1973 Dutch Grand Prix

The 1973 Dutch Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zandvoort on July 29, 1973. It was race 10 of 15 in both the 1973 World Championship of Drivers and the 1973 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. Zandvoort returned to the Formula One calendar following a year's absence for extensive safety upgrades to the race track including new asphalt, new barriers and a new race control tower. Jackie Stewart won the race, this Grand Prix being fourth of five wins for Stewart during the 1973 Formula One season, and he became the most successful Formula One driver of all time with his 26th Grand Prix victory, surpassing Jim Clark's record of 25 victories. Stewart's friend and future world champion James Hunt scored his first podium finish.

1973 Dutch Grand Prix
Circuit Park Zandvoort-1973.svg
Race details
Date July 29, 1973
Official name XXI Grote Prijs van Nederland
Location Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.18 km (2.6 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 304.27 km (189.06 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:19.47
Fastest lap
Driver Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford
Time 1:20.31
First Tyrrell-Ford
Second Tyrrell-Ford
Third March-Ford

Driver Roger Williamson was killed in the race; this was the first of two driver fatalities in the 1973 season. François Cevert, who took the podium in second place at this race, would later perish during practice for the 1973 United States Grand Prix.

Death of Roger WilliamsonEdit

The burned wreckage of Roger Williamson's March 731.
Williamson's fatal accident.

On the eighth lap of the race through the high speed esses near the Tunnel Oost (East Tunnel) right-hand corner, a suspected tyre failure caused Williamson's car to pitch into the barriers at high speed, and be catapulted 300 yards (275 m) across the track, eventually coming to rest upside down against the barriers on the other side. The petrol tank had ignited whilst being scraped along the track, and the car caught fire. Williamson had not been seriously injured by the impact, but was trapped in the car. The race was not stopped and continued with a local yellow at the scene, a fact which would become significant over the next few minutes.

Fellow driver David Purley, who witnessed Williamson's impact, almost immediately pulled his car over on the opposite side of the track, then ran across the live racetrack to assist him. Williamson was heard shouting to Purley to get him out of the car as Purley tried in vain to turn the car upright. There appeared to have been ample time to right the car and pull Williamson out, but as desperately as he tried, Purley was unable to do it by himself, and the marshals, who were not wearing flame retardant overalls, were unable to help due to the intense heat.

Race control assumed that it was Purley's car that had crashed and that the driver had escaped unharmed. Many drivers who saw Purley waving them down to stop later claimed that they assumed Purley to be trying to put a fire out from his own car, having safely exited it, and thus did not know that a second driver had been involved. As a result, the race continued at full pace while Purley desperately tried to save the life of Williamson.

There was only a single fire extinguisher in the area, and it was not enough to put out the fire. With the car still burning upside-down, the situation became hopeless, and the distraught Purley was led away by a marshal. Some spectators, appalled at Williamson's plight, tried to breach the safety fences in order to assist Williamson, but were pushed back by track security staff with dogs.[citation needed]

With the race still on, it took some eight minutes for a fire truck to completely travel around the circuit with the flow of race traffic. By the time the car was eventually righted, and the fire extinguished, Williamson had died of asphyxiation. A blanket was thrown over the burnt-out wreck with Williamson still inside, and the race carried on.

Purley was awarded the George Medal for his brave actions in trying to save his fellow sportsman. Williamson's remains were later cremated and his ashes transferred to an undisclosed location.

In an otherwise uneventful race, Jackie Stewart won his 26th career Grand Prix and broke Jim Clark's 5-year-old record of the most career Grand Prix victories.



Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 2   Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 1:19.47
2 5   Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.97 +0.50
3 6   François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.12 +0.65
4 7   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:20.31 +0.84
5 10   Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 1:20.59 +1.12
6 8   Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 1:20.60 +1.13
7 27   James Hunt March-Ford 1:20.70 +1.23
8 24   Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford 1:21.02 +1.55
9 20   Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 1:21.14 +1.67
10 17   Jackie Oliver Shadow-Ford 1:21.23 +1.76
11 21   Niki Lauda BRM 1:21.43 +1.96
12 19   Clay Regazzoni BRM 1:21.56 +2.09
13 11   Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 1:21.82 +2.35
14 28   Rikky von Opel Ensign-Ford 1:22.01 +2.54
15 25   Howden Ganley Iso-Marlboro-Ford 1:22.10 +2.63
16 1   Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:22.24 +2.77
17 12   Graham Hill Shadow-Ford 1:22.50 +3.03
18 14   Roger Williamson March-Ford 1:22.72 +3.25
19 22   Chris Amon Tecno 1:22.73 +3.26
20 26   Gijs van Lennep Iso-Marlboro-Ford 1:22.95 +3.48
21 18   David Purley March-Ford 1:23.09 +3.62
22 16   George Follmer Shadow-Ford 1:24.14 +3.67
23 15   Mike Beuttler March-Ford 1:24.45 +3.98
24 23   Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 1:32.33 +11.86


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 72 1:39:12.45 2 9
2 6   François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 72 + 15.83 3 6
3 27   James Hunt March-Ford 72 + 1:03.01 7 4
4 8   Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 72 + 1:09.13 6 3
5 20   Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 72 + 1:13.37 9 2
6 26   Gijs Van Lennep Iso-Marlboro-Ford 70 + 2 Laps 20 1
7 24   Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford 69 + 3 Laps 8  
8 19   Clay Regazzoni BRM 68 + 4 Laps 12  
9 25   Howden Ganley Iso-Marlboro-Ford 68 + 4 Laps 15  
10 16   George Follmer Shadow-Ford 67 + 5 Laps 22  
11 2   Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 66 Engine 1  
NC 12   Graham Hill Shadow-Ford 56 Not Classified 17  
Ret 21   Niki Lauda BRM 52 Fuel Pump 11  
Ret 23   Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 52 Electrical 24  
Ret 7   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 31 Engine 4  
Ret 11   Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 27 Accident 13  
Ret 22   Chris Amon Tecno 22 Fuel System 19  
Ret 10   Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 9 Tyre 5  
Ret 18   David Purley March-Ford 8 Withdrew 21  
Ret 14   Roger Williamson March-Ford 7 Fatal Accident 18  
Ret 1   Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 2 Physical 16  
Ret 15   Mike Beuttler March-Ford 2 Electrical 23  
Ret 17   Jackie Oliver Shadow-Ford 1 Accident 10  
DNS 28   Rikky von Opel Ensign-Ford 0 Non Starter 14  

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 7 results from the first 8 races and the best 6 results from the last 7 races counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


  1. ^ "1973 Dutch Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Netherlands 1973 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.

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