The 1971 Dutch grand prix was held #OnThisDay
in 1971. Ickx took pole ahead of Rodriquez and Stewart. The race was very wet and cold, when the flag dropped it was Ickx and Rodriquez who left Stewart for dust with their Firestone tyres as Stewart struggled on the good years. Amon put the pressure on Stewart at the end of lap 1 trying to overtake him around the outside, Amon slid off into Tarzan and beached his car, which ended his race. The following lap it was Stewart himself who spun around, he rejoined in 8th while Mario Andretti finally started the race after having to change mutiple components on the engine. He rushed out of the pits and immediately spun, he however could continue. 2 of the best weather drivers of that era battled away at the front while incidents happened further back. Pescarolo hit the Brabham of Schenken in Tarzan, Dave Walker completely missed his braking point crashing into a banking and Cevert and Galli hit eachother which saw them spin into the gravel. Meanwhile Ickx and Rodriquez really started to battle heavily with them going back and forth already lapping cars on lap 10, they lapped Hulme, Hill, Van Lennep and Stewart as they continued to battle while dancing around the traffic. They lapped thatgroup again a couple of laps later as the crowd celebrated Dutch driver Gijs van Lennep who overtook 3 world champions. Ickx and Rodriquez continued their scrap with them overtaking eachother lap after lap while negotiating traffic. At the half way point of the race everybody was lapped except for Regazzoni in 3rd. Cevert got back into his car only to spin out again a few laps later after his suspension collapsed. Ickx pulled away from Rodriquez in the final stages as Regazzoni missed his braking point with 5laps to go, he hit the fences but could continue, his nose was completely shattered as he cruised his way to the finish while leaving a trail of fibreglass. Ickx won the race finishing 8 seconds ahead of Rodriquez and a full lap ahead of Regazzoni. Peterson, Surtees and Siffert finished 2 Laps down to complete the top 6. Gijs van Lennep finished 8th on debut while Hill, Stewart and Hulme finished 5 and 7 laps down respectively.