1970 Dutch Grand Prix

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Race details
Zandvoort original layout
Zandvoort original layout
Date June 21, 1970
Official name XVIII Grote Prijs van Nederland
Location Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.193 km (2.605 mi)
Distance 90 laps, 377.370 km (234.487 mi)
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:18.5
Fastest lap
Driver Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari
Time 1:19.23
First Lotus-Ford
Second March-Ford
Third Ferrari

The 1970 Dutch Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zandvoort on June 21, 1970. It was race 5 of 13 in both the 1970 World Championship of Drivers and the 1970 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.

The race was won by Lotus-Ford driver Jochen Rindt in his new monocoque-chassis Type 72, which had only raced twice before (but in a different spec); and this came 3 years after the 72's predecessor; DFV-debutant Type 49 in 1967 won first time out at exactly the same track with Jim Clark driving.[citation needed] Rindt racing the 72 without the complex anti-squat and anti-dive features, which the Austrian had never believed in, effortlessly dominated the practice and race putting little pressure on the car and not even having to use the maxinum road width or line. Chapman persisted with anti-squat and dive on John Miles' 72 which was fifth on the first lap and proved difficult to pass. Miles finally being passed by Beltoise on lap 49 and Surtees, 4 laps from the flag. The race saw the significant debut of Clay Regazzoni in the second Ferrari, the Italian marque looking truly competitive for the first time in years. However the race was marred by the fatal accident of British driver Piers Courage driving the Frank Williams-entered De Tomaso-Ford.[1]


Jochen Rindt took the maiden victory for the revolutionary Lotus 72.
Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10 Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 80 1:50:43.41 1 9
2 5 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart March-Ford 80 + 30.00 2 6
3 25 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 79 + 1 Lap 3 4
4 26 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 79 + 1 Lap 6 3
5 23 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 79 + 1 Lap 10 2
6 16 United Kingdom John Surtees McLaren-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 14 1
7 12 United Kingdom John Miles Lotus-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 8  
8 24 France Henri Pescarolo Matra 78 + 2 Laps 13  
9 22 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 16  
10 1 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 77 + 3 Laps 7  
11 18 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 76 + 4 laps 12  
NC 15 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 71 Not Classified 20  
Ret 6 France François Cevert March-Ford 31 Engine 15  
Ret 3 Canada George Eaton BRM 26 Oil Leak 18  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 23 Engine 5  
Ret 4 United Kingdom Piers Courage De Tomaso-Ford 22 Fatal Accident 9  
Ret 9 Switzerland Jo Siffert March-Ford 22 Engine 17  
Ret 20 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 18 Accident 11  
Ret 32 United States Dan Gurney McLaren-Ford 2 Engine 19  
Ret 8 New Zealand Chris Amon March-Ford 1 Clutch 4  
DNQ 21 Italy Andrea de Adamich McLaren-Alfa Romeo    
DNQ 19 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford    
DNQ 31 United States Pete Lovely Lotus-Ford    
DNQ 29 Switzerland Silvio Moser Bellasi-Ford        


Courage's fatal accident

This was the first race for future-grand prix winners Clay Regazzoni, François Cevert and Peter Gethin.

Piers Courage was killed in a violent accident on lap 22, at Tunnel Oost, when his car's suspension was damaged after hitting a curb, and the car went straight up a grass embankment. It then somersaulted and exploded, and Courage had died instantly on impact. The flames were so intense, that trees surrounding the accident site, were lit up as a result. A similar accident occurred at the 1973 race, which claimed the life of Roger Williamson.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


  1. ^ "The Dutch Grand Prix". Motor Sport: 44. August 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  2. ^ "1970 Dutch Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 

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