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The 1972 South African Grand Prix was the second race of the 1972 Formula One season. It was won by Denny Hulme in a McLaren, after leader Jackie Stewart retired with a broken gearbox. Emerson Fittipaldi was second in a Lotus, and Hulme's teammate Peter Revson was third.


BackgroundEdit

With a six week gap in the schedule since Buenos Aires (and four weeks since the non-championship Brazilian GP), some updates to the cars were starting to filter through, but the lion's share of revisions would be in another eight weeks at Spain. Despite the distance from the the races, a huge entry of 27 cars turned out.

  • Brabham: Graham Hill's car had ventilated front disc brakes.
  • BRM: Jean-Pierre Beltoise rejoined the team, displacing Reine Wisell, and the Austria-Marlboro car did not make the trip.
  • Ferrari: The Scuderia ran this race with full-width nose cones, similar to the Tyrrells, in a quest for reduced drag and straight line speed. The relative age of the nose cones was illustrated when Mario Andretti's nose did not arrive until the day before the race.
  • Lotus: The cars were fitted with smaller rear wing sideplates and magnesium rear wheels.
    • Dave Charlton had purchased the Lotus 72 used primarily by Reine Wisell in 1971, and with some deep sponsorship was able to have all of the latest updates to the car. Charlton himself was highly regarded as a driver, and when it was announced that he would contest much of the season, teams took notice of how well the team performed.
  • March: The great tea tray experiment was over, as the cars both arrived with the shovel noses and normal wings seen in practice in Canada and Argentina.
    • Frank Williams' team had a new name (to reflect the sponsor), and former Brabham owner and engineer Ron Tauranac acting as their race engineer. Tauranac made several detail changes to both cars that made a noticeable improvement in performance. Brazilian driver Carlos Pace was added to Henri Pescarolo's old 711, but with several 721 modifications, so the cars were almost indistinguishable.
    • Rolf Stommelen arrived with a car that was called an 'Eiffelland', but was in reality a March 721 with new bodywork and suspension. The car had what was claimed to be a unique variable rate rear suspension made of titanium. And furniture expert Luigi Colani had designed a new nose in the Tyrrell style, and a one-piece cockpit/engine cover, with the engine air intake in front and a single rear-view mirror sticking up on a foot-high stalk directly in front of the driver. It was very futuristic-looking, and Stommelen assured the officials that the mirror stalk was thin, and he almost never looked directly forward anyway. But during practice, the new nose had to be replaced by the original tea tray, due to overheating and a lack of grip. And with either nose, the car was fairly slow down the straight, implying that the fancy bodywork could have used some aerodynamic testing.
  • Matra: The oil tank on Chris Amon's main car had been moved the the very rear, to improve airflow.
  • McLaren: The cars arrived with a new mounting for the rear wings, moving them back slightly to get cleaner air. The team was one of several that ran a testing session here the week before the race, and they were quite optimistic afterwards.
  • Surtees: Mike Hailwood had rejoined the team after finishing second in the Tasman Cup series. All three cars had revised windscreens and cockpit bodywork, to reduced air buffeting on the drivers. Tim Schenken's car had a Formula 2 style rear wing for straight line speed.
  • Tyrrell: The team also had chassis 004 as a spare, which had already turned several hundred miles at the Kyalami circuit testing tires for Goodyear over the winter, including a session the week before the race. François Cevert's car had a modified front suspension with the upright blended with the brake caliper, a weight-saving idea pioneered by Matra.


Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1972 South African Grand Prix is shown 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
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 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
6 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
7 United States Mario Andretti 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 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
11 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
23 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
24 Spain Alex Soler-Roig United Kingdom España Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
12 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
14 United States Peter Revson United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
15 New Zealand Chris Amon France Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120C Matra MS72 V12 3.0 G
16 Australia Tim Schenken United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
17 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
18 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom Ceramica Pagnossin Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
19 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
20 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT34 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
21 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Team Williams-Motul March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
22 Brazil Carlos Pace United Kingdom Team Williams-Motul March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
25 Germany Rolf Stommelen Germany Team Eifelland Caravans March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
26 South Africa Dave Charlton South Africa Scibante-Lucky Strike Racing Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
27 Rhodesia John Love Rhodesia Team Gunston Surtees TS9 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
28 South Africa Willie Ferguson Rhodesia Team Gunston Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.0
2 6 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:17.3 +0.3
3 8 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:17.4 +0.4
4 17 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 1:17.4 +0.4
5 12 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:17.4 +0.4
6 7 United States Mario Andretti Ferrari 1:17.5 +0.5
7 5 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:17.7 +0.7
8 2 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.8 +0.8
9 3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:17.8 +0.8
10 16 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 1:17.8 +0.8
11 10 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 1:17.9 +0.9
12 14 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 1:18.0 +1.0
13 15 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 1:18.0 +1.0
14 19 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:18.1 +1.1
15 20 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 1:18.2 +1.2
16 23 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 1:18.3 +1.3
17 26 South Africa Dave Charlton Lotus-Ford 1:18.5 +1.5
18 11 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 1:18.7 +1.7
19 9 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford 1:18.7 +1.7
20 18 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 1:18.9 +1.9
21 4 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 1:18.9 +1.9
22 21 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 1:19.0 +2.0
23 24 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 1:19.1 +2.1
24 22 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 1:20.3 +3.3
25 25 Germany Rolf Stommelen March-Ford 1:20.4 +3.4
26 27 Rhodesia John Love Surtees-Ford 1:21.0 +4.0
27 28 South Africa Willie Ferguson Brabham-Ford 1:31.9 +14.9

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 12 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 79 1:45:49.1 5 9
2 8 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 79 +14.1 3 6
3 14 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 79 +25.8 12 4
4 7 United States Mario Andretti Ferrari 79 +38.5 6 3
5 3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 79 +49.0 9 2
6 19 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 78 +1 Lap 14 1
7 4 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 78 +1 Lap 21  
8 5 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 78 +1 Lap 7  
9 2 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 78 +1 Lap 8  
10 9 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford 78 +1 Lap 19  
11 21 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 78 +1 Lap 22  
12 6 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 77 +2 Laps 2  
13 25 Germany Rolf Stommelen March-Ford 77 +2 Laps 25  
14 24 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 76 +3 Laps 23  
15 15 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 76 +3 Laps 13  
16 27 Rhodesia John Love Surtees-Ford 73 Puncture/Accident 26  
17 22 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 73 +6 Laps 24  
NC 23 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 70 +9 Laps 16  
NC 18 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 69 +10 Laps 20  
NC 11 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 65 +14 Laps 18  
Ret 10 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 61 Engine 11  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 45 Gearbox 1  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 28 Suspension 4  
Ret 20 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 27 Fuel System 15  
Ret 16 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 9 Engine 10  
Ret 26 South Africa Dave Charlton Lotus-Ford 2 Fuel Pump 17  
DNS 28 South Africa Willie Ferguson Brabham-Ford   Engine    

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MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

1972 Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 New Zealand Denny Hulme 15
2 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 9
3 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 6
4= Belgium Jacky Ickx 4
4= United States Peter Revson 4
6= Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 3
6= United States Mario Andretti 3
6= Sweden Ronnie Peterson 3
9 Australia Tim Schenken 2
10 United Kingdom Graham Hill 1

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

1972 Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 15
2 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 9
3 Italy Ferrari 7
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 6
5 United Kingdom March-Ford 3
6 United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 2
7 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 1

Only point scoring constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

  • Pritchard, Anthony (1973). The Motor Racing Year No4. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.. pp. 50-58. ISBN 0-393-08677-1.
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  5. "1972 Grand Prix of South Africa". Silhouet.com. 1972-03-04. http://www.silhouet.com/motorsport/archive/f1/1972/72sa.html. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
V T E South Africa South Africa South African Grand Prix
Circuits Prince George Circuit (1934–1963), Kyalami Circuit (1965-1993)
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Non-championship races 1934 • 1936 • 1937 • 1938 • 1939 • 1960 • 1960 • 1961 • 1966 • 1981
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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