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The 1970 French Grand Prix was the six race of the season, and was held again at the Charade Circuit near Clermont-Ferrand. With the Rouen circuit retired for safety reasons, and construction of a major highway eliminating Reims, French organizers had to scramble a bit to find a suitable track for the race. This race was originally slated for the airport circuit at Albi, but it was finally decided that Albi was just too short and uninteresting for a Grand Prix.

BackgroundEdit

The race returned to the Charade Circuit, on an extinct volcano southeast of Clermont-Ferrand. Since last year's race the circuit had been partially rebuilt, giving a smoother surface, but a large number of volcanic rocks were used as the foundation, and cars straying over the track edge were flinging rocks onto the racing surface.

  • Brabham: The cars had been fitted with triple rear aerofoils, similar to the Lotus design. They also had safety pegs on the tire rims, to prevent them from leaving the rims in case of deflation. This was the cause of Jack Brabham's accident in unofficial practice at Zandvoort.
  • BRM: Because of the problems encountered at Zandvoort, the team made multiple revisions to the oil system, and added safety pegs to the rims.
  • De Tomaso: After the tragic death of Piers Courage at Zandvoort, the team gave this race a miss.
  • Ferrari: The only changes to the cars were minor alterations to the fuel system. After Clay Regazzoni's debut at Zandvoort, Ignazio Giunti was back in the second car.
  • Lotus: The 72s arrived with the rear of their monocoques strengthened, and the rear shock absorbers repositioned. Alex Soler-Roig rented the use of the team's spare 49C, but had never seen the track before and failed to qualify, more than 15 seconds slower than Ickx's pole time.
  • March: Chris Amon spent the first part of practice driving the original 701, mounted with a large number of suspension pick-up points to analyze different settings for the track.
  • Matra: For their home race, the Matras had a revised front suspension to reduce understeer, and 15 inch rear wheels.
  • McLaren: Denny Hulme was returning to driving after four weeks of letting his hands heal, but they were still covered with bandages, and he was a frequent visitor at the medical center for maintenance. Because Peter Gethin had totaled Hulme's usual chassis, he was using the M14D previously used by Andrea de Adamich, and converted back to Cosworth power. The team had to make a larger custom cockpit cover, to prevent Hulme from banging his hands on the sides. This meant that de Adamich was relegated to the team's spare M7D, with his usual Alfa Romeo engine installed.
  • Surtees: John Surtees failed to arrive because of a shortage of Cosworth engines, and the Cosworth factory was now on their annual holiday.


Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1970 French Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 D
2 France François Cevert United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 D
3 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 D
4 Canada George Eaton United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 D
5 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 D
6 Austria Jochen Rindt United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 72 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
7 United Kingdom John Miles United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 72 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
8 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Racing Lotus 49C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
9 Spain Alex Soler-Roig United Kingdom World Wide Racing Lotus 49C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
10 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy S.p.a. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B Ferrari 001 F12 3.0 F
11 Italy Ignazio Giunti Italy S.p.a. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B Ferrari 001 F12 3.0 F
12 Switzerland Jo Siffert United Kingdom STP-March March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
14 New Zealand Chris Amon United Kingdom STP-March March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
15 United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Team Surtees McLaren M7D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
16 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M7D Alfa Romeo T33 V8 3.0 G
17 United States Dan Gurney United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M14A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
18 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom Antique Automobiles March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
19 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M14D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
20 France Henri Pescarolo France Equipe Matra Elf Matra MS120 Matra MS12 V12 3.0 G
21 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise France Equipe Matra Elf Matra MS120 Matra MS12 V12 3.0 G
22 Germany Rolf Stommelen United Kingdom Auto Motor und Sport Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
23 Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
24 Switzerland Silvio Moser Switzerland Silvio Moser Racing Team Bellasi F1 70 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
25 United States Pete Lovely United States Pete Lovely Volkswagen Inc. Lotus 49B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F

Practice Overview Edit

The weekend featured mostly very warm temperatures. Because of the small paddock and short pit lane, only 20 cars would be allowed to start the race. With 23 entries, three would go home early. Practice consisted of a 2 12 hour session on Friday afternoon, and hour long sessions on Saturday morning and afternoon. The first surprise came when the Ferrari transporter failed to show on Friday. The factory was late in sending the truck out, and it arrived at the border between France and Italy after customs for commercial vehicles had shut down on Thursday. And once past the border on Friday morning, the radiator sprang a leak. The team sent to Italy for help, as it was felt that needing French assistance would have been humiliating.

Without the Scuderia present, the March cars were showing the way. Jackie Stewart was fastest on Friday with a time of 3:00.14, followed by Chris Amon at 3:00.96. Denny Hulme was third with a 3:01.06, and Jean-Pierre Beltoise recorded a 3:01.83 to lead the 12-cylinder cars. Jochen Rindt was having troubles. He had long resisted using full-face helmets, saying they made him ill, and he preferred the cool breeze on his face. He tried one here, and returned with the usual complaint. So, just after heading back out with his customary open-face helmet, one of the volcanic rocks was kicked up by another car and slashed his lip. Around the same time, Moser crunched the Bellasi into the guard rail, basically ending his weekend.

Saturday showed a Ferrari team anxious to make up for lost time, and Jacky Ickx promptly did just that, moving to the top of the session with a 3:00.62. Beltoise was just behind at 3:00.65, and Rindt had to work hard to log the third fastest time at 3:00.74. Ignazio Giunti was showing great promise, coming in eighth fastest at 3:04.14, clearly faster than all of the other newer drivers.

On Saturday afternoon, a mild cold front went by, bringing a cooler breeze and lower track temperatures. Almost everyone in the field improved their time, led by Ickx, who ran a brilliant lap of 2:58.22. Beltoise was half a second back, with Amon, Stewart, Brabham and Rindt all getting under three minutes. At the other end, Lovely and Soler-Roig were more than 16 seconds off of Ickx's time, with Graham Hill just beating Moser's time for the final spot in the race.

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 10 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 2:58.22
2 21 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 2:58.70 +0.48
3 14 New Zealand Chris Amon March-Ford 2:59.14 +0.92
4 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart March-Ford 2:59.24 +1.02
5 23 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 2:59.67 +1.45
6 6 Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 2:59.74 +1.52
7 19 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 3:00.42 +2.20
8 20 France Henri Pescarolo Matra 3:00.59 +2.37
9 18 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 3:01.21 +2.99
10 3 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 3:01.29 +3.07
11 11 Italy Ignazio Giunti Ferrari 3:01.85 +3.63
12 5 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 3:02.77 +4.55
13 2 France François Cevert March-Ford 3:02.87 +4.65
14 22 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 3:03.41 +5.19
15 16 Italy Andrea de Adamich McLaren-Alfa Romeo 3:03.48 +5.26
16 12 Switzerland Jo Siffert March-Ford 3:03.78 +5.56
17 17 United States Dan Gurney McLaren-Ford 3:04.04 +5.82
18 7 United Kingdom John Miles Lotus-Ford 3:04.16 +5.94
19 4 Canada George Eaton BRM 3:04.92 +6.70
20 8 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 3:07.84 +9.62
DNQ 24 Switzerland Silvio Moser Bellasi-Ford 3:08.10 +9.88
DNQ 9 Spain Alex Soler-Roig Lotus-Ford 3:14.49 +16.27
DNQ 25 United States Pete Lovely Lotus-Ford 3:15.58 +17.36

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Jacky Ickx 2
______________ Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Row 2 3 ______________
Chris Amon 4
______________ Jackie Stewart
Row 3 5 ______________
Jack Brabham 6
______________ Jochen Rindt
Row 4 7 ______________
Denny Hulme 8
______________ Henri Pescarolo
Row 5 9 ______________
Ronnie Peterson 10
______________ Pedro Rodríguez
Row 6 11 ______________
Ignazio Giunti 12
______________ Jackie Oliver
Row 7 13 ______________
François Cevert 14
______________ Rolf Stommelen
Row 8 15 ______________
Andrea de Adamich 16
______________ Jo Siffert
Row 9 17 ______________
Dan Gurney 18
______________ John Miles
Row 10 19 ______________
George Eaton 20
______________ Graham Hill

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 6 Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 38 1:55:57.00 6 9
2 14 New Zealand Chris Amon March-Ford 38 +7.61 3 6
3 23 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 38 +44.83 5 4
4 19 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 38 +45.66 7 3
5 20 France Henri Pescarolo Matra 38 +1:19.42 8 2
6 17 United States Dan Gurney McLaren-Ford 38 +1:19.65 17 1
7 22 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 38 +2:20.16 14  
8 7 United Kingdom John Miles Lotus-Ford 38 +2:47.17 18  
9 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart March-Ford 38 +3:09.61 4  
10 8 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 37 +1 Lap 20  
11 2 France François Cevert March-Ford 37 +1 Lap 13  
12 4 Canada George Eaton BRM 36 +2 Laps 19  
13 21 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 35 Out of fuel 2  
14 11 Italy Ignazio Giunti Ferrari 35 +3 Laps 11  
NC 16 Italy Andrea de Adamich McLaren-Alfa Romeo 29 +9 Laps 18  
Ret 12 Switzerland Jo Siffert March-Ford 23 Accident 16  
Ret 27 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 17 Differential 13  
Ret 10 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 16 Engine 1  
Ret 3 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 6 Gearbox 10  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 5 Engine 12  

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Austria Jochen Rindt 27 ▲1
2 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 19 ▼1
Australia Jack Brabham 19 ▲1
4 New Zealand Denny Hulme 12 ▲1
New Zealand Chris Amon 12 ▲3
6 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez 10 ▼2
7 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 9 ▲1
8 France Henri Pescarolo 7 ▲2
9 New Zealand Bruce McLaren 6 ▼2
United Kingdom Graham Hill 6 ▼2
11 United States Mario Andretti 4
Belgium Jacky Ickx 4
13 Italy Ignazio Giunti 3
Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 3
15 United Kingdom John Miles 2
France Johnny Servoz-Gavin 2
Germany Rolf Stommelen 2
18 United Kingdom John Surtees 1
United States Dan Gurney 1 ▲1
Intercontinental Cup for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 32 ▲1
2 United Kingdom March-Ford 31 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 21
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 20 ▼1
5 France Matra 15
6 United Kingdom BRM 10
7 Italy Ferrari 7
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