1968 French Grand Prix

The 1968 French Grand Prix was Round 6 of the 1968 Formula 1 World Championship. The event was held at Rouen les Essarts, France on Sunday, 7 July 1968. Jochen Rindt started on pole position in the Brabham Repco and Jacky Ickx was the race winner for the Ferrari. This race is sadly remembered for the fatal accident which claimed the life of Frenchman Jo Schlesser. Schlesser crashed his Honda on the second lap of the race and perished in the ensuing fire.

During an interview with Beyond The Grid – The F1® Podcast that was released on 7 August 2019, race winner Jacky Ickx talked the sadness he felt over Schlesser’s death.

1968 French Grand Prix Race Result
Pos.No.DriverNationalityTeamTyreLapsTime/RetiredTimeGapIntervalBest LapLapPoints
126Jacky IckxBelgiumFerrariFirestone602:25:40.9002:25:40.900--2:13.900199
216John SurteesGreat BritainHondaFirestone60+118.600s2:27:39.500+1:58.600+1:58.6002:11.800196
328Jackie StewartGreat BritainMatra FordDunlop59+1 lap1 lap1 lap2:11.800184
430Vic ElfordGreat BritainCooper BRM58+2 laps2 laps1 lap2:17.200573
58Denny HulmeNew ZealandMcLaren FordGoodyear58+2 laps2 laps2:12.800582
636Piers CourageGreat BritainBRM57+3 laps3 laps1 lap2:14.000181
722Richard AttwoodGreat BritainBRM57+3 laps3 laps2:18.60056
810Bruce McLarenNew ZealandMcLaren FordGoodyear56+4 laps4 laps1 lap2:13.60018
96Jean-Pierre BeltoiseFranceMatraDunlop56+4 laps4 laps2:22.00053
1024Chris AmonNew ZealandFerrariFirestone55+5 laps5 laps1 lap2:16.60054
1134Jo SiffertSwitzerlandLotus FordFirestone54+6 laps6 laps1 lap2:18.60017
NCL20Pedro RodríguezMexicoBRMGoodyear53+7 laps2:11.50019
DNF2Jochen RindtAustriaBrabham RepcoGoodyear45DNF2:13.80016
DNF4Jack BrabhamAustraliaBrabham RepcoGoodyear15DNF2:32.2002
DNF12Graham HillGreat BritainLotus FordFirestone14DNF2:15.2006
DNF32Johnny Servoz-GavinFranceCooper BRM14DNF2:19.1006
DNF18Jo SchlesserFranceHondaFirestone2DNF2:31.3002
DNS14Jackie OliverGreat BritainLotus FordFirestoneDNS