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1969 German Grand Prix

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Date  August 3, 1969
Course length  22.835 km (14.189 mi)
1969 German Grand Prix
Official name  XXXI Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location  Nürburgring, Nürburg, West Germany
Course  Permanent racing facility
Distance  14 laps, 319.690 km (198.646 mi)

The 1969 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Nürburgring on 3 August 1969 with Formula Two cars competing by invitation. It was the seventh round of the 1969 World Championship for Drivers. The F2 entrants were not eligible for points in the World Championship. The 14-lap race was won by Brabham driver Jacky Ickx after starting from pole position. Jackie Stewart finished second for the Matra team and McLaren driver Bruce McLaren came in third.



Gerhard Mitter was killed during a practice session for this race at Schwedenkreuz. He was practicing for BMW's 269 F2 project. As a suspension or steering failure was suspected, the BMW team with Hubert Hahne and Dieter Quester withdrew from the race, as did Mitter's teammate at Porsche, Hans Herrmann.

Mario Andretti drove the 4WD Lotus 63 for very few laps in practice. The heavy fuel load for the race made the car ground out in lap 1 after a jump at Wippermann, causing a crash that also took out Vic Elford, whose car flipped upside down and landed in the trees. Elford broke his arm in 3 places.

In the race, Jacky Ickx had a very poor start which dropped him down to 9th, but he eventually passed the entire field over 3 laps, and he and Jackie Stewart battled for 4 laps until Ickx passed Stewart at the first corner, the Südkehre. Stewart held on but then gearbox problems began to slow him and he dropped away, leaving Ickx in a dominant position. Piers Courage had an accident at Breidscheid when he slipped on some oil and crashed into a ditch next to the Adenauer bridge. Luckily, he was unhurt.

This was the last Formula One race at the Nürburgring before it was rebuilt and fitted with Armco barriers for the 1971 race.


Note: The race was run with both Formula One and Formula Two cars running together. Formula Two entrants are denoted by a pink background.

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 5 results from the first 6 rounds and the best 4 results from the last 5 rounds counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
  • References

    1969 German Grand Prix Wikipedia