1969 Spanish Grand Prix

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Race details
The Montjuïc Circuit (1966–1975)
The Montjuïc Circuit (1966–1975)
Date May 4, 1969
Official name XV Gran Premio de España
Location Montjuïc circuit, Montjuïc, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Course Street Circuit
Course length 3.791 km (2.356 mi)
Distance 90 laps, 341.190 km (212.006 mi)
Weather Sunny, mild, dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:25.7
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford
Time 1:28.3 on lap 15
First Matra-Ford
Second McLaren-Ford
Third Matra-Ford

The 1969 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Montjuïc circuit on May 4, 1969. It was race 2 of 11 in both the 1969 World Championship of Drivers and the 1969 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.

This is one of only two Grands Prix where the winner finished two laps ahead of the runner-up, the other occasion being the 1995 Australian Grand Prix. This was the last race of the high wing era in Formula One. Both works Lotus cars suffered massive accidents when their suspension-mounted wing supports failed. Despite the narrow confines of the Montjuïc circuit, drivers Jochen Rindt and Graham Hill both survived. Chris Amon inherited the lead after Rindt's crash. Establishing a thirty-second lead, the New Zealander seemed to be on his way to his first Grand Prix victory until his engine seized on lap 56.[1] The lead was then gifted to Jackie Stewart, who then went on to win by a margin of two laps; one of his most dominant performances, on a circuit that would become synonymous with the danger and lack of professionalism he detested.[citation needed]


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 90 2:16:54.0 4 9
2 6 New Zealand Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 88 + 2 Laps 13 6
3 8 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Ford 87 + 3 Laps 12 4
4 5 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 87 + 3 Laps 8 3
5 14 United Kingdom John Surtees BRM 84 + 6 Laps 9 2
6 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford 83 + 7 Laps 7 1
Ret 9 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 73 Engine 14  
Ret 15 New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari 56 Engine 2  
Ret 3 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 51 Engine 5  
Ret 10 Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford 30 Oil Leak 6  
Ret 2 Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 19 Accident 1  
Ret 11 United Kingdom Piers Courage Brabham-Ford 18 Engine 11  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 8 Accident 3  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 1 Oil Pipe 10  

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Life Is All About Timing? Chris Amon and the Ferrari 312B…". Primotipo... Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "1969 Spanish 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. 90–91. ISBN 0-85429-321-3. 

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