The 1970 German Grand Prix was the eighth round of the 1970 Formula One Season. It was also the first time that the race was held at the Hockenheimring, after the Nürburgring declined to make necessary safety improvements. The race was won by Austrian Jochen Rindt in a Lotus, after an exciting battle with Ferrari driver Jacky Ickx of Belgium. The margin of victory was 0.7 seconds. Denny Hulme was third, and Lotus rookie Emerson Fittipaldi took a fine fourth. Only seven of the 21 starters finished the race.
Drivers had long complained about the dangers of the Nürburgring, and had finally insisted on a series of safety improvements necessary for continued use of the track. The track owners refused, feeling that the Grand Prix would return regardless. To stave off the threat of a boycott, the AvD cut a deal with the Hockenheimring to hold the race, over the strong objections of the Nürburgring owners. But the drivers and car owners stood firm, so the Nürburgring was off the schedule for 1970.
The track was not popular with the drivers, with its premium on power and slipstreaming. Safety aside, even Jackie Stewart missed the Nürburgring. His weekend was one of melancholy, as Hockenheim was where his close friend Jim Clark had been killed in a Formula Two race, two years previously, and Stewart had turned down substantial sums of money to avoid racing there since then.
The field was largely the same as at Brands Hatch. One difference was Dan Gurney had left the McLaren team and returned to California, amid rumors (later found to be true) of his impending retirement from driving. McLaren hired Peter Gethin to take Gurney's spot. Privateers Pete Lovely and George Eaton did not make the trip to Germany, while Silvio Moser was entered, and local driver Hubert Hahne had purchased a March 701 to use in the race.
The full entry list for the 1970 German Grand Prix is outlined below:
|5||21||Rolf Stommelen||Brabham-Ford||49||+1 Lap||11||2|
|6||14||Henri Pescarolo||Matra||49||+1 Lap||5||1|
|7||23||François Cevert||March-Ford||49||+1 Lap||14|
|Ret||3||Jack Brabham||Brabham-Ford||4||Oil leak||12|
- First race at Hockenheimring
- Final race win of Jochen Rindt
- First points for Emerson Fittipaldi
- Final race entry for Hubert Hahne
Standings after raceEdit
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