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1970 FIA Formula 1 Season (IMC)
Photo Credit: Rainer Schlegelmilch.
Champion Constructor: Lotus Ford (GB,4,2)
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,2,13)
Champion Driver: Jochen Rindt (AT,1,1)
Putative Driver: Jochen Rindt (AT)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 312B, 2.99-liter, twelve-cylinder vee, light alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, five-speed, Girling disc brakes, fibreglass-aluminum/semi-monocoque, tubular spaceframe chassis, double wishbone/top link-radius arm-reversed wishbone independent suspension, 455 horsepower (Mauro Forgheri).

The Formula One Constructors' Association (FOCA) flexes its muscle in 1970 by pushing back on race organizers regarding the number of available grid positions at Spain in April and refusing to compete at the Nürburgring in August due to lack of applied safety measures at the facility. Lotus with the Model 72 C and driver Jochen Rindt outlast Scuderia Ferrari to claim its fourth constructors' title, yet the Ferrari drivers put in strong performances in the season finale at Ciudad México in October to narrowly win its thirteenth putative constructors' championship. Lotus driver Jochen Rindt earns his maiden drivers' title in posthumous fashion after his tragic departure at Monza in September four races from season end. The motorsport world again slips into deep mourning for reputed race driver and auto constructor Bruce McLaren, who perishes of his injuries incurred in a fiery 180 mph shunt at Goodwood while testing his new Can-Am M8D racer in early June. Despite the tragedy, the McLaren factory continues as a going concern. Future F1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi makes his debut at Brands Hatch in July. F1 makes its inaugural visits to Hockenheim and Spielberg, Austria in August. Departures: Bruce McLaren, 32, b. Auckland, New Zealand 1937, d. at testing, Goodwood, England, June. Piers Courage, 28, b. Colchester, England 1942, d. GP Netherlands, Zandvoort, June. K. Jochen Rindt, 28, Mainz, Nazi Germany 1942, d. at practice, GP Italy, Monza, September. New Racing Makes: British Surtees. British Tyrrell.

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.

Scuderia Ferrari96     Rindt63
Lotus Ford (SC)82     Ickx56
MRD Brabham Ford44     Regazzoni43
McLaren Ford42     Stewart J37
Tyrrell Matra/March Ford36     Brabham J34
March Ford33     Amon28
     Rodriguez P28

Noteworthy 1970 Races

1970 XXVIII Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1970 1970 XXVIII Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (251.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to a British Lotus 49C Ford under Jochen Rindt (AT) in 1:54:37.4 (average 81.85 mph), under twenty-four seconds ahead of a Brabham entry. Rindt pulls himself up through the field before moving to the front for a stunning victory after race leader Jack Brabham in his eponymous entry suffers brake lock-up upon the race’s final turn and careens into the ARMCO. Rindt finally breaks the magic hold the injured Graham Hill enjoys at Monte Carlo. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1970 XXIII RAC British Grand Prix Longfield, England1970 1970 XXIII RAC British Grand Prix At Brands Hatch for the British Grand Prix (212 miles) in July, a British Lotus 72C Ford under Jochen Rindt (AT) takes race honors in 1:57:02 (average 108.69 mph), under thirty-three seconds ahead of a Brabham entry. Rindt, trailing the point by thirteen seconds, moves out front on the final circuit after race leader Jack Brabham in his eponymous entry exhausts his fuel supply upon the final turn, yet immediately after the contest, race officials disqualify Rindt for the use of unauthorized aerodynamic devices. The FIA afterwards reverses its ruling after a two and a half hour review. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1970 XXXII Großer Preis von Deutschland Hockenheim, West Germany1970 1970 XXXII Großer Preis von Deutschland At Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix (339.5 kilometers) in August, a British Lotus 72C Ford under Jochen Rindt (AT) takes the flag in 1:42:00.3 (average 124.07 mph), under a second (.70) ahead of a Ferrari driven by Jacky Ickx. Rindt and Ickx dice for the lead over the closing laps before Rindt edges ahead with two laps remaining for a slender and dramatic victory. The Formula One Constructors' Association (FOCA) refuses to run at the Nürburgring due to the lack of response to safety concerns in the aftermath of the Jim Clark tragedy, prompting race officials to switch the contest to Hockenheim. Photo Credit: Hoch Zwei.