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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.


BackgroundEdit

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.


Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1970 German 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 Austria Jochen Rindt United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 72 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
3 Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
4 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M14A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
5 New Zealand Chris Amon United Kingdom STP-March March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
6 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 D
7 United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees TS7 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
8 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise France Equipe Matra Elf Matra MS120 Matra MS12 V12 3.0 G
9 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Rob Walker 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 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom STP Racing March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
12 Switzerland Jo Siffert United Kingdom STP-March March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
14 France Henri Pescarolo France Equipe Matra Elf Matra MS120 Matra MS12 V12 3.0 G
15 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy S.p.a. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B Ferrari 001 F12 3.0 F
16 United Kingdom John Miles United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 72 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
17 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 72 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
18 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 D
20 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M14A Alfa Romeo T33 V8 3.0 G
21 Germany Rolf Stommelen United Kingdom Auto Motor und Sport Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
22 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom STP-March March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
23 France François Cevert United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 D
24 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M14A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
25 United Kingdom Brian Redman United Kingdom Frank Williams Racing Cars De Tomaso 505 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 D
26 Germany Hubert Hahne Germany Hubert Hahne March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
27 Switzerland Silvio Moser Switzerland Silvio Moser Racing Team Bellasi F1/70 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 10 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:59.5
2 2 Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 1:59.7 +0.2
3 15 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:59.8 +0.3
4 12 Switzerland Jo Siffert March-Ford 2:00.0 +0.5
5 14 France Henri Pescarolo Matra 2:00.5 +1.0
6 5 New Zealand Chris Amon March-Ford 2:00.9 +1.4
7 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart March-Ford 2:01.0 +1.5
8 6 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 2:01.1 +1.6
9 11 United States Mario Andretti March-Ford 2:01.5 +2.0
10 16 United Kingdom John Miles Lotus-Ford 2:01.6 +2.1
11 21 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 2:01.6 +2.1
12 3 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 2:02.0 +2.5
13 17 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 2:02.0 +2.5
14 23 France François Cevert March-Ford 2:02.1 +2.6
15 7 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 2:02.1 +2.6
16 4 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 2:02.1 +2.6
17 24 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 2:02.2 +2.7
18 18 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 2:02.3 +2.8
19 22 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 2:02.4 +2.9
20 9 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 2:03.0 +3.5
21 8 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 2:05.2 +5.7
DNQ 25 United Kingdom Brian Redman De Tomaso-Ford 2:02.7 +3.2
DNQ 20 Italy Andrea de Adamich McLaren-Alfa Romeo 2:03.0 +3.5
DNQ 27 Italy Silvio Moser Bellasi-Ford 2:06.2 +6.7
DNQ 26 Germany Hubert Hahne March-Ford 2:07.1 +7.6

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 2 Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 50 1:42:00.3 2 9
2 10 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 50 +0.7 1 6
3 4 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 50 +1:21.8 2 4
4 17 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 50 +1:55.1 2 3
5 21 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 49 +1 Lap 11 2
6 14 France Henri Pescarolo Matra 49 +1 Lap 5 1
7 23 France François Cevert March-Ford 49 +1 Lap 14  
8 12 Switzerland Jo Siffert March-Ford 47 Engine 4  
9 7 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 46 Engine 15  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 37 Engine 20  
Ret 5 New Zealand Chris Amon March-Ford 34 Engine 6  
Ret 15 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 30 Engine 3  
Ret 16 United Kingdom John Miles Lotus-Ford 24 Engine 10  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart March-Ford 20 Engine 7  
Ret 11 United States Mario Andretti March-Ford 15 Gearbox 9  
Ret 22 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 11 Engine 19  
Ret 6 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 7 Ignition 8  
Ret 18 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 5 Engine 18  
Ret 3 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 4 Oil leak 12  
Ret 8 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 4 Suspension 21  
Ret 24 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 3 Throttle 17  

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Austria Jochen Rindt 45
2 Australia Jack Brabham 25
3 New Zealand Denny Hulme 20 ▲1
4 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 19 ▼1
5 New Zealand Chris Amon 14 ▼1
6 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez 10
Belgium Jacky Ickx 10 ▲6
8 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 9 ▼1
9 France Henri Pescarolo 8 ▼1
10 United Kingdom Graham Hill 7 ▼1
11 New Zealand Bruce McLaren 6 ▼1
Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 6 ▼1
13 United States Mario Andretti 4 ▼1
Germany Rolf Stommelen 4 ▲2
15 Italy Ignazio Giunti 3 ▼1
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 3 ▲5
17 United Kingdom John Miles 2 ▼2
France Johnny Servoz-Gavin 2 ▼2
19 United Kingdom John Surtees 1 ▼1
United States Dan Gurney 1 ▼1
Intercontinental Cup for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 50
2 United Kingdom March-Ford 33
3 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 29
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 28
5 France Matra 16
Italy Ferrari 16 ▲1
7 United Kingdom BRM 10
V T E Germany German Grand Prix
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Constructors Bellasi • Brabham • BRM • De Tomaso • Ferrari • Lotus • March • Matra • McLaren • Surtees • Tyrrell
Engines Alfa Romeo • BRM • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Matra
Drivers De Adamich • Amon • Andretti • Barber • Bell • Beltoise • Bonnier • Brabham  • Cevert • Charlton • Courage • Eaton • Elford • Fittipaldi • Galli • Ganley • Gethin • Giunti • Hill • Hobbs • Hulme • Ickx • Love • Lovely • McLaren • Moser • Oliver • Pescarolo • Peterson • Posey • Pretorius • Redman • Regazzoni • Rindt • Rodríguez • Schenken • Siffert • Soler-Roig • Stewart • Stommelen • Surtees • Wisell
Cars Bellasi F170 • Brabham BT33 • BRM P139 •  • BRM P139 • BRM P153 • De Tomaso 505 • Ferrari 312B • Lotus 49 • Lotus 49B • Lotus 49C • Lotus 72B • Lotus 72C • March 701 • Matra MS120B • McLaren M7C • McLaren M7D • McLaren M14A • McLaren M14D • Surtees TS7 • Tyrrell 001
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