1970 Monaco Grand Prix

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Template:Coord Template:Infobox Grand Prix race report The 1970 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at the Circuit de Monaco on May 10, 1970. It was the third race of the 1970 Formula One season. Jochen Rindt scored the last victory for the famous Lotus 49.

This was Bruce McLaren's final Formula One race - as he was killed 5 days before the next race at Belgium - and Ronnie Peterson's first.

Report

There were no significant changes in the drivers' lineup for Monaco, and the only news was Ronnie Peterson, entering in a non-works March. The Lotus team decided to bring the old 49 chassis instead of the new 72, despite testing it in a non-championship race at Silverstone a couple of weeks earlier. In qualifying, March swept the front row, with Jackie Stewart on pole (for the Tyrrell team) and Chris Amon alongside him. Third was Denny Hulme's McLaren, and fourth the Brabham of Jack Brabham; behind them was the Ferrari of Jacky Ickx. The first Lotus driver was Jochen Rindt, qualyfing in only eighth place.

Despite the rain in the previous days, the sun shone on race day, and the track was dry. At the start, Stewart led the field, with Amon, Brabham, Ickx and Jean-Pierre Beltoise behind him; on the second lap, Beltoise passed Ickx. Stewart began to pull away, and so the order remained unchanged until lap 12, when Ickx retired with a driveshaft failure. On lap 22 Beltoise, who in the meantime went into fourth, retired with transmission problems; on the same lap Brabham passed Amon into second place. It seemed Stewart could comfortably repeat the victory he took in Spain, but on lap 27 his March began misfiring, and he stopped in the pits dropping off. This left Brabham in front, with Amon, Hulme and Rindt, who worked his way from the middle of the pack, behind. In his first race, Peterson was doing well, in seventh place; meanwhile the engine failed on Jackie Oliver's BRM, leaving the marshalls some hard work to clean up all the oil he dropped on the track.

At about the same time, Hulme had problems with the gearing of his McLaren, the shift jumping gears, so he dropped back behind Rindt and Pescarolo; on lap 62 Amon's suspension failed, and he was forced to retire, leaving the Austrian in second place, nine seconds behind Brabham. He then increased his pace, and towards the last laps he was on the tail of the Australian. Brabham's victory seemed to be on the way though, as he resisted to all the pressure that Rindt brought on him. But the unbelievable happened: moving off the racing line to avoid a slower car at Gazomètre (Gasworks), the very last corner of the last lap, Brabham slid on the dusty surface and went straight into the straw bales, handing the victory to Rindt (a victory greeted by a big jump of joy by Colin Chapman). Brabham quickly reversed and finished the race in second position. Third was Pescarolo in a Matra, while the remaining points positions were rounded out by Hulme, Graham Hill (who worked his way up from the last spot on the grid) and Pedro Rodríguez.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Template:Flagicon Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 80 1:54:37.4 8 9
2 5 Template:Flagicon Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 80 + 23.1 4 6
3 9 Template:Flagicon Henri Pescarolo Matra 80 + 51.4 7 4
4 11 Template:Flagicon Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 80 + 1:28.3 3 3
5 1 Template:Flagicon Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 16 2
6 17 Template:Flagicon Pedro Rodríguez BRM 78 + 2 Laps 15 1
7 23 Template:Flagicon Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 12  
8 19 Template:Flagicon Jo Siffert March-Ford 76 Out of Fuel 11  
Ret 28 Template:Flagicon Chris Amon March-Ford 60 Suspension 2  
NC 24 Template:Flagicon Piers Courage De Tomaso-Ford 58 Not Classified 9  
Ret 21 Template:Flagicon Jackie Stewart March-Ford 57 Engine 1  
Ret 16 Template:Flagicon Jackie Oliver BRM 42 Engine 14  
Ret 8 Template:Flagicon Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 21 Differential 6  
Ret 12 Template:Flagicon Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 19 Suspension 10  
Ret 14 Template:Flagicon John Surtees McLaren-Ford 14 Oil Pressure 13  
Ret 26 Template:Flagicon Jacky Ickx Ferrari 11 Halfshaft 5  
DNQ 10 Template:Flagicon Andrea de Adamich McLaren-Alfa Romeo    
DNQ 6 Template:Flagicon Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford    
DNQ 15 Template:Flagicon George Eaton BRM    
DNQ 2 Template:Flagicon John Miles Lotus-Ford    
DNQ 20 Template:Flagicon Johnny Servoz-Gavin March-Ford        

Championship standings after the race

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Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
10px 1 1 Template:Flagicon Jack Brabham 15
10px 1 2 Template:Flagicon Jackie Stewart 13
10px 13 3 Template:Flagicon Jochen Rindt 9
10px 1 4 Template:Flagicon Denny Hulme 9
10px 1 5 Template:Flagicon Bruce McLaren 6

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Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
10px 2 1 Template:Flagicon Brabham-Ford 15
10px 2 Template:Flagicon McLaren-Ford 15
10px 1 3 Template:Flagicon Lotus-Ford 14
10px 3 4 Template:Flagicon March-Ford 13
10px 5 Template:Flagicon Matra 7

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

References

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