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The 1972 Canadian Grand Prix was held on 24 September 1972, at Mosport Park, outside of Toronto. The race was won by Jackie Stewart in his new Tyrrell 005, ahead of the McLarens of Peter Revson in second and Denny Hulme in third.


BackgroundEdit

The Canadian Grand Prix had been alternating between Mosport Park, near Toronto, and Circuit Mont-Tremblant, north of Montreal. Early in 1972, the owners of Circuit Mont-Tremblant suddenly closed the track. Mosport was able to find a sponsor and host the race, and seemed to be the logical choice for years to come.

  • BRM: With the large amount of prize money available for the North American races, BRM planned to run four cars at each race. But one problem cropped up when designer Tony Southgate abruptly quit, to go work with the new Shadow team, due to start in F1 next season. Another problem was Reine Wisell would be driving for Lotus in North America, so they had to scramble a bit to find a fourth driver. Local driver Bill Brack, regarded as something of an expert regarding Mosport and who had driven in the 1969 Canadian Grand Prix for BRM, was given the second P180, which had never been raced in a championship event.
  • Ferrari: Mario Andretti was at a USAC race. The team had originally entered a third car for Arturo Merzario, but the entry was scratched.
  • Lotus: The team had already announced that Ronnie Peterson would be partnering Emerson Fittipaldi in 1973, so it seemed like a strange move to drop Dave Walker for this race, and replace him with the team's driver from 1971, Reine Wisell. Ron Tauranac was a guest of Colin Chapman at the race, and was giving setup advice for the cars.
  • March: As at Monza, Niki Lauda's car arrived with a full width nose and twin front radiators. After Friday, the radiators were moved back to the side of the monocoque.
    • Skip Barber was driving a 711 that had been entered in several races in 1971, and had been used by Barber in the 1972 North American Formula 5000 (known as 'Formula A') season. The cars sported a number of the team's own modifications to the suspension and bodywork, and Robin Herd, chief designer of March, was seen discussing the changes with the team.
  • Matra: The company had announced that they would be withdrawing from Formula One at the end of the season, to focus on prototype endurance racing, and Le Mans in particular. In a cost-cutting move, only one car and a minimum of personnel had been sent across the Atlantic.
  • Surtees: Mike Hailwood skipped this race to run in the Formula 2 race at Albi, France. Hailwood was leading the Formula 2 championship battle. John Surtees was entered in the TS14 again, but he never took to the track.
  • Tecno: Nanni Galli was at the Albi Formula 2 race, so Derek Bell was driving the newer chassis. He described the difference in the two cars as 'like night and day'.
  • Tyrrell: Since all of the bugs had been worked out of Jackie Stewart's 005, the team was able to complete work on the almost-identical 006 for François Cevert. The car had not undergone much testing, though, and the team still had the old series 004 as a spare.
  • Williams: For the first time in months, the team did not have to build a new car for Henri Pescarolo. So the team did a great deal of testing on the Politoys, but did not solve the driveshaft problems. Frank Williams decided to just keep the Marchs running for North America, and leave the R&D people in Europe to prepare for 1973. But both March cars were fitted with the solid conical wheels first seen on the Politoys.


Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1972 Canadian 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 006 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
4 New Zealand Chris Amon France Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120D Matra MS72 V12 3.0 G
5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
6 Sweden Reine Wisell United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
7 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT37 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
8 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT37 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
9 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT34 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
10 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
11 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
14 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P180 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
15 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160C BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
16 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160C BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
17 Canada Bill Brack United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P180 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
18 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
19 United States Peter Revson United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
22 Australia Tim Schenken United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
23 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom Ceramica Pagnossin Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
25 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
26 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
27 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler United Kingdom Clarke Mordaunt Guthrie Durlacher Racing March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
28 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Team Williams-Motul March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
29 Brazil Carlos Pace United Kingdom Team Williams-Motul March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
31 United Kingdom Derek Bell Italy Martini Racing Tecno PA123/3T2 Tecno Series-P F12 3.0 F
33 United States Skip Barber United States Gene Mason Racing March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 19 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 1:13.6
2 18 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:13.9 +0.3
3 25 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:14.0 +0.4
4 5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:14.4 +0.8
5 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:14.4 +0.8
6 2 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:14.5 +0.9
7 11 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:14.5 +0.9
8 10 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:14.7 +1.1
9 8 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 1:14.9 +1.3
10 4 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 1:15.4 +1.8
11 9 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 1:15.6 +2.0
12 16 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 1:15.7 +2.1
13 22 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 1:15.7 +2.1
14 15 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 1:15.7 +2.1
15 23 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 1:15.9 +2.3
16 6 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 1:16.0 +2.4
17 7 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:16.2 +2.6
18 29 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 1:16.4 +2.8
19 26 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 1:16.8 +3.2
20 14 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 1:16.8 +3.2
21 28 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 1:17.0 +3.4
22 33 United States Skip Barber March-Ford 1:17.1 +3.5
23 17 Canada Bill Brack BRM 1:17.9 +4.3
24 27 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 1:18.4 +4.8
25 31 United Kingdom Derek Bell Tecno 1:18.6 +5.0

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 80 1:43:16.9 5 9
2 19 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 80 +48.2 1 6
3 18 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 80 +54.6 2 4
4 8 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 80 +1:00.7 9 3
5 11 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 80 +1:23.8 7 2
6 4 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 79 +1 Lap 10 1
7 22 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 79 +1 Lap 13  
8 7 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 79 +1 Lap 17  
9 29 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 78 Out of fuel 17  
10 15 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 78 +2 Laps 14  
11 5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 78 +2 Laps 4  
12 10 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 76 +4 Laps 8  
13 28 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 73 +7 Laps 21  
Ret 6 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 65 Fuel line 16  
DSQ 26 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 65 +15 Laps 20  
NC 27 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 59 +21 Laps 24  
DSQ 25 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 55 +25 Laps 3  
Ret 2 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 51 Gearbox 6  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 26 Suspension 12  
NC 33 United States Skip Barber March-Ford 24 +56 Laps 22  
Ret 14 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 22 Engine 20  
Ret 17 Canada Bill Brack BRM 21 Accident 23  
Ret 9 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 6 Gearbox 11  
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 3 Gearbox 15  
DNS 31 United Kingdom Derek Bell Tecno   Accident on warmup lap 25  

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

V T E Canada Canadian Grand Prix
Circuits Mosport Park (1967, 1969, 1971–1974, 1976–1977), Mont-Tremblant (1968, 1970), Montreal (1978–1986, 1988–2008, 2010–present)
CircuitGillesVilleneuve
Races 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018
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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