In the most sensational finish at Monte Carlo since the war, Jochen Rindt scored a last-ditch victory for Gold Leaf Team Lotus in the Monaco Grand Prix last Sunday when Jack Brabham, who had led for nearly two-thirds of the distance, crashed into the barrier at the last corner of the last lap. He restarted to take second place ahead of Henri Pescarolo, who gave Matra their best result this year with a fine third.
From the start Jackie Stewart's Tyrrell March ran away from Chris Amon and Brabham, pulling out a handsome lead until ignition trouble forced him into the pits. Amon tailed Brabham until the rear suspension of his works March failed, and his team-mate Jo Siffert went well after a slow start until his fuel injection started to play up. The Matra of Jean-Pierre Beltoise was up with the leaders again until retiring, this time with transmission failure, while Denny Hulme finished a dogged fourth in his McLaren after losing bottom gear.
Jacky Ickx had the Ferrari lying fourth at the start but broke a driveshaft, while Graham Hill scored two more championship points with fifth place in a Lotus borrowed from non-qualifier John Miles after he crashed his own Rob Walker car in practice. The BRMs were out of luck, Jackie Oliver retiring with engine trouble but Pedro Rodriguez was sixth after an early pitstop. Ronnie Peterson qualified, and finished, in his first Formula 1 race in the new Antique Automobiles March.
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