WHEN: JULY 14, 1973 WHERE: SILVERSTONE WINNER: PETER REVSON (MCLAREN-FORD)
It was one of those magical, Silverstone moments near the end of qualifying when Ronnie Peterson hurled his JPS Lotus-cosworth 72D through Woodcote on the limit at over 140 mph to take pole.
The next day the Super Swede led away only to be out-braked by the TyrrellCosworth 006 of Jackie Stewart into Becketts. At the end of the lap Jody Scheckter’s Mclaren M23 triggered a big accident and the race was stopped. Of the original 28 cars, 19 restarted and Peterson was ready for Stewart this time, holding the lead from the fast-starting BRM P160E of Niki Lauda.
Stewart was soon past Lauda but an attempt to pass Ronnie at Stowe was thwarted by a gearbox malfunction which sent the Tyrrell into the cornfield. Emerson Fittipaldi in the second Lotus held off Peter Revson’s Mclaren M23 for as long as he could but it was Revson’s day. He passed Ronnie just after half distance but remained under pressure from not just Super Swede but also Denny Hulme (Mclaren) and James Hunt in Lord Hesketh’s March-cosworth 731, who were having their own battle for third place after Emerson retired. In a classic Silverstone-type finish Ronnie was 2.8s behind Revson with Denny and James almost dead-heating for third place.