Jacky Ickx of Belgium, driving a Ferrari, led all the way to win the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday (25 October).
Jacky Ickx of Belgium, driving a Ferrari, led all the way to win the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday (25 October). Thousands of spectators spilled on to the track and delayed the start. Drivers claimed bitterly that they were having to race in conditions under which somebody might be killed.
By his victory, Jacky Ickx finished runner-up to the late Jochen Rindt in the 1970 world drivers championship. Clay Regazzoni of Switzerland, also in a Ferrari, was second in the grand prix and New Zealand's Dennis Hulme, in a Maclaren-Ford, came third.
It was the last grand prix of his career for the veteran Australian, Jack Brabham, the only driver ever to win the world championship in his own make of car. He was unable to shake off the bad luck which has haunted him this year and withdrew with engine trouble ten laps from the finish, when lying third.
The start of the race was delayed for 75 minutes while thousands of spectators, many of whom had not paid, were cleared from the track. After waiting 40 minutes, Britain's Jackie Stewart walked from his Tyrrell and declared: "That's it. I'm not racing. I could kill someone."
He was persuaded to change his mind but then had to withdraw after his car hit a dog which ran on to the track.
On Monday, Mexican motor racing chiefs said that the International Automobile Federation might ban another grand prix in Mexico unless strict security precautions were in force. A track steward, Carlos Branif, said: "Our public does not deserve the grand prix."
The race's technical chief, Fred van Beuren, a Mexican of Dutch origin, commented: "I think this has been the last Mexican Grand Prix. If there is no security, there can be no race."
The Mexico City newspaper "Excelsior" described the crowd's behevious as "a disgrace to all Mexicans."