Photography: The 1969 Italian Grand Prix

Written by Kurt | Saturday, 08 September 2012 11:28

1969 monza GP - There they go, Stewart, Hill, Rindt, Courage

With the 2012 Italian Grand Prix underway this weekend, it's a good time to look back at a previous edition of this traditional F1 race. With Hamilton and Alonso being particularly strong this weekend, the 1969 edition saw Jackie Stewart and Jochen Rindt go head to head. It was in this race that Jackie Stewart claimed his first F1 title with three races still to go by finishing first. It wasn't a walk in the, admittedly beautiful, Royal Villa of Monza park for Stewart though, the first 4 drivers finished within a second of one another. Rindt crossed the line just 0.08 seconds after Stewart while Frenchman Beltoise and New Zealander McLaren where right on his heels. It is no surprise that this race is the closest 1-2-3-4 finish in GP history with lead changes almost every lap. Best of all we have some photos of this momentous occassion!

 

1969 monza GP - We see a relaxed Stewart before the race, Ken Tyrrell next to him

We see a relaxed Stewart before the race, Ken Tyrrell next to him, I wonder, who's the chap in the chair on the concrete wall to the left?

1969 monza GP - Graham Hill Colin Chapman in the Lotus garage

These two did not experience the best of races, Graham Hill retired, while Colin Chapman saw Rindt's Lotus only come second after a huge battle for the lead with seven drivers involved.

1969 monza F1 GP Frank Williams and Piers Courage with Brabham-Ford

Frank Williams and protégé, Piers Courage.

1969 monza italian f1 GP - pit lane
Pit lane atmosphere 60s style, no fences, some security but always close the action.

There's more but I keep that for another time, hopefully I will be able to offer a great Jochen Rindt photograph straight from the original negative any day soon in a dedicated online shop.