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Jim Clark in the brand new Lotus 49 at the Dutch Grand Prix in 1967.  Photographer Koch, Eric / Anefo.  Copyright holder: Nationaal Archief.  Public Domain

Formula 1 World Drivers Championship 1967

The non-championship races at the start of 1967 gave the impression that the V12s and H16s would overpower the V8s that season. Dan Gurney won the Race of Champions in the beautiful Eagle-Weslake, and Mike Parkes ran away with the BRDC International Trophy in a Ferrari 312/66 with the latest V12 engine, but when the regular season restarted with the Monaco GP, Ferrari were rocked by the death of team leader Lorenzo Bandini in an accident during the race in the new Ferrari 312/67. Meanwhile, rumours suggested that the new Lotus 49 with its Cosworth DFV engine was going very well in testing, and when it made its debut at the Dutch GP, Graham Hill took pole and teammate Jim Clark took the win. One or other of the Lotus 49 drivers took pole at every remaining GP of the year.

Power, it became clear, was not all that mattered. The Honda RA273 was too heavy and unreliable for John Surtees to offer a threat, but a new Lola-built Honda RA300 gave him a shock win at Monza. Jochen Rindt and Pedro Rodríguez had the same weight and reliability problems with the Cooper-Maserati, as did Jackie Stewart in the H16 BRM P83 and Gurney in the Eagle. Even the Lotus 49 retired more often than it finished. The cars that did finish, almost every time, were the Brabham BT24s of Denny Hulme and reigning champion Jack Brabham. Hulme had won at Monaco, and later won at the Nurburgring after Clark and Gurney both retired while leading. Brabham won twice, in France and Canada, but Hulme's run of second and third place finishes secured the championship.

Another new engine that appeared during 1967 was the new BRM V12 which had been intended for sports car racing but when fitted to the McLaren M5A immediately out-performed the BRM works' H16s. There was some interest in this unit for 1968, but Ford convinced both early adopter Bruce McLaren and the project's instigator Jackie Stewart, who was moving from BRM to Ken Tyrrell's new team for 1968, to use the Cosworth DFV instead.

The races

02 Jan 1967 > South African Grand Prix at Kyalami

12 Mar 1967 > Race of Champions at Brands Hatch

15 Apr 1967 > Spring Cup International at Oulton Park

29 Apr 1967 > International "Daily Express" Trophy at Silverstone

07 May 1967 > Monaco Grand Prix at Monte Carlo

21 May 1967 > Gran Premio di Syracusa at Siracusa

04 Jun 1967 > Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort

18 Jun 1967 > Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps

02 Jul 1967 > French Grand Prix at Le Mans-Bugatti

15 Jul 1967 > British Grand Prix at Silverstone

06 Aug 1967 > German Grand Prix at Nürburgring

27 Aug 1967 > Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport Park

10 Sep 1967 > Italian Grand Prix at Monza

16 Sep 1967 > Gold Cup at Oulton Park

01 Oct 1967 > United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen

22 Oct 1967 > Mexican Grand Prix at Mexico City

12 Nov 1967 > Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama

World Drivers' Championship events shown in bold

1967 World Drivers' Championship table

1Denis HulmeBrabham BT20 - Repco 620 V8
Brabham BT24 - Repco 740 V8
51 pts2 wins
2Jack BrabhamBrabham BT20 - Repco 620 V8
Brabham BT19 - Repco 740 V8
Brabham BT24 - Repco 740 V8
46 pts2 wins
3Jim ClarkLotus 43 - BRM P75 H16
2-litre Lotus 33 - Climax FWMV V8
Lotus 49 - Cosworth DFV V8
41 pts4 wins
4John SurteesHonda RA273 - V12
Honda RA300 - V12
20 pts1 win
5Chris AmonFerrari 312/67 - V1220 pts 
6Pedro RodriguezCooper T81 - Maserati Tipo 9 V12
Cooper T81B - Maserati Tipo 10 V12
15 pts1 win
7Graham HillLotus 43 - BRM P75 H16
2-litre Lotus 33 - BRM P60 V8
Lotus 49 - Cosworth DFV V8
15 pts 
8Dan Gurney2.7-litre Eagle 'T1F' - Climax FPF 4
Eagle 'T1G' - Weslake 58 V12
13 pts1 win
9Jackie StewartBRM P83 - P75 H16
2-litre BRM P261 - P60 V8
BRM P115 - P75 H16
10 pts 
10Mike SpenceBRM P83 - P75 H169 pts 
11John Love2.5-litre Cooper T79 - Climax FPF 46 pts 
12Jo SiffertCooper T81 - Maserati Tipo 9 V126 pts 
13Jochen RindtCooper T81/T81B - Maserati Tipo 9 V12
Cooper T86B - Maserati Tipo 10 V12
6 pts 
14Bruce McLaren2.1-litre McLaren M4B - BRM P111 V8
McLaren M5A - BRM P101 V12
3 pts 
15Jo BonnierCooper T81 - Maserati Tipo 9 V123 pts 
16Chris IrwinBRM P83 - P75 H162 pts 
17Bob Anderson2.7-litre Brabham BT11 - Climax FPF 42 pts 
18Michael ParkesFerrari 312/66 - V122 pts 
19Guy LigierCooper T81 - Maserati Tipo 9 V12
Brabham BT20 - Repco 620 V8
1 pt 
20Ludovico ScarfiottiFerrari 312/66 - V12
Ferrari 312/67 - V12
1 pt 
21Jacky IckxCooper T81B - Maserati Tipo 10 V121 pt 

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All cars are 3-litre Formula 1 cars unless otherwise noted.