1968 Mexican Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 12 of 12 in the 1968 Formula One season
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez 1963.svg
Date November 3, 1968
Official name VII Gran Premio de Mexico
Location Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.000 km (3.107 mi)
Distance 65 laps, 325.000 km (201.946 mi)
Weather Sunny, Mild, Dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:45.22
Fastest lap
Driver Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford
Time 1:44.23 on lap 52
Podium
First Lotus-Ford
Second McLaren-Ford
Third Lotus-Ford

The 1968 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome on November 3, 1968. It was the twelfth and final round of the 1968 Formula One season.

This race was to determine the 1968 Formula One Drivers' Championship, contested between former BRM teammates, Britons Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart; and New Zealander Denny Hulme, who was the defending champion. The race was moved back a week so as not to clash with the Mexico City 1968 Summer Olympics, which ended on October 26. Hill won this race and his second Drivers' Championship, Hulme retired with suspension problems and Stewart fell back to 7th after a number of problems with his Matra-Ford.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 65 1:56:43.95 3 9
2 2 New Zealand Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 65 + 1:19.32 9 6
3 11 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Lotus-Ford 65 + 1:40.65 14 4
4 8 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 65 + 1:41.09 12 3
5 17 Sweden Jo Bonnier Honda 64 + 1 Lap 18 2
6 16 Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford 64 + 1 Lap 1 1
7 15 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 64 + 1 Lap 7  
8 18 United Kingdom Vic Elford Cooper-BRM 63 + 2 Laps 17  
9 9 France Henri Pescarolo Matra 62 + 3 Laps 20  
10 3 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 59 Oil Pressure 8  
Ret 23 France Johnny Servoz-Gavin Matra-Ford 57 Ignition 16  
Ret 14 United States Dan Gurney McLaren-Ford 28 Suspension 5  
Ret 22 United Kingdom Piers Courage BRM 25 Engine 19  
Ret 19 Belgium Lucien Bianchi Cooper-BRM 21 Engine 21  
Ret 5 United Kingdom John Surtees Honda 17 Overheating 6  
Ret 6 New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari 16 Transmission 2  
Ret 12 Mexico Moisés Solana Lotus-Ford 14 Broken wing 11  
Ret 1 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 10 Suspension 4  
Ret 21 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 10 Suspension 13  
Ret 7 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 3 Ignition 15  
Ret 4 Austria Jochen Rindt Brabham-Repco 2 Ignition 10  
Source:[1]

Notes[edit]

  • Pole position: Jo Siffert - 1:45.22
  • Fastest lap: Jo Siffert - 1:44.23 on lap 52
  • Coming into this race, 3 drivers had a chance to win the title, making Hill the only driver to be involved in two 3-way battles.
    • Graham Hill (39pts) needed either
      • A podium place, with Stewart 2nd or lower
      • 4th or 5th, with Hulme 2nd or lower and Stewart 3rd or lower
      • 6th, with Hulme 2nd or lower and Stewart 4th or lower
      • Hulme 2nd or lower and Stewart 5th or lower
    • Jackie Stewart (36pts) needed either
      • 1st
      • 2nd, with Hulme 3rd or lower and Hill 4th or lower
      • 3rd, with Hulme 2nd or lower and Hill 6th or lower
      • 4th, with Hulme 3rd or lower and Hill 7th or lower
    • Denny Hulme (33pts) needed
      • 1st with Hill 4th or lower

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1968 Mexican Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Lang, Mike (1982). Grand Prix! Vol 2. Haynes Publishing Group. pp. 82–83. ISBN 0-85429-321-3. 


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