French racing driver Francois Cevert, driving a Ford-powered Tyrrell, won the United States Grand Prix at the Watkins Glen motor-racing circuit in New York on Sunday (October 3).
French racing driver Francois Cevert, driving a Ford-powered Tyrrell, won the United States Grand Prix at the Watkins Glen motor-racing circuit in New York on Sunday (October 3). This film shows him beating Jo Siffert of Switzerland, who came second, and Sweden's Ronnie Peterson, third.
SYNOPSIS: Watkins Glen motor racing circuit, New York, and the 13th annual United States Grand Prix for Formula One cars. In front of huge crowds, a field of the world's leading drivers move up to the start line.
The field gets away for the first of 59 laps over the twisting 3.37 mile (5.42 kilometres) circuit. Car number nine, a Ford powered Tyrell, is driven by the Frenchman Francois Cevert. He was to win the race after leading for 39 laps.
Number eleven is a Matra Simoa driven by the New Zealander, Chris Amon. Over-eagerness by American Mark Donohue in Number 31 produced a wild slide, but he recovered quickly and pulled away back into the race. In a later incident, Denis Hulme of New Zealand was to hit the guard rail in his Ford powered McLaren. He was unhurt, although forced to retire. There were no serious accidents.
Francois Cevert finished ahead of second place driver Jo Siffert, of Switzerland. For his victory, he receives the handsome Grand Prix Trophy, and fifty thousand dollars. He covered the 199 miles (320 kilometres) in one hour, 43 minutes, 51 seconds. That's an average speed of 115.92 miles an hour (185.222 kilometres per hour).