Z for the first time since 1955 the The organizer of the Monaco GP again had more than 16 starters on the street circuit. Nevertheless, five of the 23 participants had to watch on Sunday. The most prominent of the qualifying victims was Mario Andretti. Bad weather had reduced the training time to the Friday session. Shortly after the start of training, the distributor drive on the Ferrari B12 broke. Andretti just had to watch as one after the other undercut his time of 1.29.1 minutes.
When it rained again in the final training session, the American was out of the race. Just like BRM newcomer Howden Ganley, Nanni Galli, who replaced Andrea de Adamich in the March Alfa Romeo, as did Alex Soler-Roig and Skip Barber in private March chassis.
Ronnie Peterson gives his business card
Jackie Stewart ruled the weekend at will. The Scot started from pole position 1.2 seconds ahead of Jacky Ickx and celebrated a start /finish victory in the race. Three men tried to follow the Tyrrell, but no one came closer than 25 seconds to the big Dominator.
Ronnie Peterson's star rose in the race. The Swede had a bad accident 15 days earlier at the International Trophy in Silverstone when the gas pedal got stuck in Becketts and the post of a safety fence knocked him out. hit. In training for the Monaco GP, Peterson held back with starting position 8. But then he fought a thrilling duel with Jo Siffert and Jacky Ickx for second place, in which he finally prevailed. Ickx had the blonde from Orebro in the final of theNothing to oppose city races. B.R.M. driver Jo Siffert failed again due to the technology. An oil pipeline broke.
Graham Hill's end in the wall
Denis Hulme, Emerson Fittipaldi and Rolf Stommelen crossed the finish line wide apart. While Hulme drove his typically inconspicuous race, Emerson Fittipaldi fought his way into the points from the back row in the new Lotus 72D with a modified rear axle. Rolf Stommelen left his boss John Surtees behind.
The days of Big John were as numbered as those of Graham Hill. The five-time Monaco winner was able to qualify on a good 9th place on the grid, but in the second lap his Brabham BT34 was wrinkled in the wall of the tobacco curve. Graham Hill got out of his wreck with bruises. Tim Schenken and Francois Cevert also landed in the lane. The 1971 GP Monaco was definitely not one of the highlights in GP history. But he anticipated the World Cup story. Jackie Stewart and his Tyrrell dominated the season. Ferrari wasn't even a challenger. Crown Prince for the 1971 season was Ronnie Peterson. And its March 711 entered the curiosity cabinet of Formula 1 because of its unusual front wing, which it carried like a tray over its nose.
GP Monaco, on May 23, 1971 in Monte Carlo
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