Monaco GP 1973
JUNE 3, 1973
Monaco GP, 1973
Monaco was later than usual and there were big changes to the circuit with a new tunnel section and a new section of track around the new Swimming Pool between Tabac and the a new corner called La Rascasse. This meant that the pits (which were back to their original location after a year down on the waterfront) were much better than they had been.
The field had grown again with the arrival of two new customer March teams: Hesketh Racing, which was running F1 debutante James Hunt, and David Purley's Lec Refrigeration operation under Mike Earle. There were 26 entries but George Follmer seriously damaged his Shadow in a collision with Arturo Merzario's Ferrari on Saturday and so the American had to miss the race.
Pole position went to Jackie Stewart in the Tyrrell with Ronnie Peterson's Lotus alongside. Then came Denny Hulme (McLaren) and Francois Cevert (Tyrrell) on the second row and Emerson Fittipaldi (Lotus) and an impressive Niki Lauda (BRM) on the third. Jacky Ickx (Ferrari) and Clay Regazzoni (BRM) shared row four while the top 10 was completed by Wilson Fittipaldi's Brabham and Howden Ganley in the Williams. The Tecno continued to do well with Chris Amon qualifying 12th while Hunt did a good job in 18th position.
At the start Cevert burst through to take the lead but on the second lap he suffered a puncture when he hit a curb and so Peterson went ahead, chased by a quick-starting Regazzoni, Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Lauda, Ickx and the rest. Peterson was able to build a lead and it became clear that Regazzoni was holding up the rest of the field. It was not until the sixth lap that the BRM driver made a mistake and went up the escape road at the chicane. This allowed Stewart to set off after Peterson. The Lotus driver ran into fuel feed trouble and dropped to sixth, leaving Stewart in the lead with Emerson Fittipaldi second, Lauda third, Ickx fourth and Wilson Fittipaldi fifth. On lap 25 Lauda went out with gearbox trouble and on lap 45 Ickx suffered a driveshaft failure and so Wilson Fittipaldi ran third until lap 71 when he began to suffer problems with a fuel leak which forced him to retire. This gave Peterson third place. Cevert, Peter Revson (McLaren) and Hulme completed the points scorers, although the impressive Hunt was ahead of Hulme until he went out in the closing laps with an engine failure.
Stewart's victory (his 25th) equaled Jim Clark's record of victories in the World Championship.
|1||5||Jackie Stewart||Tyrrell-Cosworth 006||78||1h57m44.300s||1|
|2||1||Emerson Fittipaldi||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||78||1h57m45.600s||5|
|3||2||Ronnie Peterson||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||77||2|
|4||6||Francois Cevert||Tyrrell-Cosworth 006||77||4|
|5||8||Peter Revson||McLaren-Cosworth M23||76||15|
|6||7||Denny Hulme||McLaren-Cosworth M23||76||3|
|7||9||Andrea de Adamich||Brabham-Cosworth BT37||75||25|
|8||23||Mike Hailwood||Surtees-Cosworth TS14A||75||13|
|9r||27||James Hunt||March-Cosworth 731||73||Engine||18|
|10||17||Jackie Oliver||Shadow-Cosworth DN1||72||22|
|11r||11||Wilson Fittipaldi||Brabham-Cosworth BT42||71||Fuel System||9|
|r||14||Jean-Pierre Jarier||March-Cosworth 731||67||Gearbox||14|
|r||12||Graham Hill||Shadow-Cosworth DN1||62||Suspension||24|
|r||4||Arturo Merzario||Ferrari 312B3||58||Engine||16|
|r||10||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Cosworth BT42||46||Gearbox||19|
|r||3||Jacky Ickx||Ferrari 312B3||44||Drive Shaft||7|
|r||25||Howden Ganley||Iso Marlboro-Cosworth IR||41||Drive Shaft||10|
|r||20||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||BRM P160E||39||Accident||11|
|r||18||David Purley||March-Cosworth 731||31||Fuel System||23|
|r||24||Carlos Pace||Surtees-Cosworth TS14A||31||Drive Shaft||17|
|r||26||Giovanni Galli||Iso Marlboro-Cosworth IR||30||Drive Shaft||21|
|r||21||Niki Lauda||BRM P160E||24||Gearbox||6|
|r||22||Chris Amon||Tecno PA123||22||Overheating||12|
|r||19||Clay Regazzoni||BRM P160E||15||Brakes||8|
|r||15||Mike Beuttler||March-Cosworth 731||3||Engine||20|
|ns||16||George Follmer||Shadow-Cosworth DN1||Accident||26|