Dutch GP 1968

Dutch GP, 1968

The field was much as normal when the F1 circus gathered in Zandvoort. The Brabham team had its new Repco V8 engine ready and was running a third car for Dan Gurney who had no Weslake engines available for his Eagle. Cooper ran only one car for Lucien Bianchi following the death of Scarfiotti and Brian Redman's accident at Spa a fortnight earlier.

In qualifying Chris Amon was fastest in his Ferrari with Jochen Rindt's Brabham and Graham Hill's Lotus sharing the front row. Jack Brabham was on the second row with Jackie Stewart (Matra-Ford) while the third row featured Jacky Ickx (Ferrari), Denny Hulme (McLaren) and Bruce McLaren (McLaren), the last-named having won the team's first GP a fortnight earlier in Belgium.

The weather was bad all weekend and it was raining lightly at the start. Rindt took the lead but he was in third place by the end of the first lap, behind Hill and Stewart. The rain intensified and on lap four Stewart moved into the lead. He quickly built up a big lead while Hill came under pressure from Beltoise who had moved quickly through the midfield. On lap 23 Beltoise went off and had to pit to clear his throttle of sand and so he dropped back to seventh. When he rejoined he quickly moved up the field, passing Gurney, Ickx, Amon and Rodriguez to get to third place. On lap 50 he overtook Hill for second place. On lap 61 Hill had a spin and dropped to fourth behind Rodriguez. On lap 82 he did it again but this time had to retire.

Stewart led home Beltoise to give Matra chassis a 1-2 result with Rodriguez third for BRM. Ickx was fourth for Ferrari while Silvio Moser survived to finish fifth in his private Brabham, although he was three laps behind the winner.

Jackie Stewart Matra-Cosworth MS10 90 2h46m11.260s  
17 Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra MS11 90 2h47m45.190s  16 
15 Pedro Rodriguez BRM P133 89  11 
10 Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312 88  
22 Silvio Moser Brabham-Repco BT20 87  17 
Chris Amon Ferrari 312 85  
16 Richard Attwood BRM P126 85  15 
19 Jo Bonnier McLaren-BRM M5A 82  19 
9r Graham Hill Lotus-Cosworth 49B 81 Spin 
nc Jackie Oliver Lotus-Cosworth 49B 80  10 
18 Dan Gurney Brabham-Repco BT24 63 Throttle Slides 12 
21 Jo Siffert Lotus-Cosworth 49 55 Gearbox 13 
John Surtees Honda RA301 50 Mechanical 
20 Piers Courage BRM P126 50 Spin 14 
Jochen Rindt Brabham-Repco BT26 39 Ignition 
Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco BT26 22 Spin 
Bruce McLaren McLaren-Cosworth M7A 19 Accident 
Denny Hulme McLaren-Cosworth M7A 10 Ignition 
14 Lucien Bianchi Cooper-BRM T86B Accident 18