Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.
Jackie Stewart in a Tyrrell-Cosworth 003 won the French Grand Prix held at Clermont-Ferrand. The Charade circuit's natural setting around the base of an extinct volcano created safety concerns due to the dark, volcanic rocks which fell from the mountain onto both sides of the track.Drivers who skirted the track edge would often send rocks flying into the middle of the road and into the path of pursuing competitors. The hazard was highlighted when driver Helmut Marko suffered a career-ending injury during the race when a stone thrown from Emerson Fittipaldi's Lotus penetrated his helmet visor and blinded him in the left eye. The rocks also meant that tire punctures were a perennial hazard on the circuit, as was shown when 10 competitors suffered punctures during the race. The French Grand Prix was moved to the new Paul Ricard Circuit for 1973.
Start of the 1972 French Grand Prix