1973 German Grand Prix

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West Germany  1973 German Grand Prix
Race details
Circuit Nürburgring-1967-Nordschleife.svg
Date 5 August 1973
Official name XXXVIII Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 22.835 km (14.19 mi)
Distance 14 laps, 319.690 km (198.65 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Tyrrell-Ford
Time 7:07.8[1]
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford
Time 7:11.4[1] on lap 13
First Tyrrell-Ford
Second Tyrrell-Ford
Third McLaren-Ford

The 1973 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Nürburgring on 5 August 1973. It was race 11 of 15 in both the 1973 World Championship of Drivers and the 1973 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 14-lap race was won by Tyrrell driver Jackie Stewart after he started from pole position. His teammate François Cevert finished second and McLaren driver Jacky Ickx came in third. Stewart's flag-to-flag victory on what was considered to be by far the most challenging circuit on the Formula One calendar was his 27th and final Formula One win, and it was the record number of wins until Alain Prost surpassed this record at the 1987 Portuguese Grand Prix.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 14 1:42:03.0 1 9
2 6 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 14 + 1.6 3 6
3 30 Belgium Jacky Ickx McLaren-Ford 14 + 41.2 4 4
4 24 Brazil Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford 14 + 53.8 11 3
5 11 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 14 + 1:19.9 13 2
6 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 14 + 1:24.3 14 1
7 31 West Germany Jochen Mass Surtees-Ford 14 + 1:25.2 15  
8 17 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Shadow-Ford 14 + 1:25.7 17  
9 8 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 14 + 2:11.8 7  
10 26 France Henri Pescarolo Iso-Marlboro-Ford 14 + 2:22.5 12  
11 9 West Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 14 + 3:27.3 16  
12 7 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 14 + 3:38.7 8  
13 12 United Kingdom Graham Hill Shadow-Ford 14 + 3:49.0 20  
14 23 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 13 + 1 Lap 18  
15 18 United Kingdom David Purley March-Ford 13 + 1 Lap 22  
16 15 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 13 + 1 Lap 19  
Ret 10 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 7 Engine 6  
Ret 19 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni BRM 7 Engine 10  
Ret 16 United States George Follmer Shadow-Ford 5 Accident 21  
Ret 20 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 4 Gearbox 9  
Ret 21 Austria Niki Lauda BRM 1 Accident 5  
Ret 2 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 0 Ignition 2  
DNS 25 New Zealand Howden Ganley Iso-Marlboro-Ford Accident in qualifying


  • The March team withdrew from the race after the accident which had claimed the life of Roger Williamson the previous weekend at the Dutch Grand Prix. Also missing were Ferrari, Ensign, Tecno and Hesketh. To boost the field, McLaren, Brabham and Surtees were all running three cars. Ferrari had released Nürburgring specialist Jacky Ickx to drive for McLaren for the weekend, Brabham was running Rolf Stommelen in a third car (replacing Andrea de Adamich) while Surtees ran Jochen Mass.
  • The short run up to the Adenauer Bridge between a flat out right hander and the left hander that went over the bridge had been changed from having 2 windy kinks into being totally straight.
  • Lap leaders: Jackie Stewart (1-14)
  • First Fastest Lap: Carlos Pace
  • Briton Jackie Stewart took his 27th and last grand prix victory in this race. This was a record that stood for fourteen years until Frenchman Alain Prost finally surpassed it in 1987.
  • New Zealander Howden Ganley heavily crashed his Williams/Iso-Marlboro-Ford and the car could not be repaired in time for the race.
  • Austrian Niki Lauda had outqualified his next-fastest teammate Jean-Pierre Beltoise by 8.2 seconds, but due to a suspension failure, he crashed at Kesselchen on the second lap, escaping with a broken wrist, but this accident forced him to miss his home race 2 weeks later.
  • Belgian Jacky Ickx and Swede Ronnie Peterson battled for 3rd on the first lap, but at Breidscheid the failure of the alternator on Peterson's Lotus put him out of the race. He went across the Adenauer Bridge and stopped at Ex-Mühle, and spent the next 3 laps trying to fix the car.
  • First run of the German Grand Prix with limited advertising for all cigarette brands. For the next German Grand Prix, it had been banned in Germany, but it would return to the German Grand Prix in 1999 until being banned again from the 2006 race onwards.
  • The race was rebroadcast in 2003 in the USA on Speed Channel as a special broadcast of their Formula 1 retrospective, Formula One Decade. Commentary was by Jackie Stewart and David Hobbs.[3][4]
  • This was the last race until the 2012 Australian Grand Prix not to feature an Italian driver.
  • This was also the only time that three Brazilian drivers finished in the points.
  • This was also the only race for Jacky Ickx driving for McLaren.
  • This was also the first race in which brothers Emerson Fittipaldi and Wilson Fittipaldi both scored points.
  • This was also the final podium finish for François Cevert.
  • Emerson Fittipaldi finished sixth despite his ankle problems during the race.

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.


  1. ^ a b "Formula One World - History - German Grand Prix 1973". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  2. ^ "1973 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Part1". Youtube.com. 2007-09-20. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Part2". Youtube.com. 2007-09-20. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 

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