Mexican GP 1967
OCTOBER 22, 1967
Mexican GP, 1967
The battle for the World Championship between Jack Brabham and Denny Hulme provided most of the interest the Brabham number two being five points ahead of his team leader with Brabham having to drop two points if he finished higher that fourth place. All Hulme had to do was to keep his team leader in sight and not make a mistake.
The field was much as standard although Ferrari finally decided to run a second car and sent Jonathan Williams over to partner Chris Amon. Jochen Rindt did not appear in the Cooper-Maserati because he was unhappy about the starting money and was leaving the team to join Brabham but Pedro Rodriguez was back in action, having recovered from his F2 crash at Enna in August.
Qualifying resulted in Jim Clark again fastest in the quick but unreliable Lotus 49 while Amon was alongside him. The second row featured Dan Gurney's Eagle-Weslake and Graham Hill's Lotus. The two Brabhams were side by side on row three with Jack Brabham just quicker than Hulme while John Surtees's Honda and Bruce McLaren's McLaren were on the fourth row.
The start saw Gurney run into the back of Clark, but the Lotus went away with only a bent exhaust while Gurney also rejoined by retired after a few laps with a damaged radiator. Clark soon passed Amon and then his team mate Hill and after that was able to dominate the race despite not having a clutch. Hill went out with a driveshaft failure on lap 18 so third place went to Brabham but he had Hulme behind him and so he knew that there was no chance of winning the World Championship. Amon stayed in second until the final few laps when the Ferrari began to misfire. This allowed Brabham, Hulme and Surtees to overtake him. He crossed the line in fifth place but was later dropped back to ninth because his final lap was too slow to be counted. This allowed Mike Spence to take fifth in his BRM and Rodriguez to take sixth.
Hulme won the World Championship, having scored 51 points to Brabham's 46 (although his actual total was 48).
|1||5||Jim Clark||Lotus-Cosworth 49||65||1h59m28.700s||1|
|2||1||Jack Brabham||Brabham-Repco BT24||65||2h00m54.060s||5|
|3||2||Denny Hulme||Brabham-Repco BT24||64||6|
|4||3||John Surtees||Honda RA300||64||7|
|5||8||Mike Spence||BRM P83||63||11|
|6||21||Pedro Rodriguez||Cooper-Maserati T81B||63||13|
|7||22||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||Matra-Cosworth MS7||63||14|
|8||12||Jonathan Williams||Ferrari 312||63||16|
|9||9||Chris Amon||Ferrari 312||62||2|
|10||16||Jo Bonnier||Cooper-Maserati T81||61||17|
|11||19||Guy Ligier||Brabham-Repco BT20||61||19|
|12r||15||Jo Siffert||Cooper-Maserati T81||59||Engine||10|
|r||14||Bruce McLaren||McLaren-BRM M5A||45||Engine||8|
|r||17||Chris Irwin||BRM P83||33||Mechanical||15|
|r||7||Jackie Stewart||BRM P115||24||Engine||12|
|r||6||Graham Hill||Lotus-Cosworth 49||18||Mechanical||4|
|r||18||Moises Solana||Lotus-Cosworth 49||12||Suspension||9|
|r||11||Dan Gurney||Eagle-Weslake T1G||4||Radiator||3|
|r||10||Mike Fisher||Lotus-BRM 33||1||Mechanical||18|