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1970 Monaco Grand Prix

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XXVIII Grand Prix de Monaco
Type F1
Country 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Monaco
Grand Prix Monaco
Date May 10
Year 1970
Race No 3
Season No 13
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street circuit
Course mi 1.954
Course km 3.145
Distance laps 80
Distance mi 156.337
Distance km 251.600
Weather Sunny and warm
Pole Driver Jackie Stewart
Pole Team March-Ford
Pole Time 1:24.0
Pole Country UK
Fast Driver Jochen Rindt
Fast Team Lotus-Ford
Fast Time 1:23.2
Fast Lap 80
Fast Country Austria
First Driver Jochen Rindt
First Team Lotus-Ford
First Country Austria
Second Driver Jack Brabham
Second Team Brabham-Ford
Second Country Australia
Third Driver Henri Pescarolo
Third Team Matra
Third Country France


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.

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 unbeliavable happened: on the last lap, Brabham misjudged the braking into the Gazomètre, the very last corner, and went straight into 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 22px-Flag of Austria.png Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 80 1:54:37.4 8 9
2 5 22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 80 23.1 4 6
3 9 22px-Flag of France.png Henri Pescarolo Matra 80 51.4 7 4
4 11 22px-Flag of New Zealand.png Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 80 + 1:28.3 3 3
5 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 16 2
6 17 22px-Flag of Mexico.png Pedro Rodríguez BRM 78 + 2 Laps 15 1
7 23 22px-Flag of Sweden.svg.png Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 12  
8 19 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Jo Siffert March-Ford 76 Out of Fuel 11  
Ret 28 22px-Flag of New Zealand.png Chris Amon March-Ford 60 Suspension 2  
NC 24 22px-Flag of France.png Piers Courage De Tomaso-Ford 58 Not Classified 9  
Ret 21 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jackie Stewart March-Ford 57 Engine 1  
Ret 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jackie Oliver BRM 42 Engine 14  
Ret 8 22px-Flag of France.png Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 21 Differential 6  
Ret 12 22px-Flag of New Zealand.png Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 19 Suspension 10  
Ret 14 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png John Surtees McLaren-Ford 14 Oil Pressure 13  
Ret 26 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx Ferrari 11 Halfshaft 5  
DNQ 10 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Andrea de Adamich McLaren-Alfa Romeo    
DNQ 6 22px-Flag of Germany.png Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford    
DNQ 15 22px-Flag of the Canada.png George Eaton BRM    
DNQ 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png John Miles Lotus-Ford    
DNQ 20 22px-Flag of France.png Johnny Servoz-Gavin March-Ford        



Name of race Monaco Grand Prix
Year of race 1970
Previous race in season 1970 Spanish Grand Prix
Next race in season 1970 Belgian Grand Prix
Previous year's race 1969 Monaco Grand Prix
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