On This Day: 11 February

There was a time in Formula One when competitive racing would take place in the month of January or February. Such an occasion was the 1973 season which saw the opening Argentine Grand Prix contested in January followed by the Brazilian Grand Prix which took place on 11 February.

Going into the 1973 season Brazilian and Sao Paulo local, Emerson Fittipaldi, had been crowned the 1972 Drivers’ Champion, driving with Team Lotus. At the time the youngest to become world champion having achieved the feat at twenty five years old.

The 1973 Brazilian Grand Prix was the first ever to be included in the Formula One Championship having held a non-championship event the previous season. It took place on the original 7.960 kilometre Interlagos circuit, as opposed to the current 4.309 kilometre circuit used currently.

The configuration of the Interlagos circuit used for the 1973 Brazilian Grand Prix

Pole position had been claimed by Swede, and Fittipaldi’s teammate, Ronnie Peterson. It would be the Brazilian however who would go on to claim victory in front of his home crowd ahead of the Tyrrell of Jackie Stewart and the McLaren of Denny Hulme. The fastest lap, which was a 2:35.0, would end up being shared between Fittipaldi and Hulme.

Fittipaldi’s victory in Brazil was his second of the 1973 season, having also won the opening Grand Prix in Argentina, and the eighth in his Formula One career. The result in Brazil also meant he led the championship after two rounds by eight points from Stewart.

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