1968 Belgian Grand Prix
The 1968 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit on 9 June 1968. It was race 4 of 12 in both the 1968 World Championship of Drivers and the 1968 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 28-lap race was won by McLaren driver Bruce McLaren after he started from sixth position. Pedro Rodríguez finished second for the BRM team and Ferrari driver Jacky Ickx came in third.
|Date||9 June 1968|
|Official name||XXVIII Grand Prix de Belgique|
|Location||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||14.100 km (8.761 mi)|
|Distance||28 laps, 394.800 km (245.317 mi)|
|Time||3:30.5 on lap 5|
|2||11||Pedro Rodríguez||BRM||28||+ 12.1||8||6|
|3||23||Jacky Ickx||Ferrari||28||+ 39.6||3||4|
|4||7||Jackie Stewart||Matra-Ford||27||Out of fuel||2||3|
|6||15||Lucien Bianchi||Cooper-BRM||26||+ 2 Laps||12||1|
|7||3||Jo Siffert||Lotus-Ford||25||Oil Pressure||9|
|8||10||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||Matra||25||+ 3 Laps||13|
|Ret||16||Brian Redman||Cooper-BRM||6||Spun Off||11|
|Ret||12||Richard Attwood||BRM||6||Oil Pipe||18|
- This was the first race where wings were used on an F1 car. Ferrari added wings to their lead driver Chris Amon's car and he nabbed pole position, and was 4 seconds faster in qualifying than the next fastest car of Jackie Stewart. Amon's teammate Jacky Ickx did not have wings on his car. The Brabham team also fitted a rear wing to Jack Brabham's car, paired with dive planes on the nose to counteract lift; he qualified 10th. Wings were added to Ickx's car (and many other teams copied the idea for their cars) for the next race at Zandvoort.
- On the seventh lap Brian Redman went off the circuit when his suspension failed and he crashed into and over a concrete barrier and into a parked car. His Cooper caught fire but Redman escaped with a broken right arm and a few minor burns.
- Last win: Bruce McLaren
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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