1972 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 6 of 12 in the 1972 Formula One season
Circuit Clermont Ferrand.png
Date July 2, 1972
Location Charade Circuit, Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France
Course Permanent racing facility
8.055 km (5.005 mi)
Distance 38 laps, 306.09 km (190.19 mi)
Pole position
Driver New Zealand Chris Amon Matra
Time 2:53.4
Fastest lap
Driver New Zealand Chris Amon Matra
Time 2:53.9 on lap 32
Podium
First United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford
Second Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford
Third New Zealand Chris Amon Matra

The 1972 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Charade Circuit in Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France on July 2, 1972.

Due to cutting the corners, a stone thrown from Emerson Fittipaldi's Lotus hit Helmut Marko in the eye during the race, ending his F1 career. The stones also had caused ten deflated tyres, but no big crashes. The French Grand Prix was moved to the new Paul Ricard Circuit for 1973.

Chris Amon achieved the fifth and final pole position of his career and was leading the race until a puncture forced him to pit, but he charged back through the field, annihilating the circuit's lap record to finish third. Jackie Stewart won the race, with Fittipaldi second.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 38 1:52:22.5 3 9
2 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 38 + 27.7 8 6
3 9 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 38 + 31.9 1 4
4 7 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 38 + 49.3 7 3
5 12 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 38 + 56.8 9 2
6 26 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 38 + 1:36.1 10 1
7 2 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 38 + 1:48.1 2  
8 19 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 38 + 2:25.1 14  
9 11 United Kingdom Brian Redman McLaren-Ford 38 + 2:55.5 13  
10 18 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 38 + 2:59.5 20  
11 3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 37 + 1 Lap 4  
12 20 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 37 + 1 Lap 17  
13 30 Italy Nanni Galli Ferrari 37 + 1 Lap 19  
14 28 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 37 + 1 lap 12  
15 5 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 37 + 1 Lap 24  
16 10 Germany Rolf Stommelen March-Ford 37 + 1 Lap 15  
17 27 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 36 + 2 Laps 5  
18 6 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford 34 Halfshaft 22  
19 15 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 33 Out of Fuel 23  
NC 8 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 33 Not Classified 16  
Ret 24 Sweden Reine Wisell BRM 25 Gearbox 18  
Ret 17 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 18 Engine 11  
Ret 25 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 8 Eye injury 6  
Ret 14 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 4 Halfshaft 21  
DNQ 29 South Africa Dave Charlton Lotus-Ford        

Notes[edit]

  • François Cevert drove and crashed the new Tyrrell 006 in practice. He was forced to drive the 002 during the race.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]


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