Argentina GP 1973

Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina 28 Januari 1973, Buenos Aires

Ronnie Peterson gör sin 33:e start i Formel 1 i en ny bil och som stallkamrat till regerande världsmästaren Emerson Fittipaldi i Lotus. Trots ovanan med Lotus 72:an lyckas Ronnie prestera femte bästa tid efter tidskvalet. Ronnie har nr 4 på Marchen. Clay Regazzoni står i främsta startledet tillsammans med Fittipaldi.


Det blir till slut Fittipaldi som vinner före Cevert och Stewart i en varsin Tyrrell. Ronnie Peterson tvingas bryta på det 66:e varvet efter problem med oljetrycket (sprucket oljerör).

Fittipaldi får snabbaste varv med 1.11,22 och loppet ser följande förare i ledning: Regazzoni 1-28; Cevert 29-85; Fittipaldi 86-96.

Summary in english

The boom in Formula 1 which followed the arrival of the Cosworth DFV continued in 1973 with two new constructors planning to enter the formula and a 15 races wanting to be part of the World Championship. There were political battles between the teams (a new organization called the Formula One Constructors Association) and the race organizers.

The experiment of having the Argentine Grand Prix in January was repeated in 1973 despite political instability in the country (following the return from exile of General Juan Peron) which had meant that the race was canceled and then reinstated.

In consequence the field was small but it highlighted the major changes of the driver lineup. The big news was that
Ronnie Peterson had left March and had been hired as Emerson Fittipaldi's teammate at Team Lotus. Clay Regazzoni left Ferrari to join BRM, where he was joined by former March driver Niki Lauda. March decided to run only one factory car for rising star Jean-Pierre Jarier, while Mike Beuttler continued to run in a privately-entered car.

Tyrrell remained unchanged with Jackie Stewart and Francois Cevert and McLaren retained Denny Hulme and Peter Revson. Bernie Ecclestone began to take more control at Brabham and dropped Graham Hill. To replace Regazzoni Ferrari hired Arturo Merzario to be Jacky Ickx's partner and gave up using commuting US driver Mario Andretti. Beltoise was the only survivor of the previous year's BRM team, with Howden Ganley joining Williams where he replaced Carlos Pace, who had been poached by Surtees. This was bad news for Tim Schenken who found himself out of work. Nanni Galli quit Tecno to join Ganley at Williams (which had backing from Iso Rivolta and Marlboro) and that left Chris Amon with no choice but tecno, as Matra decided it was time to leave the sport. The new teams did not appear but Shadow had Tony Southgate working on its new car (which would be raced by Jack Oliver and George Follmer) and Mo Nunn was building the first Ensign F1 car for Rikki Von Opel. Graham Hill refused to retire and arranged a deal to run a new Shadow in Embassy colors but it was ready to race in Argentina.

Regazzoni took pole position for
BRM with Emerson Fittipaldi alongside him on the front row. The second row featured Ickx and Stewart with Peterson and Cevert behind them. The top 10 was completed by Beltoise, Hulme, Reutemann and Mike Hailwood (Surtees).

At the start Cevert, Fittipaldi and Regazzoni all arrived at the first corner side-by-side and it was the Frenchman who emerged ahead from sixth on the grid. Regazzoni challenged the
Tyrrell driver at the second corner and forced his way into the lead. The order at the front did not change until lap 29 when Cevert took the lead, Regazzoni having worn out his tires. The man who made the most progress was Stewart who had worked his way up through the field and he took second place from Regazzoni on lap 32. Fittipaldi and Peterson followed him through on laps 33 and 34. The top four remained unchanged until lap 68 when Peterson stopped with an engine problem. Stewart then began to run into tire trouble and on lap 76 dropped behind Fittipaldi. The Brazilian then closed on Cevert and after a lively battle he took the lead on lap 86. Cevert finished second with Stewart third.

Grand Prix Argentina
Datum 28 Januari 1973
Bana Buenos Aires No.9
Säsong 1973
Deltävling 1
Längd (km) 3.345
Varv 96
Tid 1:56:18.220
Placering Nr Förare Team Tid Grid
1 2 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus 1:56:18.220 2
2 8 François Cevert Tyrrell 4.690 6
3 6 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell 33.190 4
4 18 Jacky Ickx Ferrari 42.750 3
5 14 Denny Hulme McLaren +1 varv 8
6 12 Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham +1 varv 12
7 32 Clay Regazzoni BRM +3 varv 1
8 16 Peter Revson McLaren +4 varv 11
9 20 Arturo Merzario Ferrari +4 varv 14
r 22 Mike Beuttler March +6 varv 18
r 24 Jean-Pierre Jarier March +12 varv 17
r 30 Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM +17 varv 7
nc 38 Howden Ganley Williams +17 varv 19
r 4 Ronnie Peterson Lotus +30 varv 5
r 34 Niki Lauda BRM +30 varv 13
r 10 Carlos Reutemann Brabham +80 varv 9
r 28 Carlos Pace Surtees +86 varv 15
r 26 Mike Hailwood Surtees +86 varv 10
r 36 Nanni Galli Williams +96 varv 16


NC=Not Classified NT=No time set in qualifying R=Retired
EX=Excluded from meeting W=Withdrawn DQ=Disqualified
NS=Did not start NQ=Did not qualify NPQ=Did not pre-qualify

Aktuell ställning

Position Förare Nation Poäng
1 Emerson Fittipaldi BRA 9
2 François Cevert FRA 6
3 Jackie Stewart GBR 4
4 Jacky Ickx BEL 3
5 Denny Hulme NZ 2
6 Wilson Fittipaldi BRA 1

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