United States GP 1970
OCTOBER 4, 1970
United States GP, 1970
A month had passed since World Championship leader Jochen Rindt had been killed at Monza. Jacky Ickx was the only man capable of taking the World Championship away from the Austrian and he needed to win both at Watkins Glen and in Mexico City. The Ferraris, however, were the dominant force with Ickx and his team mate Clay Regazzoni having won the previous three races.
Team Lotus had missed Canada but reappeared to defend Rindt's position and the Constructors' title. Emerson Fittipaldi was now team leader and John Miles had been dropped to make way for another rising star, Sweden's Reine Wisell. Several other teams had made changes as well with Surtees running a second car for Derek Bell and BRM adding a fourth for hillclimb champion Peter Westbury. The entry amounted to a healthy 27 cars, 24 of which were allowed to start. Westbury, Peter Lovely (private Lotus) and Andrea de Adamich (McLaren-Alfa Romeo) failed to make it.
Pole position went to Ickx by over half a second but Jackie Stewart was on the front row in his new Tyrrell, while Fittipaldi shared the second row with the BRM of Pedro Rodriguez. Chris Amon's factory March was on the third row with Regazzoni while Jack Oliver (BRM) lined up on row fourth with John Surtees (Surtees) alongside. Wisell shared the fifth row with the Rob Walker Lotus 72 of Graham Hill.
Stewart took the lead at the start with Rodriguez grabbing second ahead of Ickx and Regazzoni. Behind them came Amon, Surtees, Oliver and a slow-starting Fittipaldi. Surtees soon disappeared with mechanical trouble and Oliver followed on lap 15, soon after he had passed Amon. On lap 16 Ickx overtook Rodriguez and a lap later Regazzoni was also ahead of the Mexican. Amon was fifth and Fittipaldi sixth. Stewart was well clear of Ickx and Regazzoni was five seconds behind his team leader when the second Ferrari headed for the pits to change a tire. On lap 48 Amon also had to stop for a new tire and so Fittipaldi moved to fourth place. On the 57th laps Ickx headed for the pits with a fuel leak. His World Championship hopes had gone.
At the front Stewart seemed in total control until lap 83 when an oil leak forced him to retire. Rodriguez went into the lead with a 20 second lead over Fittipaldi. And then on lap 101 of 108 the BRM ran out of fuel and coasted into the pits. Fittipaldi took the lead to win his first Grand Prix victory. Rodriguez rejoined to finish second while Wisell's F1 debut ended with an impressive third place finish.
|1||24||Emerson Fittipaldi||Lotus-Cosworth 72C||108||1h57m32.790s||3|
|2||19||Pedro Rodriguez||BRM P153||108||1h58m09.180s||4|
|3||23||Reine Wisell||Lotus-Cosworth 72C||108||1h58m17.960s||9|
|4||3||Jacky Ickx||Ferrari 312B||107||1|
|5||12||Chris Amon||March-Cosworth 701||107||5|
|6||18||Derek Bell||Surtees-Cosworth TS7||107||13|
|7||8||Denny Hulme||McLaren-Cosworth M14A||106||11|
|8||7||Henri Pescarolo||Matra Simca-Matra MS120||105||12|
|9||11||Jo Siffert||March-Cosworth 701||105||23|
|10||15||Jack Brabham||Brabham-Cosworth BT33||105||16|
|11||29||Ronnie Peterson||March-Cosworth 701||104||15|
|12||16||Rolf Stommelen||Brabham-Cosworth BT33||104||19|
|13||4||Clay Regazzoni||Ferrari 312B||101||6|
|14||9||Peter Gethin||McLaren-Cosworth M14A||100||21|
|r||1||Jackie Stewart||Tyrrell-Cosworth 001||82||Mechanical||2|
|r||14||Graham Hill||Lotus-Cosworth 72C||72||Clutch||10|
|r||2||Francois Cevert||March-Cosworth 701||62||Wheel Lost||17|
|r||30||Tim Schenken||De Tomaso-Cosworth 505||61||Suspension||20|
|r||27||Jo Bonnier||McLaren-Cosworth M7C||50||Mechanical||24|
|r||6||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||Matra Simca-Matra MS120||27||Handling||18|
|r||31||Gus Hutchinson||Brabham-Cosworth BT26A||21||Accident||22|
|r||20||Jackie Oliver||BRM P153||14||Engine||7|
|r||21||George Eaton||BRM P153||10||Engine||14|
|r||17||John Surtees||Surtees-Cosworth TS7||6||Flywheel||8|
|nq||32||Peter Westbury||BRM P153||25|
|nq||28||Peter Lovely||Lotus-Cosworth 49B||26|
|nq||10||Andrea de Adamich||McLaren-Alfa Romeo M14D||27|