Dutch GP 1967
JUNE 4, 1967
Dutch GP, 1967
It was only three weeks since Lorenzo Bandini's death at Monaco but much had happened in the interim. Ferrari had named British engineer-driver Mike Parkes as Bandini's replacement. He shared victory a few days later with Lodovico Scarfiotti in the non-championship F1 race at Syracuse although most of the F1 big guns missed the Italian road race because they were in America for the Indianapolis 500 where Dan Gurney qualified on the front row but the other GP stars were all struggling. Jim Clark flew back for a Formula 2 race at Zolder and then returned to the US for the 500. The event was delayed by rain until the Wednesday and Jackie Stewart, Dan Gurney, Jochen Rindt, Graham Hill and Clark all went out with mechanical trouble, leaving Denny Hulme as the only F1 driver go the distance (he finished fourth). and then there was a scramble to get everyone back in time for the Dutch GP, with practice beginning on Friday.
The big news in the Zandvoort paddock was the arrival of the long-awaited Ford Cosworth DFV engine and the new Lotus 49, which had been designed specifically for the engine by Maurice Philippe. Brabham also had the new BT24 while the BRMs, the Eagle and one Scarfiotti's Ferrari were all significant developments on previous machines.
Lotus might have had a frustrating time in the United States but with the new DFV engines the cars were quick and Hill set the fastest time in qualifying, half a second faster than Gurney and a full second quicker than Jack Brabham. The two Cooper-Maseratis of Rindt and Pedro Rodriguez were on the second row with John Surtees's Honda, Hulme's Brabham and Clark's Lotus on the third row, the Scotsman having had mechanical troubles in practice.
At the start one of the officials was still standing in the middle of the second row when he race began and this resulted in Hulme being held up. Hill took the lead with Brabham and Gurney chasing. By the end of the lap the Lotus driver was two seconds ahead. Rindt had got through into third and was followed by Gurney, Amon and Clark. Gurney battled with Rindt but then Gurney had to pit with engine trouble and so dropped out of the battle. Clark moved past Amon but then found himself under attack from Hulme.
Hill's Lotus suddenly slowed on the eleventh lap and Brabham took the lead with Rindt second and Clark third. The Lotus driver overtook Rindt on lap 15 and took the lead on lap 16. Brabham could not keep up but was no longer under pressure because Rindt had fallen back and been overtaken by Hulme. For a while Denny was under attack from Amon's Ferrari but he gradually moved clear to secure third place.
Clark duly gave the Cosworth DFV a famous debut victory, beating Brabham's Brabham-Repco by nearly 25 seconds.
It was the start of a new era in F1 history.
|1||5||Jim Clark||Lotus-Cosworth 49||90||2h14m45.100s||8|
|2||1||Jack Brabham||Brabham-Repco BT19||90||2h15m08.700s||3|
|3||2||Denny Hulme||Brabham-Repco BT20||90||2h15m10.800s||7|
|4||3||Chris Amon||Ferrari 312||90||2h15m12.400s||9|
|5||4||Mike Parkes||Ferrari 312||89||10|
|6||22||Ludovico Scarfiotti||Ferrari 312||89||15|
|7||18||Chris Irwin||Lotus-BRM 25||88||13|
|8||10||Mike Spence||BRM P83||87||12|
|9||21||Bob Anderson||Brabham-Climax BT11||86||17|
|10||20||Jo Siffert||Cooper-Maserati T81||83||16|
|r||7||John Surtees||Honda RA273||73||Throttle Slides||6|
|r||9||Jackie Stewart||BRM P83||51||Brakes||11|
|r||12||Jochen Rindt||Cooper-Maserati T81B||41||Suspension||4|
|r||14||Pedro Rodriguez||Cooper-Maserati T81||39||Gearbox||5|
|r||6||Graham Hill||Lotus-Cosworth 49||11||Mechanical||1|
|r||15||Dan Gurney||Eagle-Weslake T1G||8||Fuel Injection||2|
|r||17||Bruce McLaren||McLaren-BRM M4B||1||Accident||14|