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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.


BackgroundEdit


Entry listEdit

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 Edit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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.

GridEdit

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.

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

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

MilestonesEdit

V T E Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix
Circuits Interlagos (1972 - 1977, 1979 - 1980, 1990 - Present), Jacarepaguá (1978, 1981 - 1989)
Interlagos1990
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Non-Championship Race 1972
V T E 1972 Formula One Season
Constructors Brabham • BRM • Connew • 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 • 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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