Grand Prix Gold: Great Britain 1969

Grand Prix Gold: Great Britain 1969

AUTOSPORT relives the great races of the past: Silverstone '69 - Stewart wins again, but Rindt shines

It was the old firm of Stewart & Tyrrell Ltd at Silverstone last Saturday, for Jackie Stewart won the British Grand Prix by over a lap, setting new lap and race records. But that doesn't tell the whole story, for Jochen Rindt was on superb form, and for 62 laps he and Stewart battled nose to tail, Jochen having led right from the start apart from nine laps when the Scotsman went in front. Then a bit of the rear wing on the Lotus came loose and necessitated a 34-second pit stop; finally in the closing stages Rindt's car ran short of petrol, which brought him in again.

Several other teams miscalculated their fuel consumptions, for Jacky Ickx took second place by coasting across the line with a dead engine and dry tanks. He had made a bad start and worked his way up from an initial tenth place. Denny Hulme, who was third fastest in practice, was an early retirement with a blown engine, but Bruce McLaren turned in a smooth, fast drive for third place. Rindt was eventually fourth just behind Piers Courage's Brabham.

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