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1973 Formula One season
Drivers' Champion: Jackie Stewart
Constructors' Champion: Lotus-Ford
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The 1973 Formula One season was the 27th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1973 World Championship of Drivers and the 1973 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers, which were contested concurrently over a fifteen-race series[1] that commenced on 28 January and ended on 7 October. There were two new races for the 1973 season – the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos in São Paulo and the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp. The season also included two non-championship races which were open to both Formula One and Formula 5000 cars.

The World Championship of Drivers was won by Jackie Stewart, driving for Elf Team Tyrrell, and the International Cup for F1 Manufacturers by John Player Team Lotus.[1] In the World Championship, Lotus teammates Emerson Fittipaldi and Ronnie Peterson raced each other while Stewart was supported at Tyrrell by François Cevert. Stewart took the Drivers' title at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, but then at the final race of the season, the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, Cevert crashed during Saturday practice in the notorious 'Esses' and was killed instantly. Stewart and Tyrrell withdrew from the race, handing the Manufacturers' title to Lotus. At the end of the season Stewart made public his decision to retire, a decision that had been made before the US Grand Prix. By the end of the 1973 season the best car on the track was probably the new McLaren M23, a wedge-shaped car following the same concept as the Lotus 72 but with more conventional suspension and up-to-date aerodynamics. The 1973 season marked the debut of future world champion James Hunt at the Monaco Grand Prix driving a privateer March 731 entered by Hesketh Racing.

The 1973 season saw the intervention of a Safety Car in Formula One for the first time, in the form of a Porsche 914 at the Canadian Grand Prix.[2] However, this safety concept would not be officially introduced until twenty years later, in 1993. As well as Cevert, Briton Roger Williamson was also killed during the season, in a crash at the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.

Another change to the rules introduced this season was the cars doing a full warm-up lap before the race. Prior to this, tracks included a dummy grid a short distance behind a grid proper, and the cars would simply move from one to the other to begin the race.

It was also this season that the numbering system for teams was formalised. In the second race of the season in Brazil, team-mates were paired - Lotus drivers 1 and 2; Tyrrell's 3 and 4 and so on - though the numbers assigned to each team still changed for a couple of races until the fifth race, the Belgian Grand Prix, at which the order was set for the rest of the season. For 1974, the numbers were assigned based on finishing positions in the 1973 constructor's championship, after which teams did not change numbers unless they won the drivers' championship (or signed the current world champion), or if a team dropped out.

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Drivers and constructorsEdit

The following teams and drivers contested the 1973 World Championship.

 
Jackie Stewart (right) won his third Drivers' Championship, driving for Tyrrell.
 
John Player Team Lotus won their second consecutive Manufacturers' Cup with the Lotus 72.
Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
  John Player Team Lotus Lotus-Ford 72D
72E
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G   Emerson Fittipaldi All
  Ronnie Peterson All
  Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Ford 005
006
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G   Jackie Stewart All
  François Cevert All
  Chris Amon 14–15
  Motor Racing Developments
  Ceramica Pagnossin MRD
Brabham-Ford BT37
BT42
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G   Carlos Reutemann All
  Wilson Fittipaldi All
  Andrea de Adamich 4–6, 8–9
  Rolf Stommelen 11–14
  John Watson 9, 15
  Yardley Team McLaren McLaren-Ford M19A
M19C
M23
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G   Denny Hulme All
  Peter Revson 1–7, 9–15
  Jody Scheckter 3, 8–9, 14–15
  Jacky Ickx 11
  Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312B2
312B3
Ferrari 001/1 3.0 F12
Ferrari 001/11 3.0 F12
G   Jacky Ickx 1–9, 13
  Arturo Merzario 1–3, 6, 8, 12–15
  Clarke-Mordaunt-Guthrie Racing
  Team Pierre Robert
March-Ford 721G
731
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F
G
  Mike Beuttler 1–7, 9–15
  Reine Wisell 7–8
  STP March Racing Team March-Ford 721G
731
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G   Jean-Pierre Jarier 1–3, 5–8, 12, 14–15
  Henri Pescarolo 4
  Roger Williamson 9–10
  Team Surtees
  Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees
  Ceramica Pagnossin Team Surtees
Surtees-Ford TS9A
TS9B
TS14A
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F   Mike Hailwood All
  Carlos Pace All
  Luiz Bueno 2
  Andrea de Adamich 3
  Jochen Mass 9, 11, 15
  Marlboro BRM BRM P160C
P160D
BRM P142 3.0 V12 F   Jean-Pierre Beltoise All
  Clay Regazzoni 1–13, 15
  Niki Lauda All
  Peter Gethin 14
  Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso-Marlboro-Ford FX3B
IR
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F   Nanni Galli 1–2, 4–6
  Howden Ganley All
  Jackie Pretorius 3
  Tom Belsø 7
  Henri Pescarolo 8, 11
  Graham McRae 9
  Gijs van Lennep 10, 12–13
  Tim Schenken 14
  Jacky Ickx 15
  UOP Shadow Racing Team Shadow-Ford DN1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G   Jackie Oliver 3–15
  George Follmer 3–15
  Brian Redman 15
  Scribante Lucky Strike Racing Lotus-Ford 72D Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F   Dave Charlton 3
  Blignaut Lucky Strike Racing Tyrrell-Ford 004 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G   Eddie Keizan 3
  Embassy Racing Shadow-Ford DN1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G   Graham Hill 4–15
  Martini Racing Team Tecno PA123/6 Tecno Series-P 3.0 F12 F   Chris Amon 5–6, 9–10, 12
  LEC Refrigeration Racing March-Ford 731 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G   David Purley 6, 9–11, 13
  Hesketh Racing March-Ford 731 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G   James Hunt 6, 8–10, 12–15
  Team Ensign Ensign-Ford N173 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F   Rikky von Opel 8–10, 12–15

Grands PrixEdit

The following races counted towards both the 1973 World Championship of Drivers and the 1973 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers.

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1   Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires 28 January   Clay Regazzoni   Emerson Fittipaldi   Emerson Fittipaldi   Lotus-Ford G Report
2   Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos 11 February   Ronnie Peterson   Emerson Fittipaldi
  Denny Hulme
  Emerson Fittipaldi   Lotus-Ford G Report
3   South African Grand Prix Kyalami 3 March   Denny Hulme   Emerson Fittipaldi   Jackie Stewart   Tyrrell-Ford G Report
4   Spanish Grand Prix Montjuïc 29 April   Ronnie Peterson   Ronnie Peterson   Emerson Fittipaldi   Lotus-Ford G Report
5   Belgian Grand Prix Zolder 20 May   Ronnie Peterson   François Cevert   Jackie Stewart   Tyrrell-Ford G Report
6   Monaco Grand Prix Monaco 3 June   Jackie Stewart   Emerson Fittipaldi   Jackie Stewart   Tyrrell-Ford G Report
7   Swedish Grand Prix Anderstorp 17 June   Ronnie Peterson   Denny Hulme   Denny Hulme   McLaren-Ford G Report
8   French Grand Prix Paul Ricard 1 July   Jackie Stewart   Denny Hulme   Ronnie Peterson   Lotus-Ford G Report
9   British Grand Prix Silverstone 14 July   Ronnie Peterson   James Hunt   Peter Revson   McLaren-Ford G Report
10   Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort 29 July   Ronnie Peterson   Ronnie Peterson   Jackie Stewart   Tyrrell-Ford G Report
11   German Grand Prix Nürburgring 5 August   Jackie Stewart   Carlos Pace   Jackie Stewart   Tyrrell-Ford G Report
12   Austrian Grand Prix Österreichring 19 August   Emerson Fittipaldi   Carlos Pace   Ronnie Peterson   Lotus-Ford G Report
13   Italian Grand Prix Monza 9 September   Ronnie Peterson   Jackie Stewart   Ronnie Peterson   Lotus-Ford G Report
14   Canadian Grand Prix Mosport Park 23 September   Ronnie Peterson   Emerson Fittipaldi   Peter Revson   McLaren-Ford G Report
15   United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen 7 October   Ronnie Peterson   James Hunt   Ronnie Peterson   Lotus-Ford G Report

Calendar changesEdit

  • The Belgian Grand Prix also carried the title of European Grand Prix for 1973.[3]
  • After being absent from the Championship in 1972 due to extensive safety upgrades to the Zandvoort circuit including new asphalt, new barriers and a new race control tower, the Dutch Grand Prix returned to the Championship calendar for 1973.[citation needed]

Results and standingsEdit

World Championship of Drivers – final standingsEdit

Pos. Driver ARG
 
BRA
 
RSA
 
ESP
 
BEL
 
MON
 
SWE
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
AUT
 
ITA
 
CAN
 
USA
 
Points
1   Jackie Stewart 3 2 1 Ret 1 1 5 4 10 1 1 2 4 5 DNS 71
2   Emerson Fittipaldi 1 1 3 1 3 2 12 Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 2 2 6 55
3   Ronnie Peterson Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 3 2 1 2 11 Ret 1 1 Ret 1 52
4   François Cevert 2 10 NC 2 2 4 3 2 5 2 2 Ret 5 Ret DNS 47
5   Peter Revson 8 Ret 2 4 Ret 5 7 1 4 9 Ret 3 1 5 38
6   Denny Hulme 5 3 5 6 7 6 1 8 3 Ret 12 8 15 13 4 26
7   Carlos Reutemann Ret 11 7 Ret Ret Ret 4 3 6 Ret Ret 4 6 8 3 16
8   James Hunt 9 6 4 3 Ret DNS 7 2 14
9   Jacky Ickx 4 5 Ret 12 Ret Ret 6 5 8 3 8 7 12
10   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 5 Ret 5 13 4 9 9
11   Carlos Pace Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 10 13 Ret 7 4 3 Ret 18 Ret 7
12   Arturo Merzario 9 4 4 Ret 7 7 Ret 15 16 6
13   George Follmer 6 3 Ret DNS 14 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 10 17 14 5
14   Jackie Oliver Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11 3 15 4
15   Andrea de Adamich 8 Ret 4 7 Ret Ret 3
=[1]   Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior 6 Ret Ret 10 Ret 11 Ret 16 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret 11 NC 3
17   Niki Lauda Ret 8 Ret Ret 5 Ret 13 9 12 Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret 2
=[1]   Clay Regazzoni 7 6 Ret 9 10 Ret 9 12 7 8 Ret 6 Ret 8 2
19   Chris Amon 6 Ret Ret Ret DNS 10 DNS 1
=[1]   Gijs van Lennep 6 9 Ret 1
=[1]   Howden Ganley NC 7 10 Ret Ret Ret 11 14 9 9 DNS NC NC 6 12 1
  Mike Hailwood Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 10 7 9 Ret 0
  Mike Beuttler 10 Ret NC 7 11 Ret 8 11 Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret 10 0
  Jochen Mass Ret 7 Ret 0
  Henri Pescarolo 8 Ret 10 0
  Graham Hill Ret 9 Ret Ret 10 Ret NC 13 Ret 14 16 13 0
  Nanni Galli Ret 9 11 Ret Ret 0
  David Purley Ret DNS Ret 15 9 0
  Jody Scheckter 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
  Rolf Stommelen 11 Ret 12 12 0
  Jean-Pierre Jarier Ret Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret NC 11 0
  Luiz Bueno 12 0
  Rikky von Opel 15 13 DNS Ret Ret NC Ret 0
  Tim Schenken 14 0
  Eddie Keizan NC 0
  Roger Williamson Ret Ret 0
  John Watson Ret Ret 0
  Reine Wisell DNS Ret 0
  Dave Charlton Ret 0
  Jackie Pretorius Ret 0
  Graham McRae Ret 0
  Peter Gethin Ret 0
  Brian Redman DSQ 0
  Tom Belsø DNS 0
Pos Driver ARG
 
BRA
 
RSA
 
ESP
 
BEL
 
MON
 
SWE
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
AUT
 
ITA
 
CAN
 
USA
 
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Not classified, finished (NC)
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest Lap

  • Points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the first six finishers in each race.[4]
  • For classification, only the seven best results from the first eight races and the six best results from the last seven races were retained.[5]
  • Drivers scoring an equal number of points were awarded equal championship classifications, regardless of the relative number of wins, second places, etc. scored by each driver.[1]
  • The FIA did not award a championship classification to those drivers who did not score points in the championship.[1]

International Cup for F1 Manufacturers – final standingsEdit

Pos. Manufacturer ARG
 
BRA
 
RSA
 
ESP
 
BEL
 
MON
 
SWE
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
AUT
 
ITA
 
CAN
 
USA
 
Pts.
1   Lotus-Ford [6] 1 1 3 1 (3) 2 2 1 2 11 6 1 1 2 1 92 (96)
2   Tyrrell-Ford 2 2 1 2 1 1 (3) 2 5 1 1 2 4 5 DNS 82 (86)
3   McLaren-Ford 5 3 2 4 7 5 1 8 1 4 3 8 3 1 4 58
4   Brabham-Ford 6 11 7 10 4 7 4 3 6 Ret 5 4 6 8 3 22
5   March-Ford 10 Ret NC 7 11 9 8 6 4 3 15 Ret 9 7 2 14
6   Ferrari 4 4 4 12 Ret Ret 6 5 8 WD WD 7 8 15 16 12
7   BRM 7 6 Ret 5 5 Ret 9 9 7 5 Ret 5 13 4 8 12
8   Shadow-Ford WD 6 3 9 10 14 10 Ret 10 8 Ret 10 3 13 9
9   Surtees-Ford Ret 12 8 Ret 8 8 10 13 Ret 7 4 3 7 9 Ret 7
10   Iso-Marlboro-Ford NC 7 10 11 Ret Ret 11 14 9 6 10 9 NC 6 7 2
11   Tecno 6 Ret WD WD Ret Ret WD DNS WD 1
  Ensign-Ford WD WD WD 15 13 DNS WD Ret Ret NC Ret 0
Pos. Manufacturer ARG
 
BRA
 
RSA
 
ESP
 
BEL
 
MON
 
SWE
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
AUT
 
ITA
 
CAN
 
USA
 
Pts.

[7]

  • Points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the first six finishers in each race.[4]
  • Points were only awarded for the position filled by the best placed car from each manufacturer.[8]
  • For classification, only the seven best results from the first eight races and the six best results from the last seven races were retained.[5]
  • Ensign, which did not score points during the championship, was not given a classification in the official FIA results.[1]

Non-championship races resultsEdit

The 1973 Formula One season included two non-championship races which were open to both Formula One and Formula 5000 cars.[9][10]

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
  VIII Race of Champions Brands Hatch 18 March   Peter Gethin   Chevron-Chevrolet Report
  XXV BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 8 April   Jackie Stewart   Tyrrell-Ford Report

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Results of the 1973 FIA International Championships, 1974 FIA Yearbook, Grey Section, pages 104–105
  2. ^ Kathri, Tarun (2012-02-07). "First ever Safety Car in Formula 1 : Rewind to 1973". aaFormula1.com. Archived from the original on 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  3. ^ Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, page 71
  4. ^ a b Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, page 6
  5. ^ a b Automobile Year, 1973/74, page 236
  6. ^ Official FIA results, as published in the 1974 FIA Yearbook, Grey Section, page 105, awarded the 1973 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers to "John Player Special"
  7. ^ "1973 – World Championship Result". StatsF1. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  8. ^ Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, page 74
  9. ^ The B24, Powered by Chevrolet, Lost Marques: Chevron, www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au Retrieved on 3 May 2012
  10. ^ It Never Rains, but it Snows: The 1973 BRDC International Trophy, themotorsportarchive.com Retrieved on 3 May 2012