1967 Monaco Grand Prix

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Template:Coord Template:Infobox Grand Prix race report The 1967 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Monaco on May 7, 1967. It was the second round of the 1967 Formula One season, albeit five months after Pedro Rodríguez’s unexpected victory at Kyalami. <ref name="wikipedia1">Template:Cite web</ref>

Between these races, the usual pre-season races had produced some unusual results, with Dan Gurney winning at Brands Hatch, in the Race of Champions in his Eagle-Weslake, and Mike Parkes taking the BRDC International Trophy for Ferrari. <ref name="wikipedia1"/>

The straight after the Gasworks hairpin was lengthened by moving the ‘Start and Finish’ closer to Ste-Devote.


Report

Entry

A total of 17 F1 cars were entered for the event. The field was bolstered by a pair of F2 Matra. The Monaco circuit was it tight layout, gives the 3-litre cars no advantage, thus many top teams entered their drivers in 2 or 2.5-litre cars. In fact the F2 Matra’s were powered by 1.6-litre Cosworth. Honda was back with John Surtees, with a V12 engine and the Anglo American Racers were at Monaco for the first time, with their Eagle-Weslake. <ref name="wikipedia1"/>

Qualifying

Jack Brabham took pole position for Brabham Racing Organisation, in their Brabham-Climax BT19, averaging a speed of 80.779mph, around the 1.954 miles (3.145 km) course. Brabham was joined on the front row by Ferrari’s Lorenzo Bandini. The next row featured John Surtees in the Honda and Denny Hulme in the second Brabham. The third row was an all Scottish affair, with Jim Clark (Lotus-Climax) ahead of Jackie Stewart’s BRM. <ref name="wikipedia1"/>

Race

The opening few laps were eventful – Bandini going into the lead. Jack Brabham’s Repco engine blew up almost immediately, at Spélugues cruve, and he spun in front of Bruce McLaren and Jo Siffert who collided taking avoiding action. Only Siffert damaged his car and had to pit for repairs. Brabham continued, but was losing oil from Mirabeau to the port, whilst Jim Clark had to take to the escape road after slipping on Brabham’s oil. <ref name="formula1967">Template:Cite web</ref><ref name="wikipedia2">Template:Cite web</ref><ref name="wheelsofitaly1">Template:Cite web</ref>

On lap two Clark went off and dropped to the rear of the field, while Denny Hulme and Jackie Stewart managed to past Bandini into the lead. Hulme stayed in front until the sixth lap when Stewart swept past, until his crownwheel and pinion broke on lap 14. Hulme re-took the lead. The race settled down with Bandini second, McLaren third, after the departure of John Surtees, with an engine failure. Clark’s heroic battle from 14th up to fourth ended with broken shock absorber on lap 43.This promoted Chris Amon to fourth. <ref name="formula1967"/><ref name="wikipedia2"/><ref name="wheelsofitaly1"/>

In the second half of the race, Bandini began to close in on Hulme. McLaren, was holding Amon at bay until he was forced into the pits to change a battery. His dropped him behind Amon and Graham Hill. <ref name="formula1967"/><ref name="wikipedia2"/><ref name="wheelsofitaly1"/>

On lap 82 disaster strikes, Bandini's chase ended in horror when he clipped the chicane and hits an hidden mooring head, the car turned over and exploded into flames amongst the straw bales. It seemed though that the Ferrari caught fire before Bandini hit the bales. He was trapped underneath his car. The rescue operation was hopelessly inadequate. The intervention was very slow and precious minutes passed before the fire was extinguished and Bandini was rescued and rushed to hospital. The rescue was not helped by a helicopter carrying a television camera crew, as it hovered at low level, the downdraught from the rotor blades fanned what remained of the fire, which reignited with a new ferocity. <ref name="formula1967"/><ref name="wikipedia2"/><ref name="wheelsofitaly1"/><ref name=Williams>Richard Williams, “Enzo Ferrari A Life" (Yellow Jersey Press, ISBN 0-224-05986-6, 2002)</ref>

Meanwhile, Hulme continued to lead the race to the finished unchallenged. Just eight laps to go, Amon suffered a puncture and dropped to third, with second going to Hill. <ref name="formula1967"/><ref name="wikipedia2"/><ref name="wheelsofitaly1"/>

Post Script

Lorenzo Bandini suffered horrendous burns and died of these injuries three days later - the tragedy overshadowing Denny Hulme's first victory on one of the world's most difficult circuits. This was the last Monaco Grand Prix that was to run for 100 laps. When this news broke, many of the star drivers were travelling to the United States to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. <ref name="formula1967"/><ref name="wheelsofitaly1"/>

Following the sad events of this race, no more would straw bales be seen at a Grand Prix circuit. The development of fire-retardant fuel systems and flameproof clothing for drivers and marshals was accelerated. Never again would a TV camera crew be allowed to fly a helicopter low over a burning car. <ref name=Williams>Richard Williams, “Enzo Ferrari A Life" (Yellow Jersey Press, ISBN 0-224-05986-6, 2002)</ref>

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9 Template:Flagicon Denny Hulme Brabham-Repco 100 2:34:34.3 4 9
2 14 Template:Flagicon Graham Hill Lotus-BRM 99 + 1 Lap 8 6
3 20 Template:Flagicon Chris Amon Ferrari 98 + 2 Laps 14 4
4 16 Template:Flagicon Bruce McLaren McLaren-BRM 98 + 3 Laps 10 3
5 11 Template:Flagicon Pedro Rodriguez Cooper-Maserati 96 + 4 Laps 16 2
6 5 Template:Flagicon Mike Spence BRM 96 + 4 Laps 12 1
Ret 18 Template:Flagicon Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 81 Fatal Accident 2  
Ret 6 Template:Flagicon Piers Courage BRM 64 Spun Off 13  
Ret 12 Template:Flagicon Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 42 Suspension 5  
Ret 7 Template:Flagicon John Surtees Honda 32 Engine 3  
Ret 17 Template:Flagicon Jo Siffert Cooper-Maserati 31 Oil Pressure 9  
Ret 4 Template:Flagicon Jackie Stewart BRM 14 Differential 6  
Ret 10 Template:Flagicon Jochen Rindt Cooper-Maserati 14 Gearbox 15  
Ret 23 Template:Flagicon Dan Gurney Eagle-Weslake 4 Fuel Pump 7  
Ret 2 Template:Flagicon Johnny Servoz-Gavin Matra-Ford 4 Injection 11  
Ret 8 Template:Flagicon Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 0 Engine 1  
DNQ 15 Template:Flagicon Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax    
DNQ 1 Template:Flagicon Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Ford    
DNQ 22 Template:Flagicon Richie Ginther Eagle-Climax        

Championship standings after the race

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Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
10px 3 1 Template:Flagicon Denny Hulme 12
10px 1 2 Template:Flagicon Pedro Rodríguez 11
10px 6 3 Template:Flagicon Graham Hill 6
10px 2 4 Template:Flagicon John Love 6
10px 2 5 Template:Flagicon John Surtees 4

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Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
10px 3 1 Template:Flagicon Brabham-Repco 12
10px 1 2 Template:Flagicon Cooper-Maserati 11
10px 3 3 Template:Flagicon Lotus-BRM 6
10px 2 4 Template:Flagicon Cooper-Climax 6
10px 2 5 Template:Flagicon Honda 4

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

References

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