It happened today – 20 June

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On 20th June 1971, the Dutch Grand Prix was held at Zandvoort. Quickest in qualifying was Belgium’s Jacky Ickx in the Ferrari, beating Pedro Rodriguez in the BRM to pole by just 4 hundredths of a second. Regazzoni was fourth in the other 312B2, while Mario Andretti had to settle for 18th place in a less evolved 312B.

Ickx kept the lead at the start, fending off an aggressive Rodriguez, as the rain came down. It caught out many, starting with Jo Siffert, then shortly afterwards Chris Amon and even Jackie Stewart spun, which meant the first two were able to make their getaway. That day, Ickx and Rodriguez were in a class of their own and fought it out to the final laps, changing places several times. The Belgian Ferrari man just had the edge, also taking the race fastest lap, thus doing the triple with the win and pole, for the third time in his career, his first with Ferrari. He crossed the line 7.99 seconds ahead of his rival in the BRM. The others were a long way back, with Regazzoni third for Ferrari, but a whole lap down on Ickx.

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