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The 1972 Brazilian Grand Prix was the dress rehearsal for a full championship race in 1973. It was held on March 30, the Thursday before Good Friday, and was a work day in Brazil. Regardless, a crowd of more than 100,000 showed up to watch 11 cars take the green flag. The race was won by Carlos Reutemann, from nearby Argentina and driving a Brabham. He was followed by Ronnie Peterson in a March and one of the local favorites, Wilson Fittipaldi in another Brabham. Despite some organizational glitches, the race was approved to join the calendar for the following season.


BackgroundEdit


Entry listEdit

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

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi 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 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B 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
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 Brazil Luiz Bueno United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
19 Sweden Reine Wisell 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
23 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Frank Williams Racing Cars March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
24 Brazil Carlos Pace United Kingdom Frank Williams Racing Cars March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G

Practice Overview Edit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 11 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 2:32.4
2 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 2:34.4 + 2.0
3 14 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom March-Ford 2:34.6 + 2.2
4 1 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 2:36.3 + 3.9
5 12 Australia Dave Walker United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 2:37.7 + 5.3
6 3 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom BRM 2:37.8 + 5.4
7 24 Brazil Carlos Pace United Kingdom March-Ford 2:39.4 + 7.0
8 23 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom March-Ford 2:40.0 + 7.6
9 11 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom BRM 2:41.0 + 8.6
10 15 Brazil Luiz Bueno United Kingdom March-Ford 2:41.6 + 9.2
11 7 Austria Helmut Marko United Kingdom BRM 2:46.4 + 14.0
12 6 Spain Alex Soler-Roig United Kingdom BRM 2:51.5 + 19.1

GridEdit

Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver
______________
1 ______________
Emerson Fittipaldi 2 ______________
Carlos Reutemann 3
Ronnie Peterson
______________
4 ______________
Wilson Fittipaldi 5
Dave Walker
______________
6 ______________
Jean-Pierre Beltoise* 7 ______________
Carlos Pace 8
Henri Pescarolo
______________
9 ______________
Peter Gethin 10
Luiz Bueno
______________
11 ______________
Helmut Marko 12 ______________
Alex Soler-Roig 13
______________
14 ______________
15
______________
16 ______________
17 ______________
18




* - Jean-Pierre Beltoise did not start due to ignition failure.


RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos Num Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 37 1:37:16.248 2
2 14 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom March-Ford 37 +1:27.656 3
3 1 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 37 +2:03.379 4
4 7 Austria Helmut Marko United Kingdom BRM 36 + 1 Lap 11
5 12 Australia Dave Walker United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 36 + 1 Lap 5
6 15 Brazil Luiz Bueno United Kingdom March-Ford 35 + 2 Laps 10
Ret 11 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 32 Suspension 1
Ret 6 Spain Alex Soler-Roig United Kingdom BRM 32 Suspension 12
Ret 24 Brazil Carlos Pace United Kingdom March-Ford 1 Throttle 7
Ret 23 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom March-Ford 0 Throttle 8
Ret 5 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom BRM 0 Throttle 9
DNS 3 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom BRM Ignition 6
DNA 20 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom Surtees-Ford
DNA 19 Sweden Reine Wisell United Kingdom Surtees-Ford

MilestonesEdit

V T E Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix
Circuits Interlagos (1973 - 1977, 1979 - 1980, 1990 - Present), Jacarepaguá (1978, 1981 - 1989)
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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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