1972 Formula One season
|1972 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
|Drivers' Champion: Emerson Fittipaldi
Constructors' Champion: Lotus-Ford
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 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 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.
Drivers and constructors
Results and standings
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.
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.
- Bold results counted to championship totals.
Non-Championship race results
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|
|VII Race of Champions||Brands Hatch||19 March||Emerson Fittipaldi||Lotus||Report|
|I Brazilian Grand Prix||Interlagos||30 March||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Cosworth||Report|
|XXIV BRDC International Trophy||Silverstone||23 April||Emerson Fittipaldi||Lotus||Report|
|XIX International Gold Cup||Oulton Park||29 May||Denny Hulme||McLaren-Cosworth||Report|
|I Italian Republic Grand Prix||Vallelunga||18 June||Emerson Fittipaldi||Lotus||Report|
|II World Championship Victory Race||Brands Hatch||22 October||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||BRM||Report|
Notes and references
- FIA Yearbook, 1974, pages 119 & 121
- 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.
- 1972 World Championship race results and images Retrieved from f1-Facts.com on 20 October