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1972 FIA Formula 1 Season (IMC)
Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
Champion Constructor: Lotus Ford (GB,5,2)
Putative Constructor: McLaren Ford (GB)
Champion Driver: Emerson Fittipaldi (BR,1,1)
Putative Driver: Emerson Fittipaldi (BR)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model M19C, 2.99-liter, eight-cylinder vee DFV Cosworth, aluminum engine, DOHC, five-speed, ventilated disc brakes, aluminum monocoque chassis, double wishbone independent suspension, 455 horsepower (Ralph Bellamy).

Brabham team owner Bernie Ecclestone, seeking to increase constructor input in the manner in which Formula 1 operates, partners with Frank Williams, Colin Chapman (Lotus), Teddy Meyer (McLaren), Ken Tyrrell, and Max Mosley (March) to form the Formula One Constructors Association (FOCA) in 1972. A 1-2 finish by Tyrrell in the season finale at Watkins Glen in October just falls short as Lotus with its Model 72D entry seals its fifth constructors' title, yet the third-place finish by Denis Hulme in the same event lifts upstart McLaren to its first putative championship . 25-year old McLaren driver Emerson Fittipaldi (five victories) easily outpaces the field and comes away with his maiden drivers' crown, the youngest champion and first of Brazilian descent in series history. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Nivelles-Baulers in June. A pebble projectile seriously injures the eye of driver Helmut Marko at Charade in July and effectively ends his full-time racing career. Future F1 champion Jody Scheckter debuts at Watkins Glen in October. New Racing Makes: Italian Tecno. Racing Evolution: Mandatory five-point safety harness for drivers (Formula 1).

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

McLaren Ford82     Fittipaldi E84
Lotus Ford (SC)81     Stewart J61
Tyrrell Ford78     Hulme50
Scuderia Ferrari58     Ickx39
Walker Surtees Ford20     Revson P29
BRM17     Cevert19

Noteworthy 1972 Races

1972 XXX Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1972 1972 XXX Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (251.5 kilometers) in May, the race unexpectedly comes to a British B.R.M. P160B under Jean- Pierre Beltoise (FR) in heavy rains in 2:26:55.3 (average 63.85 mph), under thirty-nine seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Beltoise virtually leads wire-to-wire for his sole Formula 1 victory and the final cross for the B.R.M. project in the slowest contest at Monte Carlo in seasons. Photo Credit: Manou ZARINI.
1972 British Grand Prix Longfield, England1972 1972 British Grand Prix At Brands Hatch for the British Grand Prix (201.5 miles) in July, a British Lotus 72D Ford under twenty-five year old Emerson Fittipaldi (BR) takes race honors in 1:47:50.2 (average 112.06 mph), under five seconds ahead of a Tyrrell driven by Jackie Stewart. Fittipaldi moves out front on Lap 49 after race leader Jacky Ickx in his Ferrari slows due to falling oil pressure, yet succeeding pursuer Stewart contends afterwards that Wilson Fittipaldi, older brother of Emerson and driving a Brabham backmarker entry, intentionally holds him up on Lap 60 after letting his younger sibling easily pass through. The British contest features on-site wagering, a first for motorsport. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1972 XLIII Gran Premio d'Italia Monza, Italy1972 1972 XLIII Gran Premio d'Italia At Monza for the Italian Grand Prix (317.5 kilometers) in September, a British Lotus 72D Ford under Emerson Fittipaldi (BR) takes the flag in 1:29:58.4 (average 131.13 mph), under fifteen seconds ahead of a Surtees entry. Fittipaldi secures his victory and the F1 drivers' championship after close pursuer Jacky Ickx in his Ferrari loses drive with only ten laps remaining. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.