1970 was the year of transition in Grand Prix racing; the season that pitched the old guard against a feisty new breed of racers intent on pushing Formula One forward into the new decade.
Nothing symbolised this battle more than the cars used by top contenders: Jacky Ickx’s Ferrari 312B relied on brute force to compensate for its outdated styling, whereas Jochen Rindt’s Lotus 72 showed that radical aerodynamics represented a brave and (potentially) faster way forward.
And with the technological battles came a fascinating season’s racing. Jackie Stewart was the defending champion but took nothing for granted. When different drivers won the first four races, Stewart, and the world, knew that the Championship was wide open. Thrilling battles ensued until triumph and tragedy came together in one fatal collision: on the 5th of September 1970 Championship leader Jochen Rindt died during practice at Monza. He was to become the sport’s first posthumous champion.
Brunswick Films were pioneers in the embryonic days of Formula One production, when sponsors controlled the demand for footage, and before the era of global TV coverage began. They have skilfully combined film from their famous archive - including some previously unseen material - to create a review that captures the essence of a very special era in Grand Prix racing.
"This is the full season review of the 1970 Formula One World Championship, although not every race is covered. The footage is good and shows some close racing, it does fail to show all the the action, but the voice over does a good job at that with some nice humour. This season could be seen as the turning point in Formula 1, as this season saw the death of three drivers, Piers Courage, Bruce McLaren and Jochen Rindt. Rindt had such a successful season up until his death at Monza he went on to become the World Champion, but sadly did not live to celebrate his triumph. With this sad story the DVD is compelling, watching Rindt win four Grand Prix in a row. The stands are packed out with fans at each race and shows how popular formula 1 was in 1970. This season is before the sport became so technical and professional, with the drivers' wives or girlfriends taking down lap times.
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