Germany 1967: And the British flag falls from the pedestal

The 1967 German Grand Prix was held on it Nurburgring, more precisely on the Nordschleife, namely the “Nordschleife”, a 22.835 km long circuit. It’s not a particularly outstanding event from a historical perspective, but the qualifiers are the setting for a new series of Jim Clark (lotus), who took pole position with a lead of 9.4 seconds Denny Hulme (Brabham), the standings leader, and 1-11 on Jackie Stewart (BRM).

This will be Clark’s fourth and final pole at the German circuit. A record in Formula 1 back then, and even today, the Scot is still the leader in the field, right in front of him Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jacky Ickx and Michael Schumacher (who have all three), all versions of the circuit together.

The race started well for Clark, who led the early laps but didn’t set a particularly intense pace, allowing his rivals to stay close. In reality, the 1963 and 1965 world champion didn’t know this, but he suffered a slow puncture: he felt his car was unstable and difficult to handle, but put it on the full tank of gas. He stayed the course but by the end of lap three he realized there was a real problem as the Lotus was becoming increasingly undriveable.

Jim Clark claims his first starting place in the 1967 German Grand Prix

He pulls part of his body out of the cockpit to understand where the problem might be coming from. The problem is that you cannot visually see that the rigid right rear tire is simply being inflated less and less. On the fourth lap, Clark decided to retire in the face of worsening difficulties: he drove to the right side of the track to quietly collect the pits, where he retired, leaving Hulme and Dan Gurney the past. The latter took the opportunity to take control.

The American, backed by a strong squad of US supporters, will quickly loosen up with Hulme, so much so that the New Zealander will quickly understand that it’s better for him to keep his rhythm than trying to follow it one printed by the eagle. He can afford it because his teammate and boss, Jack Brabhamis a distant third place.

Gurney will extend his lead over Hulme to around fifty seconds. But on lap 13 of the 15 race, with the Eagle running perfectly and showing no sign of weakness, a cardan joint in the drive shaft gave way and an oil inlet in the case was severed. Hulme finds himself well ahead, well ahead of a Brabham struggling with the Ferrari Chris Amon. Finally, after Brabham did all he could to shut the door to Amon, the three men will cross the finish line in that order, after a race that saw 13 of 25 starters eliminated.

For Hulme, who has to drive a taxi for his boss after the race (photo illustration), this will be his second and last win of the year, but enough to win his only F1 world title by a few points. ..Jack Brabham.

Jim Clark aboard his Lotus 49

Jim Clark aboard his Lotus 49

The most amazing thing is that this podium, made up of three pilots from Oceania (two Kiwis and one Australian), ends a particularly long series of consecutive events in which at least one representative of the United Kingdom was on the ” box”: in fact it was almost five The case for years, within a matter of days, i.e. a series of 50 consecutive events between the 1962 British GP and the 1967 British GP.

To achieve such a feat in a Formula One that was gradually opening up to the world but remaining heavily under British dominance, Jim Clark, John Surtees, Graham Hill, Peter Arundell, Bob Anderson, Jackie Stewart, Mike Spence and Mike Parkes helped up today maintain the longest podium streak of any country by number of Grands Prix.

The second lasted a total of 40 races, spread over just over two years between the 2000 Hungarian GP and Japan 2002, and of course involved Germany. Michael sSchumacher, Ralph SchumacherHeinz-Harald Frentzen and Nick Heidfeld were the architects.

The UK and Germany also share the first seven series of their kind in the discipline’s history, with only Spain and France disrupting their dominance in the top 10: Spain finds itself eighth in this ‘ranking’ with a streak totaling 15 podiums Place again Fernando Alonso’s credit between the Turkish GP in 2005 and Canada in 2006; for France, tenth, it is 13 GP, between Belgium 1981 and Brazil 1982, thanks Jacques Laffite, Alain Prost and Rene Arnoux.

The longest running streak is due to the United Kingdom, thanks to George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, who have flown the Union Jack in the last six podiums to date.

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