Belgian GP 1970

Belgian GP, 1970

There had been no Belgian GP in 1969 because of questions over safety at Spa and considerable work had been done to improve the circuit but when the teams arrived in Belgium the talk was of Bruce McLaren who had been killed while testing a McLaren CanAm car at Goodwood on the Tuesday. Two days before the crash McLaren had been at Indianapolis where Denny Hulme was suffered serious burns to his hands. The plan was to replace "The Bear" with Peter Revson but after McLaren's accident the team did not make the trip to Spa. Johnny Servoz-Gavin was also missing, the Frenchman having announced that he was retiring from the sport because of an eyesight problem he had had since he had been hit in the face by a branch while taking part in an off road event during the winter. Tyrrell did not replace the Frenchman. Lotus brought along its new 72s as well as a fleet of old 49s while Ferrari expanded to two cars, Ickx being joined by 28-year-old Ignazio Giunti.

Qualifying resulted in Jackie Stewart taking pole in his Tyrrell March with Jochen Rindt (Lotus) and Chris Amon (March) alongside him. Jacky Ickx's Ferrari was on the second row with Jack Brabham's Brabham, while the third row consisted on Pedro Rodriguez (BRM), Rol Stommelen in the second Brabham and Giunti.

Rindt took off into the lead but Amon was able to get ahead during the first lap with Stewart also getting ahead of the Lotus. On the second lap Stewart took the lead but Amon responded and was back ahead in the course of the third lap. While this was going on Rodriguez moved head of Rindt to take third place and then passed Stewart on the fourth lap and Amon on the fifth to take the lead. For a while Amon battled with the Mexican in the BRM but then he began to drop away. Behind them Stewart found himself under attack from Brabham but Black Jack went off at Malmedy on the next lap when he found an oily rag tangled up in his pedals. Once he had sorted that out he attacked again and repassed Rindt and Stewart. Both went out soon afterwards and when Brabham suffered clutch failure third place went to Jean-Pierre Beltoise in the Matra. Henri Pescarolo looked to be on course for fourth place in the second Matra but he stopped with electrical trouble on the penultimate lap and so the place went to Giunti.

Pedro Rodriguez BRM P153 28 1h38m09.900s  
10 Chris Amon March-Cosworth 701 28 1h38m11.000s  
25 Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra Simca-Matra MS120 28 1h39m53.600s  11 
28 Ignazio Giunti Ferrari 312B 28 1h40m48.400s  
19 Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Cosworth BT33 28 1h41m41.700s  
6r 26 Henri Pescarolo Matra Simca-Matra MS120 27 Out Of Fuel 17 
7r Jo Siffert March-Cosworth 701 26 Fuel Injection 10 
27 Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312B 26  
nc 14 Ronnie Peterson March-Cosworth 701 20  
18 Jack Brabham Brabham-Cosworth BT33 19 Clutch 
23 Graham Hill Lotus-Cosworth 49C 19 Engine 16 
11 Jackie Stewart March-Cosworth 701 14 Engine 
21 John Miles Lotus-Cosworth 72B 13 Gearbox 13 
20 Jochen Rindt Lotus-Cosworth 49C 10 Engine 
Jackie Oliver BRM P153 Throttle Linkage 14 
Piers Courage De Tomaso-Cosworth 505 Engine 12 
Derek Bell Brabham-Cosworth BT26A Gear Linkage 15 
nq 22 Alex Soler-Roig Lotus-Cosworth 72   18