Sydafrika GP 1973

South African Grand Prix 3 Mars 1973, Kyalami

Ronnie Peterson gör sin 35:e start i Formel 1. I tidskvalet har han erhållit 4:e bästa tid. Hulme står i "pole" före Fittipaldi och Scheckter. 

Jackie Stewart i en Tyrrell vinner loppet före Peter Revson i en McLaren och med Emerson Fittipaldi i en Lotus som trea. Ronnie blir till slut 11:a, men detta efter att ha haft stora problem med bränslet.

Fittipaldi har snabbaste varv med 1.17,10 och loppet ser följande förare i ledning: Hulme 1-4; Scheckter 5-6; Stewart 7-79.

Den mindre roliga säsongsupptakten gjorde Ronnie på misshumör. Han var själv övertygad om att han tillhörde de snabbaste och att han kunde åka i cirklar runt många av konkurrenterna.

Summary in english

The three week break between the Brazilian GP and the race in Kyalami was enough time to allow the new Shadow F1 team to finish its first cars and the team, with backing from UOP turned up with drivers Jack Oliver and George Follmer. The new McLaren M23 was also ready for Denny Hulme and this meant that McLaren was able to run one of the older cars for Jody Scheckter. Andrea de Adamich made his return in a Ceramica Pagnossin Surtees. Nanni Galli was out of action because of an accident while testing a sportscar and so Frank Williams ran local driver Jack Pretorius. There were two other locals: Dave Charlton in a Lucky Strike Lotus and Eddie Keizen in a Tyrrell which had been acquired by Kyalami organizer Alex Blignaut.

In qualifying Hulme showed that the new
McLaren was going to be a force to be reckoned with and took pole position, beating Emerson Fittipaldi (JPS Lotus) and an impressive Scheckter (in a McLaren M19C). Ronnie Peterson (Lotus) shared the second row with Clay Regazzoni's BRM while Peter Revson (McLaren) was on row three with Jean-Pierre Beltoise's BRM and Carlos Reutemann's Brabham. The top 10 was completed by Carlos Pace in the Surtees and Niki Lauda in his BRM. Jackie Stewart had a big accident in practice and was 16th on the grid.

At the start Hulme took the lead with Scheckter behind him and Fittipaldi third. Revson had made a good start and was fourth. On the third lap there was trouble when Charlton, who had made a great start from 13th on the grid and was running seventh, challenged Reutemann. He lost control and hit
Mike Hailwood's Surtees. Most of the field managed to get through but down at the back of the field Jacky Ickx and Clay Regazzoni arrived and the BRM hit Hailwood's car. Regazzoni's car burst into flames with the unconscious Swiss driver at the wheel. Hailwood dived into the flames, undid Regazzoni's belts and managed to drag Regazzoni clear. Hailwood was later awarded the George Medal for his bravery. Regazzoni was rushed to hospital but he had only minor burns.

The accident destroyed Hulme's hopes of a debut win for the
McLaren M23 as he suffered a puncture on wreckage and had to pit. That left Scheckter leading but Stewart was the man making progress and on lap seven he took the lead. He would remain ahead for the rest of the afternoon. Scheckter was second for a long time but eventually his tires began to fade and he dropped behind Revson and later Fittipaldi. With just a few laps to go Scheckter's engine blew, depriving him of fourth place.

Grand Prix Sydafrika
Datum 3 Mars 1973
Bana Kyalami
Säsong 1973
Deltävling 3
Längd (km) 4.104
Varv 79
Tid 1:43:11.070
Placering Nr Förare Team Tid Grid
1 3 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell 1:43:11.070 16
2 6 Peter Revson McLaren 24.550 6
3 1 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus 25.060 2
4 9 Arturo Merzario Ferrari +1 varv 15
5 5 Denny Hulme McLaren +2 varv 1
6 23 George Follmer Shadow +2 varv 21
7 18 Carlos Reutemann Brabham +2 varv 8
8 12 Andrea de Adamich Surtees +2 varv 20
r 7 Jody Scheckter McLaren +4 varv 3
10 21 Howden Ganley Williams +6 varv 19
11 2 Ronnie Peterson Lotus +6 varv 4
r 11 Carlos Pace Surtees +10 varv 9
nc 26 Eddie Keizan Tyrrell +12 varv 22
nc 14 Jean-Pierre Jarier March +13 varv 18
nc 4 François Cevert Tyrrell +13 varv 25
nc 24 Mike Beuttler March +14 varv 23
r 19 Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham +27 varv 17
r 20 Jackie Pretorius Williams +44 varv 24
r 17 Niki Lauda BRM +53 varv 10
r 22 Jackie Oliver Shadow +65 varv 14
r 16 Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM +75 varv 7
r 25 Dave Charlton Lotus +76 varv 13
r 8 Jacky Ickx Ferrari +77 varv 11
r 15 Clay Regazzoni BRM +77 varv 5
r 10 Mike Hailwood Surtees +77 varv 12


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 22
2 Jackie Stewart GBR 19
3 Denny Hulme NZ 8
4 Arturo Merzario ITA 6
" François Cevert FRA 6
" Peter Revson USA 6

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