British GP 1972

British GP, 1972

The teams rushed back from France to prepare for the British Grand Prix and there were a number of new cars in the entry list, notably the first Williams (known as a Politoys). There was also another British car called the Connew, which was being driven by Francois Migault. The entry was slightly smaller than usual as BRM had given up running five cars and decided to concentrate on three. With Helmut Marko permanently out of action because of his eye injury, BRM took the moment to have a clear-out and dropped both Howden Ganley and Reine Wisell and took on Jack Oliver instead to partner Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Peter Gethin. Regazzoni was still out of action with a broken arm (from a football accident) and with Mario Andretti racing in the United States, Ferrari gave its sportscar driver Arturo Merzario an opportunity in F1. Nanni Galli, who had raced for Ferrari in France, went back to the Tecno team.

Qualifying resulted in Jacky Ickx taking pole in his Ferrari with Emerson Fittipaldi alongside in his Lotus. Peter Revson (McLaren) shared the second row with Jackie Stewart (Tyrrell) while Tim Schenken was again quick in the Surtees and qualified fifth, ahead of Beltoise's BRM. The top 10 was completed by Mike Hailwood (Surtees), Ronnie Peterson (March), Merzario and Carlos Reutemann (Brabham).

Ickx took the lead at the start with Fittipaldi second and a fast-starting Beltoise third. Then came Revson, Stewart, Schenken and Peterson. Stewart was the man on the move and moved ahead of Revson on lap three and Beltoise on lap seven. he then closed up on Fittipaldi and took second place on lap 25 although Fittipaldi fought back and retook the position on lap 36. Ickx was only just ahead of them. On the 49th lap, however, Ickx slowed with an oil pressure problem and so the battle for second became the fight for the lead. Revson was running in a lonely third place. The order remained unchanged until the finish. Fourth place looked to be safe for Peterson after Cevert crashed on lap 61 but on the 75th lap the March 's engine cut at Paddock Hill Bend and Peterson crashed into the cars which had been abandoned by Cevert and Graham Hill. Amon took fourth place with Hulme fifth and F1 debutante Merzario sixth.

Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Cosworth 72D 76 1h47m50.200s  
Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Cosworth 003 76 1h47m54.300s  
19 Peter Revson McLaren-Cosworth M19A 76 1h49m02.700s  
17 Chris Amon Matra Simca-Matra MS120C 75  17 
18 Denny Hulme McLaren-Cosworth M19C 75  11 
Arturo Merzario Ferrari 312B2 75  
7r Ronnie Peterson March-Cosworth 721G 74 Accident 
27 Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Cosworth BT37 73  10 
Niki Lauda March-Cosworth 721G 73  19 
10 33 Rolf Stommelen Eifelland March-Cosworth 721 71  25 
11 11 Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM P160C 70  
12r 28 Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Cosworth BT34 69 Suspension 22 
13 31 Mike Beuttler March-Cosworth 721G 69  23 
22 Tim Schenken Surtees-Cosworth TS9B 64 Suspension 
Francois Cevert Tyrrell-Cosworth 002 60 Accident 12 
David Walker Lotus-Cosworth 72D 59 Suspension 15 
Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312B2 49 Mechanical 
26 Graham Hill Brabham-Cosworth BT37 47 Accident 21 
25 Carlos Pace March-Cosworth 711 39 Differential 13 
14 Jackie Oliver BRM P160B 36 Suspension 14 
21 Mike Hailwood Surtees-Cosworth TS9B 31 Gear Linkage 
29 Dave Charlton Lotus-Cosworth 72D 21 Gearbox 24 
30 Giovanni Galli Tecno PA123 Accident 18 
24 Henri Pescarolo Politoys-Cosworth FX3 Suspension/ Accident 26 
12 Peter Gethin BRM P160B Engine 16 
23 Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Cosworth TS9B Accident 20 
ns 34 Francois Migault Connew-Cosworth PC1  Suspension 27