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1969 FIA Formula 1 Season (ICM)
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Champion Constructor: Tyrrell Matra Ford (GB,1,1)
Putative Constructor: Tyrrell Matra Ford (GB)
Champion Driver: Jackie Stewart (GB,1,1)
Putative Driver: Jackie Stewart (GB)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model MS80, 2.99-liter, eight-cylinder vee DFV Cosworth, aluminum engine, DOHC, fuel injection, five-speed, ventilated Girling disc brakes, aluminum monocoque chassis, double wishbone/rocker-radius arm independent suspension, 435 horsepower (Bernard Boyer, Keith Duckworth).

The advances in aerospace engineering propels the FIA IN 1969 to allow the use aerodynamic foils for downforce purposes, yet early failures at Kyalami in March and two dramatic Lotus shunts at Barcelona in May prompts the sanctioning body to ban the same in lieu of more stable rear wing devices authorized during the prior season. The sanctioning body ultimately allows the constructors to utilize smaller and non-movable rear aerofoils that firmly attach to the chassis structure in time for the French Grand Prix in July. British constructor Ken Tyrrell and driver Jackie Stewart lead Matra with its MS80 entry to their first respective constructors' and drivers constructors' titles, the first French make to accomplish the feat. Race organizers cancel the Belgian Grand Prix in June after a rigorous inspection of the course by Matra pilot Jackie Stewart results in a harshly critical review that in turn prompts the Formula 1 drivers' community to boycott the contest. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Montjuic Park, Barcelona in May. Constructor Frank Williams fields his first acing entry with a Brabham chassis at Barcelona in May. Departures: R. Paul Hawkins, 31, b. Richmond-Melbourne, Australia 1937, d. RAC Tourist Trophy, Little Budworth, England, May. Gerhard Mitter, 33, b. Schönlinde, Czechoslovakia 1935, d. at practice, F2 GP Germany, Mayen, August. Willy Mairesse, 40, b. Momignies, Belgium 1928, d. suicide, Ostend, Belgium, September. Racing Evolution: Four-wheel drive for F1 racing (Lotus, Matra). New Racing Makes: British March. French AGS.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Tyrrell Matra Ford108     Stewart J85
MRD Brabham Ford77     Ickx50
Lotus Ford55     Rindt33
McLaren Ford55     McLaren30
Walker Durlacher Lotus Ford16     Hill G24
Owen BRM8     Hulme24
Williams Brabham Ford8     Beltoise24

Noteworthy 1969 Races

1969 III AA Grand Prix of South Africa Midrand, South Africa1969 1969 III AA Grand Prix of South Africa At Kyalami for the South African Grand Prix (328 kilometers) in March, the race comes to a British Tyrrell Matra MS10 Ford under Jackie Stewart (GB) in 1:50:39.1 (average 110.62 mph), under nineteen seconds ahead of a Lotus entry. The FIA allows aerodynamic devices for the first time and Kyalami serves as the debut stage for the same. The failures of some aerofoils during practice raises immediate concerns among the FIA stewards. Photo Credit: David Phipps.
1969 XXVII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco Monte Carlo1969 1969 XXVII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (251.5 kilometers) in May, a British Lotus 49B Ford under Graham Hill (GB) takes race honors in 1:56:59.4 (average 80.18 mph), under eighteen seconds ahead of a Brabham entry. Hill moves out front after race leader Jackie Stewart in his Matra Ford drops a driveshaft on Lap 23 of 80. Hill wins the event, his final F1 victory, for an unprecedented fifth time. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1969 XXXI Großer Preis von Deutschland Mayen, West Germany1969 1969 XXXI Großer Preis von Deutschland At the Nürburgring for the German Grand Prix (320 kilometers) in August, a British Brabham BT26A Ford under Jacky Ickx (BE) takes the flag in rainy conditions in 1:49:55.4 (average 108.43 mph), under fifty-eight seconds ahead of a Matra entry. Ickx moves out front after race leader Jackie Stewart in his Matra slows with mechanical troubles with only eight laps remaining. The race claims the life of Gerhard Mitter, who perishes during a practice session shunt. Photo Credit:
1969 XL Gran Premio d'Italia Monza, Italy1969 1969 XL Gran Premio d'Italia At Monza for the Italian Grand Prix (391 kilometers) in September, a British Tyrrell Matra MS80 Ford under Jackie Stewart (GB) wins in 1:39:11.3 (record average 146.97 mph), under a second (.08) ahead of a Lotus driven by Jochen Rindt. Stewart and Rindt dice over the final thirty-five laps before the former edges out Rindt for the victory. Matra becomes the first and only French make (British-prepared) to date to win the F1 constructors’ title. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.