1972 Italian Grand Prix

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1972 Italian Grand Prix
Monza 1972.jpg
Race details
Date 10 September 1972
Official name 43o Gran Premio d'Italia[1]
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Monza, Lombardy, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.775 km (3.588 mi)
Distance 55 laps, 317.625 km (197.363 mi)
Weather Dry and sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:35.65
Fastest lap
Driver Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari
Time 1:36.3
Podium
First Lotus-Ford
Second Surtees-Ford
Third McLaren-Ford

The 1972 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on 10 September 1972. It was race 10 of 12 in both the 1972 World Championship of Drivers and the 1972 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.

Before the race, the Monza circuit was modified with the addition of two chicanes, one before the Curva Grande and one at the site of the old Curva Vialone, in order to reduce speeds in the interests of safety.

The 55-lap race was won by Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi, driving a Lotus-Ford, after he started from sixth position. With the win, Fittipaldi sealed the Drivers' Championship, becoming the youngest ever champion at 25 years and 273 days until superseded by Fernando Alonso at 24 years and 59 days in 2005; Lotus also secured the Manufacturers' Cup. Englishman Mike Hailwood finished second in a Surtees-Ford, with New Zealander Denny Hulme third in a McLaren-Ford.

The race marked the last win for American tyre manufacturer Firestone in Formula One. It was also the last race in which 1964 World Champion John Surtees competed.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 55 1:29:58.4 6 9
2 10 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 55 + 14.5 9 6
3 14 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 55 + 23.8 5 4
4 15 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 55 + 35.7 8 3
5 28 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 55 + 1:05.6 13 2
6 23 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 55 + 1:21.9 12 1
7 3 United States Mario Andretti Ferrari 54 + 1 Lap 7  
8 21 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 54 + 1 Lap 16  
9 19 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 54 + 1 Lap 24  
10 16 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 54 + 1 Lap 25  
11 22 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 52 + 3 Laps 17  
12 24 Sweden Reine Wisell BRM 51 + 4 Laps 10  
13 18 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 50 + 5 Laps 20  
Ret 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 46 Electrical 1  
Ret 20 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 38 Brakes 2  
Ret 9 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 33 Brakes 21  
Ret 29 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 20 Suspension 19  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 20 Fuel System 22  
Ret 8 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 20 Spun Off 15  
Ret 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 16 Collision 4  
Ret 26 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 15 Collision 18  
Ret 30 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 14 Suspension 11  
Ret 2 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 14 Engine 14  
Ret 11 Italy Nanni Galli Tecno 6 Engine 23  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 0 Clutch 3  
DNQ 25 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford    
DNQ 12 United Kingdom Derek Bell Tecno        
Source:[2]

Notes

  • Team Lotus was forced to run only one car because Emerson Fittipaldi's Lotus 72D was seriously damaged in an accident while being transported to Monza. Fittipaldi raced another 72D, but with specifications very close to the 1970 model.

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1972". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  2. ^ "1972 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2015.


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