1972 French Grand Prix
|1972 French Grand Prix|
|Date||2 July 1972|
Circuit de Charade|
Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France
|Course||Temporary street circuit|
|Course length||8.055 km (5.005 mi)|
|Distance||38 laps, 306.09 km (190.19 mi)|
|Time||2:53.9 on lap 32|
The 1972 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuit de Charade in Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France on 2 July 1972. It was race 6 of 12 in both the 1972 World Championship of Drivers and the 1972 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.
The Circuit de Charade's natural setting around the base of an extinct volcano created safety concerns due to the dark, volcanic rocks which fell from the mountain onto both sides of the track. Drivers who skirted the track edge would often send rocks flying into the middle of the road and into the path of pursuing competitors. The hazard was highlighted when driver Helmut Marko suffered a career-ending injury during the race, when a stone thrown from Emerson Fittipaldi's Lotus penetrated his helmet visor and blinded him in the left eye. The rocks also meant that tyre punctures were a perennial hazard on the circuit, as was shown when ten competitors suffered punctures during the race. The French Grand Prix was moved to the new Circuit Paul Ricard for 1973.
Chris Amon achieved the fifth and final pole position of his career and was leading the race in his Matra until a puncture forced him to pit, leaving Jackie Stewart to win in his Tyrrell-Ford. Fittipaldi finished second, just ahead of a charging Amon, who shattered the circuit's lap record.
|2||1||Emerson Fittipaldi||Lotus-Ford||38||+ 27.7||8||6|
|3||9||Chris Amon||Matra||38||+ 31.9||1||4|
|4||7||François Cevert||Tyrrell-Ford||38||+ 49.3||7||3|
|5||12||Ronnie Peterson||March-Ford||38||+ 56.8||9||2|
|6||26||Mike Hailwood||Surtees-Ford||38||+ 1:36.1||10||1|
|7||2||Denny Hulme||McLaren-Ford||38||+ 1:48.1||2|
|8||19||Wilson Fittipaldi||Brabham-Ford||38||+ 2:25.1||14|
|9||11||Brian Redman||McLaren-Ford||38||+ 2:55.5||13|
|10||18||Graham Hill||Brabham-Ford||38||+ 2:59.5||20|
|11||3||Jacky Ickx||Ferrari||37||+ 1 Lap||4|
|12||20||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Ford||37||+ 1 Lap||17|
|13||30||Nanni Galli||Ferrari||37||+ 1 Lap||19|
|14||28||Andrea de Adamich||Surtees-Ford||37||+ 1 Lap||12|
|15||5||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||BRM||37||+ 1 Lap||24|
|16||10||Rolf Stommelen||Eifelland-Ford||37||+ 1 Lap||15|
|17||27||Tim Schenken||Surtees-Ford||36||+ 2 Laps||5|
|19||15||Mike Beuttler||March-Ford||33||Out of Fuel||23|
|NC||8||Patrick Depailler||Tyrrell-Ford||33||+ 5 Laps||16|
|Ret||25||Helmut Marko||BRM||8||Driver Injured||6|
- François Cevert drove and crashed the new Tyrrell 005 in practice. He was forced to drive the 002 during the race.
- Patrick Depailler made his F1 debut.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
1972 Belgian Grand Prix
|FIA Formula One World Championship
1972 British Grand Prix
1971 French Grand Prix
|French Grand Prix||Next race:|
1973 French Grand Prix