The first of our features on classic Brazilian Grand Prix starts, appropriately, at the very beginning. After a trial non-championship race in 1972, it wasn’t until the following season did the tyres hit the Sao Paulo in championship anger.
The first winner of the race was home hero Emerson Fittapaldi, in his all conquering Lotus 72D. The previous season Emerson took the title for the first time at the tender age of 25 – a record that stood until one Fernando Alonso won in 2005 – and carried his form into 1973. The brand new Interlagos circuit was built for him in mind – indeed, only a few seasons before did he say how much he wanted to race in front of his home crowd.
Team-mate Ronnie Peterson secured pole position for the race – the first of his career- but Fittapaldi stormed into the lead at the start and never looked back. Jackie Stewart slotted his Tyrrell into second place behind the Lotus and bravely held on throughout the race to the Brazilian’s rear wing, eventually finishing 13 seconds behind. Pole man Peterson fell behind at the start to fourth, and a broken wheel spun him out after only 6 laps. Kiwi Denny Hulme completed the podium for the McLaren team.
Feat your eyes on a selection of images from the ace Sutton Images archive. Marvel at the large tyres, and even larger sideburns!