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1973 Canadian Grand Prix

1973 Canadian Grand Prix
Mosport.svg
Race details
Date 23 September 1973
Official name XIII Labatt's Canadian Grand Prix
Location Mosport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.957 km (2.459 miles)
Distance 80 laps, 316.56 km (196.72 miles)
Weather Mild with temperatures approaching 22.2 °C (72.0 °F); wind speeds up to 11.8 kilometres per hour (7.3 mph)[1]
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:13.697
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford
Time 1:15.496
Podium
First McLaren-Ford
Second Lotus-Ford
Third Shadow-Ford
Lap leaders

The 1973 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Mosport Park on 23 September 1973. It was race 14 of 15 in both the 1973 World Championship of Drivers and the 1973 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.

The 80-lap race was won by Peter Revson, driving a McLaren M23, after starting from second on the grid. This turned out to be Revson's last victory and podium finish in Formula One. As of the conclusion of the 2021 Formula One World Championship, this is the last Grand Prix to be won by a driver born in the USA. Emerson Fittipaldi took second position for Team Lotus, while Jackie Oliver took third in a Shadow, his first podium in five years and his last of all.

This was also the 99th and last race start of triple world champion Jackie Stewart.

Report

This was the first Grand Prix to feature a car with the number 0, the car in question being the McLaren of Jody Scheckter.[2]

The race began in very wet conditions, which caused a number of incidents later in the race. François Cevert and Scheckter collided on the 32nd lap, resulting in the deployment of a safety car for the first time in Formula One history[3] (although it would not be until twenty years later, in 1993, when these cars were given an official role). The car in question was a yellow Porsche 914[4] driven by former F1 privateer Eppie Wietzes. Wietzes stayed in front of Howden Ganley's Iso-Marlboro by mistake, which allowed several drivers, including eventual winner Revson, to gain a lap on the field.[5]

Pit stops at the time were unusual. Formula One had only recently switched to slick tyres but the drying conditions necessitated stops mid-race. The small pit lane at Mosport became busy, with a number of drivers heading into the pit lane only to have to drive through as there was no room for them to be serviced.[6] Ganley realised the problem and waited until team-mate Tim Schenken had made his stop, making him one of the last to stop.[6] The pit stops caused significant confusion, with some believing the leader to be Ganley and others, including Team Lotus manager Colin Chapman, believing it to be Fittipaldi. Chapman even went as far as to perform his traditional victory celebration of tossing his cap in the air at the end of what he believed to be the 80th lap, even though Fittipaldi was not shown the checkered flag. After a long pause, the starter waved the flag over a group of cars consisting of Ganley, Hailwood, Revson and Hunt. Despite seeing the flag first, Ganley did not believe he had won the race, despite lap charts kept by the team showing him leading.[6] The officials then announced Revson as the winner after a long confusion which included protests from Ganley's then girlfriend (later wife) who had been keeping the team's lap chart. Ganley maintains he feels he won the race, citing the fact official lap charts have him pitting when he did not.[6]

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time/Gap
1 2 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 1:13.697
2 8 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford +1.040
3 0 South Africa Jody Scheckter McLaren-Ford +1.061
4 10 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford +1.116
5 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford +1.338
6 6 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford +1.421
7 7 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford +1.622
8 21 Austria Niki Lauda BRM +1.703
9 5 Scotland Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford +1.944
10 11 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford +2.415
11 29 New Zealand Chris Amon Tyrrell-Ford +2.531
12 23 England Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford +2.593
13 16 United States George Follmer Shadow-Ford +2.661
14 17 England Jackie Oliver Shadow-Ford +2.739
15 27 England James Hunt March-Ford +2.807
16 20 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM +2.926
17 12 England Graham Hill Shadow-Ford +3.043
18 9 West Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford +3.149
19 24 Brazil Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford +3.331
20 4 Italy Arturo Merzario Ferrari +3.653
21 15 England Mike Beuttler March-Ford +3.686
22 25 New Zealand Howden Ganley Williams-Ford +3.882
23 18 France Jean-Pierre Jarier March-Ford +4.024
24 26 Australia Tim Schenken Williams-Ford +4.705
25 19 England Peter Gethin BRM +4.801
26 28 Liechtenstein Frederick von Opel Ensign-Ford +4.985
Source:[7]

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 80 1:59:04.083 2 9
2 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 80 + 32.734 5 6
3 17 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Shadow-Ford 80 + 34.505 14 4
4 20 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 80 + 36.514 16 3
5 5 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 9 2
6 25 New Zealand Howden Ganley Iso-Marlboro-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 22 1
7 27 United Kingdom James Hunt March-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 15  
8 10 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 4  
9 23 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 12  
10 29 New Zealand Chris Amon Tyrrell-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 11  
11 11 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 10  
12 9 Germany Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 76 + 4 Laps 18  
13 7 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 75 + 5 Laps 7  
14 26 Australia Tim Schenken Iso-Marlboro-Ford 75 + 5 Laps 24  
15 4 Italy Arturo Merzario Ferrari 75 + 5 Laps 20  
16 12 United Kingdom Graham Hill Shadow-Ford 73 + 7 Laps 17  
17 16 United States George Follmer Shadow-Ford 73 + 7 Laps 13  
18 24 Brazil Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford 72 + 8 Laps 19  
NC 18 France Jean-Pierre Jarier March-Ford 71 + 9 Laps 23  
NC 28 Liechtenstein Rikky von Opel Ensign-Ford 68 + 12 Laps 26  
Ret 21 Austria Niki Lauda BRM 62 Transmission 8  
Ret 0 South Africa Jody Scheckter McLaren-Ford 32 Collision 3  
Ret 6 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 32 Collision 6  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 20 Engine 21  
Ret 2 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 16 Suspension 1  
Ret 19 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 5 Oil Pump 25  
Source:[8]

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 7 results from the first 8 races and the best 6 results from the last 7 races counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

References

  1. ^ "Weather information for the "1973 Canadian Grand Prix"". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Car 0". ChicaneF1.com. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Lang, Mike (1982). Grand Prix! Vol 2. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 244. ISBN 0-85429-321-3.
  4. ^ Kathri, Tarun (7 February 2012). "First ever Safety Car in Formula 1 : Rewind to 1973". aaFormula1.com. Archived from the original on 7 April 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Eppie Wietzes biography". F1 Rejects. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d Jones, Dewis (4 May 2015). "The Great Grand Prix Robbery". Velocity Magazine.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Formula One 1973 Canadian Grand Prix Classification | Motorsport Stats".
  8. ^ "1973 Canadian Grand Prix". Formula One. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Canada 1973 - Championship o STATS F1". statsf1.com. Retrieved 2019.



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