Swedish GP 1973
JUNE 17, 1973
Swedish GP, 1973
Ronnie Peterson's success with Team Lotus was the catalyst for a Swedish Grand Prix and the race was held at the grandly-named Scandinavian Raceway, a rather featureless circuit built alongside (and incorporating) the runway of a small airfield at Anderstorp, 80 miles out into the forests from Goteborg and 250 miles from Stockholm. The field was smaller than usual as there was no time for teams to repair the damage done at Monaco as they had to cover the 1200 miles from Monaco to Anderstorp.
Missing from the action were Arturo Merzario (Ferrari), Chris Amon (Tecno), Andrea de Adamich (Ceramica Pagnossin Brabham) while Nanni Galli had decided to retire and so Williams ran Denmark's Tom Belso until it became clear that there was no money available for the race. Reine Wisell, however, had rented David Purley's March and so there were 21 cars in practice.
Peterson did not disappoint his fans in qualifying, taking pole in his Lotus from Francois Cevert's Tyrrell. The World Championship contenders Jackie Stewart (Tyrrell) and Emerson Fittipaldi (Lotus) shared the second row while Carlos Reutemann (Brabham) and Denny Hulme (McLaren) were on the third. The top 10 was completed by Peter Revson (McLaren), Jacky Ickx (Ferrari), Jean-Pierre Beltoise (BRM) and Mike Hailwood (Surtees).
After the start was delayed by the Grand Prix Drivers Association complaining about photographers in dangerous places, the race began a little late. Emerson Fittipaldi made the best start and grabbed second behind Peterson. Cevert was third with Stewart behind him and then came Reutemann and Hulme, although the McLaren driver moved ahead of the Brabham on the fourth lap. The order then remained stable until the 34th lap when Stewart overtook Cevert and began to close of the two JPS Lotuses ahead of him. Cevert, in trouble with tires, dropped back and was overtaken by Hulme on lap 62. Hulme then closed the gap on Stewart and on lap 71 he moved to third place when Fittipaldi suddenly slowed with a gearbox failure. With just three laps to go Hulme overtook Stewart when the Scot suffered a rear brake failure. On the penultimate lap Hulme was able to pass the local hero to snatch victory, the New Zealander's decision to run harder tires having paid off. Peterson was second with Cevert third.
|1||7||Denny Hulme||McLaren-Cosworth M23||80||1h56m46.049s||6|
|2||2||Ronnie Peterson||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||80||1h56m50.088s||1|
|3||6||Francois Cevert||Tyrrell-Cosworth 006||80||1h57m00.716s||2|
|4||10||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Cosworth BT42||80||1h57m04.117s||5|
|5||5||Jackie Stewart||Tyrrell-Cosworth 006||80||1h57m12.047s||3|
|6||3||Jacky Ickx||Ferrari 312B3||79||8|
|7||8||Peter Revson||McLaren-Cosworth M23||79||7|
|8||15||Mike Beuttler||March-Cosworth 731||77||21|
|9||19||Clay Regazzoni||BRM P160E||77||12|
|10||24||Carlos Pace||Surtees-Cosworth TS14A||77||16|
|11||25||Howden Ganley||Iso Marlboro-Cosworth IR||76||11|
|12r||1||Emerson Fittipaldi||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||76||Gearbox||4|
|13||21||Niki Lauda||BRM P160E||75||15|
|14||16||George Follmer||Shadow-Cosworth DN1||74||19|
|r||20||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||BRM P160E||57||Engine||9|
|r||17||Jackie Oliver||Shadow-Cosworth DN1||50||Transmission||17|
|r||23||Mike Hailwood||Surtees-Cosworth TS14A||41||Vibration||10|
|r||14||Jean-Pierre Jarier||March-Cosworth 731||36||Throttle Linkage||20|
|r||12||Graham Hill||Shadow-Cosworth DN1||16||Ignition||18|
|r||11||Wilson Fittipaldi||Brabham-Cosworth BT42||0||Accident||13|
|r||27||Reine Wisell||March-Cosworth 731||-1||Suspension||14|
|ns||26||Tom Belso||Iso Marlboro-Cosworth IR||Car Raced By Ganley||22|