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1971 Race of Champions

Daily Mail Race of Champions

Sunday, March 21, 1971
Damp at the start, drying
Fastest Lap:
Hill, 1m26.7
1971 season:

Race of Champions Brands Hatch, March 21st I don't think anyone will argue when I say that Stewart is easily the best driver in Formula One racing today, and that the flat-12-cylinder Ferrari is by far the most powerful Formula One car at present. The fact that a Ferrari won the Race of Champions and Stewart was second would appear to confirm this, but it was not as simple as that. Graham Hill recorded the fastest lap with the new Brabham BT34, which should make any future historian stop to think and review the result more closely. Brands Hatch in mid-March was its usual impossible self, raining all day Friday before the race, being cold and damp on Saturday and cold and grey on Sunday. Most of the small entry were out on Friday in spite of the rain, and Stewart was head and shoulders above everyone else as he threw the number one Tyrrell car about with a calculated abandon that does not fit in with his "safety songs" and political clap-trap. To watch his skill and reflexes at work on the wet track was to watch an artist at work and it was a joy to behold. On the other hand Hulme took one look at the weather and told the McLaren team they could forget practice, even though the new M19 McLaren was ready to go.