Jacky Ickx, Tim Shank, Ronnie Pete discussed on The Autosport Podcast
Really thought that was a little bit like in the Rodriguez list we did, up at the following years months a thousand kilometers long because he single handedly beat a three car for our team. It was quite a specifics equivalent, I think. And do you feel like you obviously mentioned there? Do you feel like the Ferrari just literally crumbled under if it's pressure? That was the telling factor in the race. Were they to be fair, they didn't have as many. They didn't have as many cars at most of the races, and they didn't have as many. They weren't out as many races. So they probably were always going to have a bit of a few teething problems, but I mean, they had tire trouble, which you could probably manage. If you weren't having to drive flat out, they also had oil pressure, problems. I mean, that might just have been one of those things that was always going to happen. So it's a bit difficult to say with cools there problems, but I think, you know, you're always more likely to find the problems if you're driving flat out on you. So and I just don't think they would have had to invest of course the Ferrari would have fought each other. I would suspect that Mario Andretti would have been sensible enough not to get drawn into something like that if it was just him in Petro at the front. So yeah, I think you'd have to say, see if it was a contributing factor to their Ferraris failure. We move on to formula two for the next race, which is number 8. And this one, I genuinely would have loved to have seen this right. A 1970 room GP F two race where the 8 cars, the top 8 were several by 2.4 seconds at the finish. I must have been epic, which I agree with you. That would definitely be a race to go back to and watch wouldn't it? Yeah. He didn't have many successes in F two. But that one was, yeah, so the 8 cars that flashed across the line, the 7 behind him were clay record zone, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jacky ickx, who was his teammate for that weekend. Tim shank and Ronnie Pete and Derek bell and Jack Brabham. Well, I mean, they're all names, right? And they're all within 2.4 seconds and he was at the front. And yeah, so it was one of these things where there were two heats. And then a final and he put himself on the front row after it after his heat. But reggaeton is techno actually won the faster heat. And so he was on pole. And there was a great coat actually from Justine howler who did the all sport report. He said, with the sole exception of Jackie Stewart, who wasn't there, rarely have 18, such potent car driver combinations have been seen at any form of racing. And there were I added up the numbers. The drivers in that of those 18, they would go on to rack up 72 world championship F one wins and 6 world titles. And that doesn't include people like Graham hill, who didn't make the final. So I mean, in terms of quality entry, it doesn't get much better than that. And yeah, he had him and Ronnie Peter who would go on to become the king of F two really. They were always at the front of the pack and Ronnie grabbed the lead and went on to last up in the lead. But then there's the hairpin where a lot of the moves were happening, and he just went in too deep. It was obviously one of those I've got to stay ahead and he just went in too hot. See if it got through into the lead and then held off reg it's only by .1 of a second on the line with Fittipaldi a massive extra .1 of the second further back. So I guess the only reason it's perhaps not higher on this list is think the streamline BMW is probably a good car to have round rule. Obviously, it did ra and Ronnie making the mistake with those slipstreaming battles. It can be a little bit down to lock as to where you are, though. It's funny how the same people tend to be at the front normally, but yeah, I just thought it was a sensational race. As you saw, I would love to have gone back and seen. Absolutely. I mean, I'm sort of hard to think of another occasion where you'd have that many names so close. Like, it's just mad. Yeah, it's brilliant, isn't it? There have been some Kevin wood who's the unsung star of the multiple images and they send the photos over. He unfortunately wasn't able to find a photo of the actual finish, but he did find some fantastic pictures of them at the hairpin and coming down down towards the heparin. It's just a massive cars. And of course, all different chases as well, different chases, different different engines, different drivers. And also, I mean, how often would there have been a Swiss drivers one, too? In an international motor race. Just a race that I wasn't really aware of when I started doing the research, but the more I looked into it, thought this has got to be on the list somewhere. Absolutely. Well, another research, there because that is a phenomenal entry. Number 7, 1969 Dutch Grand Prix zandvoort. Now, this is a classic case of a charge in drive from Joe. Yeah, it's qualified ten system of the car just never really worked particularly well in practice, but then in the race, obviously they got it. They got it nailed. Yeah, so he started tenth. It was not at the end of the first lap. He was 7th lap later. And then he caught Chris Amon's Ferrari the McLaren's of Denny hammer Bruce McLaren. And he went past all three of them very, very rapidly. The other sport report said he outmaneuvered home in a heart stopping moment. So again, that's probably would have been something nice. Didn't find footage of that, but I'm sure that would have been good to watch. And he was that pretty much a fourth. Very close to Graham hill in the works lotus because of seeds in the rob walker car. And he found a way past here as well. So he got from tenth to third. And the two guys ahead of him were, I think, probably at that time the two best drivers in the world who had Jackie Stewart and jochen, rinse worked lotus filed him as he did a lot in 1969. And Stuart was left to win with sifford second. So, you know, head of basically all the factory cars except just accept Stewart's actually put him up to third in the drivers table at that point as well. So yeah, one of the best underdog sort of combined the underdog with charging through the field. So I thought that had to deserve to place as well. Exactly. I completely agree. Well worthy of the place in the top ten. And we'll move to swiftly on to number 6, which is in a race. I'll be honest. I know there are come across in my time, but I had to go and check the pronunciation just to make sure that I got it right. But the Syracuse Grand Prix. Now, tell us a bit about this because he didn't actually finish this rice, but it's made it to number 6. Yes, and it's in the same Brabham BRM that he driven in other non sanctioned races, including the Mediterranean Grand Prix where we were talking about earlier. The reason this is higher, one is much more of a driver circuit. It's not just a flat out blast. It was a really challenging circuit where Tony Brooks famously won to the first British car driver win in a Grand Prix a non chatty comprising before the Second World War so it was a proper track 3.4.