Twelve races composed the 23rd Formula One championship, which started on January 23rd and ended on October the 8th.
One track, originally scheduled to host a race, Zandvoort was abandoned since didn’t respect the current safety rules.
This year will be remembered for the a colour which became legend.
In fact Imperial Tobacco, sponsor of Lotus, changed name and adopted a new brand, John Players Special or JPS as often referred to. This would sound insignificant if it wasn’t that Lotus was going to have the colours which assigned its name to legend. The well known black and gold livery.
And Lotus was also the team which improved more over the winter and that dominated the championship. Emerson Fittipaldi became the youngest world champion at that point, in front of Stewart and Denny Hulme.
|Grand Prix||Date||Winning Driver||Team||Laps||Time|
|South Africa||04/03/1972||Denny Hulme||McLaren-Ford||79||1:45’49.1|
|Monaco||14/05/1972||Jean Pierre Beltoise||BRM||80||2:26’54.7|
|Great Britain||15/07/1972||Emerson Fittipaldi||Lotus-Ford||76||1:47’50.2|
|United States||08/10/1972||Jackie Stewart||Tyrrell-Ford||59||1:41’45.354|
World Championship Final Results drivers
1 Emerson Fittipaldi 61 pts.
2 Jackie Stewart 45 pts.
3 Denny Hulme 39 pts.
4 Jacky Ickx 27 pts.
5 Peter Revson 23 pts.
6 François Cevert 15 pts.
7 Clay Regazzoni 15 pts.
8 Mike Hailwood 13 pts.
9 Ronnie Peterson 12 pts.
10 Chris Amon 12 pts.