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The 1972 Formula One season was the 23rd FIA Formula One season. It featured the 23rd World Championship of Drivers, the 15th International Cup for F1 Manufacturers and numerous non-championship Formula One races. The World Championship season commenced on 23 January and ended on 8 October after twelve races.

For 1972 Team Lotus focused again on the type 72 chassis. Imperial Tobacco continued its sponsorship of the team under its new John Player Special brand. The cars, now often referred to as 'John Player Specials', were fielded in a new black and gold livery. Lotus took the championship by surprise in 1972 with 25-year old Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi who became the youngest world champion at that point. Jackie Stewart came second in the championship, and Denny Hulme was third.

This was the first year where all the races were run on circuits with modern safety features on them, and considerable progress had been made since 1967, the last year where all races were run on circuits without significant safety improvements.

The BRM team took its final victory when Jean-Pierre Beltoise won the rain-affected 1972 Monaco Grand Prix in a P160D.

Three races were not held: The Dutch Grand Prix was cancelled this year because of safety arrangements that were not completed for the race. It was supposed to be held between the Belgian and French races at the usual location, Zandvoort. A return of the Mexican Grand Prix was cancelled after interest dried up in the wake of the death of Pedro Rodríguez, and amid major insurance problems after the crowd control debacle in 1970. And a race at Ontario Motor Speedway was cancelled after the sponsor, Questor Corporation, ran into financial problems.

CalendarEdit

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix Autódromo
Municipal
January 23 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report
2 South Africa South African Grand Prix Kyalami March 4 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Mike Hailwood New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom McLaren-Ford G Report
3 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jarama May 1 Belgium Jacky Ickx Belgium Jacky Ickx Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford F Report
4 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Circuit
de Monaco
May 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi France Jean-Pierre Beltoise France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom BRM F Report
5 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Nivelles June 4 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi New Zealand Chris Amon Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford F Report
6 France French Grand Prix Charade
Circuit
July 2 New Zealand Chris Amon New Zealand Chris Amon United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report
7 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Brands Hatch July 15 Belgium Jacky Ickx United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford F Report
8 Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring July 30 Belgium Jacky Ickx Belgium Jacky Ickx Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy Ferrari F Report
9 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Österreichring August 13 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi New Zealand Denny Hulme Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford F Report
10 Italy Italian Grand Prix Monza September 10 Belgium Jacky Ickx Belgium Jacky Ickx Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford F Report
11 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Mosport Park September 24 United States Peter Revson United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report
12 United States United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen October 8 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report

Non Championship CalendarEdit

Date Event Circuit Report
March 19 United Kingdom V Race of Champions Brands Hatch Report
March 30 Brazil I Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos Report
April 23 United Kingdom Daily Express International Trophy Silverstone Report
May 29 United Kingdom Rothmans International Gold Cup Oulton Park Report
June 18 Italy Italian Republic Grand Prix Vallelunga Report
August 28 United Kingdom Rothmans 50,000 Brands Hatch Report
October 22 United Kingdom John Player Challenge Trophy Brands Hatch Report

Drivers and constructorsEdit

Constructor Chassis Tyre Driver Rounds
Team Engine
Brabham-Ford BT33 / BT34 / BT37 G United Kingdom Graham Hill All
United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 1-2, 5-12
Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi, Jr. 3-12
BRM P153/P160B/P160C/P180 F New Zealand Howden Ganley 1-6, 8-12
United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P142 3.0 V12 Sweden Reine Wisell 1, 3-4, 6, 8, 10
United Kingdom Peter Gethin 1-7, 9-12
Spain Alex Soler-Roig 1, 3
Austria Helmut Marko 1-2, 4-6
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 2-12
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver 7
Canada Bill Brack 11
United Kingdom Brian Redman 12
Ferrari 312B2 F Belgium Jacky Ickx All
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 001/1 3.0 F12 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 1-5, 8-12
United States Mario Andretti 1-3. 10, 12
Italy Nanni Galli 6
Italy Arturo Merzario 7-8
Lotus-Ford 72D F Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi All
United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus
United Kingdom World Wide Racing
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Australia David Walker 1-9, 12
Sweden Reine Wisell 11-12
March-Ford 721 / 721X / 721G G
F
Sweden Ronnie Peterson All
United Kingdom STP March Racing Team Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Austria Niki Lauda All
Matra MS120C / MS120D G New Zealand Chris Amon All
France Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS72 3.0 V12
McLaren-Ford M19A / M19C G New Zealand Denny Hulme All
United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 United States Peter Revson 1-3, 5, 7, 9-12
United Kingdom Brian Redman 4, 6, 8
South Africa Jody Scheckter 12
Surtees-Ford TS9B / TS14 F Australia Tim Schenken All
United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Italy Andrea de Adamich All
United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 2-10, 12
United Kingdom John Surtees 10
Tyrrell-Ford 002 / 003 / 004 / 005 / 006 G United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 1-4, 6-12
United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 France François Cevert All
France Patrick Depailler 6, 12
March-Ford / Politoys-Ford 711 / 721 / FX3 G France Henri Pescarolo All
United Kingdom Team Williams/Motul Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Brazil Carlos Pace 2-12
March-Ford 721 G Germany Rolf Stommelen 2-9
Germany Team Eifelland Caravan
Germany Team Stommelen
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8

Results and standingsEdit

DriversEdit

Points for the 1972 World Championship of Drivers were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six placegetters in each race. For classification, only the best five results from the first half of the season and the best five results from the second half of the season could be retained.

Pos Driver ARG
Argentina
RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Points
1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Ret 2 1 3 1 2 1 Ret 1 1 11 Ret 61
2 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 1 Ret Ret 4 1 2 11 7 Ret 1 1 45
3 New Zealand Denny Hulme 2 1 Ret 15 3 7 5 Ret 2 3 3 3 39
4 Belgium Jacky Ickx 3 8 2 2 Ret 11 Ret 1 Ret Ret 12 5 27
5 United States Peter Revson Ret 3 5 7 3 3 4 2 18 23
6 France François Cevert Ret 9 Ret NC 2 4 Ret 10 9 Ret Ret 2 15
7 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 4 12 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 5 8 15
8 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Ret Ret Ret 4 6 Ret Ret 4 2 17 13
9 Sweden Ronnie Peterson 6 5 Ret 11 9 5 7 3 12 9 DSQ 4 12
10 New Zealand Chris Amon DNS 15 Ret 6 6 3 4 15 5 Ret 6 15 12
11 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Ret Ret 1 Ret 15 11 9 8 8 Ret Ret 9
12 United States Mario Andretti Ret 4 Ret 7 6 4
13 New Zealand Howden Ganley 9 NC Ret Ret 8 4 6 11 10 Ret 4
14 United Kingdom Brian Redman 5 9 5 Ret 4
15 United Kingdom Graham Hill Ret 6 10 12 Ret 10 Ret 6 Ret 5 8 11 4
16 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 7 Ret 13 12 8 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 3
17 Italy Andrea de Adamich Ret NC 4 7 Ret 14 Ret 13 14 Ret Ret Ret 3
18 Brazil Carlos Pace 17 6 17 5 Ret Ret NC NC Ret 9 Ret 3
19 Australia Tim Schenken 5 Ret 8 Ret Ret 17 Ret 14 11 Ret 7 Ret 2
20 Italy Arturo Merzario 6 12 1
21 United Kingdom Peter Gethin Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 6 Ret Ret 1
Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi 7 9 Ret 8 12 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Austria Niki Lauda 11 7 Ret 16 12 Ret 9 Ret 10 13 DSQ NC 0
France Patrick Depailler NC 7 0
Austria Helmut Marko 10 14 8 10 Ret 0
United Kingdom Mike Beuttler DNQ 13 Ret 19 13 8 Ret 10 NC 13 0
France Henri Pescarolo 8 11 11 Ret NC Ret Ret DNQ 13 14 0
Australia David Walker DSQ 10 9 14 14 18 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
South Africa Jody Scheckter 9 0
Germany Rolf Stommelen 13 Ret 10 11 16 10 Ret 15 0
Sweden Reine Wisell Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 10 0
United States Sam Posey 12 0
Italy Nanni Galli Ret 13 Ret NC Ret 0
United States Skip Barber NC 16 0
Rhodesia John Love 16 0
South Africa Dave Charlton Ret DNQ Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Derek Bell DNQ Ret DNQ DNS Ret 0
Spain Alex Soler-Roig Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Ret 0
France François Migault DNS Ret 0
United Kingdom John Surtees Ret DNS 0
Canada Bill Brack Ret 0
South Africa William Ferguson DNS 0
Pos Driver ARG
Argentina
RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Points

ConstructorsEdit

Points for the 1972 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six placegetters in each race. Only the best placed car from each manufacturer was eligible to score points. For classification, only the best five results from the first half of the season and the best five results from the second half of the season could be retained.

Pos. Manufacturer ARG
Argentina
RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Pts.
1 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Ret 2 1 3 1 2 1 Ret 1 1 11 10 61
2 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1 9 Ret 4 2 1 2 10 7 Ret 1 1 51
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 2 1 5 5 3 7 3 (5) 2 3 2 3 47 (49)
4 Italy Ferrari 3 4 2 2 Ret 11 6 1 Ret 7 5 5 33
5 United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 5 16 4 7 4 6 Ret 13 4 2 7 12 18
6 United Kingdom March-Ford 6 5 6 10 5 5 7 3 10 9 9 4 15
7 United Kingdom BRM 9 14 Ret 1 8 15 11 4 6 6 10 Ret 14
8 France Matra DNS 15 Ret 6 6 3 4 15 5 Ret 6 15 12
9 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 7 6 7 9 13 8 8 6 Ret 5 4 11 7
Italy Tecno Ret DNQ Ret Ret NC Ret DNS Ret 0
United Kingdom Politoys-Ford Ret 0
United Kingdom Connew-Ford DNS Ret 0
Pos. Manufacturer ARG
Argentina
RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Pts.
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