Amon comes close again…

04. Jun 2024 
by Ziv Knoll

Chris Amon, who had qualified his March 701-Ford in second position behind Jackie Stewart’s similar car, leads (picture-above) Jack Brabham (Brabham BT33-Ford), Jean-Pierre Beltoise (Matra MS120), Jacky Ickx (Ferrari 312B) and Henri Pescarolo (Matra MS120) in the early stages of the 1970 Monaco Grand Prix.

The March 701, which was March’s first F1 car, was designed by Robin Herd and Peter Wright. It had an aluminium monocoque, with the engine as a fully stressed member, and was powered by the Cosworth DFV. It had side-pods in aerofoil shape that hosted fuel tanks. One win only in its career, when Jackie Stewart won the 1970 Spanish Grand Prix in a Tyrrell-entered 701.

The fast but unlucky New-Zealander Amon was forced to retire of this Monaco Grand Prix on lap 60 when his suspension failed, while pole man Stewart in the other leading March 701, retired on lap 57 with a broken engine. Victory went in dramatic fashion, to Jochen Rindt (picture below in his Lotus 49B), when he passed Jack Brabham (Brabham) in the last corner of the last lap, when the Australian slid into the barriers…

Source: Rainer W Schlegelmilch

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