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The 1972 Austrian Grand Prix was the ninth race of the 1972 Formula One season, held on August 13 at the Österreichring. Championship leader Emerson Fittipaldi in a Lotus won a close race ahead of Denny Hulme in a McLaren, with teammate Peter Revson third in the other McLaren.


BackgroundEdit

The weather in the Tyrolian Alps is almost as unpredictable as those in the Ardennes, where both Spa and Nürburgring are located. This year, instead of the humidity and frequent showers often seen in the past, the conditions were very hot and dry, putting a premium on tire wear and, strangely, fuel vaporization. Several teams were fighting fuel vaporization issues all weekend, and it accounted for several retirements on Sunday.

  • Brabham: Graham Hill's car was fitted with the new Hewland FL gearbox, the first one in usage, and the reason the team had redesigned the rear suspension of the cars. It was designed specifically for use with inboard brakes.
  • BRM: All three cars were now fitted with an engine airbox very similar to the anvil-shaped boxes used by Lotus. Reine Wisell had set up one of the cars to his liking in testing, then the team dropped him in favor of Peter Gethin for this race.
  • Connew: The newest team in F1 was back for another try, having engaged in a small amount of testing in England before coming to Austria.
  • Ferrari: Once again, Mario Andretti was at a USAC race. The team was concerned about fuel vaporization, and had mounted fuel-cooling radiators about the gearbox, but this was ineffective, as both cars later retired from that problem.
  • Lotus: Dave Walker's car had been upgraded to the same rear wing and oil tank configuration as on Emerson Fittipaldi's car. Fittipaldi experimented with an aluminum engine cover. He also drove the spare car a fair amount in practice, and it was this car (bearing the number '31') that he used in the race. Due to the paint scheme of the cars, the team would not be able to alter a car's number at the event, so Lotus always had a separate car number for the spare car.
  • March: As an experiment, the spare 721G had been fitted with twin front radiators ahead of the front wheels, like the Brabham BT34, but enclosed in a full-width nose that looked similar to the current Surtees TS9B. Ronnie Peterson drove it in practice, but never considered using it in the race.
    • Rolf Stommelen entered the Eifelland March at this race under the name "Team Stommelen", hoping to attract a sponsor. This did not come to pass, so on the Monday after the race, the entire team was sold to Brabham owner Bernie Ecclestone. Ecclestone's main interest was the contract that Eifelland had with Cosworth, guaranteeing 12-series engines. Anything else of use was kept, and the remaining items (including the car, sans engines) were then sold off or discarded. The car itself reappeared at the John Player race at Brands Hatch in October. It had been bought by car dealers Hexagon of Highgate, who entered the 721 with 'normal' bodywork under the name of Hexagon Racing, for John Watson.
  • Matra: During unofficial practice on Thursday, the team had borrowed Niki Lauda to drive the spare car for some feedback, as Lauda's engineering background was already giving him a good reputation for analysis of car performance. But the engine blew up after only two laps.
  • McLaren: Peter Revson had a car that had been rebuilt from the ground up as one of the M19C's, but retained an M19A badge on the monocoque. The M19A that Brian Redman drove in Germany was kept as the spare.
  • Surtees: The team had already announced their new TS14 model, designed for the 1973 regulations, but plans to run the car were postponed to Monza.
  • Tecno: The team's pattern of alternating their drivers continued, with Nanni Galli taking over for Derek Bell.
  • Tyrrell: Car 005 was back in the hands of Jackie Stewart, with the front disks moved outboard, in the hope of curing the sudden handling issues. Stewart's old car, 003, was along as the spare.
  • Williams: Henri Pescarolo's car was rebuilt with yet another new monocoque. Pescarolo's accident streak (seven accidents in the last six races) was putting a severe strain on the team's finances, and if not for Carlos Pace it might have folded already.


Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1972 Austrian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 005 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
2 France François Cevert United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 002 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
3 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler United Kingdom Clarke Mordaunt Guthrie Durlacher Racing March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
4 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
5 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
6 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
7 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160C BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
9 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
10 New Zealand Chris Amon France Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120D Matra MS72 V12 3.0 G
11 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom Ceramica Pagnossin Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
24 Australia Tim Schenken United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
25 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
12 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
14 United States Peter Revson United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
15 Italy Nanni Galli Italy Martini Racing Tecno PA123/3T2 Tecno Series-P F12 3.0 F
16 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT37 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
17 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT37 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
28 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT34 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
18 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
19 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
21 Australia Dave Walker United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
22 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Team Williams-Motul March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
23 Brazil Carlos Pace United Kingdom Team Williams-Motul March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
27 Germany Rolf Stommelen Germany Team Stommelen March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
29 France François Migault Germany Connew Racing Team Connew PC1 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F

Practice Overview Edit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 31 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:35.97
2 19 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:36.04 +0.07
3 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:36.35 +0.38
4 14 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 1:36.63 +0.66
5 17 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 1:37.15 +1.18
6 10 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 1:37.16 +1.19
7 12 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:37.20 +1.23
8 24 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 1:37.25 +1.28
9 18 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:37.33 1.36
10 9 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 1:37.55 +1.58
11 5 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:37.58 +1.61
12 24 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 1:37.77 +1.80
13 11 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 1:38.08 +2.11
14 16 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:38.14 +2.17
15 28 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 1:38.35 +2.38
16 6 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 1:38.48 +2.51
17 27 Germany Rolf Stommelen March-Ford 1:38.62 +2.65
18 23 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 1:38.62 +2.65
19 21 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford 1:38.81 +2.84
20 2 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:38.85 +2.88
21 7 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 1:38.89 +2.92
22 4 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 1:39.04 +3.07
23 15 Italy Nanni Galli Tecno 1:39.13 +3.16
24 3 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 1:39.92 +3.95
25 22 France Henri Pescarolo Politoys-Ford 1:40.28 +4.31
26 29 France François Migault Connew-Ford 1:43.88 +7.91

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 31 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 54 1:29:16.66 1 9
2 12 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 54 +1.18 7 6
3 14 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 54 +36.53 4 4
4 25 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 54 +44.76 12 3
5 10 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 54 +45.64 6 2
6 9 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 54 +1:01.19 10 1
7 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 54 +1:09.09 3  
8 7 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 54 +1:21.45 21  
9 2 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 53 +1 Lap 20  
10 4 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 53 +1 Lap 22  
11 24 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 52 +2 Laps 8  
12 5 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 52 +2 Laps 11  
13 6 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 51 +3 Laps 16  
14 11 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 51 +3 Laps 13  
NC 27 Germany Rolf Stommelen March-Ford 48 +6 Laps 17  
NC 23 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 46 +8 Laps 18  
NC 15 Italy Nanni Galli Tecno 45 +9 Laps 23  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 37 Fuel pressure 14  
Ret 28 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 32 Brake pipe 15  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 25 Fuel pressure 24  
Ret 29 France François Migault Connew-Ford 25 Suspension 25  
Ret 18 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 21 Fuel pressure 9  
Ret 17 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 15 Fuel injection 5  
Ret 19 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 14 Fuel pressure 2  
Ret 21 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford 6 Engine 19  
DNS 22 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford   Accident    

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Pritchard, Anthony (1973). The Motor Racing Year No4. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.. pp. 106-113. ISBN 0-393-08677-1.
V T E Austria Austrian Grand Prix
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Red Bull Ring was previously called Österreichring and A1-Ring.
V T E 1972 Formula One Season
Constructors Brabham • BRM • Connew • Ferrari • Lotus • March • Matra • McLaren • Politoys • Surtees • Tecno • Tyrrell
Engines BRM • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Matra • Tecno
Drivers de Adamich • Amon • Andretti • Barber • Bell • Beltoise • Beuttler • Brack • Cevert • Charlton • Depailler • Ferguson • E. Fittipaldi • W. Fittipaldi • Galli • Ganley • Gethin • Hailwood • Hill • Hulme • Ickx • Lauda • Love • Marko • Merzario • Migault • Oliver • Pace • Pescarolo • Peterson • Posey • Redman • Regazzoni • Reutemann • Revson • J. Scheckter • Schenken • Soler-Roig • Stewart • Stommelen • Surtees • Walker • Wisell
Cars Brabham BT33 • Brabham BT34 • Brabham BT37 • BRM P153 • BRM P160 • BRM P180 • Connew PC1 • Ferrari 312B • Lotus 72 • March 711 • March 721 • March 721G • March 721X • Matra MS120 • McLaren M19 • Surtees TS9 • Surtees TS14 • Tecno PA123 • Tyrrell 002 • Tyrrell 003 • Tyrrell 004 • Tyrrell 005 • Tyrrell 006
Tyres Firestone • Goodyear
Races Argentina • South Africa • Spain • Monaco • Belgium • France • Britain • Germany • Austria • Italy • Canada • United States
See also 1971 Formula One Season • 1973 Formula One Season • Category
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