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The 1972 Argentine Grand Prix was the first race of the 1972 season. It was won by defending World Champion Jackie Stewart in a Tyrrell, ahead of Denny Hulme in a McLaren and Jacky Ickx in a Ferrari. Local favorite Carlos Reutemann took the pole in a Brabham, but tire problems caused him to fall to seventh by the finish.


BackgroundEdit

After last season's non-championship race (won by Chris Amon), the Argentinian race was approved for a return to the calendar after an interval of 12 years. The race would be using the #9 circuit, which was just over two miles in length, or about 0.4 miles shorter than the old #2 circuit. The track shortcut the loop just before the pit straight, and made the left hand bend onto the straight tighter.

  • Brabham: Since Watkins Glen the team had gone through a number of changes. The new owner was a London used car dealer named Bernie Ecclestone, and the old owner, Ron Tauranac was nowhere to be seen. Most notably, the cars were painted completely white, with very little sponsorship showing. Tim Schenken had moved to Surtees. Graham Hill had pulled rank, and no longer wished to have anything to do with the BT34, which was then given to the rookie, Carlos Reutemann. Hill used Schenken's BT33, which had had the chassis stiffened, and been fitted with new brakes, shock absorbers and front bodywork. The BT34 had new bodywork around the cockpit, intended to lower drag.
  • BRM: The P160s had received a number of detail changes, and were now called P160Bs, even though some of the features described were introduced during 1971. Louis Stanley had announced that the team would have Marlboro sponsorship, and would field five cars. Three cars at each race would be the "regular" drivers, and two would be rental drivers. The regular drivers would normally be new driver Jean-Pierre Beltoise, Howden Ganley and Peter Gethin, but Beltoise could not enter Argentina without risking imprisonment and further legal problems, so Reine Wisell took over his spot. But for some inexplicable reason, Wisell was given one of the 1970 vintage P153s, and the normal P160B was given to Alex Soler-Roig, one of the rental drivers, being sponsored by España Marlboro. The other rental driver was Helmut Marko, in another P153.
  • Ferrari: The drivers had the same cars as in 1971, but with many revisions. The rear suspension was now a wishbone and link type with a wider track. The front was the same design, but with revised geometry and a corresponding widening of the track. And a great deal of development was carried out on the engine, with a claimed improvement in engine reliability, as engine problems were the team's major shortfall in 1971.
  • Lotus: A new driver, paint job and a lot of detail work went into the same cars as last season, which were now called 72Ds. The cars are now emblazoned as John Player Specials, painted jet black with sharp gold trim, anvil shaped high air boxes behind the roll bar, and rear wings mounted further astern with larger side plates. Suspension geometry had been tinkered with, and the team also claimed to have done a great deal of work on reliability. Reine Wisell had been dumped in favor of F3 champion Dave Walker from Australia.
  • March: Autodelta had ended their Formula One efforts again, so March was going to focus on just two factory cars, plus the usual gaggle of privateers. Andrea de Adamich was gone to Surtees, and Nanni Galli had signed with the new Tecno team, so Niki Lauda was hired as #2 to Ronnie Peterson. The new model 721 was a development of the 711, but the team tried in practice a "normal" looking nose in place of the 'tea tray'.
    • Frank Williams also had a 721 for Henri Pescarolo, painted dark blue instead of the factory's STP red. This was the final race that the team was known as "Frank Williams Racing Cars". In testing the team had felt that the new chassis was not as stiff as the 711, and were looking into modifications.
  • Matra: Jean-Pierre Beltoise had left the team for BRM, and Matra made no effort to replace him. Chris Amon had the latest chassis with some revised bodywork, revised front suspension, and the latest engine, which obviously had more power than in 1971.
  • McLaren: The difference between the end of 1971 and start of 1972 was like night and day. The team was back to a two car entry, with new Yardley sponsorship and a larger contingent of mechanics. The second driver was now Indianapolis pole winner Peter Revson. The cars had lighter bodywork and revised rear suspension (aiming to add to the improvements made at the end of last season), and the entire effort was much more energetic and professional. Virtually the only thing that was unchanged was 1967 World Champion Denny Hulme, and even he seemed to be more confident and focused.
  • Surtees: John Surtees had decided to retire from driving, and focus on managing the team. This would consist of Tim Schenken and Mike Hailwood, with Andrea de Adamich driving a 'rental' car with Ceramica Pagnossin sponsorship. All of the cars now carried a TS9B designation, with full width noses and side radiators. Hailwood was not present in Argentina, but off competing in the Tasman Series.
  • Tyrrell: Even though the cars had been entirely rebuilt over the winter, the cars were unchanged from the end of 1971. The original chassis, 001, was now a show car for the sponsors. A new chassis, 004, had already been sent on to Kyalami for extended testing, so the team was without a spare car in Argentina.


Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1972 Argentine Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT34 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
3 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
4 Sweden Reine Wisell United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
5 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
6 Spain Alex Soler-Roig United Kingdom España Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
7 Austria Helmut Marko United Kingdom Austria-Marlboro BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
8 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
9 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
10 United States Mario Andretti Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
11 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
12 Australia Dave Walker United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
14 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
15 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
16 New Zealand Chris Amon France Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120C Matra MS72 V12 3.0 G
17 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
18 United States Peter Revson United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
19 Australia Tim Schenken United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
20 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
21 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 003 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
22 France François Cevert United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 002 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
23 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Frank Williams Racing Cars March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 1:12.46
2 21 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:12.68 +0.22
3 18 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 1:12.74 +0.28
4 17 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:12.99 +0.53
5 11 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:13.28 +0.82
6 9 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:13.28 +0.82
7 22 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:13.39 +0.93
8 8 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:13.50 +1.04
9 10 United States Mario Andretti Ferrari 1:13.61 +1.15
10 14 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:14.06 +1.60
11 23 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 1:14.17 +1.71
12 16 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 1:14.28 +1.82
13 3 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 1:14.28 +1.82
14 20 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 1:14.34 +1.88
15 23 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 1:14.52 +2.06
16 1 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:14.52 +2.06
17 4 Sweden Reine Wisell BRM 1:14.52 +2.06
18 5 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 1:15.11 +2.65
19 7 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 1:15.53 +3.07
20 12 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford 1:15.55 +3.09
21 6 Spain Alex Soler-Roig BRM 1:15.66 +3.20
22 15 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 1:15.92 +3.56

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 21 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 95 1:57:58.82 2 9
2 17 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 95 + 25.96 4 6
3 8 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 95 + 59.39 8 4
4 9 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 95 + 1:06.72 6 3
5 19 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 95 + 1:09.11 11 2
6 14 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 94 + 1 lap 10 1
7 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 93 + 2 laps 1  
8 23 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 93 + 2 laps 15  
9 3 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 93 + 2 laps 13  
10 7 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 93 + 2 laps 19  
11 15 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 93 + 2 laps 22  
Ret 11 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 61 Suspension 5  
Ret 22 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 59 Gearbox 7  
Ret 4 Sweden Reine Wisell BRM 59 Water leak 17  
Ret 18 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 49 Engine 3  
Ret 10 United States Mario Andretti Ferrari 20 Engine 9  
Ret 20 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 11 Fuel system 14  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 11 Fuel pump 16  
DSQ 12 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford 8 Received outside assistance 20  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 1 Oil leak 18  
Ret 6 Spain Alex Soler-Roig BRM 1 Accident 21  
DNS 16 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 0 Gearbox on warm-up lap 12  

MilestonesEdit

  • Carlos Reutemann scored pole position on his debut on home soil.
  • Last points for Tim Schenken.

StandingsEdit

1972 Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 9
2 New Zealand Denny Hulme 6
3 Belgium Jacky Ickx 4
4 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 3
5 Australia Tim Schenken 2
6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson 1

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

1972 Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 9
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 6
3 Italy Ferrari 4
4 United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 2
5 United Kingdom March-Ford 1

Only point scoring constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

  • Pritchard, Anthony (1973). The Motor Racing Year No4. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.. pp. 42-50. ISBN 0-393-08677-1.

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