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From the Motor Sport Archive
Following Jean-Pierre Jarier's crushing victory in the opening round of the European Formula Two Championship at Mallory Park in March, a month elapsed before round two at Hockenheim in Germany. This gave everyone the time to catch up and the entry doubled from the twenty cars seen at Mallory. The Motul Rondel team appeared with a full complement of their own Motul M1s, there were no fewer than nine March-BMWs, several more GRDs, the Alpine-based Elf 2 and various other additions. Last year's F2 Champions Team Surtees were also well represented but as the meeting clashed with the International Trophy at Silverstone the works Matchbox cars were driven by Jochen Mass and Derek Bell.
Practice for the thirty places on the grid showed that the March-BMW was far from invincible with Mass' Surtees setting equal fastest time with Beltoise's March. Jarier was third fastest while Patrick Depailler, having his first race since his seventh place in the US Grand Prix for Tyrrell, was fourth fastest in the Elf 2.