1973 British Grand Prix
|Date||14 July 1973|
|Official name||XXVI John Player British Grand Prix|
|Location||Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, Great Britain|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.711 km (2.944 mi)|
|Distance||67 laps, 315.597 km (197.248 mi)|
|Time||1:18.6 on lap 50|
The 1973 British Grand Prix (formally the XXVI John Player British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 14 July 1973. It was race 9 of 15 in both the 1973 World Championship of Drivers and the 1973 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.
The race is known for the first lap pile-up which ultimately caused eleven cars to retire. The accident happened when Jody Scheckter, running fourth in his McLaren, spun across the track at Woodcote Corner at the end of the first lap, causing many other cars to collide and crash. The incident eliminated nine cars, including all three works Surtees cars, while Brabham driver Andrea de Adamich suffered a broken ankle that ended his F1 career. The race was stopped at the end of the second lap, before being restarted over the original 67-lap distance with 18 of the original 29 cars (David Purley and Graham McRae having also retired in separate incidents).
On the first start, a swift start by Jackie Stewart brought him from fourth to first in less than half a lap. At Becketts Corner, Stewart out-braked race leader Ronnie Peterson and took the lead. Unfortunately for Stewart, the massive pile-up at the end of the first lap caused the race to be restarted and he had to start from fourth again. This time it was Niki Lauda who had an excellent start and moved up behind Peterson into second, with Stewart third. Stewart passed Lauda on lap 2, and charged after Peterson. On lap 6, Stewart again tried to pass Peterson for the lead, but the Swedish driver shut the door; Stewart lost control of his Tyrrell and spun off into the thick grass. Although he was able to continue, Stewart ended up finishing 10th, one lap down.
Another notable drive came from James Hunt in his Hesketh Racing March, who ran fourth for most of the race and was part of a four-way battle for the lead between himself, Peterson, Denny Hulme and Peter Revson. American driver Revson took his first Grand Prix victory by 2.8 seconds from Peterson.
The pile-up was to be a factor in this being the last World Championship F1 race held on the original Silverstone layout: a chicane would be added at Woodcote shortly before the next British Grand Prix at Silverstone two years later. MotoGP, which would come to Silverstone from the Isle of Man in 1977, would use the original layout until 1986.
|2||2||Ronnie Peterson||Lotus-Ford||67||+ 2.8||1||6|
|3||7||Denny Hulme||McLaren-Ford||67||+ 3.0||2||4|
|4||27||James Hunt||March-Ford||67||+ 3.4||11||3|
|5||6||François Cevert||Tyrrell-Ford||67||+ 36.6||7||2|
|6||10||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Ford||67||+ 44.7||8||1|
|7||19||Clay Regazzoni||BRM||67||+ 1:11.7||10|
|8||3||Jacky Ickx||Ferrari||67||+ 1:17.4||19|
|9||25||Howden Ganley||Iso-Marlboro-Ford||66||+ 1 Lap||18|
|10||5||Jackie Stewart||Tyrrell-Ford||66||+ 1 Lap||4|
|11||15||Mike Beuttler||March-Ford||65||+ 2 Laps||24|
|12||21||Niki Lauda||BRM||63||+ 4 Laps||9|
|13||28||Rikky von Opel||Ensign-Ford||61||+ 6 Laps||21|
|Ret||11||Wilson Fittipaldi||Brabham-Ford||44||Oil Leak||13|
|Ret||29||John Watson||Brabham-Ford||36||Fuel System||23|
|Ret||22||Chris Amon||Tecno||6||Fuel System||29|
|Ret||9||Andrea de Adamich||Brabham-Ford||0||Collision||20|
|DNS||18||David Purley||March-Ford||0||Spun Off||16|
- Only race with 4 New Zealand drivers.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 7 results from the first 8 races and the best 6 results from the last 7 races counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
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