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The 1972 Monaco Grand Prix was the fourth race of the Formula One World Championship in 1972. The 80-lap race took place on May 14 1972 in heavy rain, and was won by Jean-Pierre Beltoise, his only Grand Prix win. Beltoise shot immediately into the lead from his fourth starting position, and also set the fastest lap. Jacky Ickx finished second and Emerson Fittipaldi was a lap down in third. Reigning champion Jackie Stewart suffered a late spin and electrical issues to fall to fourth.


BackgroundEdit

The track was modified from 1971, in the interest of safety, and was the first major change of configuration in the race's history. The pits were moved to the harbor front, between the chicane and Tabac, and a new, tighter chicane was placed near Tabac, just past the new pits. The new track was slightly faster, as the cars were reaching a high rate of speed on the straight after the tunnel. There was a short escape road for cars that missed the chicane, blocked with a gate to ensure that cars did not pull out into traffic.

  • Brabham: Wilson Fittipaldi's car was now sporting a BT37-style nose, and upgraded brakes.
  • BRM: Alex Soler-Roig had retired from Formula 1 after his home race, but the team was back up to the full complement of five cars, with the return of Helmut Marko. But Marko was forced to use one of the 1970-vintage P153s. There were no changes to the cars, but primary sponsor Marlboro was apparently trying to take over the race. The press was given free media guides and treated to free breakfasts, a Lamborghini painted in their colors spent almost the entire weekend giving rides on the circuit to various people, and there were thousands of Marlboro stickers scattered around.
  • Ferrari: Mario Andretti was away at the Indianapolis 500. The team brought three cars, and all were fitted with a shortened nose, to reduce the chance of accidental collision damage.
  • Lotus: After the Spanish GP, while driving back to England the team transporter was heavily damaged by a collision with a drunk Spanish driver. So the team was using a rented transporter.
  • March: The team had the original 721 chassis as a spare, and both drivers drove it in practice as a comparison to the 721X cars. Ronnie Peterson's 721X had an experimental differential. The factory was still having to carry spare parts for five different models.
    • Bad weather in England meant that the car still was not sorted, but Mike Beuttler's team was delighted with the simplicity and ease of working on the new 721G. So much so that the works team mechanics were caught looking over the car.
    • Frank Williams had turned over all of the technical side of the team to Ron Tauranac, so he could concentrate on administration and management. Tauranac had also had the new four pot brake calipers installed on both cars.
    • Rolf Stommelen's Eifelland-bodied March was now fitted with wheels designed to complement the bodywork. But the car was painfully slow this weekend.
  • McLaren: Peter Revson was away at the Indianapolis 500. Brian Redman took his place, even though he had never driven at Monaco before, but he proved to be a very capable substitute. Denny Hulme had his old M19A as a spare, and eventually decided to use it in the race.
  • Tyrrell: Jackie Stewart was using chassis 004 in a race for the first time, with 003 becoming the spare, and had the same brake caliper/suspension integral parts that François Cevert first used in Spain.


Entry ListEdit

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

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 004 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
2 France François Cevert United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 002 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
4 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
5 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler United Kingdom Clarke Mordaunt Guthrie Durlacher Racing March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
6 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
7 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
8 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
9 Australia Dave Walker United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
10 Australia Tim Schenken United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
11 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
12 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom Ceramica Pagnossin Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
14 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
15 United Kingdom Brian Redman United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
16 New Zealand Chris Amon France Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120C Matra MS72 V12 3.0 G
17 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
18 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
19 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P180 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
20 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT37 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
21 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT34 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
22 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Team Williams Motul March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
23 Brazil Carlos Pace United Kingdom Team Williams Motul March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
26 Austria Helmut Marko United Kingdom Austria-Marlboro-BRM BRM P153B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
27 West Germany Rolf Stommelen West Germany Team Eifelland Caravans March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
28 Sweden Reine Wisell United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 8 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:21.4
2 6 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:21.6 +0.2
3 7 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:21.9 +0.5
4 17 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 1:22.5 +1.1
5 18 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 1:22.6 +1.2
6 16 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 1:22.6 +1.2
7 14 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:22.7 +1.3
8 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:22.9 +1.5
9 22 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 1:22.9 +1.5
10 15 United Kingdom Brian Redman McLaren-Ford 1:23.1 +1.7
11 11 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 1:23.7 +2.3
12 2 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:23.8 +2.4
13 10 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 1:23.9 +2.5
14 9 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford 1:24.0 +2.6
15 3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:24.1 +2.7
16 28 Sweden Reine Wisell BRM 1:24.4 +3.0
17 26 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 1:24.6 +3.2
18 12 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 1:24.7 +3.3
19 20 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:24.7 +3.3
20 19 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 1:24.7 +3.3
21 21 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 1:25.2 +3.8
22 4 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 1:25.6 +4.2
23 5 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 1:26.5 +5.1
24 23 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 1:26.6 +5.2
25 27 Germany Rolf Stommelen March-Ford 1:29.5 +8.1

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 17 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 80 2:26:55.3 4 9
2 6 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 80 +38.2 2 6
3 8 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 79 +1 Lap 1 4
4 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 78 +2 Laps 8 3
5 15 United Kingdom Brian Redman McLaren-Ford 77 +3 Laps 10 2
6 16 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 77 +3 Laps 6 1
7 12 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 77 +3 Laps 18  
8 26 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 77 +3 Laps 17  
9 21 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 77 +3 Laps 21  
10 27 Germany Rolf Stommelen March-Ford 77 +3 Laps 25  
11 3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 76 +4 Laps 15  
12 20 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 76 +4 Laps 20  
13 5 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 76 +4 Laps 23  
14 9 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford 75 +5 Laps 14  
15 14 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 74 +6 Laps 7  
16 4 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 74 +6 Laps 22  
17 23 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 72 +8 Laps 24  
NC 2 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 70 +10 Laps 12  
Ret 22 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 58 Accident 9  
Ret 7 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 51 Accident 3  
Ret 11 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 48 Accident 11  
Ret 19 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 47 Accident 20  
Ret 10 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 31 Accident 13  
Ret 18 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 27 Accident 5  
Ret 28 Sweden Reine Wisell BRM 16 Engine 16  
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MilestonesEdit

This was the only World Championship victory for Jean-Pierre Beltoise, and the final victory for BRM.

Standings after raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Pritchard, Anthony (1973). The Motor Racing Year No4. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.. pp. 66-74. ISBN 0-393-08677-1.
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