Spanish GP 1973

APRIL 29, 1973

Spanish GP, 1973

After the South African Grand Prix there was a seven-week break before the next round of the World Championship. In the gap there were two non-championship races with Peter Gethin winning the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch in a Formula 5000 Chevron and Jackie Stewart winning a snowy International Trophy at Silverstone. The Spanish GP returned to Montjuich Park and with new rules about deformable structures, the field was smaller than might have been expected with Ferrari running only one car for Jacky Ickx. Andrea de Adamich had switched his Ceramica Pagnossin sponsorship from Surtees to a third Brabham while Graham Hill made his first appearance in his Embassy-sponsored Shadow.

March driver Jean-Pierre Jarier was committed to race in a Formula 2 race at the Nurburgring and so the factory team ran Henri Pescarolo instead. Nanni Galli was fit enough to race for Williams once again, the team having the new IR1 chassis ready (this being name after sponsor Iso-Rivolta) although it was not very different to the Politoys of the previous year.

Qualifying resulted in pole position going to Ronnie Peterson's Lotus with Denny Hulme's McLaren M23 alongside on the front row. The second row was shared by the Tyrrells of Francois Cevert and Jackie Stewart while the third featured Peter Revson (in a second M23) and Ickx in the Ferrari. Emerson Fittipaldi was back on the fourth row in his Lotus alongside Clay Regazzoni's BRM while the top 10 was completed by Mike Hailwood's Surtees and Jean-Pierre Beltoise's BRM.

At the start Peterson went into the lead from Hulme and Stewart. Niki Lauda made a good start from 11th on the grid to run sixth while Hailwood was forced to start from the pits, half a lap behind the rest of the field after an engine change after the morning warm-up. On the third lap Hulme was pushed back to third place by Stewart while Fittipaldi worked his way ahead of Lauda and Beltoise to run fifth. The order then stabilized until the 20th lap when Hulme pitted to replace a wheel which was out of balance. A few laps later Fittipaldi overtook fourth placed Cevert and when Stewart retired on lap 47 with a brake failure the two Lotuses were left running 1-2. It did not last long. On lap 57 Peterson went out with gearbox trouble, leaving Fittipaldi in the lead. Reutemann had moved into second but the Brabham lasted only a few laps before stopping with a driveshaft failure, leaving Cevert to finish second with Follmer third in a Shadow (in only his second Grand Prix).

Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Cosworth 72E 75 1h48m18.700s  
Francois Cevert Tyrrell-Cosworth 006 75 1h49m01.400s  
20 George Follmer Shadow-Cosworth DN1 75 1h49m31.800s  14 
Peter Revson McLaren-Cosworth M23 74  
15 Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM P160E 74  10 
Denny Hulme McLaren-Cosworth M23 74  
12 Mike Beuttler March-Cosworth 731 74  19 
11 Henri Pescarolo March-Cosworth 731 73  18 
14 Clay Regazzoni BRM P160E 69  
10 17 Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Cosworth BT42 69  12 
11 24 Giovanni Galli Iso Marlboro-Cosworth IR 69  20 
12 Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312B3 69  
18 Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Cosworth BT42 66 Drive Shaft 15 
23 Howden Ganley Iso Marlboro-Cosworth IR 63 Out Of Fuel 21 
Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Cosworth 72E 56 Gearbox 
Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Cosworth 006 47 Brakes 
16 Niki Lauda BRM P160E 28 Tires 11 
25 Graham Hill Shadow-Cosworth DN1 27 Brakes 22 
Mike Hailwood Surtees-Cosworth TS14A 25 Mechanical 
19 Jackie Oliver Shadow-Cosworth DN1 23 Engine 13 
21 Andrea de Adamich Brabham-Cosworth BT37 17 Mechanical 17 
10 Carlos Pace Surtees-Cosworth TS14A 13 Drive Shaft 16