1972 Formula One season

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1972
FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 1972 Formula One season was the 23rd FIA Formula One season. It featured the 23rd World Championship of Drivers, the 15th International Cup for F1 Manufacturers[1] and numerous non-championship Formula One races. The World Championship season commenced on 23 January and ended on 8 October after twelve races.

For 1972 Team Lotus focused again on the type 72 chassis. Imperial Tobacco continued its sponsorship of the team under its new John Player Special brand. The cars, now often referred to as 'JPS', were fielded in a new black and gold livery. Lotus took the championship by surprise in 1972 with 25-year old Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi who became the youngest world champion at that point. Stewart came second in the championship.

This was the first year where all the races were run on circuits with safety features on them, and considerable progress had been made since 1968, the last year where all races were run on circuits with no safety features.

The British Racing Motors (BRM) team took its last victory when Jean-Pierre Beltoise won the rain-affected 1972 Monaco Grand Prix in a BRM P160.

The Dutch Grand Prix was canceled this year because of safety arrangements that were not completed for the race. It was supposed to be held between the Belgian and French Grand Prix's at the usual location, Zandvoort. Also, a second American motor race called the United States Grand Prix West, originally supposed to be held in April at the Ontario Motor Speedway near Los Angeles, was cancelled. The Mexican Grand Prix was scheduled to be the last race of the season, but it was canceled after local interest dissipated after the death of Pedro Rodríguez.[2]

Season review[edit]

Emerson Fittipaldi won the driver's championship, driving for Lotus
Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires 23 January Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report
2 South Africa South African Grand Prix Kyalami 4 March United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Mike Hailwood New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom McLaren-Ford G Report
3 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jarama 1 May Belgium Jacky Ickx Belgium Jacky Ickx Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford F Report
4 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Monte Carlo 14 May Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi France Jean-Pierre Beltoise France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom BRM F Report
5 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Nivelles-Baulers 4 June Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi New Zealand Chris Amon Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford F Report
6 France French Grand Prix Charade Circuit 2 July New Zealand Chris Amon New Zealand Chris Amon United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report
7 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Brands Hatch 15 July Belgium Jacky Ickx United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford F Report
8 West Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring 30 July Belgium Jacky Ickx Belgium Jacky Ickx Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy Ferrari F Report
9 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Österreichring 13 August Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi New Zealand Denny Hulme Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford F Report
10 Italy Italian Grand Prix Monza 10 September Belgium Jacky Ickx Belgium Jacky Ickx Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford F Report
11 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Mosport Park 24 September United States Peter Revson United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report
12 United States United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen 8 October United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report

Drivers and constructors[edit]

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham-Ford BT33
BT34
BT37
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G United Kingdom Graham Hill All
Argentina Carlos Reutemann 1-2, 5-12
Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior 3-12
United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B
P153
P180
P160C
BRM P142 3.0 V12 F New Zealand Howden Ganley 1-6, 8-12
Sweden Reine Wisell 1, 3-4, 6, 8, 10
United Kingdom Peter Gethin 1-7, 9-12
Spain Alex Soler-Roig 1, 3
Austria Helmut Marko 1-2, 4-6
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 2-12
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver 7
Canada Bill Brack 11
United Kingdom Brian Redman 12
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 3.0 F12 F Belgium Jacky Ickx All
Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 1-5, 8-12
United States Mario Andretti 1-3, 10, 12
Italy Nanni Galli 6
Italy Arturo Merzario 7-8
United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus
United Kingdom World Wide Racing
Lotus-Ford 72D Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi All
Australia David Walker 1-9, 12
Sweden Reine Wisell 11-12
United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March-Ford 721 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G


F

Sweden Ronnie Peterson All
Austria Niki Lauda All
France Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120C
MS120D
Matra MS72 3.0 V12 G New Zealand Chris Amon All
United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren-Ford M19A
M19C
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G New Zealand Denny Hulme All
United States Peter Revson 1-3, 5, 7, 9-12
United Kingdom Brian Redman 4, 6, 8
South Africa Jody Scheckter 12
United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees-Ford TS9B
TS14
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F Australia Tim Schenken All
Italy Andrea de Adamich 1-3, 5-12
United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 2-10, 12
United Kingdom John Surtees 10, 12
United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Ford 003
002
004
005
006
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 1-4, 6-12
France François Cevert All
France Patrick Depailler 6, 12
United Kingdom Team Williams Motul March-Ford
Politoys-Ford
711
721
FX3
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G France Henri Pescarolo 1-12
Brazil Carlos Pace 2-12
West Germany Team Eifelland Caravans Eifelland-Ford 21 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G West Germany Rolf Stommelen 2-9
South Africa Scribante Lucky Strike Racing Lotus-Ford 72D Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F South Africa Dave Charlton 2, 6-8
Rhodesia Team Gunston Surtees-Ford
Brabham-Ford
TS9
BT33
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F Rhodesia John Love 2
South Africa Willie Ferguson 2
United Kingdom Clarke-Mordaunt-Guthrie Racing March-Ford
Surtees-Ford
721G
TS9B
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F United Kingdom Mike Beuttler 3-12
Italy Andrea de Adamich 4
Italy Martini Racing Tecno PA123/3 Tecno Series-P 3.0 F12 F Italy Nanni Galli 5, 7, 9-10
United Kingdom Derek Bell 6, 8, 10-12
United Kingdom Darnval Connew Racing Team Connew-Ford PC1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F France François Migault 7, 9
United States Gene Mason Racing March-Ford 711 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F United States Skip Barber 11-12
United States Champcarr Inc. Surtees-Ford TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F United States Sam Posey 12

Results and standings[edit]

Drivers[edit]

Points for the 1972 World Championship of Drivers were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six placegetters in each race. For classification, only the best five results from the first half of the season and the best five results from the second half of the season could be retained.

Pos Driver ARG
Argentina
RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Points
1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Ret 2 1 3 1 2 1 Ret 1 1 11 Ret 61
2 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 1 Ret Ret 4 1 2 11 7 Ret 1 1 45
3 New Zealand Denny Hulme 2 1 Ret 15 3 7 5 Ret 2 3 3 3 39
4 Belgium Jacky Ickx 3 8 2 2 Ret 11 Ret 1 Ret Ret 12 5 27
5 United States Peter Revson Ret 3 5 7 3 3 4 2 18 23
6 France François Cevert Ret 9 Ret NC 2 4 Ret 10 9 Ret Ret 2 15
7 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 4 12 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 5 8 15
8 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Ret Ret Ret 4 6 Ret Ret 4 2 17 13
9 Sweden Ronnie Peterson 6 5 Ret 11 9 5 7 3 12 9 DSQ 4 12
10 New Zealand Chris Amon DNS 15 Ret 6 6 3 4 15 5 Ret 6 15 12
11 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Ret Ret 1 Ret 15 11 9 8 8 Ret Ret 9
12 United States Mario Andretti Ret 4 Ret 7 6 4
13 New Zealand Howden Ganley 9 NC Ret Ret 8 4 6 11 10 Ret 4
14 United Kingdom Brian Redman 5 9 5 Ret 4
15 United Kingdom Graham Hill Ret 6 10 12 Ret 10 Ret 6 Ret 5 8 11 4
16 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 7 Ret 13 12 8 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 3
17 Italy Andrea de Adamich Ret NC 4 7 Ret 14 Ret 13 14 Ret Ret Ret 3
18 Brazil José Carlos Pace 17 6 17 5 Ret Ret NC NC Ret 9 Ret 3
19 Australia Tim Schenken 5 Ret 8 Ret Ret 17 Ret 14 11 Ret 7 Ret 2
20 Italy Arturo Merzario 6 12 1
21 United Kingdom Peter Gethin Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 6 Ret Ret 1
Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi 7 9 Ret 8 12 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Austria Niki Lauda 11 7 Ret 16 12 Ret 9 Ret 10 13 DSQ NC 0
France Patrick Depailler NC 7 0
Austria Helmut Marko 10 14 8 10 Ret 0
United Kingdom Mike Beuttler DNQ 13 Ret 19 13 8 Ret 10 NC 13 0
France Henri Pescarolo 8 11 11 Ret NC Ret Ret DNQ 13 14 0
Australia David Walker DSQ 10 9 14 14 18 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
South Africa Jody Scheckter 9 0
West Germany Rolf Stommelen 13 Ret 10 11 16 10 Ret 15 0
Sweden Reine Wisell Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 10 0
United States Sam Posey 12 0
Italy Nanni Galli Ret 13 Ret NC Ret 0
United States Skip Barber NC 16 0
Rhodesia John Love 16 0
South Africa Dave Charlton Ret DNQ Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Derek Bell DNQ Ret DNQ DNS Ret 0
Spain Alex Soler-Roig Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Ret 0
France François Migault DNS Ret 0
United Kingdom John Surtees Ret DNS 0
Canada Bill Brack Ret 0
South Africa William Ferguson DNS 0
Pos Driver ARG
Argentina
RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Constructors[edit]

Points for the 1972 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six placegetters in each race. Only the best placed car from each manufacturer was eligible to score points. For classification, only the best five results from the first half of the season and the best five results from the second half of the season could be retained.

Pos. Manufacturer ARG
Argentina
RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Pts.[3]
1 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Ret 2 1 3 1 2 1 Ret 1 1 11 10 61
2 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1 9 Ret 4 2 1 2 10 7 Ret 1 1 51
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 2 1 5 5 3 7 3 (5) 2 3 2 3 47 (49)
4 Italy Ferrari 3 4 2 2 Ret 11 6 1 Ret 7 5 5 33
5 United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 5 16 4 7 4 6 Ret 13 4 2 7 12 18
6 United Kingdom March-Ford 6 5 6 10 5 5 7 3 10 9 9 4 15
7 United Kingdom BRM 9 14 Ret 1 8 15 11 4 6 6 10 Ret 14
8 France Matra DNS 15 Ret 6 6 3 4 15 5 Ret 6 15 12
9 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 7 6 7 9 13 8 8 6 Ret 5 4 11 7
Italy Tecno Ret DNQ Ret Ret NC Ret DNS Ret 0
United Kingdom Politoys-Ford Ret 0
United Kingdom Connew-Ford DNS Ret 0
Pos. Manufacturer ARG
Argentina
RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Pts.
  • Bold results counted to championship totals.

Non-Championship race results[edit]

Other Formula One races were also held in 1972, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
United Kingdom VII Race of Champions Brands Hatch 19 March Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus Report
Brazil I Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos 30 March Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Brabham-Cosworth Report
United Kingdom XXIV BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 23 April Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus Report
United Kingdom XIX International Gold Cup Oulton Park 29 May New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom McLaren-Cosworth Report
Italy I Italian Republic Grand Prix Vallelunga 18 June Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus Report
United Kingdom II World Championship Victory Race Brands Hatch 22 October France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom BRM Report

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ FIA Yearbook, 1974, pages 119 & 121
  2. ^ forums.autosport.com/topic/63822-grand-prix-cancelled/
  3. ^ Only the best 5 results from the first 6 rounds and the best 5 results from the last 6 rounds counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

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