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The 1972 Brazilian Grand Prix was the dress rehearsal for a full championship race in 1973. It was held on March 30, the Thursday before Good Friday, and was a work day in Brazil. Regardless, a crowd of more than 100,000 showed up to watch 11 cars take the green flag. The race was won by Carlos Reutemann, from nearby Argentina and driving a Brabham. He was followed by Ronnie Peterson in a March and one of the local favorites, Wilson Fittipaldi in another Brabham. Despite some organizational glitches, the race was approved to join the calendar for the following season.

Background[]


Entry list[]

The full entry list for the 1972 Brazilian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F
2 Australia Dave Walker United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F
3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 3.0 F12 F
4 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 3.0 F12 F
5 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Team Williams Motul March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
6 Brazil Carlos Pace United Kingdom Team Williams Motul March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
7 Sweden Reine Wisell United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F
8 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT34 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
9 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
10 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
11 Brazil Luiz Bueno United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
12 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom Ceramica Pagnossin Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F
14 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 3.0 V12 F
15 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 3.0 V12 F
16 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 3.0 V12 F
17 Austria Helmut Marko United Kingdom Austria Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 3.0 V12 F
18 Spain Alex Soler-Roig United Kingdom España Marlboro BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 3.0 V12 F

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 1972 Brazilian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Cosworth 2:32.4
2 8 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford Cosworth 2:34.4 +2.0s
3 10 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford Cosworth 2:34.6 +2.2s
4 9 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford Cosworth 2:36.3 +3.9s
5 2 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford Cosworth 2:37.7 +5.3s
6* 14 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 2:37.8 +5.4s
7 6 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford Cosworth 2:39.4 +7.0s
8 5 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford Cosworth 2:40.0 +7.6s
9 15 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 2:41.0 +8.6s
10 11 Brazil Luiz Bueno March-Ford Cosworth 2:41.6 +9.2s
11 17 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 2:46.4 +14.0s
12 18 Spain Alex Soler-Roig BRM 2:51.5 +19.1s
WD 3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari Withdrawn
WD 4 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari Withdrawn
WD 7 Sweden Reine Wisell Surtees-Ford Cosworth Withdrawn
WD 12 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford Cosworth Withdrawn
WD 16 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM Withdrawn
  • * Beltoise could not start due to ignition failure.

Grid[]

Pos. Pos.
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Emerson Fittipaldi
Carlos Reutemann ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Ronnie Peterson
Wilson Fittipaldi ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Dave Walker
Jean-Pierre Beltoise* ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Carlos Pace
Henri Pescarolo ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Peter Gethin
Luiz Bueno ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Helmut Marko
Alex Soler-Roig ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14
______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16
______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18
______________
  • * Beltoise could not start due to ignition failure.

Race[]

Results[]

The full results for the 1972 Brazilian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 8 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford Cosworth 37 1:37:16.248 2
2 10 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford Cosworth 37 +1:27.656s 3
3 9 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford Cosworth 37 +2:03.379s 4
4 17 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 36 +1 lap 11
5 2 Australia Dave Walker Lotus-Ford Cosworth 36 +1 lap 5
6 11 Brazil Luiz Bueno March-Ford Cosworth 35 +2 laps 10
Ret 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Cosworth 32 Suspension 1
Ret 18 Spain Alex Soler-Roig BRM 11 Electrics 12
Ret 6 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford Cosworth 0 Throttle 7
Ret 5 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford Cosworth 0 Throttle 8
Ret 15 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 0 Throttle 9
DNS 14 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM
WD 3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari
WD 4 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari
WD 7 Sweden Reine Wisell Surtees-Ford Cosworth
WD 12 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford Cosworth
WD 16 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM

Milestones[]

V T E Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix / São Paulo Grand Prix
Circuits Interlagos (1972–1977, 1979–1980, 1990–present), Jacarepaguá (1978, 1981–1989)
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Races (Brazilian GP) 197319741975197619771978197919801981198219831984198519861987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Races (São Paulo GP) 2021
Non-Championship Race 1972
V T E 1972 Formula One Season
Constructors Brabham • BRM • Connew • Eifelland • Ferrari • Lotus • March • Matra • McLaren • Politoys • Surtees • Tecno • Tyrrell
Engines BRM • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Matra • Tecno
Drivers de Adamich • Amon • Andretti • Barber • Bell • Beltoise • Beuttler • Brack • Cevert • Charlton • Depailler • Ferguson • E. Fittipaldi • W. Fittipaldi • Galli • Ganley • Gethin • Hailwood • Hill • Hulme • Ickx • Lauda • Love • Marko • Merzario • Migault • Oliver • Pace • Pescarolo • Peterson • Posey • Redman • Regazzoni • Reutemann • Revson • J. Scheckter • Schenken • Soler-Roig • Stewart • Stommelen • Surtees • Walker • Wisell
Cars Brabham BT33 • Brabham BT34 • Brabham BT37 • BRM P153 • BRM P153B • BRM P160B • BRM P160C • BRM P180 • Connew PC1 • Eifelland E21 • Ferrari 312B2 • Lotus 72D • March 711 • March 721 • March 721G • March 721X • Matra MS120C • Matra MS120D • McLaren M19A • McLaren M19C • Politoys FX3 • Surtees TS9B • Surtees TS14 • Tecno PA123/3 • Tyrrell 002 • Tyrrell 003 • Tyrrell 004 • Tyrrell 005 • Tyrrell 006
Tyres Firestone • Goodyear
Races Argentina • South Africa • Spain • Monaco • Belgium • France • Britain • Germany • Austria • Italy • Canada • United States
Non-championship Races Race of Champions • Brazil • International Trophy • Gold Cup • Italian Republic • Rothmans 50,000 • World Championship
See also 1971 Formula One Season • 1973 Formula One Season • Category
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