Spanish GP 1973
APRIL 29, 1973
Spanish GP, 1973
After the South African Grand Prix there was a seven-week break before the next round of the World Championship. In the gap there were two non-championship races with Peter Gethin winning the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch in a Formula 5000 Chevron and Jackie Stewart winning a snowy International Trophy at Silverstone. The Spanish GP returned to Montjuich Park and with new rules about deformable structures, the field was smaller than might have been expected with Ferrari running only one car for Jacky Ickx. Andrea de Adamich had switched his Ceramica Pagnossin sponsorship from Surtees to a third Brabham while Graham Hill made his first appearance in his Embassy-sponsored Shadow.
March driver Jean-Pierre Jarier was committed to race in a Formula 2 race at the Nurburgring and so the factory team ran Henri Pescarolo instead. Nanni Galli was fit enough to race for Williams once again, the team having the new IR1 chassis ready (this being name after sponsor Iso-Rivolta) although it was not very different to the Politoys of the previous year.
Qualifying resulted in pole position going to Ronnie Peterson's Lotus with Denny Hulme's McLaren M23 alongside on the front row. The second row was shared by the Tyrrells of Francois Cevert and Jackie Stewart while the third featured Peter Revson (in a second M23) and Ickx in the Ferrari. Emerson Fittipaldi was back on the fourth row in his Lotus alongside Clay Regazzoni's BRM while the top 10 was completed by Mike Hailwood's Surtees and Jean-Pierre Beltoise's BRM.
At the start Peterson went into the lead from Hulme and Stewart. Niki Lauda made a good start from 11th on the grid to run sixth while Hailwood was forced to start from the pits, half a lap behind the rest of the field after an engine change after the morning warm-up. On the third lap Hulme was pushed back to third place by Stewart while Fittipaldi worked his way ahead of Lauda and Beltoise to run fifth. The order then stabilized until the 20th lap when Hulme pitted to replace a wheel which was out of balance. A few laps later Fittipaldi overtook fourth placed Cevert and when Stewart retired on lap 47 with a brake failure the two Lotuses were left running 1-2. It did not last long. On lap 57 Peterson went out with gearbox trouble, leaving Fittipaldi in the lead. Reutemann had moved into second but the Brabham lasted only a few laps before stopping with a driveshaft failure, leaving Cevert to finish second with Follmer third in a Shadow (in only his second Grand Prix).
|1||1||Emerson Fittipaldi||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||75||1h48m18.700s||7|
|2||4||Francois Cevert||Tyrrell-Cosworth 006||75||1h49m01.400s||3|
|3||20||George Follmer||Shadow-Cosworth DN1||75||1h49m31.800s||14|
|4||6||Peter Revson||McLaren-Cosworth M23||74||5|
|5||15||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||BRM P160E||74||10|
|6||5||Denny Hulme||McLaren-Cosworth M23||74||2|
|7||12||Mike Beuttler||March-Cosworth 731||74||19|
|8||11||Henri Pescarolo||March-Cosworth 731||73||18|
|9||14||Clay Regazzoni||BRM P160E||69||8|
|10||17||Wilson Fittipaldi||Brabham-Cosworth BT42||69||12|
|11||24||Giovanni Galli||Iso Marlboro-Cosworth IR||69||20|
|12||7||Jacky Ickx||Ferrari 312B3||69||6|
|r||18||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Cosworth BT42||66||Drive Shaft||15|
|r||23||Howden Ganley||Iso Marlboro-Cosworth IR||63||Out Of Fuel||21|
|r||2||Ronnie Peterson||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||56||Gearbox||1|
|r||3||Jackie Stewart||Tyrrell-Cosworth 006||47||Brakes||4|
|r||16||Niki Lauda||BRM P160E||28||Tires||11|
|r||25||Graham Hill||Shadow-Cosworth DN1||27||Brakes||22|
|r||9||Mike Hailwood||Surtees-Cosworth TS14A||25||Mechanical||9|
|r||19||Jackie Oliver||Shadow-Cosworth DN1||23||Engine||13|
|r||21||Andrea de Adamich||Brabham-Cosworth BT37||17||Mechanical||17|
|r||10||Carlos Pace||Surtees-Cosworth TS14A||13||Drive Shaft||16|