On this day in 1973, for the second time in its history, the French Grand Prix was held at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

To celebrate its domination of Grand Prix racing back then, American tyre manufacturer Goodyear brought together its teams and drivers for a family pic.

The shot is a good opportunity to test one’s historic knowledge of F1, so we’ll leave everyone to name the drivers in the picture.

As for the race itself, poleman Jackie Stewart was overhauled at the start by McLaren’s new wonder boy Jody Scheckter who was only in his third Grand Prix, the young South African subbing for Peter Revson who was committed to an IndyCar round with team papya on the same weekend.

A big battle ensued between Scheckter and reigning world champion Emerson Fittipaldi which lasted until lap 41 of 54 when the Lotus charger made an over-confident move on the leader and took both drivers out of the race.

Just like George Russell in Austria last weekend, Ronnie Peterson was left to pick up the pieces to claim his maiden win in F1, with carlos Reutemann and local hero François Cevert completing the podium.

 

 

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