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The 1970 United States Grand Prix was the 12th race of the 1970 Formula One season, held on October 4. Entering into the race, Jacky Ickx still had a mathematical chance of catching the late Jochen Rindt for the World Championship. Ickx had 28 points, and if he won at both Watkins Glen and Mexico, he would beat Rindt, 46 to 45. Even though Ickx started on pole, most of the race was dominated by Jackie Stewart in the new Tyrrell 001, who led the first 82 laps and almost lapping the field, before retiring when an oil leak caused his engine to seize. Pedro Rodríguez took over the lead, until he had to stop to refuel with seven laps to go, giving the dramatic victory to Brazilian rookie Emerson Fittipaldi in a Lotus-Ford. Rodríguez held on for second, and Fittipaldi's new teammate, Reine Wisell, took a fine third place in his debut. Ickx's fourth place gave championships to Rindt and Lotus.


BackgroundEdit

This was to be the last race held on the original configuration of Watkins Glen. Plans were being shown of a massive rebuilding and upgrade of the track, with the work to be completed by the 1971 race. in the mean time, the pits were still cramped and antiquated, so the organizers would only allow 24 starters. With 27 entries, there would be three non qualifiers. As Watkins Glen did not pay starting money (but did pay an enormous amount of prize money), and the only seeded drivers were former champions (Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, John Surtees, Denny Hulme and Jackie Stewart), practice had a bit more urgency than usual.


Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1970 United States 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
10 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M14D Alfa Romeo T33 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
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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
18 United Kingdom Derek Bell United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees TS7 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
19 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 D
20 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 D
21 Canada George Eaton 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
27 Sweden Jo Bonnier Sweden Ecurie Bonnier McLaren M7A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
28 United States Pete Lovely United States Pete Lovely Volkswagen Lotus 49C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
29 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom Colin Crabbe Racing March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
30 Australia Tim Schenken United Kingdom Frank Williams Racing Cars De Tomaso 505 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 D
31 United States Gus Hutchison United States Gus Hutchison Brabham BT26A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
32 United Kingdom Peter Westbury United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 D

Practice Overview Edit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:03.07
2 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:03.62 +0.55
3 24 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:03.67 +0.60
4 19 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 1:04.18 +1.11
5 12 New Zealand Chris Amon March-Ford 1:04.23 +1.16
6 4 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:04.30 +1.23
7 20 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 1:04.37 +1.30
8 17 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 1:04.52 +1.45
9 23 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 1:04.79 +1.72
10 14 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 1:04.81 +1.74
11 8 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:04.84 +1.77
12 7 France Henri Pescarolo Matra 1:05.00 +1.93
13 18 United Kingdom Derek Bell Surtees-Ford 1:05.00 +1.93
14 21 Canada George Eaton BRM 1:05.14 +2.07
15 29 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:05.18 +2.11
16 15 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 1:05.29 +2.22
17 2 France François Cevert March-Ford 1:05.30 +2.23
18 6 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 1:05.44 +2.37
19 16 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 1:05.77 +2.70
20 30 Australia Tim Schenken De Tomaso 1:06.08 +3.01
21 9 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 1:06.12 +3.05
22 16 United States Gus Hutchison Brabham-Ford 1:06.22 +3.15
23 11 Switzerland Jo Siffert March-Ford 1:06.23 +3.16
24 27 Sweden Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 1:06.46 +3.39
DNQ 32 United Kingdom Peter Westbury BRM 1:07.20 +4.13
DNQ 28 United States Pete Lovely Lotus-Ford 1:07.45 +4.38
DNQ 10 Italy Andrea de Adamich McLaren-Alfa Romeo 1:12.24 +9.17

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 24 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 108 1:57:32.79 3 9
2 19 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 108 +36.39 4 6
3 23 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 108 +45.17 9 4
4 3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 107 +1 Lap 1 3
5 12 New Zealand Chris Amon March-Ford 107 +1 Lap 5 2
6 18 United Kingdom Derek Bell Surtees-Ford 107 +1 Lap 13 1
7 8 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 106 +2 Laps 11  
8 7 France Henri Pescarolo Matra 105 +3 Laps 12  
9 11 Switzerland Jo Siffert March-Ford 105 +3 Laps 23  
10 15 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 105 +3 Laps 16  
11 29 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 104 +4 Laps 15  
12 16 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 104 +4 Laps 19  
13 4 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 101 +7 Laps 6  
14 9 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 100 +8 Laps 21  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 82 Oil leak 2  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 72 Clutch 10  
Ret 2 France François Cevert March-Ford 62 Lost wheel 17  
Ret 30 Australia Tim Schenken De Tomaso-Ford 61 Suspension 20  
Ret 27 Sweden Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 51 Water pipe 24  
Ret 6 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 28 Handling 18  
Ret 31 United States Gus Hutchison Brabham-Ford 22 Fuel leak 22  
Ret 20 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 15 Engine 7  
Ret 21 Canada George Eaton BRM 11 Engine 14  
Ret 17 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 6 Flywheel 8  

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Austria Jochen Rindt 45
2 Belgium Jacky Ickx 31
3 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 27
4 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 25
Australia Jack Brabham 25
6 New Zealand Denny Hulme 23
7 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez 22 ▲1
8 New Zealand Chris Amon 20 ▼1
9 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 14
10 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 12 ▲5
11 Germany Rolf Stommelen 10 ▼1
12 France Henri Pescarolo 8 ▼1
13 United Kingdom Graham Hill 7 ▼1
14 New Zealand Bruce McLaren 6 ▼1
15 United States Mario Andretti 4 ▼1
Sweden Reine Wisell 4 ▲9
17 Italy Ignazio Giunti 3 ▼2
United Kingdom John Surtees 3 ▼2
19 United Kingdom John Miles 2 ▼1
France Johnny Servoz-Gavin 2 ▼1
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver 2 ▼1
22 United States Dan Gurney 1 ▼1
France François Cevert 1 ▼1
United Kingdom Peter Gethin 1 ▼1
United Kingdom Derek Bell 1 ▲1
Intercontinental Cup for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 59
2 Italy Ferrari 46
3 United Kingdom March-Ford 45 ▼1
4 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 34
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 32
6 United Kingdom BRM 22 ▲1
7 France Matra 21 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 3
V T E United States United States Grand Prix
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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
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