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The 1970 Formula One Season was the 21st season of the Drivers' World Championship and the 13th season of the Constructors' Championship.

It began on March 19th 1970 in South Africa and ended on October 25th in Mexico, and consisted of 13 races.

The Drivers' World Championship was won by Jochen Rindt of Lotus, who became the first (and so far only) posthumous winner of the championship, when he was killed during practice for the Italian Grand Prix. He finished five points ahead of Jacky Ickx of Ferrari. Ickx's teammate, Clay Regazzoni was third.

The Constructors' Championship was won by Lotus-Ford, seven points ahead of Ferrari, and 11 ahead of March, a brand new constructor.

In addition to Rindt, drivers Bruce McLaren (testing accident at Goodwood) and Piers Courage (during the Dutch Grand Prix) were killed this season, giving this year the sobriquet "The Year of Death".

Team and DriversEdit

Constructor Chassis Tyre Driver Rounds
Team Engine
March-Ford Cosworth
Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
701
001
D United Kingdom Jackie Stewart All
United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 France Johnny Servoz-Gavin 1-3
France François Cevert 5-13
Matra MS120 G France Jean-Pierre Beltoise All
France Equine Matra Elf Matra MS12 V12 3.0 France Henri Pescarolo All
McLaren-Alfa Romeo
McLaren-Ford Cosworth
M7D
M14A
M14D
G New Zealand Bruce McLaren 1-3
United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Alfa Romeo T33 V8 3.0
Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
New Zealand Denny Hulme 1-3, 6-13
Italy Andrea de Adamich 2-3, 5-12
United States Dan Gurney 5-7
United Kingdom Peter Gethin 5, 8-13
Italy Nanni Galli 10
McLaren-Ford Cosworth
Surtees-Ford Cosworth
M7C
TS7
F United Kingdom John Surtees 1-3, 5, 7-13
United Kingdom Team Surtees Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 United Kingdom Derek Bell 12
Lotus-Ford Cosworth 49C
72
72C
F Austria Jochen Rindt 1-10
United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus
United Kingdom Garvey Team Lotus
United Kingdom World Wide Racing
Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 United Kingdom John Miles 1-10
Spain Alex Soler-Roig 2, 4, 6
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 7-10, 12-13
Sweden Reine Wisell 12-13
March-Ford Cosworth 701 F United States Mario Andretti 1-2, 7-9
United States STP Corporation Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Lotus-Ford Cosworth 49C
72C
F United Kingdom Graham Hill 1-8, 10-13
United Kingdom Rob Walker Racing Team
United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Racing
Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Brabham-Ford Cosworth BT33 G Australia Jack Brabham All
United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments
United Kingdom Auto Motor und Sport
Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 Germany Rolf Stommelen All
March-Ford Cosworth 701 F New Zealand Chris Amon All
United Kingdom March Engineering Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 Switzerland Jo Siffert All
BRM P139
P153
D United Kingdom Jackie Oliver All
United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation
United Kingdom Yardley Team BRM
BRM P142 V12 3.0 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez All
Canada George Eaton 1-3, 5-7, 9-12
United Kingdom Peter Westbury 12
Ferrari 312B F Belgium Jacky Ickx All
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 001 F12 3.0 Italy Ignazio Giunti 4, 6, 9-10
Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 5, 7-13
De Tomaso-Ford Cosworth 505/38 D United Kingdom Piers Courage 1-5
United Kingdom Frank Williams Racing Cars Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 United Kingdom Brian Redman 7-8
Australia Tim Schenken 9-12
Brabham-Ford Cosworth
Lotus-Ford Cosworth
BT26A
49
D
G
Rhodesia John Love 1
Rhodesia Team Gunston Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 South Africa Peter de Klerk 1
Lotus-Ford Cosworth 49C F South Africa Dave Charlton 1
South Africa Scuderia Scribante Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
March-Ford Cosworth 701 G Sweden Ronnie Peterson 3-8, 10-12
United Kingdom Antique Automobiles
United Kingdom Colin Crabbe Racing
Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Brabham-Ford Cosworth BT26A G United Kingdom Derek Bell 4
United Kingdom Tom Wheatcroft Racing Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Bellasi-Ford Cosworth F1 70 G Switzerland Silvio Moser 5-6, 8-10
Switzerland Silvio Moser Racing Team Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Lotus-Ford Cosworth 49B F United States Pete Lovely 5-7, 12
United States Pete Lovely Volkswagen Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
March-Ford Cosworth 701 F Germany Hubert Hahne 8
Germany Hubert Hahne Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
McLaren-Ford Cosworth M7C G Sweden Jo Bonnier 10, 12
Sweden Ecurie Bonnier Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Brabham-Ford Cosworth BT26A G United States Gus Hutchison 12
United States Gus Hutchison Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

CalendarEdit

World Championship SchedulesEdit

Round Grand Prix Date
1 South Africa South African Grand Prix 7 March
Kyalami 1968layout
Official Title XVI South African Grand Prix
Circuit Kyalami
Location South Africa Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
Lap distance 4.103 km (2.55 mi)
Race distance 328.320 km (204.052 mi)
Date 7 March Laps 80
2 Spain Spanish Grand Prix 19 April
Circuito Permanente del Jarama 1980
Official Title XVI Gran Premio de España
Circuit Jarama
Location Spain Madrid, Spain
Lap distance 3.403 km (2.115 mi)
Race distance 306.27 km (190.348 mi)
Date 19 April Laps 90
3 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix 10 May
CircuitdeMonaco1950
Official Title XXVIII Grand Prix de Monaco
Circuit Circuit de Monaco
Location Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco
Lap distance 3.145 km (1.955 mi)
Race distance 251.6 km (156.37 mi)
Date 10 May Laps 80
4 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 8 June
Spa 1950
Official Title XXIX Grand Prix de Belgique
Circuit Spa-Francorchamps
Location Belgium Stavelot, Francorchamps, Belgium
Lap distance 14.10 km (8.763 mi)
Race distance 394.8 km (245.37 mi)
Date 8 June Laps 28
5 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix 21 June
CircuitZandvoort1980
Official Title XIX Grote Prijs van Nederland
Circuit Circuit van Zandvoort
Location Netherlands Zandvoort, North Holland, Netherlands
Lap distance 4.193 km (2.606 mi)
Race distance 335.44 km (208.477 mi)
Date 21 June Laps 80
6 France French Grand Prix 5 July
Circuit Charade 1958 1988
Official Title LVI Grand Prix de France
Circuit Charade Circuit
Location France Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France
Lap distance 8.053 km (5.005 mi)
Race distance 306.014 km (190.189 mi)
Date 5 July Laps 38
7 United Kingdom British Grand Prix 18 July
Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit 1960-1975
Official Title XXIII British Grand Prix
Circuit Brands Hatch
Location United Kingdom Kent, United Kingdom
Lap distance 4.265 km (2.651 mi)
Race distance 341.200 km (212.057 mi)
Date 18 July Laps 80
8 Germany German Grand Prix 2 August
Circuit Hockenheimring-1970
Official Title XXXII Großer Preis von Deutschland
Circuit Hockenheimring
Location Germany Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Lap distance 6.789 km (4.219 mi)
Race distance 339.450 km (210.97 mi)
Date 2 August Laps 50
9 Austria Austrian Grand Prix 16 August
Österreichring 1969-1976
Official Title XIII Großer Preis von Österreich
Circuit Osterreichring
Location Austria Zeltweg, Steiermark, Austria
Lap distance 5.911 km (3.674 mi)
Race distance 354.66 km (220.423 mi)
Date 16 August Laps 60
10 Italy Italian Grand Prix 6 September
Monza 1957
Official Title XLI Gran Premio d'Italia
Circuit Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Location Italy Monza, Monza e della Brianza, Italy
Lap distance 5.750 km (3.574 mi)
Race distance 391.000 km (243.008 mi)
Date 6 September Laps 68
11 Canada Canadian Grand Prix 20 September
Circuit Mont Tremblant
Official Title X Grand Prix de Canada
Circuit Circuit Mont-Tremblant
Location Canada Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Lap distance 4.265 km (2.651 mi)
Race distance 383.85 km (238.564 mi)
Date 20 September Laps 90
12 United States United States Grand Prix 4 October
Watkins Glen 1956
Official Title XIII Grand Prix of the United States
Circuit Watkins Glen Circuit
Location United States Watkins Glen, New York, USA
Lap distance 3.781 km (2.35 mi)
Race distance 253.79 km (157.732 mi)
Date 4 October Laps 108
13 Mexico Mexican Grand Prix 25 October
Watkins Glen 1956
Official Title IX Gran Premio de Mexico
Circuit Magdalena Mixhuca
Location Mexico Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City, Mexico City, Mexico
Lap distance 5.000 km (3.108 mi)
Race distance 325.000 km (201.989 mi)
Date 25 October Laps 65

Non-Championship RacesEdit

Date Event Circuit Report
22nd March United Kingdom V Race of Champions Brands Hatch Report
26th April United Kingdom XXII BRDC International Trophy Silverstone Report
22nd August United Kingdom XVII International Gold Cup Oulton Park Report

Season ReviewEdit

Pre-SeasonEdit

Race 1: South AfricaEdit

Race 2: SpainEdit

Race 3: MonacoEdit

Race 4: BelgiumEdit

Race 5: NetherlandsEdit

Race 6: FranceEdit

Race 7: United KingdomEdit

Race 8: GermanyEdit

Race 9: AustriaEdit

Race 10: ItalyEdit

Race 11: CanadaEdit

Race 12: United StatesEdit

Race 13: MexicoEdit

Non-Championship RoundsEdit

ResultsEdit

World Championship Grand PrixEdit

Round Event Report
Grid Result
1 South Africa South African Grand Prix Report
United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
March-Ford Cosworth
1 Australia Jack Brabham
Brabham-Ford Cosworth
Fastest Lap
New Zealand Chris Amon
March-Ford Cosworth
2 New Zealand Denny Hulme
McLaren-Ford Cosworth
United Kingdom John Surtees
McLaren-Ford Cosworth
Australia Jack Brabham
Brabham-Ford Cosworth
3 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
March-Ford Cosworth
1:20.8 on Lap 6
2 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Report
Australia Jack Brabham
Brabham-Ford Cosworth
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
March-Ford Cosworth
Fastest Lap
New Zealand Denny Hulme
McLaren-Ford Cosworth
2 New Zealand Bruce McLaren
McLaren-Ford Cosworth
Australia Jack Brabham
Brabham-Ford Cosworth
United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
March-Ford Cosworth
3 United States Mario Andretti
March-Ford Cosworth
1:24.3 on Lap 19
3 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Report
United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
March-Ford Cosworth
1 Austria Jochen Rindt
Lotus-Ford Cosworth
Fastest Lap
New Zealand Chris Amon
March-Ford Cosworth
2 Australia Jack Brabham
Brabham-Ford Cosworth
Austria Jochen Rindt
Lotus-Ford Cosworth
New Zealand Denny Hulme
McLaren-Ford Cosworth
3 France Henri Pescarolo
Matra
1:23.2 on Lap 80

See AlsoEdit


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