1973 Belgian Grand Prix
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1973 Belgian Grand Prix
1973 Belgian Grand Prix
Circuit Zolder-1973-1974.svg
Race details
Date 20 May 1973
Official name XXXI GROTE PRIJS VAN BELGIE
Location Circuit Zolder
Heusden-Zolder, Limburg, Belgium
Course Grand Prix Circuit
Course length 4.220 km (2.622 miles)
Distance 70 laps, 295.379 km (183.540 miles)
Weather Warm, dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:22.46
Fastest lap
Driver France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford
Time 1:25.42 on lap 28
Podium
First Tyrrell-Ford
Second Tyrrell-Ford
Third Lotus-Ford
Lap leaders

The 1973 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zolder on 20 May 1973. It was race 5 of 15 in both the 1973 World Championship of Drivers and the 1973 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The race was won by British driver Jackie Stewart driving a Tyrrell 006.

The entire Zolder track had to be resurfaced a week before the actual Grand Prix after a few drivers such as Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi and François Cevert walked around the track to inspect it. They found that the track started to break up as a result of a previous race, and the track owners immediately decided to resurface the track, only a week before the Grand Prix. Cevert, Fittipaldi and Stewart refused to drive on the track because of the danger, and Cevert responded to the FIA that they would attempt to cancel the race if the owners did not do a good enough job of fixing the track.

Future world champion Niki Lauda took his first ever career points here, by finishing in fifth place in his BRM.

This race saw the end of teams' numbers changing from race to race - the numbers teams raced with at Zolder lasted until the end of the season. For 1974, the finishing positions in the Constructors' Championship were used to allocate the numbers, after which teams did not change numbers unless they won the Drivers' Championship (or signed the current World Champion).

Qualifying

Qualifying classification

Pos. Driver Constructor Time No
1 Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 1:22,46 1
2 Denis Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:23,00 2
3 Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:23,10 3
4 François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:23,22 4
5 Jean-Pierre Beltoise B.R.M. 1:23,25 5
6 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:23,28 6
7 Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 1:23,34 7
8 Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford 1:23,34 8
9 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:23,44 9
10 Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 1:23,52 10
11 George Follmer Shadow-Ford 1:23,86 11
12 Clay Regazzoni B.R.M. 1:23,91 12
13 Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 1:23,96 13
14 Niki Lauda B.R.M. 1:24,51 14
15 Chris Amon Tecno 1:24,79 15
16 Jean-Pierre Jarier March-Ford 1:24,83 16
17 Nanni Galli Iso-Ford 1:24,89 17
18 Andrea de Adamich Brabham-Ford 1:25,28 18
19 Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 1:25,57 19
20 Mike Beuttler March-Ford 1:25,77 20
21 Howden Ganley Iso-Ford 1:26,68 21
22 Jackie Oliver Shadow-Ford 1:28,12 22
23 Graham Hill Shadow-Ford 1:30,45 23

Race

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 70 1:42:13.43 6 9
2 6 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 70 + 31.84 4 6
3 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 70 + 2:02.79 9 4
4 9 Italy Andrea de Adamich Brabham-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 18 3
5 21 Austria Niki Lauda BRM 69 + 1 Lap 14 2
6 22 New Zealand Chris Amon Tecno 67 + 3 Laps 15 1
7 7 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 67 +3 Laps 2  
8 24 Brazil Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford 66 +4 Laps 8  
9 12 United Kingdom Graham Hill Shadow-Ford 65 +5 Laps 23  
10 19 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni BRM 63 Accident 12  
11 15 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 63 Accident 20  
Ret 14 France Jean-Pierre Jarier March-Ford 60 Accident 16  
Ret 20 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 56 Not classified 5  
Ret 11 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 46 Engine 19  
Ret 2 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 42 Accident 1  
Ret 8 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 33 Accident 10  
Ret 25 New Zealand Howden Ganley Iso-Marlboro-Ford 16 Accident 21  
Ret 10 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 14 Engine 7  
Ret 16 United States George Follmer Shadow-Ford 13 Throttle 11  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Shadow-Ford 11 Accident 22  
Ret 3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 6 Oil pump 3  
Ret 26 Italy Nanni Galli Iso-Marlboro-Ford 6 Engine 17  
Ret 23 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 4 Accident 13  
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the race

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

References

  1. ^ "1973 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Belgium 1973 - Championship o STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 2019.



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