The 1967 Dutch Grand Prix, also officially called the XVII Grote Prijs van Nederland, was the third round of the 1967 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at Zandvoort on the 4th of June, 1967. The race would be remembered as the debut for the Lotus 49 and the Ford Cosworth DFV engine, heralding the start of a new era in Grand Prix racing.
The Dutch Grand Prix of 1967 was the first to follow the death of Ferrari racer Lorenzo Bandini in Monaco, with most of the front runners arriving late after racing at the Indianapolis 500. The was a semi-shock during practice/qualifying, as Graham Hill claimed pole in the new Lotus 49, which was expected to be quick, but not on the weekend that it made its first appearance.
A chaotic start almost saw an official involved in an accident when he failed to clear the grid before the flag was dropped. Denny Hulme, Championship leader, was badly held up, while Hill sprinted into the lead ahead of Jack Brabham and Dan Gurney.
Further down the order was Jim Clark, who was driving the second 49 for the first time so started eighth, almost two seconds slower than teammate Hill. However, the Scot was a quick learner, and so he was steadily climbing the order, taking Hulme and John Surtees on the opening lap before moving past Chris Amon to break into the top five.
Retirements for Gurney, who was battling for third with Jochen Rindt, and Hill then pushed Clark into the top three, before a series of quick laps saw him sweep into the lead. The final move on Brabham was decisively done into the legendary Tarzan hairpin at the start of the lap, with Clark duly driving off into the distance.
The Scot eventually cruised home to record a first win of the season for himself and Team Lotus, as well as a debut victory for the new Cosworth DFV engine. Brabham was a lonely second when Rindt dropped out, while Hulme battled up to third after a tussle with Amon. Mike Parkes and Ludovico Scarfiotti completed the points in the other Ferraris.
The annual visit to the sand dunes of the Netherlands came up next for the 1967 circuit, with the field set to battle around an unchanged Circuit Park Zandvoort. The entry list was rather impressive in terms of how many 3.0 litre spec cars were set to race, although most of the factory drivers would be late in arriving. Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Dan Gurney, Jochen Rindt and Graham Hill all retired from a rain delayed Indianapolis 500 in the week before the Dutch Grand Prix, with the only F1 regular to finish being Championship leader Denny Hulme.
Into the entrants, and Brabham-Repco were one of the first teams to arrive in the Netherlands, despite the fact that Hulme was still out in America. They had four cars up and running for the weekend, including the new Brabham BT24, which had been purpose built for the 1967 Championship, although it was still in development. Jack Brabham would also use the BT19 with the development version of the Repco engine, while the other two cars were the familiar BT20s for Hulme.
Ferrari were still recovering from the loss of their lead driver Lorenzo Bandini at Monaco, and so had to pull in drivers from their sportscar programme. Joining new leader driver Chris Amon were Mike Parkes and Ludovico Scarfiotti, who had shared a car on their way to victory at the non-Championship Syracuse Grand Prix late in May. There were four of the V12 Ferraris on offer for the trio, three being brand new for 1967 while the fourth was the car used by Scarfiotti to win the 1966 Italian Grand Prix.
For Honda, the Dutch Grand Prix arrived too soon for their 1967 car to make an appearance, leaving John Surtees to race with their two battle worn cars from Monte Carlo. BRM had two of the H16 cars on offer for Stewart and Mike Spence, with a third car which had been made lighter and thinner for the Scot to test. Eagle-Weslake brought both of their cars to the race, although Richie Ginther had left the Anglo American Racers effort in the wake of the Indy 500 but the second car was left vacant in case Ginther wanted to return.
Cooper-Maserati had only one privateer effort to worry about alongside their factory cars, with Jo Siffert once again racing for the Rob Walker Racing Team, although that car would arrive late. The factory efforts were a pair of cars, one freshly built with an updated monocoque for Rindt, while Pedro Rodríguez would use a '66 car. Bruce McLaren was back with his single McLaren M4B, while the final single car entry was Chris Irwin with Reg Parnell Racing, although they should have been running Piers Courage as well.
Finally, there was Team Lotus, who arrived in the Netherlands after a huge flop in the US at Indianapolis after both Clark and Hill went out early. Yet, their hopes were high as they finally unveiled the new Lotus 49, featuring the highly anticipated Ford Cosworth DFV, which Colin Chapman had persuaded Ford to fund. The first chassis, R1, was the car that Hill had been testing since the Monaco Grand Prix, while R2 was brand new for Clark, with the Scot getting his first chance to sample the 49 in the Netherlands.
Victory in Monaco put Hulme into the lead of the World Championship by just a single point from South Africa winner Rodríguez, before a five point gap back to third. That position was held by Hill, level on points with Rhodesian John Love, while Surtees and Amon were tied on four points apiece. Ten drivers were registered on the scorers list already, with Spence and Brabham last of those to have done so before the Dutch Grand Prix.
Brabham-Repco were on to defend their Intercontinental Cup for Manufacturers crown already, with Hulme's victory putting them into the lead. Cooper-Maserati were down to second but just a point behind, before Cooper appeared again in fourth, level on points with Lotus-BRM. Ferrari were in the top five, tied with Honda, with McLaren-BRM, Brabham-Climax and BRM also on the board.
The full entry list for the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix is outlined below:
Practice/qualifying was run over four sessions before race day, with three sessions on Friday before a fourth run on Saturday. All four sessions were to last for two hours, ample time for teams to get up to speed, although the Indy 500 competitors would be late to get out on Friday morning. As for target times, the circuit record stood at a 1:28.1, set by Jack Brabham during qualifying for the 1966 Dutch Grand Prix.
Unsurprisingly, the first Friday session saw most of the field slowly bring their cars up to speed, with a lot of attention paid to the new pair of green/yellow Lotus 49s. BRM, Ferrari and Honda were among the first to push on, those three having all decided to run in an unofficial practice session on Thursday which had seen the circuit record unofficially beaten. Of the new cars, the Lotuses were running nicely (Hill later complaining about his pedals), Brabham was out in the new BT24 and Jackie Stewart was testing the experimental BRM P115.
After the lunch break the pace was beginning to pick up, with the Lotuses given new gearboxes while Ludovico Scarfiotti was officially allowed to qualify for the race as hopes of Richie Ginther arriving faded. The Brabham-Repco effort was split, the "gaffer" switching to the BT19 with the new Repco engine, and running slightly slower than he had in the morning, while Denny Hulme had to sit out as both of his cars had problems. Just before the short break for the evening session, Dan Gurney and Graham Hill both set quick times to set up the potential for a pole battle for the next two sessions.
The officials decided to use more accurate timing systems for the evening session, going to the nearest hundredth of a second to seperate the drivers. Hill and Gurney were out quickly to continue their late afternoon runs, beginning an enticing battle for pole between themselves, with the Cosworth V8 going up against the Weslake V12. Both were officially stated to produce 400+ bhp, and it was the Lotus-Cosworth that set the fastest lap of the day with a 1:25.60, two tenths quicker than the Eagle-Weslake.
Saturday saw the pole fight draw into a third session, with Gurney getting the spare engine from Ginther's withdrawn car while Hill's car received a service overnight. Their battle would occupy the fans as they both worked down through the 1:25.0s, although Brabham suddenly, albeit briefly joined the fight with a 1:25.60. Come sessions end Hill managed to string out a series of laps that concluded with a shattering time of 1:24.60, half a second quicker than Gurney's best effort.
Away from the pole fight there were both delirious and disappointed faces as late session problems and last minute laps rapidly changed the order. Clark was only able to get a few laps in before a suspension failure ended his running, a problem the Scot had detected but Colin Chapman could not find before it failed, while Hulme had to battle with a poor clutch. Chris Amon and Mike Parkes were at the back of the top ten for Ferrari with Scarfiotti down in fifteenth to complete a disappointing couple of days for the tifosi, while there were happy faces at privateer effort Reg Parnell Racing, where Chris Irwin put their 1963 Lotus-BRM into thirteenth with a time quicker than Brabham's former record.
The full qualifying results for the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix are outlined below:
|1||6||Graham Hill||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||1:31.7||1:27.5||1:25.60||1:24.60||—|
|4||12||Jochen Rindt||Cooper-Maserati||1:27.9||1:26.9||No Time||1:26.50||+1.90s|
|7||2||Denny Hulme||Brabham-Repco||1:26.8||No Time||1:26.80||1:26.65||+2.05s|
|8||5||Jim Clark||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||1:28.4||1:27.3||1:26.80||1:28.40||+2.20s|
|16||20||Jo Siffert||Cooper-Maserati||No Time||No Time||No Time||1:28.80||+4.20s|
|17||21||Bob Anderson||Brabham-Climax||1:29.0||No Time||1:30.10||1:29.90||+4.40s|
- Bold indicates a driver's fastest time from all three sessions.
After a night of race preparing by the mechanics, all seventeen qualifiers were out and ready to roll when the Grand Prix cars were released from the pits. A single warm up lap was allowed before the drivers assembled on the dummy grid ahead of the 2:30pm start time. The field were then allowed to pull onto the grid proper, although one official set about re-positioning the two Cooper-Maseratis just before the flag fell to start the race.
Unfortunately, the starter had not seen his colleague in the middle of the pack, who was starting to make his way to re-position Jochen Rindt, with the field scattering around him. A serious amount of luck meant that the cars at the back of the pack missed him, although it was Denny Hulme and John Surtees who were unlucky. Their starts were ruined as the official stood in their tracks, and so they fell into the rabble that had slightly more time to dodge the fussy official.
Out front, and ahead of the unfolding chaos behind, it was pole sitter Graham Hill who streaked into the lead of the race with Jack Brabham right on his tail. Rindt was up to third after ignoring the official's instructions, while Dan Gurney had slipped to fourth when a fuel surge caused his engine to splutter and reduce in power. Next up were Chris Amon and Jim Clark, who took advantage of the baulked starts for Hulme and Surtees to leap up the order.
The top six would run together through to the end of the opening lap, before a gap back to Pedro Rodríguez at the head of the second group. All bar the top six were in this battle pack, although there would soon be a casualty among them when Bruce McLaren went off on the second lap. The New Zealander's car was damaged in the dunes although McLaren himself was uninjured, although there was a worrying moment for those in the pits when the officials scrambled a car to go to the incident, for Zandvoort lacked any circuit-to-pit communications.
Hill was beginning to take command of the race through laps two and three by inching away from Brabham, although the top six were still all running in one clump. Rindt and Gurney were battling hard, the New Yorker finding a way past the Austrian on lap three, while Clark slipped past Amon a lap later. The top six were soon joined by Hulme once he cleared the runners in the second pack, and it was not long before the New Zealander joined in the fun by taking Amon.
The leading seven were well ahead of the rest of the field before the eight lap mark, with Hill just beginning to break away himself with a two second advantage over Brabham. Rindt and Gurney swapped back around, the slippery Cooper-Maserati able to keep with the pace as long as it was in the slipstream, although the Eagle-Weslake was not in a good way. The New Yorker would be the first to fall out of the lead group with a mixture problem for his Weslake engine, with the injection system failing a lap later.
The gap between first and second then stalled at two seconds, before Brabham came round at the front of the lead group to complete the eleventh lap, Hill not being among them at all. The Englishman had had a gearbox failure, and as the leaders came charging by a lap later, Hill was seen pushing his dead Lotus into the pits. When the engine finally fired after a few minutes tinkering the mechanics decided to retire the car as it sounded very unhealthy, although their hearts were raised as Clark was still in the fight.
Infact, the Scot was more than in the fight, as an excellent series of laps saw him pounce on Rindt a few laps after Hill disappeared. A lap later and Clark was slinging the Lotus down the inside of Brabham into Tarzan for the lead, before stretching out at an incredible rate. Brabham and Rindt simply could not keep up the pace, with Clark holding a two second lead at the 20 lap mark, although he was hurtling around the circuit without breaking a sweat while his competitors were working really hard to match his consistent 1:28.0s.Rindt soon fell to both Hulme and Amon as Clark sprinted away, eventually falling into the sights of Jackie Stewart to cause some confusion for the circuit announcer, who believed that it was the BRM racer speeding up to close the gap. As for Hulme and Amon, the demise of Rindt saw them enter an intense duel for third, with the latter of the two New Zealanders showing his scarlet nose wherever he could, but simply could not nudge the Brabham out of the way. Just ahead sat the "gaffer" in the first of the Brabhams, who was split in whether to push Clark to see if the new Lotus would break, or to try and help teammate Hulme establish himself in third place.
Not long after Stewart came bruising past for fifth, Rindt retired from ther ace with a gearbox issue, promoting Mike Parkes into the points. The Englishman was soon up in fifth when Stewart pulled off with brake problems that could not be cured by a top up of the fluid. Surtees, meanwhile, was having a very quiet race at the back of the top ten after getting caught in the back runners after the start incident.
Amon and Hulme were still exchanging blows as the race ticked into the final third, although the intensity of their duel was only just overshadowing the dominant Scot out front. Clark was sweeping around the Zandvoort dunes so smoothly and gracefully that it seemed that the 49 was an extension of himself, while the Cosworth DFV in the back ran and sounded sweet. Also going well was the Scot's old Lotus 25 in the hands of Chris Irwin, who was battling with Mike Spence in the H16 BRM, their battle being settled when Spence lost the back end through Tarzan.
Surtees finally retired on lap 73 when a throttle issue finally frustrated him enough to stop, fortunate as he was just about to be unceremoniously lapped by Clark for a second time. The race was now run barring mechanical failures for the leaders, with Brabham easing off further to involve himself in the Hulme-Amon fight for third. The younger of the pair was relentless in getting the Ferrari alongside the Brabham at certain points, but Hulme's refined style kept him in the perfect position to deny his countryman a clear chance at taking the position.The closing stages saw Ferrari also try to engineer the Hulme/Amon scrap when the pair came through to lap Parkes, who tried to half-heartedly baulk Hulme to give Amon a chance. Like Brabham's distant involvement, the Parkes move failed to affect the fight, with the two still locked together for the final laps. Ludovico Scarfiotti was on to make it three Ferraris in the points by being a lap ahead of Irwin, as tension spread into the Team Lotus pits as the final laps slowly ticked by.
Finally, when Clark crossed the finish line after two and a quarter hours of racing, the tension in the Lotus garage exploded, with Colin Chapman, Keith Duckworth (designer of the Cosworth engine) and Hill leading the celebrations. Brabham swept home to second two seconds ahead of Hulme, who put in a punishing couple of laps at the end to pull safely clear of Amon before the end. Parkes and Scarfiotti cruised home to complete the point scorers ahead of Irwin, Spence, Bob Anderson and Jo Siffert, both of who had had early issues that put them out of the fight early on.
The full results for the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix are outlined below:
|1||5||Jim Clark||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||90||2:14:45.1||8||9|
|5||4||Mike Parkes||Ferrari||89||+1 lap||10||2|
|6||22||Ludovico Scarfiotti||Ferrari||89||+1 lap||15||1|
|7||18||Chris Irwin||Lotus-BRM||88||+2 laps||13|
|8||10||Mike Spence||BRM||87||+3 laps||12|
|9||21||Bob Anderson||Brabham-Climax||86||+4 laps||17|
|10||20||Jo Siffert||Cooper-Maserati||83||+7 laps||16|
|Ret||6||Graham Hill||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||11||Gearbox||1|
|Ret||15||Dan Gurney||Eagle-Weslake||8||Fuel injection||2|
- Last entry for a Lotus 25, piloted by Chris Irwin.
- First pole position for Ford Cosworth.
- Jim Clark earned his 21st Grand Prix victory.
- 20th podium for Jack Brabham.
- Maiden victory for Ford Cosworth.
- Also the Anglo-American effort's first visit to the podium.
- First fastest lap set by a Ford Cosworth engine.
A first victory of the season launched Jim Clark into the top three of the Championship, although he was seven points off of early leader Denny Hulme. Pedro Rodríguez split the two as the other race winner of the season, although he looked more likely to slip down the order than put up a title fight. Jack Brabham and Chris Amon completed the top five, both sitting on seven points but with Brabham ahead courtesy of his second place.
Brabham-Repco were still leading the way in the Intercontinental Cup for Manufacturers, leaving Zandvoort with a healthy seven point advantage over Cooper-Maserati. Lotus-Ford were in third thanks to Clark and the new Lotus 49, their points from running the BRM engine not added to their tally under FIA rules. Ferrari were up to fourth, with the next factory effort being Honda down in seventh.
Images and Videos:
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