1969 Canadian Grand Prix

Canadian Grand Prix

Saturday, September 20, 1969
Round:
9
Weather:
Warm, dry and sunny
Laps:
90
Fastest Lap:
Ickx and Brabham, 1m18.1
Country:
Canada
Circuit:
1969 season:
Report

From the Motor Sport Archive

A one-two for Brabham

Mosport Park, Canada, September 20th.

The World Championship Grand Prix series is gradually becoming truly world-wide, the recently introduced Canadian Grand Prix extending the North American list to three events. Held at Mosport Park, near Toronto, the Canadian race organisers attracted a full field from Europe, and the addition of three local drivers made the entry list up to 20, the largest field seen this year in Formula One racing. Following the lead set by the organisers of the United States Grand Prix in previous years, the Canadians offered large prize money in place of starting-money, the prize list extending right down to 20th place, so that anyone unfortunate enough to retire on the starting line was assured of sufficient money to cover his expenses. Although the total sum was not as high as that offered by Watkins Glen, it was sufficient to attract full works and private support from Europe.

With the World Championship already won by Stewart, the Matra International team could relax slightly and reduce their 100% concentration on the Scots driver, spreading their effort further afield, but this is not to suggest that they had any less ambition to win the Canadian Grand Prix anyway. What it allowed them to do was to run three cars, MS80-02 for Stewart, MS80-01 for Beltoise, and the four-wheel-drive MS84 for Servos-Gavin, this time the young blond Frenchman being a certain starter, unlike the entry at Monza. During this season Servos-Gavin has been driving well in the Matra Formula Two team and he was very pleased to get back in the 400 b.h.p. category of Formula One. Having clinched the 1969 World Championship at Monza in September, Stewart was already commercialising on his position, perhaps forgetting that Graham Hill is still the reigning World Champion, and remains so until the end of the 1969 season. However, Stewart's promotional publicity was aimed at helping the race organisers and after much pre-race publicity a crowd of 40,000 drove out to the rural surroundings of Mosport Park. The Gold Leaf Team Lotus trio of two Type 49B cars and a lone four-wheel-drive Type 63, were similar to the trio that ran at Monza. Hill and Rindt had the two-wheel-drive cars and Miles the four-wheel-drive car. The normal cars were those raced at Monza, 49/10 for Hill and 49/6 for Rindt, and Miles had 63/2.

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