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1972 Formula One season

1972 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Emerson Fittipaldi
Constructors' Champion: Lotus-Ford
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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 23 January and ended on 8 October after twelve races.

For 1972 Team Lotus focused 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 at that point. Stewart came second in the championship.

This was the first year where all the races were run on circuits with safety features on them, and considerable progress had been made since 1968, the last year where all races were run on circuits with no safety features.

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.

The Dutch Grand Prix was canceled this year because of safety arrangements that were not completed for the race. It was supposed to be held between the Belgian and French Grand Prix's at the usual location, Zandvoort. Also, a second American motor race called the United States Grand Prix West, originally supposed to be held in April at the Ontario Motor Speedway near Los Angeles, was cancelled. The Mexican Grand Prix was scheduled to be the last race of the season, but it was canceled after local interest dissipated after the death of Pedro Rodríguez.[2]

Season review

File:Emerson Fittipaldi.jpg
Emerson Fittipaldi won the driver's championship, driving for Lotus
Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 23x15px Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires 23 January 23x15px Carlos Reutemann 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford G Report
2 23x15px South African Grand Prix Kyalami 4 March 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Mike Hailwood 23x15px Denny Hulme 23x15px McLaren-Ford G Report
3 23x15px Spanish Grand Prix Jarama 1 May 23x15px Jacky Ickx 23x15px Jacky Ickx 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Lotus-Ford F Report
4 23x15px Monaco Grand Prix Monte Carlo 14 May 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Jean-Pierre Beltoise 23x15px Jean-Pierre Beltoise 23x15px BRM F Report
5 23x15px Belgian Grand Prix Nivelles-Baulers 4 June 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Chris Amon 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Lotus-Ford F Report
6 23x15px French Grand Prix Charade Circuit 2 July 23x15px Chris Amon 23x15px Chris Amon 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford G Report
7 23x15px British Grand Prix Brands Hatch 15 July 23x15px Jacky Ickx 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Lotus-Ford F Report
8 23x15px German Grand Prix Nürburgring 30 July 23x15px Jacky Ickx 23x15px Jacky Ickx 23x15px Jacky Ickx 23x15px Ferrari F Report
9 23x15px Austrian Grand Prix Österreichring 13 August 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Denny Hulme 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Lotus-Ford F Report
10 23x15px Italian Grand Prix Monza 10 September 23x15px Jacky Ickx 23x15px Jacky Ickx 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Lotus-Ford F Report
11 23x15px Canadian Grand Prix Mosport Park 24 September 23x15px Peter Revson 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford G Report
12 23x15px United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen 8 October 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford G Report

Season summary

Race 1: Argentina

The Formula One circus returned to Argentina in January for the first time since 1960. The short No.9 arena configuration of the Buenos Aires city autodrome was used, and Argentine Carlos Reutemann, in his first ever F1 race took pole position in a Brabham-Ford/Cosworth. Reutemann unfortunately did not win- defending champion Jackie Stewart of the UK won in a Tyrrell-Ford/Cosworth.

Race 2: South Africa

The southern hemisphere tour continued in South Africa at the Kyalami circuit near Johannesburg in March. Denny Hulme won the race in a McLaren-Ford/Cosworth, which was McLaren's first F1 victory since 1969.

Race 3: Spain

Formula One started its 4-month European tour in Spain at the Jarama circuit near Madrid. The Lotus 72, improved after suspension revisions to the chassis to make the car better suited to slick tires won in the hands of Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi- winning his 2nd ever F1 race.

Race 4: Monaco

The Monaco Grand Prix in 1972 was run in atrocious conditions- it poured down all throughout race day. The circuit had been changed to move the pits away from the start-finish line, which proved to be too narrow to fit a wide-enough start-finish line and wide-enough pits. The pits for the first and only time were moved next to the harbor straight after where the chicane is, and the chicane was moved further forward towards Tabac. Frenchman Jean-Pierre Beltoise won his only championship F1 race after producing a stirring drive in his BRM.

Race 5: Belgium

There was some controversy when the F1 troupe arrived at the Nivelles circuit just outside Brussels. A lot of people were unhappy with the replacement of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, which Formula One stopped racing at because of safety issues with the circuit. But the racing continued, and Fittipaldi won again in his John Player Lotus 72D.

Race 6: France

There was a 4 week break between Grand Prix's as the Dutch Grand Prix was cancelled due to safety issues with the Zandvoort circuit. So the next Grand Prix was in France at the dauntingly challenging 5.1 mile Charade circuit- which was made of closed-off public roads located in hills surrounding an extinct volcano above the large central French town of Clermont-Ferrand. The circuit's twisty, undulating and sometimes fast nature provided a considerable challenge. New Zealander Chris Amon took pole with his new Matra MS120D, eight-tenths faster than the next fastest driver, Amon's countryman Denny Hulme in a McLaren. Amon, Hulme, Jackie Stewart and Belgian Jacky Ickx in a Ferrari went away from the field. But then Ickx and Hulme fell back, and Amon found himself being chased by Stewart. Then, Amon's perennial bad luck in Formula One hit him yet again: as was often the case at the Charade circuit, the circuit was littered with rocks, and Amon's car punctured a tire and had to pit- and then, Stewart and Fittipaldi passed him. Amon charged through the field, but only was able to secure 3rd place, behind Stewart and Fittipaldi- the former returning from illness after missing the previous race in Belgium. In other news, Austrian Helmut Marko- who later went on to work for Red Bull Racing- was hit in the eye by a rock thrown from Fittipaldi's Lotus, and he never raced again. And the Charade circuit was never used again for F1- although they were supposed to go back for the 1974 and 1975 seasons, the safety improvements with the circuit were not good enough.

Race 7: Great Britain

The British Grand Prix was at Brands Hatch in 1972, and Jacky Ickx in a Ferrari took pole ahead of Fittipaldi and Stewart. The race proved to be exciting as the Briton and Brazilian battled for top honors- and it was the Brazilian Fittipaldi who came out on top 4.1 seconds ahead of Stewart.

Race 8: West Germany

The German Grand Prix was held at the historic 14.2 mile (22.8 km) Nurburgring Nordschleife- the longest, most demanding and most difficult circuit of the year for Formula One. The race distance was extended from 12 to 14 laps, and Jacky Ickx took pole with a record-breaking time of 7 minutes and 7 seconds flat, ahead of Stewart, Fittipaldi, Swede Ronnie Peterson in a March and Stewart's teammate Francois Cevert in a Tyrrell-Ford/Cosworth. Ickx went on to dominate the race- he set fastest lap and led from start to finish. Fittipaldi retired with a seized gearbox in his unusually reliable Lotus, and Stewart and Clay Regazzoni in a Ferrari battled for a long time- until the two tangled on the 14th and last lap at the Hatzenbach, where Stewart went off and crashed, and Regazzoni was able to finish behind his teammate Ickx to make it a Ferrari 1-2. Ickx, known as a master of the Nurburgring, celebrated his 2nd German Grand Prix victory and what was to be his last ever Formula One win.

Race 9: Austria

The Austrian Grand Prix was held at the fastest circuit of the year- the spectacular Osterreichring in the Styrian mountains. Stewart and Fittipaldi battled all throughout- but Stewart, with a new model Tyrrell-Ford/Cosworth 005, eventually fell back and finished 7th- while Fittipaldi won ahead of Denny Hulme and American Peter Revson.

Race 10: Italy

The European season concluded 4 weeks after Austria at the historic Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The Monza autodrome- already notorious for being very fast- had chicanes fitted just after the pit straight and at what was the flat-out Vialone left hander, where Alberto Ascari crashed fatally testing Ferrari sports cars in 1955. Fittipaldi- with his win in Austria and Stewart's failure to score points meant that Fittipaldi could win at the historic Italian venue. And he did just that- after Stewart retired right at the start with gearbox failure, Fittipaldi was never bothered, and won the race and his first driver's championship at the age of 25- a record that was not to be beaten for some 3 decades.

Race 11: Canada

The Formula One season traditionally concluded in North America, and the first of 2 North American rounds was in Canada, at the challenging Mosport Park circuit near Toronto. The race was originally supposed to be held at the Mont-Tremblant circuit in northern Quebec, but a dispute with the local authorities at the St. Jovite circuit meant that the race was moved back to Mosport, which had received safety upgrades after a fatal accident during a Formula Ford race during last year's event. Jackie Stewart won the race from McLaren drivers Revson and Hulme.

Race 12: United States

Two weeks after Canada, the 12th and last race of the 1972 Formula One season was at another challenging North American venue- Watkins Glen in New York State, only 4 hours from New York City and 5 hours from Toronto. Stewart won again ahead of his teammate Cevert, in a race that had 31 cars and drivers start the race.

Drivers and constructors

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
23x15px Motor Racing Developments Brabham-Ford BT33
BT34
BT37
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px Graham Hill All
23x15px Carlos Reutemann 1-2, 5-12
23x15px Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior 3-12
23x15px Marlboro BRM BRM P160B
P153
P180
P160C
BRM P142 3.0 V12 F 23x15px Howden Ganley 1-6, 8-12
23x15px Reine Wisell 1, 3-4, 6, 8, 10
23x15px Peter Gethin 1-7, 9-12
23x15px Alex Soler-Roig 1, 3
23x15px Helmut Marko 1-2, 4-6
23x15px Jean-Pierre Beltoise 2-12
23x15px Jackie Oliver 7
23x15px Bill Brack 11
23x15px Brian Redman 12
23x15px Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 3.0 F12 F 23x15px Jacky Ickx All
23x16px Clay Regazzoni 1-5, 8-12
23x15px Mario Andretti 1-3, 10, 12
23x15px Nanni Galli 6
23x15px Arturo Merzario 7-8
23x15px John Player Team Lotus
23x15px World Wide Racing
Lotus-Ford 72D Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi All
23x15px David Walker 1-9, 12
23x15px Reine Wisell 11-12
23x15px STP March Racing Team March-Ford 721 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G


F

23x15px Ronnie Peterson All
23x15px Niki Lauda All
23x15px Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120C
MS120D
Matra MS72 3.0 V12 G 23x15px Chris Amon All
23x15px Yardley Team McLaren McLaren-Ford M19A
M19C
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px Denny Hulme All
23x15px Peter Revson 1-3, 5, 7, 9-12
23x15px Brian Redman 4, 6, 8
23x15px Jody Scheckter 12
23x15px Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees-Ford TS9B
TS14
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F 23x15px Tim Schenken All
23x15px Andrea de Adamich 1-3, 5-12
23x15px Mike Hailwood 2-10, 12
23x15px John Surtees 10, 12
23x15px Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Ford 003
002
004
005
006
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px Jackie Stewart 1-4, 6-12
23x15px François Cevert All
23x15px Patrick Depailler 6, 12
23x15px Team Williams Motul March-Ford
Politoys-Ford
711
721
FX3
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px Henri Pescarolo 1-12
23x15px Carlos Pace 2-12
23x15px Team Eifelland Caravans Eifelland-Ford 21 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px Rolf Stommelen 2-9
23x15px Scribante Lucky Strike Racing Lotus-Ford 72D Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F 23x15px Dave Charlton 2, 6-8
23x15px Team Gunston Surtees-Ford
Brabham-Ford
TS9
BT33
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F 23x15px John Love 2
23x15px Willie Ferguson 2
23x15px Clarke-Mordaunt-Guthrie Racing March-Ford
Surtees-Ford
721G
TS9B
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F 23x15px Mike Beuttler 3-12
23x15px Andrea de Adamich 4
23x15px Martini Racing Tecno PA123/3 Tecno Series-P 3.0 F12 F 23x15px Nanni Galli 5, 7, 9-10
23x15px Derek Bell 6, 8, 10-12
23x15px Darnval Connew Racing Team Connew-Ford PC1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F 23x15px François Migault 7, 9
23x15px Gene Mason Racing March-Ford 711 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F 23x15px Skip Barber 11-12
23x15px Champcarr Inc. Surtees-Ford TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F 23x15px Sam Posey 12

Results and standings

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
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RSA
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ESP
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MON
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BEL
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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AUT
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ITA
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CAN
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USA
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Points
1 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi Ret 2 1 3 1 2 1 Ret 1 1 11 Ret 61
2 23x15px Jackie Stewart 1 Ret Ret 4 1 2 11 7 Ret 1 1 45
3 23x15px Denny Hulme 2 1 Ret 15 3 7 5 Ret 2 3 3 3 39
4 23x15px Jacky Ickx 3 8 2 2 Ret 11 Ret 1 Ret Ret 12 5 27
5 23x15px Peter Revson Ret 3 5 7 3 3 4 2 18 23
6 23x15px François Cevert Ret 9 Ret NC 2 4 Ret 10 9 Ret Ret 2 15
7 23x16px Clay Regazzoni 4 12 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 5 8 15
8 23x15px Mike Hailwood Ret Ret Ret 4 6 Ret Ret 4 2 17 13
9 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 6 5 Ret 11 9 5 7 3 12 9 DSQ 4 12
10 23x15px Chris Amon DNS 15 Ret 6 6 3 4 15 5 Ret 6 15 12
11 23x15px Jean-Pierre Beltoise Ret Ret 1 Ret 15 11 9 8 8 Ret Ret 9
12 23x15px Mario Andretti Ret 4 Ret 7 6 4
13 23x15px Howden Ganley 9 NC Ret Ret 8 4 6 11 10 Ret 4
14 23x15px Brian Redman 5 9 5 Ret 4
15 23x15px Graham Hill Ret 6 10 12 Ret 10 Ret 6 Ret 5 8 11 4
16 23x15px Carlos Reutemann 7 Ret 13 12 8 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 3
17 23x15px Andrea de Adamich Ret NC 4 7 Ret 14 Ret 13 14 Ret Ret Ret 3
18 23x15px José Carlos Pace 17 6 17 5 Ret Ret NC NC Ret 9 Ret 3
19 23x15px Tim Schenken 5 Ret 8 Ret Ret 17 Ret 14 11 Ret 7 Ret 2
20 23x15px Arturo Merzario 6 12 1
21 23x15px Peter Gethin Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 6 Ret Ret 1
23x15px Wilson Fittipaldi 7 9 Ret 8 12 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
23x15px Niki Lauda 11 7 Ret 16 12 Ret 9 Ret 10 13 DSQ NC 0
23x15px Patrick Depailler NC 7 0
23x15px Helmut Marko 10 14 8 10 Ret 0
23x15px Mike Beuttler DNQ 13 Ret 19 13 8 Ret 10 NC 13 0
23x15px Henri Pescarolo 8 11 11 Ret NC Ret Ret DNQ 13 14 0
23x15px David Walker DSQ 10 9 14 14 18 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
23x15px Jody Scheckter 9 0
23x15px Rolf Stommelen 13 Ret 10 11 16 10 Ret 15 0
23x15px Reine Wisell Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 10 0
23x15px Sam Posey 12 0
23x15px Nanni Galli Ret 13 Ret NC Ret 0
23x15px Skip Barber NC 16 0
23x15px John Love 16 0
23x15px Dave Charlton Ret DNQ Ret Ret 0
23x15px Derek Bell DNQ Ret DNQ DNS Ret 0
23x15px Alex Soler-Roig Ret Ret 0
23x15px Jackie Oliver Ret 0
23x15px François Migault DNS Ret 0
23x15px John Surtees Ret DNS 0
23x15px Bill Brack Ret 0
23x15px William Ferguson DNS 0
Pos Driver ARG
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RSA
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ESP
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MON
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BEL
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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AUT
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ITA
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CAN
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USA
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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)

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.

Pos. Manufacturer ARG
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RSA
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ESP
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MON
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BEL
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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AUT
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ITA
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CAN
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USA
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Pts.[3]
1 23x15px Lotus-Ford Ret 2 1 3 1 2 1 Ret 1 1 11 10 61
2 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford 1 9 Ret 4 2 1 2 10 7 Ret 1 1 51
3 23x15px McLaren-Ford 2 1 5 5 3 7 3 (5) 2 3 2 3 47 (49)
4 23x15px Ferrari 3 4 2 2 Ret 11 6 1 Ret 7 5 5 33
5 23x15px Surtees-Ford 5 16 4 7 4 6 Ret 13 4 2 7 12 18
6 23x15px March-Ford 6 5 6 10 5 5 7 3 10 9 9 4 15
7 23x15px BRM 9 14 Ret 1 8 15 11 4 6 6 10 Ret 14
8 23x15px Matra DNS 15 Ret 6 6 3 4 15 5 Ret 6 15 12
9 23x15px Brabham-Ford 7 6 7 9 13 8 8 6 Ret 5 4 11 7
23x15px Tecno Ret DNQ Ret Ret NC Ret DNS Ret 0
23x15px Politoys-Ford Ret 0
23x15px Connew-Ford DNS Ret 0
Pos. Manufacturer ARG
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RSA
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ESP
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MON
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BEL
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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AUT
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ITA
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CAN
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USA
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Pts.
  • Bold results counted to championship totals.

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
23x15px VII Race of Champions Brands Hatch 19 March 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Lotus Report
23x15px I Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos 30 March 23x15px Carlos Reutemann 23x15px Brabham-Cosworth Report
23x15px XXIV BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 23 April 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Lotus Report
23x15px XIX International Gold Cup Oulton Park 29 May 23x15px Denny Hulme 23x15px McLaren-Cosworth Report
23x15px I Italian Republic Grand Prix Vallelunga 18 June 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Lotus Report
23x15px II World Championship Victory Race Brands Hatch 22 October 23x15px Jean-Pierre Beltoise 23x15px BRM Report

Notes and references

  1. ^ FIA Yearbook, 1974, pages 119 & 121
  2. ^ forums.autosport.com/topic/63822-grand-prix-cancelled/
  3. ^ Only the best 5 results from the first 6 rounds and the best 5 results from the last 6 rounds counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

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