1973 Canadian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 14 of 15 in the 1973 Formula One season
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Date September 23, 1973
Official name XIII Labatt's Canadian Grand Prix
Location Mosport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.957 km (2.459 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 316.56 km (196.72 mi)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 22.2 °C (72.0 °F); wind speeds up to 11.8 kilometres per hour (7.3 mph)[1]
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:13.697
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford
Time 1:15.496
Podium
First McLaren-Ford
Second Lotus-Ford
Third Shadow-Ford

The 1973 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Mosport Park on September 23, 1973.

The race which was contested over 80 laps, was won by Peter Revson after starting from second on the grid, driving a McLaren M23. This turned out to be Revson's last victory and podium finish in Formula One. As of 2015, this is the last Grand Prix to be won by an American born driver. Emerson Fittipaldi took second position for Team Lotus, while Jackie Oliver took his first podium in five years, and would turn out to be his last.

The race began in very wet conditions, which caused a number of incidents later in the race. François Cevert and Jody Scheckter collided on the 32nd lap, resulting in the deployment of a safety car for the first time in Formula One history[2] (although the sport would wait until 1993 before giving an official role to these cars). The car in question was a yellow Porsche 914[3] driven by former F1 privateer Eppie Wietzes. Wietzes stayed in front of Howden Ganley's Iso-Marlboro car by mistake, which allowed several drivers including eventual winner Revson, to gain a lap on the field.[4] Confusion immediately set in, with some believing the leader to be Ganley and others, including Team Lotus manager Colin Chapman, believing it to be Fittipaldi. Pit stops at the time were unusual. Formula One had only recently switched to slick tyres but the drying conditions necessitated stops mid-race. The small pit lane at Mosport became busy, with a number of drivers heading into the pit lane only to have to drive through as there was no room for them to be serviced.[5] Ganley realised the problem and waited until teammate Tim Schenken had made his stop, making him one of the last to stop.[6] The pit stops caused significant confusion, Chapman even went as far as to perform his traditional victory celebration of tossing his cap in the air at the end of what he believed to be the 80th lap, even though Fittipaldi was not shown the checkered flag. After a long pause, the starter waved the flag over a group of cars consisting of Ganley, Hailwood, Revson and Hunt. Despite seeing the flag first, Ganley did not believe he had won the grand prix despite lap charts kept by the team showing him leading.[7] The officials then announced Revson as the winner after a long confusion which included protests from Ganley's then girlfriend (later wife) who had been keeping the teams lap chart. Ganley maintains he feels he won the race, citing the fact official lap charts have him pitting when he didn't.[8]

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 80 1:59:04.083 2 9
2 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 80 + 32.734 5 6
3 17 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Shadow-Ford 80 + 34.505 14 4
4 20 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 80 + 36.514 16 3
5 5 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 9 2
6 25 New Zealand Howden Ganley Iso Marlboro-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 22 1
7 27 United Kingdom James Hunt March-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 15  
8 10 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 4  
9 23 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 12  
10 29 New Zealand Chris Amon Tyrrell-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 11  
11 11 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 10  
12 9 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 76 + 4 Laps 18  
13 7 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 75 + 5 Laps 7  
14 26 Australia Tim Schenken Iso Marlboro-Ford 75 + 5 Laps 24  
15 4 Italy Arturo Merzario Ferrari 75 + 5 Laps 20  
16 12 United Kingdom Graham Hill Shadow-Ford 73 + 7 Laps 17  
17 16 United States George Follmer Shadow-Ford 73 + 7 Laps 13  
18 24 Brazil Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford 72 + 8 Laps 19  
NC 18 France Jean-Pierre Jarier March-Ford 71 Not classified 23  
NC 28 Liechtenstein Rikky von Opel Ensign-Ford 68 Not classified 26  
Ret 21 Austria Niki Lauda BRM 62 Transmission 8  
Ret 0 South Africa Jody Scheckter McLaren-Ford 32 Collision 3  
Ret 6 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 32 Collision 6  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 20 Engine 21  
Ret 2 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 16 Suspension 1  
Ret 19 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 5 Oil Pump 25  

Notes[edit]

  • This is the first Grand Prix to have a car with the number 0, as driven by Jody Scheckter.[9]
  • 20th podium: Emerson Fittipaldi.
  • Chris Amon was brought into the Tyrrell team in order to try and help with constructors points. He finished way out of the points, three laps down. Team Lotus was able to take the lead from Tyrrell in the constructors championship in the final results.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weather information for the "1973 Canadian Grand Prix"". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1982). Grand Prix! Vol 2. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 244. ISBN 0-85429-321-3. 
  3. ^ Kathri, Tarun (2012-02-07). "First ever Safety Car in Formula 1 : Rewind to 1973". aaFormula1.com. Retrieved 2015-04-03. 
  4. ^ Eppie Wietzes biography http://www.f1rejects.com/drivers/wietzes/biography.html
  5. ^ Jones, Dewis (2015-05-04). "The Great Grand Prix Robbery". Velocity Magazine. 
  6. ^ Jones, Dewis (2015-05-04). "The Great Grand Prix Robbery". Velocity Magazine. 
  7. ^ Jones, Dewis (2015-05-04). "The Great Grand Prix Robbery". Velocity Magazine. 
  8. ^ Jones, Dewis (2015-05-04). "The Great Grand Prix Robbery". Velocity Magazine. 
  9. ^ "Car 0". ChicaneF1.com. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 


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