1970 Dutch Grand Prix
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)|
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. 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.
|2||5||Jackie Stewart||March-Ford||80||+ 30.00||2||6|
|3||25||Jacky Ickx||Ferrari||79||+ 1 Lap||3||4|
|4||26||Clay Regazzoni||Ferrari||79||+ 1 Lap||6||3|
|5||23||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||Matra||79||+ 1 Lap||10||2|
|6||16||John Surtees||McLaren-Ford||79||+ 1 Lap||14||1|
|7||12||John Miles||Lotus-Ford||78||+ 2 Laps||8|
|8||24||Henri Pescarolo||Matra||78||+ 2 Laps||13|
|9||22||Ronnie Peterson||March-Ford||78||+ 2 Laps||16|
|10||1||Pedro Rodríguez||BRM||77||+ 3 Laps||7|
|11||18||Jack Brabham||Brabham-Ford||76||+ 4 laps||12|
|NC||15||Graham Hill||Lotus-Ford||71||Not Classified||20|
|Ret||3||George Eaton||BRM||26||Oil Leak||18|
|Ret||4||Piers Courage||De Tomaso-Ford||22||Fatal Accident||9|
|DNQ||21||Andrea de Adamich||McLaren-Alfa Romeo|
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
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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