1966 Mexican Grand Prix

Gran Premio de Mexico

Sunday, October 23, 1966
Round:
9
Weather:
Warm, dry and sunny
Laps:
65
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Ginther, 1m53.75
Country:
Mexico
Circuit:
1966 season:
Report

1966 FINALE TO COOPER-MASERATI

MEXICO CITY. Sunday, October 23rd.

ONCE again the Formula One season ends here in Mexico City, on the 5-kilometre circuit set in the vast sports park. As usual the high altitude of the city (7,300 ft) causes mixture problems not found anywhere else in the F. 1 programme. Last year the Honda was able to lose less power through lack of oxygen than most of the other cars and once in the lead no-one could touch it. This year, although without a doubt the most powerful car, it was also the heaviest, which did not give it the advantage it had last year.

The cars had been transported down from Watkins Glen in time for work to be completed before first practice. The entry lacked any Ferrari participation due to the racing shop at Modena being rebuilt to enable fuller coverage for 1967. Lotus had three cars for Clark, Arundell and Rodriguez. Clark's number was on the H16 with which he won the United States G.P. The engine was the same and had not been returned to England. Arundell was in the B.R.M. V8 and Rodriguez in the Climax V8. All three cars were fitted with the latest Firestone tubeless tyres.

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