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The 1973 Formula One Season was the 24th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It was contested over fifteen races, beginning in Argentina on January 28 and concluding in the United States of America on October 7. There were also two non-champiponship races, also open to Formula 5000 cars.

The Drivers' Championship was won by Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth's Jackie Stewart, his third and final title, in his final season. 1972 champion, Emerson Fittipaldi, was the runner-up after his title challenge faded mid-season, scoring just one point in the six races between Sweden and Austria. Fittipaldi's teammate, Ronnie Peterson, came third in the Championship, despite taking nine pole positions. His season was set back by failing to score in the first five races, at which point Fittipaldi had 35 points, and Stewart had 28.

Fittipaldi and Peterson's team, Lotus-Ford Cosworth, took the Constructors' Championship (then known as the "International Cup for F1 Manufacturers"), by a margin of ten points ahead of Tyrrell.

The end of the season was marred by the death of François Cevert in practice for the United States Grand Prix. His team, Tyrrell, withdrew their entries as a mark of respect. As a result, Stewart failed to reach the 100-start mark. He later announced his retirement from the sport, a decision which already had been made prior to the tragedy.

BackgroundEdit

Teams and DriversEdit

Entry ListEdit

Constructor Chassis Tyre Driver Rounds
Team Engine
Lotus-Ford Cosworth 72D
72E
G Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi All
United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 Sweden Reine Wisell All
Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 005
006
G United Kingdom Jackie Stewart All
United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 France François Cevert All
New Zealand Chris Amon 14–15
Brabham-Ford Cosworth BT37
BT42
G Argentina Carlos Reutemann All
United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd.
United Kingdom Ceramica Pagnossin MRD
Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi All
Italy Andrea de Adamich 4–6, 8–9
West Germany Rolf Stommelen 11–14
United Kingdom John Watson 15
McLaren-Ford Cosworth M19A
M19C
M23
G New Zealand Denny Hulme All
United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 United States Peter Revson 1–7, 9–15
South Africa Jody Scheckter 3, 8–9, 14–15
Belgium Jacky Ickx 11
Ferrari 312B2
312B3
G Belgium Jacky Ickx 1–9, 13
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0
Ferrari 001/11 F12 3.0
Italy Arturo Merzario 1–3, 6, 8, 12–15
March-Ford Cosworth 721G
731
F
G
United Kingdom Mike Beuttler 1–7, 9–15
United Kingdom Clarke-Mordaunt-Guthrie Racing
Sweden Team Pierre Robert
Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 Sweden Reine Wisell 7–8
March-Ford Cosworth 721G
731
G France Jean-Pierre Jarier 1–3, 5–8, 12, 14–15
United Kingdom STP March Racing Team Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 France Henri Pescarolo 4
United Kingdom Roger Williamson 9–10
Surtees-Ford Cosworth TS9B
TS14A
F United Kingdom Mike Hailwood All
United Kingdom Team Surtees
United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees
United Kingdom Ceramica Pagnossin Team Surtees
Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 Brazil Carlos Pace All
Brazil Luiz Bueno 2
Italy Andrea de Adamich 3
West Germany Jochen Mass 9, 11, 15
BRM P160C
P160D
P160E
F France Jean-Pierre Beltoise All
United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P142 V12 3.0 Austria Niki Lauda All
Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 1–13, 15
United Kingdom Peter Gethin 14
Iso-Marlboro-Ford Cosworth FX3B
IR
F New Zealand Howden Ganley All
United Kingdom Frank Williams Racing Cars Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 Italy Nanni Galli 1–2, 4–6
South Africa Jackie Pretorius 3
Denmark Tom Belsø 7
France Henri Pescarolo 8, 11
New Zealand Graham McRae 9
Netherlands Gijs van Lennep 10, 12–13
Australia Tim Schenken 14
Belgium Jacky Ickx 15
Shadow-Ford Cosworth DN1 G United Kingdom Jackie Oliver 3–15
United States UOP Shadow Racing Team Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 United States George Follmer 3–15
United Kingdom Brian Redman 15
Lotus-Ford Cosworth 72D F South Africa Dave Charlton 3
South Africa Scribante Lucky Strike Racing Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 004 G South Africa Eddie Keizan 3
South Africa Blignaut Lucky Strike Racing Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Shadow-Ford Cosworth DN1 G United Kingdom Graham Hill 4–15
United Kingdom Embassy Racing Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Tecno PA123/6 F New Zealand Chris Amon 5–6, 9–10, 12
Italy Martini Racing Team Tecno Series-P F12 3.0
March-Ford Cosworth 731 G United Kingdom David Purley 6, 9–11, 13
United Kingdom LEC Refrigeration Racing Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
March-Ford Cosworth 731 G United Kingdom James Hunt 6, 8–10, 12–15
United Kingdom Hesketh Racing Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Ensign-Ford Cosworth N173 F Liechtenstein Rikky von Opel 8–10, 12–15
United Kingdom Team Ensign Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Brabham-Ford Cosworth BT37 G United Kingdom John Watson 9
United Kingdom Hexagon of Highgate Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

CalendarEdit

World Championship ScheduleEdit

The full world championship schedule for the 1973 season is outlined below:

Round Grand Prix Date
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix 28 January
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 9 xT
Official Title X Gran Premio de la República Argentina
Circuit Autódromo Municipal de Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Location Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lap distance 3.346 km (2.08 mi)
Race distance 321.216 km (199.637 mi)
Date 28 January Laps 96
2 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix 11 February
Interlagos 1973
Official Title 2° Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Circuit Interlagos
Location Brazil São Paulo, Brazil
Lap distance 7.960 km (4.947 mi)
Race distance 318.400 km (197.887 mi)
Date 11 February Laps 40
3 South Africa South African Grand Prix 3 March
Kyalami 1968layout
Official Title XIX Grand Prix of South Africa
Circuit Kyalami
Location South Africa Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
Lap distance 4.104 km (2.551 mi)
Race distance 324.216 km (201.502 mi)
Date 3 March Laps 79
4 Spain Spanish Grand Prix 29 April
Circuit MontjuichPark
Official Title XIX Gran Premio de España
Circuit Montjuïc Park
Location Spain Montjuïc, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Lap distance 3.790 km (2.356 mi)
Race distance 284.250 km (176.663 mi)
Date 29 April Laps 75
5 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 20 May
Zolder
Official Title XXX Grand Prix of Europe
Circuit Circuit Zolder
Location Belgium Heusden-Zolder, Limburg, Belgium
Lap distance 4.220 km (2.623 mi)
Race distance 295.400 km (183.592 mi)
Date 20 May Laps 70
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix 3 June
Circuit de Monaco 1973
Official Title 31e Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Circuit Circuit de Monaco
Location Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco
Lap distance 3.278 km (2.037 mi)
Race distance 255.684 km (158.909 mi)
Date 3 June Laps 78

Non-Championship ScheduleEdit

The full non-championship schedule for the 1973 season is outlined below:

Date Event Circuit Report
18th March United Kingdom VIII Daily Mail Race of Champions Brands Hatch Report
8th April United Kingdom XXV GKN Silver Jubilee International Trophy Silverstone Report

ResultsEdit

A run down of results for the 1973 FIA Formula 1 World Championship is shown below:

Round Event Report
Grid Result
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix Report
Switzerland Clay Regazzoni
United Kingdom BRM
1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
Fastest Lap
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
2 France François Cevert
United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Italy Ferrari
3 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
1:11.22 on Lap 79
2 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Report
Sweden Ronnie Peterson
United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
Fastest Lap
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
2 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Italy Ferrari
3 New Zealand Denny Hulme
United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth
2:35.0 on Lap 14
3 South Africa South African Grand Prix Report
New Zealand Denny Hulme
United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
Fastest Lap
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
2 United States Peter Revson
United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
South Africa Jody Scheckter
United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth
3 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
1:17.10 on Lap 76

Final StandingsEdit

World Championship for DriversEdit

Outline below are the full standings from the 1973 FIA Formula 1 World Championship for drivers:

Pos. Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points
Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil (1968–1992) Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States
1st Jackie Stewart 3rd 2nd 1st Ret 1st 1st 5th 4th 10th 1st 1st 2nd 4th 5th WD 71
2nd Emerson Fittipaldi 1st 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 12th Ret Ret Ret 6th Ret 2nd 2nd 6th 55
3rd Ronnie Peterson Ret Ret 11th Ret Ret 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 11th Ret 1st 1st Ret 1st 52
4th François Cevert2nd 10th NC 2nd 2nd 4th 3rd 2nd 5th 2nd 2nd Ret 5th Ret DNS47
5th Peter Revson 8th Ret 2nd 4th Ret 5th 7th 1st 4th 9th Ret 3rd 1st 5th 38
6th Denny Hulme 5th 3rd 5th 6th 7th 6th 1st 8th 3rd Ret 12th 8th 15th 13th 4th 26
7th Carlos Reutemann Ret 11th 7th Ret Ret Ret 4th 3rd 6th Ret Ret 4th 6th 8th 3rd 16
8th James Hunt 9th 6th 4th 3rd Ret DNS 7th 2nd 14
9th Jacky Ickx 4th 5th Ret 12th Ret Ret 6th 5th 8th 3rd 8th 7th 12
10th Jean-Pierre Beltoise Ret Ret Ret 5th Ret Ret Ret 11th Ret 5th Ret 5th 13th 4th 9th 9
11th Carlos Pace Ret Ret Ret Ret 8th Ret 10th 13th Ret 7th 4th 3rd Ret 18th Ret 7
12th Arturo Merzario 9th 4th 4th Ret 7th 7th 13th Ret 16th 6
13th George Follmer 6th 3rd Ret DNS 14th Ret Ret 10th Ret Ret 10th 17th 14th 5
14th Jackie Oliver Ret Ret Ret 10th Ret Ret Ret Ret 8th Ret 11th 3rd 15th 4
15th Andrea de Adamich 8th Ret 4th 7th Ret Ret 3
= Wilson Fittipaldi 6th Ret Ret 10th Ret 11th Ret 16th Ret Ret 5th Ret Ret 11th NC 3
17th Niki Lauda Ret 8th Ret Ret 5th Ret 13th 9th 12th Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret 2
= Clay Regazzoni 7th 6th Ret 9th 10th Ret 9th 12th 7th 8th Ret 6th Ret 8th 2
19th Chris Amon 6th Ret Ret Ret DNS 10th WD 1
= Gijs van Lennep 6th 9th Ret 1
= Howden Ganley NC 7th 10th Ret Ret Ret 11th 14th 9th 9th DNS NC NC 6th 12th 1
Mike Hailwood Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8th Ret Ret Ret Ret 14th 10th 7th 9th Ret 0
Mike Beuttler 10th Ret NC 7th 11th Ret 8th 11th Ret 16th Ret Ret Ret 10th 0
Jochen Mass Ret 7th Ret 0
Henri Pescarolo 8th Ret 10th 0
Graham Hill Ret 9th Ret Ret 10th Ret NC 13th Ret 14th 16th 13th 0
Nanni Galli Ret 9th 11th Ret Ret 0
David Purley Ret DNS Ret 15th 9th 0
Jody Scheckter 9th Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Rolf Stommelen 11th Ret 12th 12th 0
Jean-Pierre Jarier Ret Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret NC 11th 0
Luiz Bueno 12th 0
Rikky von Opel 15th 13th DNS Ret Ret NC Ret 0
Tim Schenken 14th 0
Eddie Keizan NC 0
Roger Williamson Ret Ret 0
John Watson Ret Ret 0
Reine Wisell DNS Ret 0
Dave Charlton Ret 0
Jackie Pretorius Ret 0
Graham McRae Ret 0
Peter Gethin Ret 0
Brian Redman DSQ 0
Tom Belsø DNS 0
Pos. Driver Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil (1968–1992) Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

World Championship for ConstructorsEdit

Outline below are the full standings from the 1973 FIA Formula 1 World Championship for constructors:

Pos. Constructor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points
Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil (1968–1992) Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States
1st Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1st 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 11th 6th 1st 1st 2nd 1st 92 (96)
2nd Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 5th 1st 1st 2nd 4th 5th DNS 82 (86)
3rd McLaren-Ford Cosworth 5th 3rd 2nd 4th 7th 5th 1st 8th 1st 4th 3rd 8th 3rd 1st 4th 58
4th Brabham-Ford Cosworth 6th 11th 7th 10th 4th 7th 4th 3rd 6th Ret 5th 4th 6th 8th 3rd 22
5th March-Ford Cosworth 10th Ret NC 7th 11th 9th 8th 6th 4th 3rd 15th Ret 9th 7th 2nd 14
6th Ferrari 4th 4th 4th 12th Ret Ret 6th 5th 8th DNA DNA 7th 8th 15th 16th 12
= BRM 7th 6th Ret 5th 5th Ret 9th 9th 7th 5th Ret 5th 13th 4th 8th 12
8th Shadow-Ford Cosworth DNA 6th 3rd 9th 10th 14th 10th Ret 10th 8th Ret 10th 3rd 13th 9
9th Surtees-Ford Cosworth Ret 12th 8th Ret 8th 8th 10th 13th Ret 7th 4th 3rd 7th 9th Ret 7
10th Iso-Marlboro-Ford Cosworth NC 7th 10th 11th Ret Ret 11th 14th 9th 6th 10th 9th NC 6th 7th 2
11th Tecno 6th Ret DNA DNA Ret Ret DNA DNS DNA DNA 1
Ensign-Ford Cosworth DNA DNA DNA 15th 13th DNS DNA Ret Ret NC Ret 0
Pos. Constructor Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil (1968–1992) Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

NotesEdit

See AlsoEdit

V T E 1973 Formula One Season
Constructors Brabham • BRM • Ensign • Ferrari • Iso-Marlboro • Lotus • March • McLaren • Shadow • Surtees • Tecno • Tyrrell
Engines BRM • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Tecno
Drivers de Adamich • Amon • Belsø • Beltoise • Beuttler • Bueno • Cevert • Charlton • E. Fittipaldi • W. Fittipaldi • Follmer • Galli • Ganley • Gethin • Hailwood • Hill • Hulme • Hunt • Ickx • Jarier • Keizan • Lauda • van Lennep • Mass • McRae • Merzario • Oliver • von Opel • Pace • Pescarolo • Peterson • Pretorius • Purley • Redman • Regazzoni • Reutemann • Revson • J. Scheckter • Schenken • Stewart • Stommelen • Watson • Williamson • Wisell
Cars Brabham BT37 • Brabham BT42 • BRM P160 • Ensign N173 • Ferrari 312B • Iso-Marlboro FX3 • Iso-Marlboro IR • Lotus 72 • March 721 • March 731 • McLaren M19 • McLaren M23 • Shadow DN1 • Surtees TS9 • Surtees TS14 • Tecno PA123 • Tyrrell 004 • Tyrrell 005 • Tyrrell 006
Tyres Firestone • Goodyear
Races Argentina • Brazil • South Africa • Spain • Belgium • Monaco • Sweden • France • Britain • Netherlands • Germany • Austria • Italy • Canada • United States
Non-championship Races Race of Champions • International Trophy
See also 1972 Formula One Season • 1974 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Formula One Seasons
1950 • 1951 • 1952 • 1953 • 1954 • 1955 • 1956 • 1957 • 1958 • 1959 • 1960 • 1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019 • 2020


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