1970 Mexican Grand Prix
The 1970 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Ciudad Deportiva Magdalena Mixhuca in Mexico City on October 25, 1970. It was race 13 of 13 in both the 1970 World Championship of Drivers and the 1970 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 65-lap race was won by Ferrari driver Jacky Ickx after he started from third position. His teammate Clay Regazzoni finished second and McLaren driver Denny Hulme came in third.
|Date||October 25, 1970|
|Official name||Mexican Grand Prix|
|Location||Ciudad Deportiva Magdalena Mixhuca, Mexico City, Mexico|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.000 km (3.107 mi)|
|Distance||65 laps, 325.000 km (201.946 mi)|
Ickx wasn't able to close the points gap to the late Jochen Rindt in the final races of the season, and as result the latter was awarded the championship posthumously, becoming the only driver to ever win the title after death.
The immense crowd of 200,000 proved almost uncontrollable and almost forced the cancellation of the race. They were crammed in front of the guard-rails, sat at the trackside and ran across the track itself. Despite impassioned appeals from Jackie Stewart and local hero Pedro Rodríguez they still remained troublesome.
From the start, Jacky Ickx led from Stewart and Clay Regazzoni, but dropped back with steering column trouble. Later, a collision with a dog which had escaped onto the track damaged Stewart's suspension and forced his retirement, leaving the Ferraris dominant in first and second. Jack Brabham retired from third place in his final Grand Prix when the engine blew on lap 53. The Ferraris romped home with Ickx leading Regazzoni and Denny Hulme claiming the third podium spot. The Italian cars had proved they were now good enough to compete with the Ford-engined cars, but the crowd's antics meant that for safety reasons the Mexican Grand Prix would be dropped from the 1971 calendar. However, it returned to the Formula One calendar fifteen years later in 1986.
|7||20||Jackie Oliver||BRM||64||+1 Lap||13|
|8||17||John Surtees||Surtees-Ford||64||+1 Lap||15|
|9||7||Henri Pescarolo||Matra||61||+4 Laps||11|
|NC||23||Reine Wisell||Lotus-Ford||56||Not Classified||12|
|Ret||16||Rolf Stommelen||Brabham-Ford||15||Fuel System||17|
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 6 results from the first 7 rounds and the best 5 results from the last 6 rounds counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
1970 United States Grand Prix
|FIA Formula One World Championship
1971 South African Grand Prix
1969 Mexican Grand Prix
|Mexican Grand Prix||Next race:
1986 Mexican Grand Prix