Spanish GP 1972

Spanish GP, 1972

There was a full two month gap between the South African and Spanish GPs and in that time there were no fewer than three non-championship races although Tyrrell and Ferrari missed all of them. The Race of Champions at Brands Hatch (a mixed F1/F5000 event) was won by Team Lotus's Emerson Fittipaldi. Two weeks later Carlos Reutemann won the Brazilian GP at Interlagos for Brabham after Fittipaldi retired. The International Trophy at Silverstone was another F1/F5000 affair which was won by Fittipaldi. The message was that Team Lotus was back on track after wasting its effort in 1971 with the gas turbine car. The entry was much as expected although Brabham was running Wilson Fittipaldi instead of Carlos Reutemann, as the Argentine having broken his ankle after a mechanical failure on his Rondel Racing Formula 2 Brabham at Thruxton launched the car into a roll. It was the first time in World Championship history that two brothers had raced together.

In qualifying Jacky Ickx was fastest for Ferrari, sharing the front row with Denny Hulme (McLaren) and Emerson Fittipaldi. Jackie Stewart (Tyrrell) was on the second row with Mario Andretti (Ferrari) while the third row consisted of Chris Amon (Matra), Jean-Pierre Beltoise (BRM) and Clay Regazzoni (Ferrari)

It was dull and overcast on race day and Hulme went into the lead ahead of Stewart and fast-starting Regazzoni. Then came Ickx and Fittipaldi. After only a handful of laps Hulme began to have gearbox trouble and was overtaken by Stewart and then Ickx and Fittipaldi (who had both passed Regazzoni) and by Regazzoni himself. In the excitement to get past Hulme, Ickx stumbled and so Fittipaldi got ahead of him as well and three laps later he was able to pass Stewart to take the lead. It looked easy but in fact Fittipaldi was not having an easy time as there had been a fuel leak in his cockpit before the start and then his onboard fire extinguisher had gone off unexpectedly during the second lap.

Stewart dropped behind Ickx a few laps later an the order stabilized. Fourth-placed Hulme went out on lap 48 with an engine failure, which moved Regazzoni up and then Stewart retired on lap 70 when he made a mistake and spun off into the barriers, leaving Regazzoni to inherit third place behind Fittipaldi and Ickx. Andrea de Adamich did a good job to finish fourth in his Surtees with Revson fifth and Williams's promising new boy Carlos Pace sixth in only his second Grand Prix.

Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Cosworth 72D 90 2h03m41.230s  
Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312B2 90 2h04m00.150s  
Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 312B2 89  
26 Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Cosworth TS9B 89  13 
20 Peter Revson McLaren-Cosworth M19A 89  11 
29 Carlos Pace March-Cosworth 711 89  16 
22 Wilson Fittipaldi March-Cosworth BT33 88  14 
12 Tim Schenken Surtees-Cosworth TS9B 88  18 
9r 21 David Walker Lotus-Cosworth 72D 87 Out Of Fuel 24 
10 18 Graham Hill Brabham-Cosworth BT37 86  23 
11 14 Henri Pescarolo March-Cosworth 721 86  19 
Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Cosworth 003 69 Accident 
Chris Amon Matra Simca-Matra MS120C 66 Gearbox 
Francois Cevert Tyrrell-Cosworth 002 65 Ignition 12 
Peter Gethin BRM P180 65 Engine 21 
11 Denny Hulme McLaren-Cosworth M19A 48 Gearbox 
25 Howden Ganley BRM P160B 38 Engine 20 
10 Reine Wisell BRM P160B 24 Accident 10 
Mario Andretti Ferrari 312B2 23 Engine 
15 Mike Hailwood Surtees-Cosworth TS9B 20 Starter 15 
Ronnie Peterson March-Cosworth 721X 16 Accident 
16 Rolf Stommelen Eifelland March-Cosworth 721 15 Accident 17 
19 Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM P160B Gear Linkage 
24 Niki Lauda March-Cosworth 721X Throttle Jammed 25 
28 Alex Soler-Roig BRM P160B Accident 22 
nq 23 Mike Beuttler March-Cosworth 721G   26