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F1 flashback: Rindt and Brabham’s final lap in 1970 Monaco GP (VIDEO)

May 19, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

As we pay tribute to the late Sir Jack Brabham, here’s a flashback as we head into the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend – the final lap of the 1970 Monaco race, where Jochen Rindt battled Sir Jack for the win.

It was an incredible final lap; Brabham seemed to have the race in his grasp as he led the Austrian, before he slid off line trying to pass a slower car. That left Rindt to take the victory in his Lotus over Brabham’s own chassis. It was an unfortunate second place finish for the Australian.

Relive the action in this phenomenal piece of video, nearly 45 years on from the time it happened.

  1. ttnvrl8 - May 20, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Insane seeing the crew members hanging out on the track. And the corners in some places had actual square curbs! I guess this is why Hemingway dubbed motor racing as one of only three true sports – the other two being mountain climbing and bull fighting – everything else were just “games.”

    • crunge4461 - May 20, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      So what happened? Even though the manner in which bystanders and crew members used to be unprotected was completely nuts, I am afraid that Hemingway’s characterization really does not hold true anymore. At the Indy 500 I think it probably still fits, but F1 certainly not, Formula One is not really a risky enterprise anymore, and I feel that excessive safety measures with the tracks (cars should be made as safe as possible) has really detracted from the F1 spectacle.

      • worknman24hours - May 21, 2014 at 12:54 AM

        No liability insurance company will cover you today if you don’t make the races as safe as you can.

        No promoter can hold any race without some form of insurance covering any racing event.

        Plus,the complement is in the fact that you don’t really want the good old days of drivers burning to death or being thrown from their car to return.

        The thing I despise is that the track were all made billiard table flat to suit the cars.

        That’s why Monaco and Spa remain two of my favorite tracks.

        No one can say that Monaco is safe in any way.

        But more then that,the track moves up and down ll over it’s length and the track itself is a true drivers nightmare to get around.

        You have to earn a win at Monaco-even the Mercs will have their hands full there.

        Be a blast to see Felipe come away with a win here.

    • indycar02 - May 22, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      bull fighting you must be DRUNK (just like hemingway), you have NO!.. idea what they do to animals (it isnt and never was fair) and WE! (lol) call our self the most advanced species on earth (lol shakes head!), what cave do you live in, your ARTERIES must be all clogged up (so much for the caveman diet!).

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