Belgien GP 1972


Grand Prix de Belgique 4 Juni 1972, Nivelles

Ronnie Peterson gör sin 25:e F1 start i Belgiens GP 1972 på banan Nivelle i Spa utanför Bryssel. Experimenterandet har fortsatt inom March stallet och Ronnie har stora problem med 712X:an under tidsträningen. Ronnie får endast en 14:e bästa tid och är långt efter Fittipaldi som står i "pole position" före Regazzoni och Hulme. Ronnies teamkamrat Niki Lauda lyckas ännu sämre och startar absolut sist.

Fittipaldi i en Lotus vinner före Cevert (Tyrrell) och Hulme (McLaren). Ronnie kommer till slut i mål som 9:a, två varv efter.

Snabbaste varv Chris Amon med 1.12,12 och loppet ser följande två ledare; Regazzoni 1-8 och Fittipaldi 9-85.

Summary in english

With Spa being considered too dangerous for Formula 1 machinery, the Belgians decided to hold their Grand Prix at a new track near Brussels called Nivelles. It was safe but inspired little enthusiasm. The World Championship was still very open with four different winner in the first four races (Jackie Stewart in Argentina, Denny Hulme in South Africa, Emerson Fittipaldi in Spain and Jean-Pierre Beltoise in Monaco). Although Fittipaldi looked to be quickest a few days before the Belgian race Hulme beat him in the Gold Cup at Oulton Park.

When the field gathered at Nivelles Stewart was missing, having been ordered by doctors to rest because of an stomach ulcer. Reine Wisell was out of action as well, having injured his hand in the Gold Cup and his place in the five-car team was taken by Vern Schuppan (although he failed to make the start because Peter Gethin damaged his car and so took over Helmut Marko's car and the Austrian took Schuppan's. Ferrari still had two cars as Mario Andretti was elsewhere but Peter Revson was back in action of McLaren. Carlos Reutemann was also back in action after his ankle injury and so Brabham had increased to three cars, with Wilson Fittipaldi running an older BT34 while Reutemann and Graham Hill used the new BT37.

The Martini Tecno team made its first appearance with one car for Nanni Galli but it was not very competitive.

Emerson Fittipaldi took pole position with Clay Regazzoni (Ferrari) and Hulme alongside him on the front row. Jacky Ickx (Ferrari) shared the second row with Francois Cevert's Tyrrell, while Beltoise (BRM), Revson (McLaren) and Mike Hailwood (Surtees) on the third. The top 10 was completed by Reutemann and Andrea de Adamich (Surtees).

In the race Regazzoni made the best start and took the lead with Fittipaldi and Ickx chasing him. Then came Hulme, Cevert, Hailwood and Beltoise. There was then a gap because De Adamich had collided with Revson and caused some considerable confusion. Reutemann was also in trouble with a gear lever problem.

Regazzoni stayed ahead until the ninth lap but then Fittipaldi overtook him and began to move away. Cevert moved ahead of Hulme on the 12th lap and so when Ickx stopped with a throttle problem on lap 26, Cevert was third and in a position to challenge Regazzoni for second place. He moved ahead on lap 31. Regazzoni remained third until lap 58 when he stumbled while lapping Galli's Tecno and crashed. This put Amon third but as usual the New Zealander had no luck at all and on lap 77 he had to pit for more fuel because his fuel pumps were playing up. This promoted Hulme to third with Hailwood fourth, Carlos Pace again impressive in the Williams March in fifth and the recovering Amon in sixth.

Grand Prix Belgien
Datum 4 Juni 1972
Bana Spa
Säsong 1972
Deltävling 5
Längd (km) 3.724
Varv 85
Tid 1:44:06.700
Placering Nr Förare Team Tid Grid
1 32 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus 1:44:06.700 1
2 8 François Cevert Tyrrell 26.600 5
3 9 Denny Hulme McLaren 58.100 3
4 34 Mike Hailwood Surtees 72.000 8
5 16 Carlos Pace March +1 varv 11
6 5 Chris Amon Matra +1 varv 13
7 10 Peter Revson McLaren +2 varv 7
8 25 Howden Ganley BRM +2 varv 15
9 11 Ronnie Peterson March +2 varv 14
10 27 Helmut Marko BRM +2 varv 23
11 6 Rolf Stommelen March +2 varv 20
12 12 Niki Lauda March +3 varv 25
13 19 Carlos Reutemann Brabham +4 varv 9
14 33 Dave Walker Lotus +6 varv 12
r 17 Graham Hill Brabham +12 varv 16
nc 15 Henri Pescarolo March +26 varv 19
r 30 Clay Regazzoni Ferrari +28 varv 2
r 36 Andrea de Adamich Surtees +30 varv 10
r 22 Nanni Galli Tecno +31 varv 24
r 29 Jacky Ickx Ferrari +38 varv 4
r 14 Mike Beuttler March +54 varv 22
r 18 Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham +57 varv 18
r 24 Peter Gethin BRM +58 varv 17
r 23 Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM +70 varv 6
r 35 Tim Schenken Surtees +74 varv 21
ns 26 Vern Schuppan BRM    


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 28
2 Denny Hulme NZ 19
3 Jacky Ickx BEL 16
4 Jackie Stewart GBR 12
5 Jean Pierre Beltoise FRA 9
6 Clay Regazzoni CH 7

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