Canadian GP 1972

Canadian GP, 1972

As the Mont Tremblant circuit had been closed down because of a dispute with the local racing authorities the Canadian Grand Prix settled at an upgraded Mosport Park. There was a big field as usual. Team Lotus had replaced Dave Walker with Reine Wisell, while the Swede's drive in the fourth BRM had gone to local hero Bill Brack while Skip Barber turned up in a Gene Mason Racing March 711.

Qualifying resulted in pole position for Peter Revson's McLaren with Denny Hulme alongside, the team having an advantage because of the knowledge of the track gained from CanAm races. The front row was completed by Ronnie Peterson's March. The new World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi was on the second row with his predecessor Jackie Stewart alongside. The third row featured Francois Cevert (Tyrrell) and the Ferraris of Clay Regazzoni and Jacky Ickx while the top 10 was completed by Carlos Reutemann's Brabham and Chris Amon's Matra. The job of being best of the rest went on this occasion to Brabham's Wilson Fittipaldi.

There was a fog on race morning and the start of the race had to be delayed. When the weather cleared a bit Peterson took the lead with Stewart moving up to second ahead of Revson. Hulme dropped right into the midfield.

Peterson stayed ahead until the fourth lap when he made a mistake and Stewart was able to get ahead of begin to pull away. Further back Ickx passed Revson although the American was later able to get the place back as the Ferrari began to lose power. Ickx faded quickly behind Fittipaldi and Regazzoni. The order remained largely unchanged until lap 54 when Peterson was trying to lap Graham Hill. The Brabham driver refused to get out of the way and the two cars collided, the March suffering a bent steering. Peterson stopped not far from the exit of the pits and pushed the car back to the garages. He rejoined but was disqualified. This left Revson and Fittipaldi fighting for second place but a challenge from Emerson resulted in him damaging his front wing and he dropped back and had to pit. This left Regazzoni in third place but he stumbled over Barber in the closing laps and so was overtaken by Reutemann and Hulme. The McLaren driver managed to get ahead when Reutemann ran out of fuel at the end of the race. Stewart thus ended up on the podium with the two McLaren drivers with Revson second and Hulme third.

Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Cosworth 005 80 1h43m16.900s  
19 Peter Revson McLaren-Cosworth M19C 80 1h44m05.100s  
18 Denny Hulme McLaren-Cosworth M19C 80 1h44m11.500s  
Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Cosworth BT37 80 1h44m17.600s  
11 Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 312B2 80 1h44m23.900s  
Chris Amon Matra Simca-Matra MS120D 79  10 
22 Tim Schenken Surtees-Cosworth TS9B 79  13 
Graham Hill Brabham-Cosworth BT37 79  17 
9r 29 Carlos Pace March-Cosworth 711 78 Fuel Pressure 18 
10 15 Howden Ganley BRM P160C 78  14 
11 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Cosworth 72D 78  
12 10 Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312B2 77  
13 28 Henri Pescarolo March-Cosworth 721 73  21 
Reine Wisell Lotus-Cosworth 72D 65 Engine 16 
dq 26 Niki Lauda March-Cosworth 721G 64 Push Start After Spin 19 
dq 25 Ronnie Peterson March-Cosworth 721G 61 Push Start After Accident 
nc 27 Mike Beuttler March-Cosworth 721G 59  24 
Francois Cevert Tyrrell-Cosworth 006 51 Gearbox 
16 Peter Gethin BRM P160C 25 Suspension 12 
nc 33 Skip Barber March-Cosworth 711 24  22 
14 Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM P180 21 Mechanical 20 
17 Bill Brack BRM P180 20 Spin 23 
Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Cosworth BT34 Gearbox 11 
23 Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Cosworth TS9B Gearbox 15 
ns 31 Derek Bell Tecno PA123  Accident 25