Jean-Pierre Beltoise of France won his first Grand Prix victory at Monaco on Sunday (May 14) after leading the field in the World Championship event from start to finish.
GV PAN start of race
SV Beltoise followed by Regazzoni and Fittipaldi
SV PAN Beltoise
GTV Cars around bend (2 shots)
SV PAN crowd with umbrellas
GV ZOOM TO SV Marshals directing cars past accident
SV PAN Regazzoni past
SV PAN Beltoise following tail-enders and crossing finish (2 shots)
SV Beltoise mounts rostrum to receive trophy
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Background: Jean-Pierre Beltoise of France won his first Grand Prix victory at Monaco on Sunday (May 14) after leading the field in the World Championship event from start to finish. It was also BRM's first Grand Prix victory since Monza last year.
Beltoise drove his BRM brilliantly through driving rain to beat Belgium's Jacky Ickx is a Ferrari -- the only one of 25 starters still on the same lap as Beltoise at the finish.
Even Jackie Stewart of Britain, -- the acknowledged master in wet conditions -- was lapped twice by Beltoise, finishing fourth behind Emerson Fittipaldi's John Player Lotus.
Conditions on the 80-lap, 1,950-mile (3,145km) circuit were so bad that the BRM's winning speed of 63.85 miles-an-hour (102kph) was the slowest for the Monaco Grand Prix for twenty years.
The race, which comprised the fourth round in the world championship battle, puts Emerson Fittipaldi ahead with 19 points, Ickx in second place with 16 points, and Denis Hulme in third place with 15 points. Jackie Stewart is fourth with 12 points. Beltoise has only nine points.
SYNOPSIS: In the Monaco Grand Prix, Jean-Pierre Beltoise of France...in car seventeen...goes straight into the lead. And he kept his BRM in that position right through the eighty-lap world championship event, driving brilliantly in atrocious conditions.
It was the Frenchman's first ever Grand Prix victory and the first for BRM since Monza last year. Only one of the twenty-five starters....Jacky Ickx in a Ferrari...finished on the same lap as Beltoise. Even Jackie Stewart of Britain....a master in wet conditions...was lapped twice.
Conditions were so bad that the winning speed of nearly sixty-four miles-an-hour was the slowest at Monaco for twenty years. But despite the slow pace, some cars skidded into trouble...
Beltoise won by a wide margin. But he has only nine points in the world championships...compared with 19 points for the current leader, Emerson Fittipaldi, who finished third at Monaco.