French GP 1969
JULY 6, 1969
French GP, 1969
It had been four years since the French GP's last visit to Clemont-Ferrand, the race having been held at Reims, Le Mans and Rouen in the interim. The field had shrunk to just 13 cars as BRM failed to appear, the team undergoing restructuring (with Tony Rudd departing) following the disastrous debut of the P139 in Holland. Also missing was Jack Brabham who had broken his ankle in a testing crash at Club Corner at Silverstone on the Monday before the French GP.
Jackie Stewart, the winner of three of the first four races in his Matra, was dominant in qualifying, taking pole position by nearly two seconds from Denny Hulme's McLaren. Jochen Rindt's Lotus shared the second row with Jacky Ickx's Brabham while the third row featured Jean-Pierre Beltoise in the second Matra and Amon's Ferrari. Seventh on the grid was Bruce McLaren (McLaren) and a rather disappointing Graham Hill.
Stewart led the race from flag to flag. Hulme chased but had to pit on lap 13 when a front roll bar broke. That allowed Ickx to take second place although he was under pressure from Beltoise for most of the race and it was not until the last lap that Ickx made a mistake and the second Matra slipped through into second place to give the French crowd the perfect result.
Rindt ran fourth early on but retired because the twisting circuit made him sick and so the position fell to McLaren (who was having similar problems). He finished fourth, however, just ahead of his customer Vic Elford. Hill was a lackluster sixth.
|1||2||Jackie Stewart||Matra-Cosworth MS80||38||1h56m47.400s||1|
|2||7||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||Matra-Cosworth MS80||38||1h57m44.500s||5|
|3||11||Jacky Ickx||Brabham-Cosworth BT26A||38||1h57m44.700s||4|
|4||5||Bruce McLaren||McLaren-Cosworth M7C||37||7|
|5||10||Vic Elford||McLaren-Cosworth M7A||37||10|
|6||1||Graham Hill||Lotus-Cosworth 49B||37||8|
|7||12||Silvio Moser||Brabham-Cosworth BT24||36||13|
|8||4||Denny Hulme||McLaren-Cosworth M7A||35||2|
|9||3||Jo Siffert||Lotus-Cosworth 49B||34||9|
|r||6||Chris Amon||Ferrari 312||30||Engine||6|
|r||15||Jochen Rindt||Lotus-Cosworth 49B||22||Driver Had Double Vision||3|
|r||9||Piers Courage||Brabham-Cosworth BT26A||21||Mechanical||11|
|r||14||John Miles||Lotus-Cosworth 63||1||Fuel Pump||12|