It happened today – 25 October

It happened today – 25 October

On 25th October 1970, Jacky Ickx won the Mexican Grand Prix. The Belgian driver took the victory ahead of team-mate Clay Regazzoni, which meant the Scuderia took its fourth win and third one-two finish of the season. The Drivers’ title had already gone posthumously to Jochen Rindt, while the Constructors’ …

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On 25th October 1970, Jacky Ickx won the Mexican Grand Prix. The Belgian driver took the victory ahead of team-mate Clay Regazzoni, which meant the Scuderia took its fourth win and third one-two finish of the season. The Drivers’ title had already gone posthumously to Jochen Rindt, while the Constructors’ was already won by Lotus, but that did not mean this race didn’t attract the attention of the local fans: over two hundred thousand of them flocked to the circuit and it proved tricky keeping them the right side of the crash barriers. Regazzoni started from pole, with Jackie Stewart’s Tyrrell alongside him. But Ickx, from third on the grid was soon in the lead.

Stewart stuck like glue to the Belgian until he was forced to pit with a steering problem, which would later see him retire, thus handing second place to Regazzoni. As soon as Ickx took the chequered flag, the crowd invaded the track and the other drivers had to slow to avoid running over the spectators… The season ended with two second places in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ classifications, but above all, with the 312 B, Ferrari found it was competitive again at the highest level, after it had seemed to have lost its way in the three previous years.

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