Dutch GP 1966

Dutch GP, 1966

A week after Brabham's dominant 1-2 at Brands Hatch the F1 teams were in action again in Holland with Ferrari back in action after missing the British GP because of a strike. The Italian team fielded Lorenzo Bandini and Mike Parkes but it was clear that Brabham's development has left the Ferraris behind and Jack Brabham and Denny Hulme qualified 1-2 on the grid. Jim Clark put his Lotus-Climax in third position while Dan Gurney (Eagle-Climax) and Parkes shared the second row with the Cooper-Maserati of Jochen Rindt and the two BRMs of Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart on row three. McLaren failed to make the start because of continuing problems with the Serenissima V8. Brabham kept everyone amused by limping to his car with a false beard and a walking stick, following suggestions in the newspapers that he was too old to be challenging for the World Championship again at the age of 40, but he then proceeded to leave the opposition behind with another impressive display. Clark took second at the start but was soon pushed back to third by Hulme although Denny ran into ignition problems soon afterwards and dropped to the back of the field and eventually retired. When Brabham came up to lap backmarkers on lap 27 he was baulked and Clark found a way into the lead and the Lotus driver began to pull away until he began to suffer serious vibration problems with the engine. This led to a water pump fracturing and on lap 76 Brabham was able to get back into the lead. Clark pitted to get more water and then fell behind Hill and was only just clear of fourth-placed Stewart when they crossed the finishing line. Brabham had by then lapped the entire field.

16 Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco BT19 90 2h20m32.500s  
12 Graham Hill BRM P261 89  
Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 33 88  
14 Jackie Stewart BRM P261 88  
32 Mike Spence Lotus-BRM 25 87  12 
Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 312 87  
30 Jo Bonnier Cooper-Maserati T81 84  13 
38 John Taylor Brabham-BRM BT11 84  17 
36 Guy Ligier Cooper-Maserati T81 84  16 
28 Jo Siffert Cooper-Maserati T81 79 Engine 11 
34 Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax BT11 73 Suspension 14 
24 John Surtees Cooper-Maserati T81 44 Electrics 10 
18 Denny Hulme Brabham-Repco BT20 37 Ignition 
Peter Arundell Lotus-BRM 33 28 Ignition 15 
10 Dan Gurney Eagle-Climax T1G 26 Mechanical 
Mike Parkes Ferrari 312 10 Accident 
26 Jochen Rindt Cooper-Maserati T81 Accident 
ns 20 Bruce McLaren McLaren-Serenissima M2B  Engine 18