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1969 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 1969 Formula One season included the 20th FIA Formula One World Championship season, which commenced on March 1, 1969, and ended on October 19 after eleven races.

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Season summary

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

Matra 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 was a spectacular achievement from a constructor that had only entered Formula One the previous year.

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.

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. 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 the more drive went to the rear wheels.

Season review

Rnd Race Date Location Pole Position Winning driver Constructor Report
1 South Africa South African Grand Prix March 1 Kyalami Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Jackie Stewart France Matra-Ford Report
2 Spain Spanish Grand Prix May 4 Montjuïc Austria Jochen Rindt United Kingdom Jackie Stewart France Matra-Ford Report
3 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix May 18 Monaco United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
4 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix June 21 Zandvoort Austria Jochen Rindt United Kingdom Jackie Stewart France Matra-Ford Report
5 France French Grand Prix July 6 Charade United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart France Matra-Ford Report
6 United Kingdom British Grand Prix July 19 Silverstone Austria Jochen Rindt United Kingdom Jackie Stewart France Matra-Ford Report
7 Germany German Grand Prix August 3 Nürburgring Belgium Jacky Ickx Belgium Jacky Ickx United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Report
8 Italy Italian Grand Prix September 7 Monza Austria Jochen Rindt United Kingdom Jackie Stewart France Matra-Ford Report
9 Canada Canadian Grand Prix September 20 Mosport Park Belgium Jacky Ickx Belgium Jacky Ickx United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Report
10 United States United States Grand Prix October 5 Watkins Glen Austria Jochen Rindt Austria Jochen Rindt United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
11 Mexico Mexican Grand Prix October 19 Hermanos Rodriguez Australia Jack Brabham New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report

1969 Constructors Championship final standings

Place Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Points[2] Wins Podiums Poles
1 France Matra-Ford MS10
MS80
MS84
Ford Cosworth DFV 66 6 10 2
2 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford BT26A Ford Cosworth DFV 49 (51) 2 9 4
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 49B
63
Ford Cosworth DFV 47 2 7 5
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford M7A
M7B
M7C
M9A
Ford Cosworth DFV 38 (40) 1 5
5 Italy Ferrari 312/69 Ferrari 255C 7 1
6 United Kingdom BRM P133
P138
P139
BRM P142 7 1
7 United Kingdom Cooper-Maserati T86B Maserati Tipo 10/F1
8 United Kingdom Brabham-Repco BT20
BT24
Repco 740
9 United Kingdom Brabham-Climax BT23B Climax FPF
10 United States Eagle-Climax T1G Climax FPF

1969 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos. Driver RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
MEX
Mexico
Pts.
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 1 1 Ret 1 1 1 2 1 Ret Ret 4 63
2 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ret 6 Ret 5 3 2 1 10 1 Ret 2 37
3 New Zealand Bruce McLaren 5 2 5 Ret 4 3 3 4 5 Ret DNS 26
4 Austria Jochen Rindt Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 2 3 1 Ret 22
5 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 6 3 Ret 8 2 9 12† 3 4 Ret 5 21
6 New Zealand Denny Hulme 3 4 6 4 8 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 1 20
7 United Kingdom Graham Hill 2 Ret 1 7 6 7 4 9 Ret Ret 19
8 United Kingdom Piers Courage Ret 2 Ret Ret 5 Ret 5 Ret 2 10 16
9 Switzerland Jo Siffert 4 Ret 3 2 9 8 11† 8 Ret Ret Ret 15
10 Australia Jack Brabham Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 2 4 3 14
11 United Kingdom John Surtees Ret 5 Ret 9 Ret DNS NC Ret 3 Ret 6
12 New Zealand Chris Amon Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret 4
13 United Kingdom Richard Attwood 4 3
14 United Kingdom Vic Elford 7 10 5 6 Ret 3
15 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 5 7 3
16 Switzerland Silvio Moser Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 6 11 1
17 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 1
18 France Johnny Servoz-Gavin 6 NC 8 1
19 Rhodesia Sam Tingle 8 0
20 United States Pete Lovely Ret 9 0
21 United Kingdom John Miles Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 0
Canada Bill Brack NC 0
United States Mario Andretti Ret Ret Ret 0
Sweden Jo Bonnier Ret Ret 0
Canada George Eaton Ret Ret 0
South Africa Peter de Klerk NC 0
South Africa Basil van Rooyen Ret 0
Rhodesia John Love Ret 0
United Kingdom Derek Bell Ret 0
Canada John Cordts Ret 0
Canada Al Pease DSQ 0
Pos. Driver RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
MEX
Mexico
Pts.
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

† Formula Two cars occupied fifth to tenth positions in the German Grand Prix, however drivers of these cars were not eligible for championship points. The points for fifth and sixth were awarded to the drivers of the eleventh and twelfth placed cars.

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
United Kingdom IV Race of Champions Brands Hatch March 16 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart France Matra-Cosworth Report
United Kingdom XXI BRDC International Trophy Silverstone March 30 Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Brabham-Cosworth Report
Spain Madrid Grand Prix Jarama April 13 United Kingdom Keith Holland United Kingdom Lola-Chevrolet Report
United Kingdom XVI International Gold Cup Oulton Park August 16 Belgium Jacky Ickx United Kingdom Brabham-Cosworth Report

Notes

  1. ^ Henry p.85
  2. ^ Only the best 5 results from the first 6 races and the best 4 results from the last 5 races counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
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Simple English

The 1969 Formula One season crowned as champion Jackie Stewart.

Season review

Rnd Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Report
1 South African Grand Prix March 1 Kyalami Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Report
2 Spanish Grand Prix May 4 Montjuïc Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Report
3 Monaco Grand Prix May 18 Monaco Graham Hill Lotus-Ford Report
4 Dutch Grand Prix June 21 Zandvoort Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Report
5 French Grand Prix July 6 Charade Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Report
6 British Grand Prix July 19 Silverstone Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Report
7 German Grand Prix August 3 Nürburgring File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford Report
8 Italian Grand Prix September 7 Monza Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Report
9 Canadian Grand Prix September 20 Mosport Park File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford Report
10 United States Grand Prix October 5 Watkins Glen Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford Report
11 Mexican Grand Prix October 19 Hermanos Rodriguez Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford Report

1969 Drivers Championship final standings

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 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 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 Ret 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 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 6 NC 8 1
19 Sam Tingle 8 0
20 Pete Lovely Ret 9 0
21 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
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 Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(starting in 2003)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

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