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1972 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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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 [1] and numerous non-championship Formula One races. The World Championship season commenced on January 23 and ended on October 8 after twelve races.

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Season summary

For 1972 Team Lotus focussed 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 'JPS', 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. Stewart came second in the championship.

The British Racing Motors (BRM) team took its last victory when Jean-Pierre Beltoise won the rain-affected 1972 Monaco Grand Prix in a BRM P160.

Season review

Round Race Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez January 23 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Report
2 South Africa South African Grand Prix Kyalami March 4 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report
3 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Circuito Permanente Del Jarama May 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
4 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco May 14 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom BRM Report
5 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Nivelles-Baulers June 4 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
6 France French Grand Prix Charade Circuit July 2 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Report
7 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Brands Hatch July 15 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
8 Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring July 30 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy Ferrari Report
9 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Österreichring August 13 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
10 Italy Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza September 10 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
11 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Mosport Park September 24 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Report
12 United States United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen International October 8 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Report

Drivers and constructors

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT33
BT34
BT37
Cosworth V8 G United Kingdom Graham Hill All
Argentina Carlos Reutemann 1-2, 5-12
Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior 3-12
United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B
P153
P180
P160C
BRM V12 F New Zealand Howden Ganley 1-6, 8-12
Sweden Reine Wisell 1, 3-10
United Kingdom Peter Gethin 1-7, 9-12
Spain Alex Soler-Roig 1, 3
Austria Helmut Marko 1-2, 4-8
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 2-12
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver 7
Canada Bill Brack 11
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari F12 F Belgium Jacky Ickx All
Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 1-5, 8-12
United States Mario Andretti 1-3, 5, 7, 10, 12
Italy Nanni Galli 6
Italy Arturo Merzario 7-8
United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus
United Kingdom World Wide Racing
Lotus 72D Cosworth V8 F Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi All
Australia Dave Walker 1-9, 12
Sweden Reine Wisell 11-12
United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721 Cosworth V8 G


F

Sweden Ronnie Peterson All
Austria Niki Lauda All
France Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120C
MS120D
Matra V12 G New Zealand Chris Amon All
United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19A
M19C
Cosworth V8 G New Zealand Denny Hulme All
United States Peter Revson 1-3, 5, 7, 10-12
United Kingdom Brian Redman 4, 6, 8
South Africa Jody Scheckter 12
United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B
TS14
Cosworth V8 F Australia Tim Schenken All
Italy Andrea de Adamich 1-3, 5-12
United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 2-10, 12
United Kingdom John Surtees 10, 12
United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 003
002
004
005
006
Cosworth V8 G United Kingdom Jackie Stewart All
France François Cevert All
France Patrick Depailler 6, 12
United Kingdom Team Williams Motul March 711
721
Cosworth V8 G Brazil Carlos Pace 2-12
France Henri Pescarolo 1-6, 8-12
7
Politoys FX3
Germany Team Eifelland Caravans Eifelland 21 Cosworth V8 G Germany Rolf Stommelen 2-9
South Africa Scribante Lucky Strike Racing Lotus 72D Cosworth V8 F South Africa Dave Charlton 2, 6-8
Rhodesia Team Gunston Surtees TS9 Cosworth V8 F Rhodesia John Love 2
Brabham BT33 South Africa Willie Ferguson 2
United Kingdom Clarke-Mordaunt-Guthrie Racing March 721G Cosworth V8 F United Kingdom Mike Beuttler 3-12
Surtees TS9B Italy Andrea de Adamich 4
Italy Martini Racing Tecno PA123/3 Cosworth V8
Tecno F12
F Italy Nanni Galli 3-5, 7, 9-12
United Kingdom Derek Bell 6, 8, 10-12
United Kingdom Darnval Connew Racing Team Connew PC1 Cosworth V8 F France François Migault 7, 9
United States Gene Mason Racing March 711 Cosworth V8 F United States Skip Barber 11-12
United States Champcarr Inc. Surtees TS9B Cosworth V8 F United States Sam Posey 12

Results and standings

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Drivers

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 José 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
22 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi 7 9 Ret 8 12 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
23 Austria Niki Lauda 11 7 Ret 16 12 Ret 9 Ret 10 13 DSQ NC 0
24 France Patrick Depailler NC 7 0
25 Austria Helmut Marko 10 14 8 10 Ret 0
26 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler DNQ 13 Ret 19 13 8 Ret 10 NC 13 0
27 France Henri Pescarolo 8 11 11 Ret NC Ret Ret DNQ 13 14 0
28 Australia David Walker DSQ 10 9 14 14 18 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
29 South Africa Jody Scheckter 9 0
30 Germany Rolf Stommelen 13 Ret 10 11 16 10 Ret Ret 0
31 Sweden Reine Wisell Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 10 0
32 United States Sam Posey 12 0
33 Italy Nanni Galli Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 0
34 United States Skip Barber NC 16 0
35 Rhodesia John Love 16 0
South Africa Dave Charlton Ret DNQ Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Derek Bell Ret DNQ Ret 0
Spain Alex Soler-Roig Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Ret 0
France François Migault Ret 0
United Kingdom John Surtees Ret 0
Canada Bill Brack Ret 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
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Constructors

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.

Place Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Points[2] Wins Podiums Poles
1 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 72D Ford Cosworth DFV 61 5 8 3
2 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 002
003
004
005
006
Ford Cosworth DFV 51 4 7 2
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford M19A
M19C
Ford Cosworth DFV 47 (49) 1 11 1
4 Italy Ferrari 312B2-72 Ferrari 001/1 33 1 6 4
5 United Kingdom Surtees-Ford TS9A
TS9B
TS14
Ford Cosworth DFV 18 1
6 United Kingdom March-Ford 721
721X
721G
Ford Cosworth DFV 15 1
7 United Kingdom BRM P153
P153B
P160B
P160C
P180
BRM P142 14 1 1
8 France Matra MS120C
MS120D
Matra MS71 12 1 1
9 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford BT33
BT34
BT37
Ford Cosworth DFV 7 1
10 United Kingdom Politoys-Ford FX3 Ford Cosworth DFV
11 Italy Tecno PA123 Tecno Series-P
12 United Kingdom Connew-Ford PC Ford Cosworth DFV

Non-Championship race results

Other Formula One races were also held in 1972, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
United Kingdom VII Race of Champions Brands Hatch March 19 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus Report
Brazil I Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos March 30 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Brabham-Cosworth Report
United Kingdom XXIV BRDC International Trophy Silverstone April 23 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus Report
United Kingdom XIX International Gold Cup Oulton Park May 29 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom McLaren-Cosworth Report
Italy I Italian Republic Grand Prix Vallelunga June 18 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus Report
United Kingdom II World Championship Victory Race Brands Hatch October 22 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom BRM Report

Notes & references

  1. ^ FIA Yearbook, 1974, pages 119 & 121
  2. ^ Only the best 5 results from the first 6 races and the best 5 results from the last 6 races counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

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Simple English

The 1972 Formula One season crowned as champion Emerson Fittipaldi.

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Round Race Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
1 Argentine Grand Prix Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez January 23 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Report
2 South African Grand Prix Kyalami March 4 Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford Report
3 Spanish Grand Prix Circuito Permanente Del Jarama May 1 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Report
4 Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco May 14 Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM Report
5 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian Grand Prix Nivelles-Baulers June 4 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Report
6 French Grand Prix Charade Circuit July 2 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Report
7 British Grand Prix Brands Hatch July 15 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Report
8 German Grand Prix Nürburgring July 30 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacky Ickx Ferrari Report
9 Austrian Grand Prix Österreichring August 13 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Report
10 Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza September 10 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Report
11 Canadian Grand Prix Mosport Park September 24 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Report
12 United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen International October 8 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Report

Drivers

Pos Driver ARG
RSA
ESP
MON
BEL
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FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA
Points
1 Emerson Fittipaldi Ret 2 1 3 1 2 1 Ret 1 1 11 Ret 61
2 Jackie Stewart 1 Ret Ret 4 1 2 11 7 Ret 1 1 45
3 Denny Hulme 2 1 Ret 15 3 7 5 Ret 2 3 3 3 39
4 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacky Ickx 3 8 2 2 Ret 11 Ret 1 Ret Ret 12 5 27
5 Peter Revson Ret 3 5 7 3 3 4 2 18 23
6 François Cevert Ret 9 Ret NC 2 4 Ret 10 9 Ret Ret 2 15
7 Clay Regazzoni 4 12 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 5 8 15
8 Mike Hailwood Ret Ret Ret 4 6 Ret Ret 4 2 17 13
9 Ronnie Peterson 6 5 Ret 11 9 5 7 3 12 9 DSQ 4 12
10 Chris Amon DNS 15 Ret 6 6 3 4 15 5 Ret 6 15 12
11 Jean-Pierre Beltoise Ret Ret 1 Ret 15 11 9 8 8 Ret Ret 9
12 Mario Andretti Ret 4 Ret 7 6 4
13 Howden Ganley 9 NC Ret Ret 8 4 6 11 10 Ret 4
14 Brian Redman 5 9 5 Ret 4
15 Graham Hill Ret 6 10 12 Ret 10 Ret 6 Ret 5 8 11 4
16 Carlos Reutemann 7 Ret 13 12 8 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 3
17 Andrea de Adamich Ret NC 4 7 Ret 14 Ret 13 14 Ret Ret Ret 3
18 José Carlos Pace 17 6 17 5 Ret Ret NC NC Ret 9 Ret 3
19 Tim Schenken 5 Ret 8 Ret Ret 17 Ret 14 11 Ret 7 Ret 2
20 Arturo Merzario 6 12 1
21 Peter Gethin Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 6 Ret Ret 1
22 Wilson Fittipaldi 7 9 Ret 8 12 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
23 Niki Lauda 11 7 Ret 16 12 Ret 9 Ret 10 13 DSQ NC 0
24 Patrick Depailler NC 7 0
25 Helmut Marko 10 14 8 10 Ret 0
26 Mike Beuttler DNQ 13 Ret 19 13 8 Ret 10 NC 13 0
27 Henri Pescarolo 8 11 11 Ret NC Ret Ret DNQ 13 14 0
28 David Walker DSQ 10 9 14 14 18 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
29 Jody Scheckter 9 0
30 Rolf Stommelen 13 Ret 10 11 16 10 Ret Ret 0
31 Reine Wisell Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 10 0
32 Sam Posey 12 0
33 Nanni Galli Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 0
34 Skip Barber NC 16 0
35 John Love 16 0
Dave Charlton Ret DNQ Ret Ret 0
Derek Bell Ret DNQ Ret 0
Alex Soler-Roig Ret Ret 0
Jackie Oliver Ret 0
François Migault Ret 0
John Surtees Ret 0
Bill Brack Ret 0
Pos Driver ARG
RSA
ESP
MON
BEL
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA
Points


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