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The 1972 German Grand Prix was the eighth race of the 1972 Formula One season, and was held at the Nürburgring on July 30. Jacky Ickx, in a Ferrari led the entire race from pole position, ahead of teammate Clay Regazzoni, with Ronnie Peterson in a March finishing third.


BackgroundEdit

After the major rebuild of the circuit between the 1969 and 1971 races, there had been no changes since then. German television was asking that teams with cigarette sponsorship blot out the sponsor's name on their cars. All complied except for BRM.

  • Brabham: All three cars had slightly upgraded rear suspensions, and all three were sporting smoother rear wings.
  • BRM: All four cars (the team had gone back to using a spare, instead of renting it out every chance they had) were upgraded to the modifications made to the car of Jean-Pierre Beltoise at Brands. But the team went into wholesale driver swapping, with Peter Gethin and Jackie Oliver out, and Howden Ganley and Reine Wisell in. Which was not helping morale. BRM refused to cover or alter their Marlboro sponsorship, saying they could not afford the loss of income.
  • Connew: The entry for François Migault had been refused by the organizers, as they regarded him as insufficiently experienced for a grand prix at the track. The team showed up anyway, hoping that they could change the organizers' minds, but they eventually went home without running.
  • Ferrari: Clay Regazzoni had returned, but with a plastic brace on his wrist. This did not seem to affect his driving, as some drivers described it as 'bad as ever'. Mario Andretti was at the USAC Pocono 500, so Arturo Merzario was given another drive, as a reward for his excellent sixth place at Brands Hatch.
  • Lotus: Emerson Fittipaldi's car had radially drilled rear disk brakes (the first time that had been used in F1), and Dave Walker's car had an older oil cooler arrangement, to see if it would assist the car's handling. The team had painted over the words "John Player Special", and substituted "J.P.S.".
    • Dave Charlton's team had painted over the words "Lucky Strike", but had managed to make the logos on the car even larger and more distinctive.
  • March: The team had their original 721G (the test mule) along as a spare, but never used it.
    • Eifelland Caravans had suffered a major fire at their manufacturing plant, and had been bought out by a parent company which saw no purpose in sponsoring an F1 car. So this was to be the last race for the Eifelland team.
  • Matra: Chris Amon's MS120D had been repaired for the race.
  • McLaren: Peter Revson was also at the USAC Pocono 500, so Brian Redman returned. He was in the original M19A, as the team had not finished repairing the M19C Redman had crashed in France.
  • Surtees: No changes anywhere in the team.
  • Tecno: The car had a new front suspension, designed by Ron Tauranac (who seemed to be freelancing for pretty much everyone except Brabham), but the team had not had time to test it at all. So the testing would be this weekend.
  • Tyrrell: The team left the new 005 car at home, as it was discovered that there was a great deal of vibration in both the front suspension and inboard front brakes. It was hoped that the car would be ready by Austria.
  • Williams: Frank Williams had been reduced in 'rank' to privateer again, as the team needed to devote enormous resources to repairing all of the crashed cars of Henri Pescarolo, and the Politoys needed major repairs after Pescarolo's latest accident. Pescarolo had his "old" March 721G back this weekend, but with a new monocoque, it was essentially a brand new car. Mechanics of other teams were heard speculating how long this one would last. Meanwhile, Carlos Pace just kept going faster and faster in the year-old car, and was under the watchful eye of the more established teams as a future star in the sport.


Entry listEdit

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

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 003 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
7 France François Cevert United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 002 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
25 Australia Dave Walker United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
3 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
5 United Kingdom Brian Redman United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
9 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
19 Italy Arturo Merzario Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
6 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160C BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
17 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
18 Sweden Reine Wisell United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
8 New Zealand Chris Amon France Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120D Matra MS72 V12 3.0 G
10 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
23 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
11 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT37 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
12 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT37 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
26 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT34 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
20 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Team Williams-Motul March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
21 Brazil Carlos Pace United Kingdom Team Williams-Motul March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
22 Germany Rolf Stommelen Germany Team Eifelland Caravan March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
27 United Kingdom Derek Bell Italy Martini Racing Tecno PA123/3T2 Tecno Series-P F12 3.0 F
28 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler United Kingdom Clarke Mordaunt Guthrie Durlacher Racing March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
29 South Africa Dave Charlton United Kingdom Lucky Strike Racing Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F

Practice Overview Edit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 7:07.0
2 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 7:08.7 +1.7
3 2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 7:09.9 +2.9
4 10 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 7:11.6 +4.6
5 7 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 7:12.2 +5.2
6 12 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 7:12.4 +5.4
7 9 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 7:13.4 +6.4
8 8 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 7:13.9 +6.9
9 20 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 7:14.4 +7.4
10 3 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 7:14.5 +7.5
11 21 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 7:16.6 +9.6
12 15 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 7:17.2 +10.2
13 6 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 7:17.3 +10.3
14 22 Germany Rolf Stommelen March-Ford 7:17.5 +10.5
15 11 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 7:18.4 +11.4
16 14 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 7:20.8 +13.8
17 18 Sweden Reine Wisell BRM 7:21.4 +14.4
18 17 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 7:22.3 +15.3
19 5 United Kingdom Brian Redman McLaren-Ford 7:23.2 +16.2
20 16 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 7:23.7 +16.7
21 26 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 7:24.8 +17.8
22 19 Italy Arturo Merzario Ferrari 7:25.9 +18.9
23 25 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford 7:29.5 +22.5
24 23 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 7:32.2 +25.2
25 27 United Kingdom Derek Bell Tecno 7:33.3 +26.3
26 29 South Africa Dave Charlton Lotus-Ford 7:34.1 +27.1
27 28 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 7:35.9 +28.9

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 14 1:42:12.3 1 9
2 9 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 14 +48.3 7 6
3 10 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 14 +1:06.7 4 4
4 17 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 14 +2:19.9 18 3
5 5 United Kingdom Brian Redman McLaren-Ford 14 +2:35.7 19 2
6 11 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 14 +2:59.6 15 1
7 26 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 14 +3:00.1 21  
8 28 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 14 +5:10.7 27  
9 6 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 14 +5:20.2 13  
10 7 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 14 +5:53.7 5  
11 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 13 Collision 2  
12 19 Italy Arturo Merzario Ferrari 13 +1 Lap 22  
13 16 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 13 +1 Lap 20  
14 15 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 13 +1 Lap 12  
15 8 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 13 +1 Lap 8  
NC 21 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 11 +3 Laps 11  
Ret 2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 10 Gearbox 3  
Ret 20 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 10 Accident 9  
Ret 3 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 9 Engine 10  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 8 Suspension 16  
Ret 12 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 7 Transmission 6  
Ret 22 Germany Rolf Stommelen March-Ford 7 Electrics 14  
Ret 25 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford 6 Split oil tank 23  
Ret 23 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 4 Oil leak 24  
Ret 27 United Kingdom Derek Bell Tecno 4 Engine 25  
Ret 29 South Africa Dave Charlton Lotus-Ford 4 Driver ill 26  
Ret 18 Sweden Reine Wisell BRM 3 Engine 17  

MilestonesEdit

  • Final race for Eifelland Caravans

Standings after raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Pritchard, Anthony (1973). The Motor Racing Year No4. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.. pp. 98-106. ISBN 0-393-08677-1.
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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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