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1969 Formula One season

Sports season

1969 Formula One season
Drivers' Champion: Jackie Stewart
Constructors' Champion: Matra-Ford
Previous: 1968 Next: 1970

The 1969 Formula One season was the 23rd season of the FIA's Formula One motor racing. It featured the 20th World Championship of Drivers and the 12th International Cup for F1 Manufacturers, which commenced on 1 March 1969 and ended on 19 October after eleven races. The season also included four non-championship races.

1969 Formula One season Intro articles: 2

Championship summary

The McLaren M7C with early 1969 high-position wings attached. In the Donington Grand Prix Collection.

Matra, which had entered Formula One the previous year, withdrew their works team from the 1969 championship and focused on their partnership with Ken Tyrrell. Stewart won the 1969 title easily with the new Matra MS80, which corrected most of the weaknesses of the MS10. Stewart's title was the first won by a French chassis, and the only one won by a chassis built in France. It would also be the only time a constructor won in Formula One without fielding a works team.

Jacky Ickx had a strong second half to the season for Brabham, winning in Germany and Canada, after Jack Brabham was sidelined by a testing accident.[1] Ickx finished second in the Drivers' Championship, with 37 points to Jackie Stewart's 63.

The season was the second to see the use of add-on aerodynamic devices, which were experimented with by some teams in the 1968 season. After several incidents in which wings, struts, or the suspension (to which they were attached) collapsed, wings were banned from Monaco 1969. They were reintroduced later in the season but were to be restricted in size and height, and attached directly to the chassis in a fixed position.

1969 also saw a brief resurgence of interest in four wheel drive following a number of wet races the previous year. Four such cars were entered for the British Grand Prix, and Johnny Servoz-Gavin became the one and only driver to score a point with a 4WD, finishing sixth with the Matra MS84 at the Canadian Grand Prix. At the same race, Al Pease made history by being the only driver disqualified from a World Championship event for being too slow. Wide tyres and downforce quickly proved to be superior means of increasing grip, and the technology was largely abandoned, although Lotus continued to experiment with the idea for a few more years. Bruce McLaren described the handling of his M9 as being like trying to sign an autograph while someone was jogging his elbow; Cosworth discovered that their car handled better with more power directed to the rear wheels.

1969 was the first year in which genuine safety measures were implemented at circuits. The cars were going far faster over time, particularly with the increased engine capacity rules for 1966 onwards from 1.5 litres uncompressed to 3 litres uncompressed or 1.5 litres compressed, and the role that manipulated aerodynamics began to play in the cars' performance. The Montjuic circuit in Barcelona was a first in Grand Prix racing- the circuit was completely Armco-lined. Although safety measures in 1969 were still nearly non-existent compared to today's modern safety standards, these measures were a new step forward to protect drivers from further harm. About half the circuits in Formula One at this time had some safety standards, such as Silverstone, Magdalena Mixhuca in Mexico City and (less so) Monaco; although other circuits were nearly unchanged from previous years, such as the Nürburgring in Germany and the Clermont-Ferrand circuit in France; both were twisty mountain road circuits with all kinds of unprotected drop offs and solid obstacles on the sides of both circuits. Another example was the feared Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, an extremely fast public road circuit which was located in a similar area and had similar dangers to the Nürburgring and Clermont-Ferrand, such as unprotected drop offs and solid obstacles on the side of the track. The Belgian Grand Prix there was boycotted by many of the drivers because of the extreme danger of the track after an overall inspection of Spa by Jackie Stewart, who was responsible for most of the activities in Formula One to try to make it safer. He demanded changes to the circuit that the track owners did not want to pay for, so the race was boycotted and eventually cancelled. Spa was included in 1970 after Armco was added to some parts of the track.[2]

1969 Formula One season Championship summary articles: 17

Championship review

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 South African Grand Prix Kyalami 1 March Jack Brabham Jackie Stewart Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford D Report
2 Spanish Grand Prix Montjuïc 4 May Jochen Rindt Jochen Rindt Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford D Report
3 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco 18 May Jackie Stewart Jackie Stewart Graham Hill Lotus-Ford F Report
4 Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort 21 June Jochen Rindt Jackie Stewart Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford D Report
5 French Grand Prix Charade 6 July Jackie Stewart Jackie Stewart Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford D Report
6 British Grand Prix Silverstone 19 July Jochen Rindt Jackie Stewart Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford D Report
7 German Grand Prix Nürburgring 3 August Jacky Ickx Jacky Ickx Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford G Report
8 Italian Grand Prix Monza 7 September Jochen Rindt Jean-Pierre Beltoise Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford D Report
9 Canadian Grand Prix Mosport Park 20 September Jacky Ickx Jacky Ickx
Jack Brabham
Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford G Report
10 United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen 5 October Jochen Rindt Jochen Rindt Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford F Report
11 Mexican Grand Prix Magdalena Mixhuca 19 October Jack Brabham Jacky Ickx Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford G Report

Championship teams and drivers

Briton Jackie Stewart won his 1st of 3 championships, driving a Matra-Ford for Ken Tyrrell
Stewart in 1969 at Nürburgring

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1969 FIA World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus-Ford 49B
63
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F Graham Hill 1–10
Jochen Rindt 1–2, 4–11
Mario Andretti 1, 7, 10
Richard Attwood 3
John Miles 5–6, 8–9, 11
Rob Walker/Jack Durlacher Racing Team Lotus-Ford 49B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F Jo Siffert All
Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren-Ford M7A
M7B
M7C
M9A
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G Denny Hulme All
Bruce McLaren All
Derek Bell 6
Matra International Matra-Ford MS10
MS80
MS84
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 D Jackie Stewart All
Jean-Pierre Beltoise All
Johnny Servoz-Gavin 9–11
MS7 Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 D Johnny Servoz-Gavin 7
Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
North American Racing Team
Ferrari 312/68
312/69
Ferrari 255C 3.0 V12 F Chris Amon 1–6
Pedro Rodríguez 6, 8–11
Tino Brambilla 8
Owen Racing Organisation BRM P138
P133
P139
BRM P101 3.0 V12
BRM P142 3.0 V12
D John Surtees 1–4, 6–11
Jackie Oliver 1–4, 6–11
Bill Brack 9
George Eaton 10–11
Reg Parnell Racing BRM P126 BRM P101 3.0 V12 G Pedro Rodríguez 1–3
Motor Racing Developments Ltd Brabham-Ford BT26A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G Jack Brabham 1–4, 8–11
Jacky Ickx All
Team Gunston Lotus-Ford 49 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 D John Love 1
Brabham-Repco BT24 Repco 620 3.0 V8 F Sam Tingle 1
Team Lawson McLaren-Ford M7A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 D Basil van Rooyen 1
Jack Holme Brabham-Repco BT20 Repco 620 3.0 V8 G Peter de Klerk 1
Frank Williams Racing Cars Brabham-Ford BT26A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 D Piers Courage 2–11
BT30 Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 D Richard Attwood 7
Antique Automobiles Cooper-Maserati T86 Maserati 10/F1 3.0 V12 G Vic Elford 3
McLaren-Ford M7B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 4–7
Silvio Moser Racing Team Brabham-Ford BT24 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G Silvio Moser 3–5, 8–11
Ecurie Bonnier Lotus-Ford 63
49B
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F Jo Bonnier 6–7
Ahrens Racing Team Brabham-Ford BT30 Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 D Kurt Ahrens Jr. 7
Roy Winkelmann Racing Lotus-Ford 59B Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 F Hans Herrmann 7
Rolf Stommelen 7
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG BMW 269 BMW M12/1 1.6 L4 D Hubert Hahne 7
Gerhard Mitter 7
Dieter Quester 7
Matra Sports Matra-Ford MS7 Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 D Henri Pescarolo 7
Tecno Racing Team Tecno-Ford TF69 Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 D François Cevert 7
Squadra Tartaruga Brabham-Ford BT23C Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 F Xavier Perrot 7
Felday Engineering Ltd Brabham-Ford BT30 Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 F Peter Westbury 7
Pete Lovely Volkswagen Inc. Lotus-Ford 49B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F Pete Lovely 9–11
Paul Seitz Brabham-Climax BT23B Climax FPF 2.8 L4 D John Cordts 9
John Maryon Eagle-Climax T1F Climax FPF 2.8 L4 F Al Pease 9
  • Pink background denotes F2 entrants to the German Grand Prix.

1969 Formula One season Championship review articles: 104

1969 World Championship of Drivers - final standings

Points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the top six finishers at each Grand Prix. However only the best five results from the first six races and the best four results from the last five races counted towards the World Championship.

Pos. Driver RSA
ESP
MON
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
CAN
USA
MEX
Pts.
1 Jackie Stewart 1 1 Ret 1 1 1 2 1 Ret Ret 4 63
2 Jacky Ickx Ret 6 Ret 5 3 2 1 10 1 Ret 2 37
3 Bruce McLaren 5 2 5 Ret 4 3 3 4 5 DNS DNS 26
4 Jochen Rindt Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 2 3 1 Ret 22
5 Jean-Pierre Beltoise 6 3 Ret 8 2 9 12 3 4 Ret 5 21
6 Denny Hulme 3 4 6 4 8 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 1 20
7 Graham Hill 2 Ret 1 7 6 7 4 9 Ret Ret 19
8 Piers Courage Ret 2 Ret Ret 5 Ret 5 Ret 2 10 16
9 Jo Siffert 4 Ret 3 2 9 8 11 8 Ret Ret Ret 15
10 Jack Brabham Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 2 4 3 14
11 John Surtees Ret 5 Ret 9 Ret DNS NC Ret 3 Ret 6
12 Chris Amon Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret 4
13 Richard Attwood 4 61 3
14 Vic Elford 7 10 5 6 Ret 3
15 Pedro Rodríguez Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 5 7 3
16 Silvio Moser Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 6 11 1
17 Jackie Oliver 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 1
18 Johnny Servoz-Gavin Ret1 6 NC 8 1
Sam Tingle 8 0
Pete Lovely 7 Ret 9 0
John Miles Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 0
Bill Brack NC 0
Mario Andretti Ret Ret Ret 0
Jo Bonnier Ret Ret 0
George Eaton Ret Ret 0
Peter de Klerk NC 0
Basil van Rooyen Ret 0
John Love Ret 0
Derek Bell Ret 0
John Cordts Ret 0
Al Pease DSQ 0
Ernesto Brambilla DNS 0
Drivers ineligible for Formula One points, because they drove with Formula Two cars
Henri Pescarolo 5
Kurt Ahrens Jr. 7
Rolf Stommelen 8
Peter Westbury 9
Xavier Perrot 10
François Cevert Ret
Gerhard Mitter DNS
Hubert Hahne DNS
Dieter Quester DNS
Hans Herrmann DNS
Pos. Driver RSA
ESP
MON
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
CAN
USA
MEX
Pts.
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Not classified, finished (NC)
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)
Text formatting Meaning
Bold Pole position
Italics Fastest lap


  • 1 – Ineligible for Formula One points, because they drove with Formula Two cars.

1969 Formula One season 1969 World Championship of Drivers - final standings articles: 17

1969 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers - final standings

Points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the first six finishers at each round, however only the best placed car from each manufacturer was eligible to score points. The best five results from the first six rounds and the best four results from the last five rounds were retained.

Pos. Manufacturer RSA
ESP
MON
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
CAN
USA
MEX
Pts.
1 Matra-Ford 1 1 Ret 1 1 1 2 1 4 NC 4 66
2 Brabham-Ford Ret 6 2 5 3 2 1 (5) 1 2 2 49 (51)
3 Lotus-Ford 2 Ret 1 2 6 4 4 2 3 1 9 47
4 McLaren-Ford 3 2 (5) 4 4 3 3 4 5 Ret 1 38 (40)
5 BRM 7 5 Ret 9 Ret Ret NC NC 3 6 7
6 Ferrari Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret 6 Ret 5 7 7
Cooper-Maserati 7 WD 0
Brabham-Repco 8 0
Brabham-Climax Ret 0
Eagle-Climax DSQ 0
Pos. Manufacturer RSA
ESP
MON
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
CAN
USA
MEX
Pts.
  • Bold results counted to championship totals.

Overview of "Team McLaren" article

Non-Championship race results

Other Formula One races held in 1969, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
IV Race of Champions Brands Hatch 16 March Jackie Stewart Matra-Cosworth Report
XXI BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 30 March Jack Brabham Brabham-Cosworth Report
Madrid Grand Prix Jarama 13 April Keith Holland Lola-Chevrolet Report
XVI International Gold Cup Oulton Park 16 August Jacky Ickx Brabham-Cosworth Report

1969 Formula One season Non-Championship race results articles: 15

References

  1. ^ * Henry, Alan (1985). Brabham, the Grand Prix Cars. Osprey. p. 85. ISBN 0-905138-36-8.
  2. ^ "Grand Prix - The Killer Years". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2016.