1973 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 8 of 15 in the 1973 Formula One season
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Date July 1, 1973
Location Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.809 km (3.610 mi)
Distance 54 laps, 313.686 km (194.94 mi)
Weather Sunny and warm
Pole position
Driver Tyrrell-Ford
Time 1:48.37
Fastest lap
Driver New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford
Time 1:50.99 on lap 52
Podium
First Lotus-Ford
Second Tyrrell-Ford
Third Brabham-Ford

The 1973 French Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at the Paul Ricard Circuit on July 1, 1973. It was the eighth race of the 1973 Formula One season.

This race was notable for a collision involving Jody Scheckter and Emerson Fittipaldi. Scheckter, who was given an opportunity to drive a factory McLaren for this event was leading from the start in just his third Formula One race. On lap 41, Fittipaldi had closed and attempted to pass the South African, but Scheckter closed the door and they made heavy contact, forcing Emerson into retirement. Scheckter continued but spun out shortly after. Fittipaldi ran to the McLaren pits, eventually resulting in fierce words between the two drivers. Scheckter claimed years later that Fittipaldi had called him a 'young hooligan' for his role in the incident. Many drivers wanted him banned from the sport, but McLaren instead decided to put him on the sidelines for a number of races.

Meanwhile after so many promising races turned to nothing, Swedish driver Ronnie Peterson finally celebrated victory for the first time in his career, driving a Lotus. Tyrrell driver François Cevert finished in second place, whilst Carlos Reutemann finished in third place, driving a Brabham.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 54 1:41:36.52 5 9
2 6 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 54 + 40.92 4 6
3 10 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 54 + 46.48 8 4
4 5 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 54 + 46.93 1 3
5 3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 54 + 48.90 12 2
6 27 United Kingdom James Hunt March-Ford 54 + 1:22.54 14 1
7 4 Italy Arturo Merzario Ferrari 54 + 1:29.19 10  
8 7 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 54 + 1:29.53 6  
9 21 Austria Niki Lauda BRM 54 + 1:45.76 17  
10 12 United Kingdom Graham Hill Shadow-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 16  
11 20 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 53 + 1 Lap 15  
12 19 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni BRM 53 + 1 Lap 9  
13 24 Brazil Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford 51 + 3 Laps 18  
14 25 New Zealand Howden Ganley Iso Marlboro-Ford 51 + 3 Laps 24  
15 29 Liechtenstein Rikky von Opel Ensign-Ford 51 + 3 Laps 25  
16 11 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 50 + 4 Laps 19  
Ret 8 South Africa Jody Scheckter McLaren-Ford 43 Accident 2  
Ret 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 41 Collision 3  
Ret 23 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 29 Oil Leak 11  
Ret 9 Italy Andrea de Adamich Brabham-Ford 28 Halfshaft 13  
Ret 15 Sweden Reine Wisell March-Ford 20 Overheating 22  
Ret 16 United States George Follmer Shadow-Ford 16 Fuel System 20  
Ret 26 France Henri Pescarolo Iso Marlboro-Ford 16 Overheating 23  
Ret 14 France Jean-Pierre Jarier March-Ford 7 Halfshaft 7  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Shadow-Ford 0 Clutch 21  

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.

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