1965 German Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 7 of 10 in the 1965 Formula One season
Circuit Nürburgring-1927-Nordschleife.svg
Date August 1, 1965
Official name XXVII Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 22.810 km (14.168 mi)
Distance 15 laps, 342.15 km (212.52 mi)
Weather Overcast and wet
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Climax
Time 8:22.7
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 8:24.1 on lap 10
First Lotus-Climax
Second BRM
Third Brabham-Climax

The 1965 German Grand Prix (formally the XXVII Großer Preis von Deutschland) was a Formula One motor race held at Nürburgring on August 1, 1965. The 15-lap race was the seventh round of the 1965 Formula One season. It was won by Jim Clark, who in his Lotus-Climax, took pole position, the fastest lap of the race, and led every lap. The victory ensured that Clark won the World Drivers' Championship with three races left to go. It also meant that Lotus won the World Constructors' Championship at the same time. BRM driver, Graham Hill, finished the race in second position in front of Brabham-Climax driver, Dan Gurney, who completed the podium by finishing third.

Race report[edit]

Graham Hill could still theoretically overhaul Clark for the championship. However Clark became Champion with a masterful performance, leading from pole to the flag and setting fastest lap, to gain maximum points with 3 Grand Prix still to be run. Behind him, the rest of the pack had all sorts of mechanical problems-Surtees had gear selection problems, Stewart bent a wishbone, Hulme punctured his fuel tank when his seat worked loose and Amon had transistor problems despite borrowing two transistor boxes. Clark was duly crowned as champion at the start of August, the earliest the championship had been won until 2002, when Michael Schumacher obtained his 5th title on July 21.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 15 2:07:52.4 1 9
2 9 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 15 +15.9 secs 3 6
3 5 United States Dan Gurney Brabham-Climax 15 +21.4 secs 5 4
4 12 Austria Jochen Rindt Cooper-Climax 15 +3:29.6 8 3
5 4 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax 15 +4:41.2 14 2
6 8 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 15 +5:08.6 7 1
7 16 Sweden Jo Bonnier Brabham-Climax 15 +5:58.5 9
8 24 United States Masten Gregory BRM 14 +1 Lap 19
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Surtees Ferrari 11 Gearbox 4
Ret 17 Switzerland Jo Siffert Brabham-BRM 9 Engine 11
Ret 2 United Kingdom Mike Spence Lotus-Climax 8 Transmission 6
Ret 3 West Germany Gerhard Mitter Lotus-Climax 8 Water leak 12
Ret 20 United Kingdom Richard Attwood Lotus-BRM 8 Water leak 17
Ret 11 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 7 Gearbox 10
Ret 6 New Zealand Denny Hulme Brabham-Climax 5 Fuel Leak 13
Ret 19 New Zealand Chris Amon Lotus-BRM 3 Electrical 16
Ret 22 Australia Paul Hawkins Lotus-Climax 3 Oil Leak 20
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart BRM 2 Suspension 2
Ret 21 Australia Frank Gardner Brabham-BRM 0 Gearbox 18
DNQ 25 Italy Roberto Bussinello BRM
DNQ 23 United Kingdom Ian Raby Brabham-Climax

Lap leaders[edit]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only best 6 results counted toward the championship. Numbers without parentheses are championship points, numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


  1. ^ "1965 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 

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