1973 FRENCH GP

Autosport (UK) - - INSIGHT -

PAUL RI­CARD LO­TUS 72E (1ST)

In some ways this was one of Peter­son’s more sub­dued races, but it is the event that fi­nally made him a GP vic­tor.

Mclaren new­comer Jody Scheck­ter led from the start, with Peter­son – af­ter a great start from row two – chas­ing ini­tially.

“The Mclaren was the fastest of the three types along the straight, which meant that even with a tow nei­ther the Lo­tus nor the Tyrrell driv­ers could slip­stream up along­side Scheck­ter,” wrote Au­tosport’s Pete Lyons.

Hav­ing not breached Scheck­ter’s de­fences, Peter­son de­cided to let team­mate Emer­son Fit­ti­paldi by to have a go.

“In what ap­pears to have been an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic er­ror of judge­ment, Emer­son tried to force his way through where Scheck­ter wasn’t pre­pared to give him room,” wrote Lyons.

The en­su­ing clash put both out just af­ter three-quar­ters dis­tance and, with Jackie Ste­wart and Denny Hulme hav­ing al­ready suf­fered punc­tures, Peter­son was left to take his first world cham­pi­onship win at his 40th at­tempt.

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