1973 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 5 of 15 in the 1973 Formula One season
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Date 20 May 1973
Official name XXXI GROTE PRIJS VAN BELGIE
Location Circuit Zolder
Heusden-Zolder, Limburg, Belgium
Course Grand Prix Circuit
4.220 km (2.622 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 295.379 km (183.540 mi)
Weather Warm, dry
Pole position
Driver Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford
Time 1:22.46
Fastest lap
Driver France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford
Time 1:25.42
Podium
First United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford
Second France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford
Third Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford

The 1973 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zolder on May 20, 1973. It was won by British driver Jackie Stewart driving a Tyrrell 006.

The entire Zolder track had to be resurfaced a week before the actual Grand Prix after a few drivers such as Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi and François Cevert walked around the track to inspect it. They found that the track started to break up as a result of a previous race, and the track owners immediately decided to resurface the track, only a week before the Grand Prix. Cevert, Fittipaldi and Stewart refused to drive on the track because of the danger, and Cevert responded to the FIA that they would attempt to cancel the race if the owners did not do a good enough job of fixing the track.

Future world champion Niki Lauda took his first ever career points here, by finishing in fifth place in his BRM.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 70 1:42:13.43 6 9
2 6 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 70 + 31.84 4 6
3 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 70 + 2:02.79 9 4
4 9 Italy Andrea de Adamich Brabham-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 18 3
5 21 Austria Niki Lauda BRM 69 + 1 Lap 14 2
6 22 New Zealand Chris Amon Tecno 67 + 3 Laps 15 1
7 7 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 67 +3 Laps 2  
8 24 Brazil Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford 66 +4 Laps 8  
9 12 United Kingdom Graham Hill Shadow-Ford 65 +5 Laps 23  
10 19 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni BRM 63 Accident 12  
11 15 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 63 Accident 20  
Ret 14 France Jean-Pierre Jarier March-Ford 60 Accident 16  
Ret 20 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 56 Not classified 5  
Ret 11 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 46 Engine 19  
Ret 2 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 42 Accident 1  
Ret 8 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 33 Accident 10  
Ret 25 New Zealand Howden Ganley Iso Marlboro-Ford 16 Accident 21  
Ret 10 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 14 Engine 7  
Ret 16 United States George Follmer Shadow-Ford 13 Throttle 11  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Shadow-Ford 11 Accident 22  
Ret 3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 6 Oil pump 3  
Ret 26 Italy Nanni Galli Iso Marlboro-Ford 6 Engine 17  
Ret 23 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 4 Accident 13  

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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1972 Belgian Grand Prix
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