1968 Canadian Grand Prix
The attention was centred on the battle for the World Championship with Graham Hill, leading after his early season victories on 30 points. Jacky Ickx was second on 27 points, third was Jackie Stewart with 26 points and Denny Hulme on 24, fresh from his win last time out in Italy.
A total of 22 cars were entered for this event, the first of three races in the Americas.
Dan Gurney was present in a third Bruce McLaren Motor Racing prepared McLaren M7A, although entered by his Anglo American Racers team, having given up on his Eagle-Weslake project. Despite this, there was an Eagle T1F in Quebec, in the hands of local Formula A/5000 driver, Al Pease. Another local driver from this series, Bill Brack appeared in Team Lotus’s third car. Meanwhile, BRM ran just the one car for Pedro Rodríguez. Matra Sports expanded their operation to two cars, with Henri Pescarolo joining Jean-Pierre Beltoise, while Johnny Servoz-Gavin driving another prepared by Matra International, following his second place at Monza. Alongside Jackie Stewart, this made four Matras in the field.
With his Repco engine finally beginning to work, Jochen Rindt secured pole position for the Brabham Racing Organisation, in their Brabham-Repco BT26, averaging a speed of 101.711 mph. He was joined on the front row by Chris Amon’s Ferrari 312 and Jo Siffert in Rob Walker’s Lotus 49B. The fastest McLaren was that of Dan Gurney, qualifying on the second row, alongside the works Lotus of Graham Hill, while the third row featured both of the Bruce McLaren Motor Racing entered McLaren M7As of Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren, sandwiching the sole Honda RA301 of John Surtees .
The race was held over 90 laps of the Circuit Mont-Tremblant, taking place in sunny conditions, with the Ferrari of Chris Amon leading straight from the off, with Jo Siffert chasing him. Then followed Jochen Rindt, Dan Gurney and Graham Hill. The positions at the front remained stable, with John Surtees retiring from eighth place with gearbox troubles. On lap 14, Hill managed pass Gurney, and 12 laps later, the American dropped away with a broken radiator. An oil leak accounted for Siffert, on lap 29, and so Rindt was second, although he too retired shortly afterwards with an engine failure. This promoted Hill to second. That too was short-lived, as he soon dropped behind the McLarens of Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren because of a serious vibration issues. As Hill’s Lotus 49B gradually fell back, he was overtaken by Pedro Rodríguez and Johnny Servoz-Gavin. A few laps later (lap 71), the Matra of Servoz-Gavin had spun out and Hill was back up to fifth.
While all this was going on, Amon seemed to have everything under control for the first 72 laps of the race, however, on the 73rd lap, his legendary bad luck struck when his Ferrari’s transmission failed. This gave McLaren a 1-2 victory with Rodríguez grabbing third for BRM. Hulme won in a time of 2hr 27.11.2mins., averaging a speed of 97.799mph, and was a full lap ahead of his team-mate.
The result put reigning World Champion, Hulme level on points with Hill, with two races remaining.
|1||1||23x15px Denny Hulme||McLaren-Ford||90||2:27:11.2||6||9|
|2||2||23x15px Bruce McLaren||McLaren-Ford||89||+ 1 Lap||8||6|
|3||16||23x15px Pedro Rodríguez||BRM||88||+ 2 Laps||12||4|
|4||3||23x15px Graham Hill||Lotus-Ford||86||+ 4 Laps||5||3|
|5||21||23x15px Vic Elford||Cooper-BRM||86||+ 4 Laps||16||2|
|6||14||23x15px Jackie Stewart||Matra-Ford||83||+ 7 Laps||11||1|
|Ret||18||23x15px Jean-Pierre Beltoise||Matra||77||Gearbox||15|
|Ret||9||23x15px Chris Amon||Ferrari||72||Transmission||2|
|Ret||15||23x15px Johnny Servoz-Gavin||Matra-Ford||71||Accident||13|
|NC||20||23x15px Lucien Bianchi||Cooper-BRM||56||Not Classified||18|
|Ret||19||23x15px Henri Pescarolo||Matra||54||Oil Pressure||19|
|Ret||6||23x15px Jochen Rindt||Brabham-Repco||39||Overheating||1|
|Ret||4||23x15px Jackie Oliver||Lotus-Ford||32||Halfshaft||9|
|Ret||5||23x15px Jack Brabham||Brabham-Repco||31||Suspension||10|
|Ret||12||23x16px Jo Siffert||Lotus-Ford||29||Oil Leak||3|
|Ret||11||23x15px Dan Gurney||McLaren-Ford||29||Radiator||4|
|Ret||24||23x15px Piers Courage||BRM||22||Gearbox||14|
|Ret||27||23x15px Bill Brack||Lotus-Ford||18||Halfshaft||20|
|Ret||8||23x15px John Surtees||Honda||10||Gearbox||7|
|Ret||22||23x15px Jo Bonnier||McLaren-BRM||0||Fuel System||17|
|DNS||10||23x15px Jacky Ickx||Ferrari||Practice accident/injury|
|DNS||25||23x15px Al Pease||Eagle-Climax||Engine|
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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- "Canadian GP, 1968 Race Report - GP Encyclopedia - F1 History on". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
- "1968 Canadian Grand Prix". Racing-Reference.info. 1968-09-22. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
- "Formula 1® - The Official F1® Website". Formula1.com. 1968-09-22. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
- "Results 1968 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada". F1 Fansite. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-13.
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