1968 Monaco Grand Prix

Coordinates: 43°44′4.74″N 7°25′16.8″E / 43.7346500°N 7.421333°E / 43.7346500; 7.421333

The 1968 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Monte Carlo Circuit on 26 May 1968. It was race 3 of 12 in both the 1968 World Championship of Drivers and the 1968 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The race was won by Lotus driver Graham Hill, who started from pole position. Richard Attwood, driving for BRM, gained second place and fastest lap, while Lucien Bianchi finished in third position in a Cooper, in what was to be these two drivers' only podium finishes.

1968 Monaco Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 26 May 1968
Official name XXVI Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street Circuit
Course length 3.145 km (1.954 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 251.600 km (156.337 mi)
Weather Sunny, Mild, Dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:28.2
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Richard Attwood BRM
Time 1:28.1 on lap 80
First Lotus-Ford
Second BRM
Third Cooper-BRM
Lap leaders



Following the fatal accident of Lorenzo Bandini a year earlier, the track was altered with the harbour chicane being tightened and the race shortened by 20 laps. Ferrari still chose not to attend the race since they felt the safety measures to be insufficient.[1] While Graham Hill stated Lotus were still "in despair" over the losses of Jim Clark and Mike Spence, the team nevertheless introduced their new Lotus 49B for the race. This race was the first race where wings were used on an F1 car since the B specifications introduced a wedge shape and a front wing. 1968 would prove to be the season in which wings became a common place on Formula One cars. Jackie Stewart was still sidelined by his wrist injury and was replaced by Johnny Servoz-Gavin, after Ferrari refused to allow Chris Amon to enter for the Matra International team.[2]

Richard Attwood was promoted from Reg Parnell Racing to the BRM works team after Mike Spence's replacement, Chris Irwin, suffered career-ending head injuries at the 1000km Nürburgring endurance race. Brian Redman, who had produced a solid performance in the previous race by finishing third, was racing at the 1000 km Spa and was therefore replaced at Cooper by Lucien Bianchi. With the Indianapolis 500 taking place just five days after the grand prix, McLaren's Denny Hulme was busy flying back and forth to attend both the Monaco Grand Prix as well as qualifying at Indianapolis.[1]

With France in political unrest, the race organizers borrowed power generators from a local film production company in order to ensure that the tunnel would stay illuminated even in case of a power outage.[3]

The race length was reduced from the traditional 100 laps / 315 km to 80 laps / 250 km, which has continued to do so as of 2017.


During qualifying, Graham Hill, a previous three time-winner at Monaco, set the pace and secured pole position 0.6 seconds ahead of the strong Johnny Servoz-Gavin. The Frenchman proved once more the Matra MS10, which had recorded the fastest lap for Jean-Pierre Beltoise in Spain, was highly competitive.[1]


Johnny Servoz-Gavin took the lead from Hill at the start, while Bruce McLaren took out the other Lotus of Jackie Oliver at the chicane on the first lap. Servoz-Gavin was struck by bad luck on lap 3 when he suffered a drive shaft failure and crashed. This set the tone for the rest of the race, when after a series of accidents and mechanical failures, only five cars finished the race, with everyone from 3rd-place finishing at least four laps down on eventual winner Hill, who cemented his reputation as "Mr. Monaco"[4] by taking his fourth win in the principality. It was however a close finish, with BRM replacement Richard Attwood surprising by finishing just 2 seconds behind the Englishman. Even though Hill broke the Monaco lap record three times during the race, it was Attwood who ultimately recorded fastest lap, the only one of his career.[3] This would also be his one and only podium finish at a Formula One race, just as for Belgian Lucien Bianchi, who finished third.

Disaster would strike Formula One again just two weeks later as fourth-placed Ludovico Scarfiotti was killed during the Rossfeld hillclimb event.[1]



Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 9   Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 1:28.2
2 11   Johnny Servoz-Gavin Matra-Ford 1:28.8 +0.6
3 17   Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford 1:28.8 +0.6
4 8   John Surtees Honda 1:29.1 +0.9
5 3   Jochen Rindt Brabham-Repco 1:29.2 +1.0
6 15   Richard Attwood BRM 1:29.6 +1.4
7 14   Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 1:29.6 +1.4
8 1   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 1:29.7 +1.5
9 4   Pedro Rodríguez BRM 1:30.4 +2.2
10 12   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:30.4 +2.2
11 16   Piers Courage BRM 1:30.6 +2.4
12 2   Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 1:31.2 +3.0
13 10   Jackie Oliver Lotus-Ford 1:31.7 +3.5
14 7   Lucien Bianchi Cooper-BRM 1:31.9 +3.7
15 6   Ludovico Scarfiotti Cooper-BRM 1:32.9 +4.7
16 19   Dan Gurney Eagle-Weslake 1:32.9 +4.7
DNQ 18   Jo Bonnier McLaren-BRM 1:32.1 +3.9
DNQ 21   Silvio Moser Brabham-Repco 1:32.4 +4.2


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9   Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 80 2:00:32.3 1 9
2 15   Richard Attwood BRM 80 + 2.2 6 6
3 7   Lucien Bianchi Cooper-BRM 76 + 4 Laps 14 4
4 6   Ludovico Scarfiotti Cooper-BRM 76 + 4 Laps 15 3
5 12   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 73 + 7 Laps 10 2
Ret 8   John Surtees Honda 16 Gearbox 4  
Ret 4   Pedro Rodríguez BRM 16 Accident 9  
Ret 16   Piers Courage BRM 12 Chassis 11  
Ret 17   Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford 11 Differential 3  
Ret 1   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 11 Accident 8  
Ret 19   Dan Gurney Eagle-Weslake 9 Engine 16  
Ret 3   Jochen Rindt Brabham-Repco 8 Accident 5  
Ret 2   Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 7 Suspension 12  
Ret 11   Johnny Servoz-Gavin Matra-Ford 3 Halfshaft 2  
Ret 14   Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 0 Accident 7  
Ret 10   Jackie Oliver Lotus-Ford 0 Accident 13  

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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


  1. ^ a b c d "Grand Prix Results: Monaco GP, 1968". grandprix.com. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Looking back: 1968 - Chris Amon's unluckiest year". talkingaboutf1.com. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Hill cements Monaco reputation". espnf1.com. ESPN. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Graham Hill takes his fifth win at Monaco". motorsportmagazine.com. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  5. ^ "1968 Monaco Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Monaco 1968 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Lang, Mike (1982). Grand Prix! Vol 2. Haynes Publishing Group. pp. 64–65. ISBN 0-85429-321-3.

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