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1973 French Grand Prix

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Date  July 1, 1973
Weather  Sunny and warm
Course length  5.809 km (3.610 mi)
1973 French Grand Prix
Location  Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France
Course  Permanent racing facility
Distance  54 laps, 313.686 km (194.94 mi)

The 1973 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Paul Ricard Circuit on July 1, 1973. It was the eighth race of the 1973 World Championship of Drivers and the 1973 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers.

This race was notable for a collision involving Jody Scheckter and Emerson Fittipaldi. Scheckter, who was given an opportunity to drive a factory McLaren for this event was leading from the start in just his third Formula One race. On lap 41, Fittipaldi had closed and attempted to pass the South African, but Scheckter closed the door and they made heavy contact, forcing Emerson into retirement. Scheckter continued but spun out shortly after. Fittipaldi ran to the McLaren pits, eventually resulting in fierce words between the two drivers. Scheckter claimed years later that Fittipaldi had called him a 'young hooligan' for his role in the incident. Many drivers wanted him banned from the sport, but McLaren instead decided to put him on the sidelines for a number of races.

Meanwhile, after so many promising races turned to nothing, Swedish driver Ronnie Peterson finally celebrated victory for the first time in his career, driving a Lotus. Tyrrell driver Fran├žois Cevert finished in second place, whilst Carlos Reutemann finished in third place, driving a Brabham.

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

    1973 French Grand Prix Wikipedia

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