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On 17th April 1971, qualifying took place for the Spanish Grand Prix. It was a very closely contested session, with the Belgian Ferrari driver Jacky Ickx posting the fastest time in 1.25.9, a tenth faster than team-mate Clay Regazzoni in the other 312 B and Chris Amon in the Matra.
It was Ferrari’s 54th pole, the eighth for Ickx, (six of them with Ferrari). In the race, things did not go to plan: Jackie Stewart, who had started fourth, was quickly able to take the lead and built up a ten second lead over the Ferrari man.
Ickx then began a charge in the final laps which brought the gap down to less than 3 seconds, but it was not enough for him to attack the Tyrrell driver, who would go on to take his second world title at the end of the year.