
8 19 Switzerland Jo Siffert March-Ford 76 Out of Fuel 11  
Ret 28 New Zealand Chris Amon March-Ford 60 Suspension 2  
NC 24 United Kingdom Piers Courage De Tomaso-Ford 58 Not Classified 9  
Ret 21 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart March-Ford 57 Engine 1  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 42 Engine 14  
Ret 8 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 21 Differential 6  
Ret 12 New Zealand Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 19 Suspension 10  
Ret 14 United Kingdom John Surtees McLaren-Ford 14 Oil Pressure 13  
Ret 26 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 11 Halfshaft 5  
DNQ 10 Italy Andrea de Adamich McLaren-Alfa Romeo    
DNQ 6 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford    
DNQ 15 Canada George Eaton BRM    
DNQ 2 United Kingdom John Miles Lotus-Ford    
DNQ 20 France Johnny Servoz-Gavin March-Ford        

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


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