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1970 Mexican Grand Prix

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1970 Mexican Grand Prix
The Ciudad Deportiva Magdalena Mixhuca
Race details
Date October 25, 1970
Official name Mexican Grand Prix
Location Ciudad Deportiva Magdalena Mixhuca, Mexico City, Mexico
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.000 km (3.107 mi)
Distance 65 laps, 325.000 km (201.946 mi)
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:41.86
Fastest lap
Driver Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari
Time 1:43.11
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third McLaren-Ford

The 1970 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Ciudad Deportiva Magdalena Mixhuca in Mexico City on October 25, 1970. It was race 13 of 13 in both the 1970 World Championship of Drivers and the 1970 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 65-lap race was won by Ferrari driver Jacky Ickx after he started from third position. His teammate Clay Regazzoni finished second and McLaren driver Denny Hulme came in third.

Ickx wasn't able to close the points gap to the late Jochen Rindt in the final races of the season, and as result the latter was awarded the championship posthumously, becoming the only driver to ever win the title after death.

Race report

The immense crowd of 200,000 proved almost uncontrollable and almost forced the cancellation of the race. They were crammed in front of the guard-rails, sat at the trackside and ran across the track itself. Despite impassioned appeals from Jackie Stewart and local hero Pedro Rodríguez they still remained troublesome.

From the start, Jacky Ickx led from Stewart and Clay Regazzoni, but dropped back with steering column trouble. Later, a collision with a dog which had escaped onto the track damaged Stewart's suspension and forced his retirement, leaving the Ferraris dominant in first and second. Jack Brabham retired from third place in his final Grand Prix when the engine blew on lap 53. The Ferraris romped home with Ickx leading Regazzoni and Denny Hulme claiming the third podium spot. The Italian cars had proved they were now good enough to compete with the Ford-engined cars, but the crowd's antics meant that for safety reasons the Mexican Grand Prix would be dropped from the 1971 calendar. However, it returned to the Formula One calendar fifteen years later in 1986.


Qualifying classification

Pos. Driver Constructor Time No
1 Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:41,86 1
2 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:41,88 2
3 Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:42,41 3
4 Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 1:43,57 4
5 Chris Amon March-Ford 1:43,71 5
6 Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 1:43,82 6
7 Pedro Rodríguez B.R.M. 1:44,01 7
8 Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 1:44,13 8
9 François Cevert March-Ford 1:44,21 9
10 Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 1:44,46 10
11 Henri Pescarolo Matra 1:44,55 11
12 Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 1:44,59 12
13 Jackie Oliver B.R.M. 1:44,70 13
14 Denis Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:44,95 14
15 John Surtees Surtees-Ford 1:45,03 15
16 Jo Siffert March-Ford 1:46,15 16
17 Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 1:46,30 17
18 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:48,13 18



Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 65 1:53:28.36 3 9
2 4 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 65 +24.64 1 6
3 8 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 65 +45.97 14 4
4 12 New Zealand Chris Amon March-Ford 65 +47.05 5 3
5 6 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 65 +50.11 6 2
6 19 Mexico Pedro Rodriguez BRM 65 +1:24.76 7 1
7 20 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver BRM 64 +1 Lap 13  
8 17 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 64 +1 Lap 15  
9 7 France Henri Pescarolo Matra 61 +4 Laps 11  
NC 23 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 56 Not Classified 12  
Ret 15 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 52 Engine 4  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 33 Suspension 2  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 27 Engine 10  
Ret 16 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 15 Fuel System 17  
Ret 2 France François Cevert March-Ford 8 Engine 9  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 4 Overheating 8  
Ret 11 Switzerland Jo Siffert March-Ford 3 Engine 16  
Ret 24 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1 Engine 18  

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 6 results from the first 7 rounds and the best 5 results from the last 6 rounds counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


  1. ^ "1970 Mexican Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Mexico 1970 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 19 March 2019.

Previous race:
1970 United States Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1970 season
Next race:
1971 South African Grand Prix
Previous race:
1969 Mexican Grand Prix
Mexican Grand Prix Next race:
1986 Mexican Grand Prix
This page was last edited on 8 January 2021, at 18:10
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