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The 1969 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Nürburgring on 3 August 1969. It was race 7 of 11 in both the 1969 World Championship of Drivers and the 1969 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. Twelve Formula Two cars were also entered into the race, though they were not eligible to score points.

1969 German Grand Prix
Race 7 of 11 in the 1969 Formula One season
Circuit Nürburgring-1967-Nordschleife.svg
Race details
Date 3 August 1969
Official name XXXI Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring
Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 22.835 km (14.189 mi)
Distance 14 laps, 319.690 km (198.646 mi)
Pole position
Driver Brabham-Ford
Time 7:42.1
Fastest lap
Driver Belgium Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford
Time 7:43.8 on lap 7
Podium
First Brabham-Ford
Second Matra-Ford
Third McLaren-Ford
Bruce McLaren finished third driving the McLaren M7C.
Mario Andretti drove a Lotus 63 in the race, but retired on the first lap.

The 14-lap race was won by Belgian driver Jacky Ickx, driving a works Brabham-Ford. Ickx took pole position, led the final eight laps and set the fastest lap of the race. Scotland's Jackie Stewart finished second in a Matra-Ford, with New Zealand's Bruce McLaren third in a McLaren-Ford.

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Gerhard Mitter was killed during a practice session for this race at Schwedenkreuz. He was practicing for BMW's 269 F2 project. As a suspension or steering failure was suspected, the BMW team with Hubert Hahne and Dieter Quester withdrew from the race, as did Mitter's teammate at Porsche, Hans Herrmann.

Mario Andretti drove the 4WD Lotus 63 for very few laps in practice. The heavy fuel load for the race made the car ground out in lap 1 after a jump at Wippermann, causing a crash that also took out Vic Elford, whose car flipped upside down and landed in the trees. Elford broke his arm in 3 places.

In the race, Jacky Ickx had a very poor start which dropped him down to 9th, but he eventually passed the entire field over 3 laps, and he and Jackie Stewart battled for 4 laps until Ickx passed Stewart at the first corner, the Südkehre. Stewart held on but then gearbox problems began to slow him and he dropped away, leaving Ickx in a dominant position. Piers Courage had an accident at Breidscheid when he slipped on some oil and crashed into a ditch next to the Adenauer bridge. Luckily, he was unhurt.

This was the last Formula One race at the Nürburgring before it was rebuilt and fitted with Armco barriers for the 1971 race.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap Grid
1 6   Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford 7:42.1 1
2 7   Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 7:42.4 +0.3 2
3 2   Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 7:48.0 +5.9 3
4 11   Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford 7:50.3 +8.2 4
5 9   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 7:52.8 +10.7 5
6 12   Vic Elford McLaren-Ford 7:54.8 +12.7 6
7 17   Piers Courage Brabham-Ford 7:56.1 +14.0 7
8 10   Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 7:56.5 +14.4 8
9 1   Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 7:57.0 +14.9 9
10 8   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Ford 8:00.3 +18.2 10
11 27   Johnny Servoz-Gavin Matra-Ford 8:11.1 +29.0 14
12 14   John Surtees BRM 8:12.1 +30.0 DNS
13 28   François Cevert Tecno-Ford 8:13.9 +31.8 15
14 26   Henri Pescarolo Matra-Ford 8:14.8 +32.7 16
15 3   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 8:12.1 +30.0 11
16 15   Jackie Oliver BRM 8:16.2 +34.1 12
17 23   Hubert Hahne BMW 8:19.5 +37.4 WD
18 31   Peter Westbury Brabham-Ford 8:20.0 +37.9 17
19 20   Kurt Ahrens Brabham-Ford 8:23.2 +41.1 18
20 29   Richard Attwood Brabham-Ford 8:24.6 +42.5 19
21 25   Dieter Quester BMW 8:26.8 +44.7 WD
22 22   Rolf Stommelen Lotus-Ford 8:28.1 +46.0 20
23 16   Jo Bonnier Lotus-Ford 8:35.0 +52.9 13
24 30   Xavier Perrot Brabham-Ford 8:35.4 +53.3 21
25 24   Gerhard Mitter BMW 8:36.5 +54.4 DNS
26 21   Hans Herrmann Lotus-Ford 8:50.3 +1:08.2 WD

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6   Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford 14 1:49:55.4 1 9
2 7   Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 14 + 57.7 2 6
3 10   Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 14 + 3:21.6 8 4
4 1   Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 14 + 3:58.8 9 3
5 26   Henri Pescarolo Matra-Ford 14 + 7:11.0 16
6 29   Richard Attwood Brabham-Ford 13 + 1 Lap 19
7 20   Kurt Ahrens Brabham-Ford 13 + 1 Lap 18
8 22   Rolf Stommelen Lotus-Ford 13 + 1 Lap 20
9 31   Peter Westbury Brabham-Ford 13 + 1 Lap 17
10 30   Xavier Perrot Brabham-Ford 13 + 1 Lap 21
11 11   Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford 12 Suspension/Accident 4 2
12 8   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Ford 12 Suspension 10 1
Ret 9   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 11 Transmission 5  
Ret 15   Jackie Oliver BRM 11 Oil Leak 12  
Ret 2   Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 10 Ignition 3  
Ret 28   François Cevert Tecno-Ford 9 Crown Wheel 15
Ret 27   Johnny Servoz-Gavin Matra-Ford 6 Engine 14
Ret 16   Jo Bonnier Lotus-Ford 4 Fuel Leak 13  
Ret 17   Piers Courage Brabham-Ford 1 Accident 7  
Ret 12   Vic Elford McLaren-Ford 0 Accident 6  
Ret 3   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 0 Accident 11  
DNS 14   John Surtees BRM Non Starter  
DNS 24   Gerhard Mitter BMW Fatal Accident in Practice  
WD 23   Hubert Hahne BMW Withdrew  
WD 25   Dieter Quester BMW Withdrew  
WD 21   Hans Herrmann Lotus-Ford Withdrew  
Source:[1]
  • Formula Two entrants are denoted by a pink background. They were not eligible for World Championship points.

Lap leadersEdit

Jackie Stewart 6 laps (1–6); Jacky Ickx 8 laps (7–14).

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 5 results from the first 6 rounds and the best 4 results from the last 5 rounds counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1969 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Germany 1969 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Lang, Mike (1982). Grand Prix! Vol 2. Haynes Publishing Group. pp. 100–101. ISBN 0-85429-321-3.

External linksEdit


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