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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 Italy Arturo Merzario 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

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

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
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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