1969 German Grand Prix

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West Germany  1969 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 11 in the 1969 Formula One season
Circuit Nürburgring-1967-Nordschleife.svg
Date August 3, 1969
Official name XXXI Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 22.835 km (14.189 mi)
Distance 14 laps, 319.690 km (198.646 mi)
Pole position
Driver Brabham-Ford
Time 7:42.1
Fastest lap
Driver Belgium Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford
Time 7:43.8 on lap 7
First Brabham-Ford
Second Matra-Ford
Third McLaren-Ford
Bruce McLaren driving the McLaren M7C during the race.
Mario Andretti driving a Lotus 63 at the 1969 German Grand Prix.

The 1969 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Nürburgring on 3 August 1969 with Formula Two cars competing by invitation. It was the seventh round of the 1969 World Championship for Drivers. The F2 entrants were not eligible for points in the World Championship. The 14-lap race was won by Brabham driver Jacky Ickx after starting from pole position. Jackie Stewart finished second for the Matra team and McLaren driver Bruce McLaren came in third.


Gerhard Mitter was killed during a practice session for this race at Schwedenkreuz. He was practicing for BMW's 269 F2 project. As a suspension or steering failure was suspected, the BMW team with Hubert Hahne and Dieter Quester withdrew from the race, as did Mitter's teammate at Porsche, Hans Herrmann.

Mario Andretti drove the 4WD Lotus 63 for very few laps in practice. The heavy fuel load for the race made the car ground out in lap 1 after a jump at Wippermann, causing a crash that also took out Vic Elford, whose car flipped upside down and landed in the trees. Elford broke his arm in 3 places.

In the race, Jacky Ickx had a very poor start which dropped him down to 9th, but he eventually passed the entire field over 3 laps, and he and Jackie Stewart battled for 4 laps until Ickx passed Stewart at the first corner, the Südkehre. Stewart held on but then gearbox problems began to slow him and he dropped away, leaving Ickx in a dominant position. Piers Courage had an accident at Breidscheid when he slipped on some oil and crashed into a ditch next to the Adenauer bridge. Luckily, he was unhurt.

This was the last Formula One race at the Nürburgring before it was rebuilt and fitted with Armco barriers for the 1971 race.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Belgium Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford 14 1:49:55.4 1 9
2 7 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 14 + 57.7 2 6
3 10 New Zealand Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 14 + 3:21.6 8 4
4 1 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 14 + 3:58.8 9 3
5 26 France Henri Pescarolo Matra-Ford 14 +7:11.0 13
6 29 United Kingdom Richard Attwood Brabham-Ford 13 +1 Lap 20
7 20 Germany Kurt Ahrens Brabham-Ford 13 +1 Lap 19
8 22 Germany Rolf Stommelen Lotus-Ford 13 +1 Lap 22
9 31 United Kingdom Peter Westbury Brabham-Ford 13 +1 Lap 18
10 30 Switzerland Xavier Perrot Brabham-Ford 13 +1 Lap 24
11 11 Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford 12 Suspension 4 2
12 8 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Ford 12 Suspension 10 1
Ret 9 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 11 Transmission 5  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM-Ford 11 Oil leak 16  
Ret 2 Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 10 Ignition 3  
Ret 28 France François Cevert Tecno-Ford 9 Crown Wheel 14
Ret 27 France Johnny Servoz-Gavin Matra-Ford 6 Engine 12
Ret 16 Sweden Jo Bonnier Lotus-Ford 4 Fuel leak 23  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Piers Courage Brabham-Ford 1 Accident 7  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Vic Elford McLaren-Ford 0 Accident 6  
Ret 3 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 0 Accident 15  
DNS 14 United Kingdom John Surtees BRM - Non Starter 11  
DNS 24 Germany Gerhard Mitter BMW - Fatal Accident in practice 25  
DNS 23 Germany Hubert Hahne BMW - Withdrew 17  
DNS 25 Austria Dieter Quester BMW - Withdrew 21  
DNS 21 Germany Hans Herrmann Lotus-Ford - Withdrew -  

Note: The race was run with both Formula One and Formula Two cars running together. Formula Two entrants are denoted by a pink background.


  • Lap leaders:
    • Jackie Stewart (1–6)
    • Jacky Ickx (7–14)

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.


  1. ^ "1969 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Lang, Mike (1982). Grand Prix! Vol 2. Haynes Publishing Group. pp. 100–101. ISBN 0-85429-321-3. 

External links[edit]

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