Canadian GP 1969

SEPTEMBER 20, 1969

Canadian GP, 1969

After a year away at Mont Tremblant, the Canadian GP returned to Mosport Park a fortnight after the Italian GP. The usual field was bolstered by third cars being run by Lotus (a four-wheel-drive 63 for John Miles), Matra (a four-wheel-drive car for Johnny Servoz-Gavin) and BRM (for local driver Bill Brack). US driver Peter Lovely had bought a Lotus 49 while Al Pease and John Cordts turned up with an old Brabham and an old Eagle. Ferrari had only one car, which was entered for Pedro Rodriguez by Luigi Chinetti's North American Racing Team.

Jacky Ickx was in fine form and qualified his Brabham on pole position with Jean-Pierre Beltoise's Matra alongside and Jochen Rindt's Lotus completed the front row. The new World Champion Jackie Stewart was on the second row with Denny Hulme (McLaren) wile the third row boasted Jack Brabham (Brabham), Graham Hill (Lotus) and Jo Siffert (Walker-Durlacher Lotus).

Rindt took the lead at the start ahead of Ickx, Beltoise and Stewart but the Scot moved quickly up to pass Beltoise on the second lap, Ickx on the fifth lap and he took the lead from Rindt on lap six. Ickx passed Rindt two laps later and closed on Stewart and the two began a dice for the lead. Rindt ran third while Beltoise led a pack battling for fourth until he collided with Pease as he lapped the Canadian for the second time.

On lap 33 as the leaders lapped Pease for the fourth time, Ickx challenged Stewart for the lead. The two cars collided and spun. Stewart was unable to restart his car and so Ickx was able to take the lead and won the race, while Brabham came through to second, passing Rindt on lap 60 to make it a Brabham 1-2. Pease was eventually black-flagged for being uncompetitive.

11 Jacky Ickx Brabham-Cosworth BT26A 90 1h59m25.700s  
12 Jack Brabham Brabham-Cosworth BT26A 90 2h00m11.900s  
Jochen Rindt Lotus-Cosworth 49B 90 2h00m17.700s  
18 Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Cosworth MS80 89  
Bruce McLaren McLaren-Cosworth M7C 87  
19 Johnny Servoz-Gavin Matra-Cosworth MS84 84  15 
25 Peter Lovely Lotus-Cosworth 49B 81  16 
nc 16 Bill Brack BRM P138 80  18 
Graham Hill Lotus-Cosworth 49B 42 Engine 
Jo Siffert Lotus-Cosworth 49B 40 Drive Shaft 
John Miles Lotus-Cosworth 63 40 Gearbox 11 
Pedro Rodriguez Ferrari 312 37 Engine 13 
17 Jackie Stewart Matra-Cosworth MS80 32 Accident 
dq 69 Al Pease Eagle-Climax T1G 22 Too Slow 17 
14 John Surtees BRM P139 15 Engine 14 
21 Piers Courage Brabham-Cosworth BT26A 13 Fuel Leak 10 
26 John Cordts Brabham-Climax BT23B 10 Mechanical 19 
Denny Hulme McLaren-Cosworth M7A Mechanical 
15 Jackie Oliver BRM P139 Engine 12 
20 Silvio Moser Brabham-Cosworth BT24 Accident 20