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Belgian Grand Prix

Nivelles-Baulers, 4 Jun 1972

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus 72D [R7] - Cosworth DFV V8
#32 John Player Team Lotus
85 1h 44m 06.7s
2 François Cevert Tyrrell [002] - Cosworth DFV V8
#8 Elf Team Tyrrell
85 1h 44m 33.3s
3 Denis Hulme McLaren M19C [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 Yardley Team McLaren
85 1h 45m 04.8s
4 Mike Hailwood Surtees TS9B [005] - Cosworth DFV V8
#34 Brooke Bond Oxo Rob Walker Racing Team Surtees
85 1h 45m 18.7s
5 Carlos Pace March 711 [3-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#16 Team Williams Motul
84
6 Chris Amon Matra MS120C [06] - MS71 V12
#5 Equipe Matra
84
7 Peter Revson McLaren M19A [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Yardley Team McLaren
83
8 Howden Ganley BRM P160B [04] - P142 Mk II V12
#25 Marlboro BRM
83
9 Ronnie Peterson March 721X [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#11 STP March Racing Team
83
10 Helmut Marko BRM P153B [03] - P142 Mk II V12
#27 Austria Marlboro BRM
83
11 Rolf Stommelen Eifelland March 21 [721/4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#6 Team Eifelland Wohnwagenbau Caravans
83
12 Niki Lauda March 721X [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#12 STP March Racing Team
82
13 Carlos Reutemann Brabham BT37 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#19 Motor Racing Developments Limited
81
14 Dave Walker Lotus 72D [R6] - Cosworth DFV V8
#33 John Player Team Lotus
79
NC Henri Pescarolo March 721 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#15 Team Williams Motul
59 not classified
R Graham Hill Brabham BT37 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#17 Motor Racing Developments Limited
73 suspension
R Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 312 B2-72 [005] - f12
#30 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
57 accident
R Andrea de Adamich Surtees TS9B [004] - Cosworth DFV V8
#36 Ceramica Pagnossin Team Surtees
55 engine
R Nanni Galli Tecno PA123 [1] - f12
#22 Martini Racing Team
54 accident
R Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312 B2-72 [006] - f12
#29 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
47 fuel injection
R Mike Beuttler March 721G [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#14 Clarke-Mordaunt-Guthrie Racing
31 halfshaft
R Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham BT34 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#18 Motor Racing Developments Limited
28 gearbox
R Peter Gethin BRM P160B [05] - P142 V12
#24 Marlboro BRM
27 fuel pump
R Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM P160B [01] - P142 V12
#23 Marlboro BRM
15 overheating
R Tim Schenken Surtees TS9B [006] - Cosworth DFV V8
#35 Team Surtees
11 overheating
DNS Vern Schuppan BRM P153B [03] - P142 Mk II V12
#26 Marlboro BRM
Did not start
(car taken over by Marko after Gethin crashed)
T François Cevert Tyrrell [004] - Cosworth DFV V8
#8T Elf Team Tyrrell
(Only used in practice)
T Denis Hulme McLaren M19A [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#9T Yardley Team McLaren
(Only used in practice)
T Helmut Marko BRM P160B [05] - P142 V12
#27T Austria Marlboro BRM
(Only used in practice)
T Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus 72D [R5] - Cosworth DFV V8
#32T John Player Team Lotus
(Only used in practice)
T/C Peter Gethin BRM P160B [03] - P142 Mk II V12
#24T Marlboro BRM
(Crashed in practice)
T/S Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312 B2-72 [008] - f12
#29T Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
(Spare - not used in practice)
DNA Jackie Stewart Tyrrell [003] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 Elf Team Tyrrell
Did not arrive

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Emerson Fittipaldi (F1) 3-litre Lotus 72D [R7] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 11.43s
2 Clay Regazzoni (F1) 3-litre Ferrari 312 B2-72 [005] - Ferrari f12 1m 11.58s
3 Denis Hulme (F1) 3-litre McLaren M19C [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 11.80s
4 Jacky Ickx (F1) 3-litre Ferrari 312 B2-72 [006] - Ferrari f12 1m 11.84s
5 François Cevert (F1) 3-litre Tyrrell [002] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 11.93s
6 Jean-Pierre Beltoise (F1) 3-litre BRM P160B [01] - BRM P142 V12 1m 12.12s
7 Peter Revson (F1) 3-litre McLaren M19A [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 12.19s
8 Mike Hailwood (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS9B [005] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 12.35s
9 Carlos Reutemann (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT37 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 12.50s
10 Andrea de Adamich (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS9B [004] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 12.54s
11 Carlos Pace (F1) 3-litre March 711 [3-2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 12.64s
12 Dave Walker (F1) 3-litre Lotus 72D [R6] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 12.76s
13 Chris Amon (F1) 3-litre Matra MS120C [06] - Matra MS71 V12 1m 12.80s
14 Ronnie Peterson (F1) 3-litre March 721X [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 13.00s
15 Howden Ganley (F1) 3-litre BRM P160B [04] - BRM P142 Mk II V12 1m 13.01s
16 Graham Hill (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT37 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 13.10s
17 Peter Gethin (F1) 3-litre BRM P160B [05] - BRM P142 V12 1m 13.15s
18 Wilson Fittipaldi (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT34 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 13.20s
19 Henri Pescarolo (F1) 3-litre March 721 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 13.40s
20 Rolf Stommelen (F1) 3-litre Eifelland March 21 [721/4] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 13.43s
21 Tim Schenken (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS9B [006] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 13.60s
22 Mike Beuttler (F1) 3-litre March 721G [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 13.70s
23 Helmut Marko (F1) 3-litre BRM P153B [03] - BRM P142 Mk II V12 1m 14.10s
24 Nanni Galli (F1) 3-litre Tecno PA123 [1] - Tecno f12 1m 14.60s
25 Niki Lauda (F1) 3-litre March 721X [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 16.50s
- Vern Schuppan * (F1) 3-litre BRM P153B [03] - BRM P142 Mk II V12 1m 16.90s
 
* Did not start

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.

3-litre Formula 1 World Championship events 1966-1985

These 1966 to 1985 results were initially compiled by Allen Brown, but these were in the very basic form required to track individual car histories. Since then further details, such as laps completed, qualifying times and so on, have been added from Rob Ryder's extensive database.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen at allen@oldracingcars.com if you can help with our research.

Individual sources for this event

Autosport 8 Jun 1972 pp8-17 (by Patrick McNally). Motoring News 8 Jun 1972 pp12-14 (by 'ARM' Andrew Marriott). Motor Sport July 1972 pp744-746 and 'Notes on the cars at Nivelles' pp746-747 (by 'DSJ' Denis Jenkinson). Sport Auto Juillet 1972 pp20-24 (by Jabby Crombac). Autocourse 1972-73 pp88-93 (by Mike Kettlewell).

There were two entries from each of McLaren, March, Ferrari, Lotus and Williams; three this time from Brabham, three from Surtees, five from BRM, only one this time from Tyrrell as Stewart was suffering from an ulcer, and one each from Matra and Tecno. The privateers were the stockbroker March, and Eifelland, bringing the total to 26 entries. Tecno's arrival made the team the 17th 3-litre F1 constructor, and the first newcomer in nearly two years.

The spare cars were Tyrrell 004 for Cevert, the second McLaren M19A for Hulme, a spare Lotus 72 for Fittipaldi, and a Ferrari 312B2 for Ickx. With Le Mans only a week away, Amon was without his spare car and half his mechanics. Marriott in MN added "A look round the paddock" and counted 31 cars, implying the 31st was Stewart's Tyrrell 003 in a corner with a dustsheet over it. The Tecno was described by the British press as "ungainly", "bulbous and unattractive" and "an interim model", but the engine caused considerable excitement.

The Belgian Grand Prix took place at Nivelles-Baulers, not at Spa, and Denis Jenkinson could not let this pass without another broadside at Jackie Stewart's "pious whinings". Following the serialisation of Stewart's book "Faster!" in the Sunday Times, there were plenty of others ready to attack him, and Bill Gavin's article in Autosport (20 Jul 1972 pp8-9) goes some way to explain why the high-profile, long-haired, high-earning, safety-campaigning tax exile was not universally popular, but it did take letters to Motor Sport to make the point that golf, for example, could still be a dramatic sport without needing to put its players in mortal danger. Mike Kettlewell, writing in Autocourse, called Jenkinson an "arch-purist". Stewart actually wrote to Motor Sport himself in the August issue to put his case, attacking Jenkinson as a "fence-sitter" and branding the people resisting change as "cranks".