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The 1972 Belgian Grand Prix was the fifth race of the season, and was held at the new Nivelles-Baulers circuit. Emerson Fittipaldi led most of the way for his second victory of the season, with François Cevert in second and Denny Hulme in third. The race was notable for the absence of Jackie Stewart, who had suffered an attack of gastritis.

Background Edit

The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps had been deemed unsafe for Formula 1, so the race was held at the brand new Nivelles-Baulers circuit, about 40km south of Brussels. The track was short, flat, technical, very safe and quite uninteresting for the spectators. There was 10m of runoff in all directions around the entire track, except for the pit wall, and even that was moved back from the track a bit. A long front straight led to a long series of gentle bends, eventually looping behind the front straight, then a pair of S-bends took the track around the paddock, and finally a 180 degree hairpin put the cars back on the front straight. The race attracted a healthy entry of 25 cars, including one car from the new-to-Formula-1 Tecno team.

  • Brabham: Carlos Reutemann had taken part in the Formula 2 race at Oulton Park the previous weekend, and pronounced himself ready to return to Formula 1. Then he promptly shut a car door on his hand, and drove a brand new BT37 with some bandaged fingers in Belgium. Graham Hill had run the same Formula 2 race the previous weekend, and was involved in a start line accident. The result was some severe bruising to his legs, which had never quite healed from his bad accident almost three years earlier. So he was in pain all weekend.
  • BRM: The team left the P180s at home pending development, and there were no changes to the remaining cars. Reine Wisell was on the injured list, having broken bones in his hand in an accident with Ronnie Peterson at the Oulton Park non-championship race. Vern Schuppan was do to make his F1 debut in Wisell's place, but Peter Gethin crashed his car early in Friday practice, and in the ensuing shuffle of cars, poor Schuppan was out of a drive without having turned a wheel.
  • Ferrari: Once again Mario Andretti was at a USAC race. The cars were unchanged from Monaco, except for having the normal noses back.
  • March: Ronnie Peterson's car was converted to a Hewland gearbox and drive, along with the rear suspension from an original 721.
  • Matra: Matra was devoting enormous resources to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but they may have gone overboard. The team showed up in Belgium with Chris Amon, three mechanics, one car and the minimum of spares and tools required in a rented transporter. That was all. Amon was not amused.
  • McLaren: The only change was the return of Peter Revson.
  • Tecno: Announced during the off season, the Tecno PA123/3 finally made its initial appearance. An attractive looking flat-12 engine was in the back of a thrown-together looking chassis. The team was nowhere close to being ready to race, and they only qualified due to no more than the maximum 25 entries arriving.
  • Tyrrell: Jackie Stewart was not at the race. His grueling schedule of racing in Formula 1, Can-Am and European touring cars, plus promotional events for Elf and Ford, and a sideline of sports commentating on television in the US, led to what was originally diagnosed as an ulcer, but was later confirmed as gastritis. Under doctor's orders, he took about three weeks off from everything, canceled his involvement with the Can-Am series and US TV for the remainder of 1972, and was restricting his schedule of everything else. François Cevert had his usual 002 chassis with 004 as a spare, but several notable Tyrrell team members were not present.


Entry listEdit

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

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
5 New Zealand Chris Amon France Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120C Matra MS72 V12 3.0 G
6 Germany Rolf Stommelen Germany Team Eifelland Caravan March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
8 France François Cevert United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 002 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
9 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
10 United States Peter Revson United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
11 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721X Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
12 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721X Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
14 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler United Kingdom Clarke Mordaunt Guthrie Durlacher Racing March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
15 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Team Williams-Motul March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
16 Brazil Carlos Pace United Kingdom Team Williams-Motul March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
17 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT37 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
18 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT34 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
19 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT37 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
22 Italy Nanni Galli Italy Martini Racing Tecno PA123/3 Tecno Series-P F12 3.0 F
23 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
24 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
25 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
26 Australia Vern Schuppan United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P153B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
27 Austria Helmut Marko United Kingdom Austria-Marlboro-BRM BRM P153B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
29 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
30 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
32 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
33 Australia Dave Walker United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
34 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
35 Australia Tim Schenken United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
36 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom Ceramica Pagnossin Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 32 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:11.43
2 30 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:11.58 +0.15
3 9 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:11.80 +1.37
4 29 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:11.84 +0.41
5 8 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:11.93 +0.50
6 23 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 1:12.12 +0.69
7 10 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 1:12.19 +0.76
8 34 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 1:12.35 +0.92
9 19 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 1:12.50 +1.07
10 36 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 1:12.54 +1.11
11 16 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 1:12.64 +1.21
12 33 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford 1:12.76 +1.33
13 5 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 1:12.80 +1.37
14 11 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:13.00 +1.57
15 25 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 1:13.01 +1.58
16 17 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:13.10 +1.67
17 24 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 1:13.15 +1.72
18 18 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 1:13.20 +1.77
19 15 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 1:13.40 +1.97
20 6 Germany Rolf Stommelen March-Ford 1:13.43 +2.00
21 35 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 1:13.60 +2.17
22 14 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 1:13.70 +2.27
23 27 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 1:14.10 +2.67
24 22 Italy Nanni Galli Tecno 1:14.60 +3.17
25 12 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 1:16.50 +5.07
DNQ 26 Australia Vern Schuppan BRM No time  

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 32 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 85 1:44:06.7 1 9
2 3 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 85 +26.6 5 6
3 9 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 85 +58.1 3 4
4 34 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 85 +1:12.0 8 3
5 16 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 84 +1 Lap 11 2
6 5 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 84 +1 Lap 13 1
7 10 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 83 +2 Laps 7  
8 25 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 83 +2 Laps 15  
9 11 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 83 +2 Laps 14  
10 27 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 83 +2 Laps 23  
11 6 Germany Rolf Stommelen March-Ford 83 +2 Laps 20  
12 12 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 82 +3 Laps 25  
13 19 Argentina Carlos Reutemann March-Ford 81 +4 Laps 9  
14 33 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford 79 +6 Laps 12  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 74 Suspension 16  
NC 15 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 59 +26 Laps 19  
Ret 30 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 58 Accident 2  
Ret 36 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 56 Engine 10  
Ret 22 Italy Nanni Galli Tecno 54 Accident 24  
Ret 29 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 48 Engine 4  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 32 Driveshaft 22  
Ret 18 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 29 Gearbox 18  
Ret 24 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 28 Fuel pump 17  
Ret 23 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 16 Overheating 6  
Ret 35 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 12 Engine 21  

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Pritchard, Anthony (1973). The Motor Racing Year No4. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.. pp. 74-81. ISBN 0-393-08677-1.
V T E Belgium Belgian Grand Prix
Circuits Spa-Francorchamps (1950 - 1970, 1983, 1985 - Present), Nivelles (1972, 1974), Zolder (1973, 1975 - 1982, 1984)
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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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