Swedish GP 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.

Denny Hulme McLaren-Cosworth M23 80 1h56m46.049s  
Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Cosworth 72E 80 1h56m50.088s  
Francois Cevert Tyrrell-Cosworth 006 80 1h57m00.716s  
10 Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Cosworth BT42 80 1h57m04.117s  
Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Cosworth 006 80 1h57m12.047s  
Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312B3 79  
Peter Revson McLaren-Cosworth M23 79  
15 Mike Beuttler March-Cosworth 731 77  21 
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 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Cosworth 72E 76 Gearbox 
13 21 Niki Lauda BRM P160E 75  15 
14 16 George Follmer Shadow-Cosworth DN1 74  19 
20 Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM P160E 57 Engine 
17 Jackie Oliver Shadow-Cosworth DN1 50 Transmission 17 
23 Mike Hailwood Surtees-Cosworth TS14A 41 Vibration 10 
14 Jean-Pierre Jarier March-Cosworth 731 36 Throttle Linkage 20 
12 Graham Hill Shadow-Cosworth DN1 16 Ignition 18 
11 Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Cosworth BT42 Accident 13 
27 Reine Wisell March-Cosworth 731 -1 Suspension 14 
ns 26 Tom Belso Iso Marlboro-Cosworth IR  Car Raced By Ganley 22