Britain's Jackie Stewart virtually clinched the World Drivers Championship, with his victory in the West German Formula One Grand Prix at Nuerburgring on Sunday (1 August).
Britain's Jackie Stewart virtually clinched the World Drivers Championship, with his victory in the West German Formula One Grand Prix at Nuerburgring on Sunday (1 August). The 31-year-old Scotsman, winner of the 1969 World Championship, finished 40 seconds ahead of Francois Cevert of France. Both men were driving Tyrrell Fords.
Stewart completed the 171 mile (274 kilometres), 12 lap course in one hour 29 minutes 15 seconds at an average speed of 114.2 miles per hour (184.2 kPH). Sunday's win was Stewart's fifth Grand Prix triumph this year, and it gives him 51 World Championship points -- 32 more than Jackie Ickx, his nearest rival.
Clay Regazzoni of Switzerland came in third in Sunday's race, with Mario Andretti of the United States fourth. Stewart set new lap records at least seven times, roaring in to his 17th lifetime Grand Prix win. Only the late Jim Clark of Britain, with 25, and Argentine Juan Fangio, with 24, have won more Grand Prix races.
SYNOPSIS: Nuerburgring, and the start of the West German Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday.
Britain's Jackie Stewart, in car number two, led from the start. Driving a Tyrrell Ford, the winner of the 1969 World Drivers Champion-ship, set lap records on at least seven of the twelve laps. His victory on Sunday was his fifth Grand Prix win of the year,and virtually clinches this year's World Drivers Championship.
Only twelve of the twenty-two starters finished, but there were no injuries in the generally uneventful race. Stewart finished in just under one and a half hours, at an average speed of one-hundred and fourteen miles per hour.
The Scotsman finished forty second ahead of Francois Cevert of Francois on the right. Switzerland's Clay Regazzoni was third.