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The 1970 Mexican Grand Prix was the 13th and final race of the 1970 Formula One season. With Emerson Fittipaldi's victory at Watkins Glen three weeks earlier, Jochen Rindt had been confirmed as the first posthumous World Champion, and Lotus-Ford had clinched the Constructor's title.


BackgroundEdit

Autódromo Magdalena Mixhuca is in a public park, near the heart of Ciudad de Mexico. The city is in a valley at an elevation of 7,500 feet/2,285 m, and also has one of the world's worst problems with air pollution, both of which causes problems for cars and drivers alike. The organizers were working with a much smaller budget than the US and Canadian races had at their disposal, and included in that was covering the cost of transportation to and from New York. As a result, only 18 entries were accepted for the race, using a system similar to that used at Monaco. Seven teams were allowed two starters each, and four at-large spots were for former champions or other drivers likely to attract spectators. The 18 selected all had the same car numbers and settings as at Watkins Glen, except for modifications to compensate for the altitude.


Entry listEdit

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

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 001 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 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy S.p.a. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B Ferrari 001 F12 3.0 F
4 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy S.p.a. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B Ferrari 001 F12 3.0 F
6 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise France Equipe Matra Elf Matra MS120 Matra MS12 V12 3.0 G
7 France Henri Pescarolo France Equipe Matra Elf Matra MS120 Matra MS12 V12 3.0 G
8 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M14A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
9 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M14A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
11 Switzerland Jo Siffert United Kingdom STP-March March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
12 New Zealand Chris Amon United Kingdom STP-March March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
14 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo
Racing - Rob Walker
Lotus 72C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
15 Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
16 Germany Rolf Stommelen United Kingdom Auto Motor und Sport Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
17 United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees TS7 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
19 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P160 BRM P142 V12 3.0 D
20 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 D
23 Sweden Reine Wisell United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 72C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
24 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 72C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F

Practice Overview Edit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 4 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:41.86
2 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:41.88 +0.02
3 3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:42.41 +0.55
4 15 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 1:43.57 +1.71
5 12 New Zealand Chris Amon March-Ford 1:43.71 +1.85
6 6 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 1:43.82 +1.96
7 19 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 1:44.01 +2.15
8 14 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 1:44.13 +2.27
9 2 France François Cevert March-Ford 1:44.21 +2.35
10 9 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 1:15.11 +2.65
11 7 France Henri Pescarolo Matra 1:44.55 +2.69
12 23 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 1:44.59 +2.73
13 20 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 1:44.70 +2.84
14 8 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:44.95 +3.09
15 17 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 1:45.03 +3.17
16 11 Switzerland Jo Siffert March-Ford 1:46.15 +4.29
17 16 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 1:46.30 +4.44
18 24 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:48.13 +6.27

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 65 1:53:28.36 3 9
2 4 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 65 +30.46 1 6
3 8 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 65 +45.97 14 4
4 12 New Zealand Chris Amon March-Ford 65 +47.05 5 3
5 6 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 65 +50.11 6 2
6 19 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 65 +1:24.76 7 1
7 20 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 64 +1 Lap 13  
8 17 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 64 +1 Lap 15  
9 7 France Henri Pescarolo Matra 61 +4 Laps 11  
NC 23 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 56 +9 Laps 12  
Ret 14 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 53 Engine 4  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 34 Accident damage 2  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 28 Engine 10  
Ret 23 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 16 Fuel system 15  
Ret 2 France François Cevert March-Ford 8 Engine 9  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 5 Overheating 8  
Ret 11 Switzerland Jo Siffert March-Ford 3 Engine 16  
Ret 24 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1 Engine 18  

MilestonesEdit

  • Final race for Jack Brabham.
  • Final race for Dunlop tires.
  • Last Mexican Grand Prix for 16 years, due to total lack of crowd control, and inability of race organizers to comprehend the problem.

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Austria Jochen Rindt 45
2 Belgium Jacky Ickx 40
3 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 33
4 New Zealand Denny Hulme 27 ▲2
5 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 25 ▼1
Australia Jack Brabham 25 ▼1
7 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez 23
New Zealand Chris Amon 23 ▲1
9 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 16
10 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 12
11 Germany Rolf Stommelen 10
12 France Henri Pescarolo 8
13 United Kingdom Graham Hill 7
14 New Zealand Bruce McLaren 6
15 United States Mario Andretti 4
Sweden Reine Wisell 4
17 Italy Ignazio Giunti 3
United Kingdom John Surtees 3
19 United Kingdom John Miles 2
France Johnny Servoz-Gavin 2
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver 2
22 United States Dan Gurney 1
France François Cevert 1
United Kingdom Peter Gethin 1
United Kingdom Derek Bell 1
Intercontinental Cup for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 59
2 Italy Ferrari 55
3 United Kingdom March-Ford 48
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 36 ▲1
5 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 34 ▼1
6 United Kingdom BRM 23
France Matra 23 ▲1
8 United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 3
V T E 1970 Formula One Season
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
Tyres Dunlop • Firestone • Goodyear
Races South Africa • Spain • Monaco • Belgium • Netherlands • France • Britain • Germany • Austria • Italy • Canada • United States • Mexico
See also 1969 Formula One Season • 1971 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Mexico Mexican Grand Prix
Circuits Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez (1963-1970, 1986-1992, 2015)
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 2002
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