• Short Summary

    Sweden's Ronnie Peterson driving a JPS Lotus won the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen on Sunday (October 7th)
    Britain's James Hunt in a march 713 was second and Argentine, Carlos Tuetemann was third in a Brebham Ford.

  • Description

    Sweden's Ronnie Peterson driving a JPS Lotus won the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen on Sunday (October 7th)
    Britain's James Hunt in a march 713 was second and Argentine, Carlos Tuetemann was third in a Brebham Ford.

    Peterson, driving in the John Player Lotus team, raced into the lead from the pole position, and stayed in front for the 59 laps, a total of just over 199 miles (320 kilometres).

    The race was the 15th and last in this year's World Championship series. The title had already been won on points by Britain's Jackie Stewart.

    Stewart and New Zealander Chris Amon, withdrew from the Grand Prix following the death during a practice run on Saturday (6 October) of their Tyrell-Ford teammate Francois Cevert of France. Cevert who was 29 came to prominence by winning the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in 1971.

    Ronnie Peterson's win was his fourth Grand Prix victory this year. He won the French Grand Prix in July and the Austrian and Italian Grand Prix within the last six weeks.

    His win in the U.S. Grand Prix earned him 50,000 U.S. dollars (GBP 20,000 sterling).

    SYNOPSIS: The world's top Formula One racing drivers prepared for the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen on sunday. Carlos Ruetemann of Argentina drove a Brabham Ford.

    The race, the fifteenth and last of this year's World Championship series, carried prize money totalling two-hundred-and-seventy-five thousand-dollars. The winner's purse was fifty thousand dollars.

    The eventual winner, Sweden's Ronnie Peterson, driving a JPS Lotus, led from the pole position. Peter Reveson of the United States had engine trouble and got away last.

    The race had been over-shadowed by the death of the twenty-nine-year-old French driver, Francois Cevert, during a practice run the previous day. Britain's Jackie Stewart and New Zealander Chris Among, withdrew out of respect for their team-mate who won the U.S. Grand Prix on the Watkins Glen Course two years ago. Stewart had already won the World Championship on points.

    Ronnie Peterson kept his lead for the fifty-nine laps--a total of just under two hundred miles. But he had to withstand a strong challenge from britain's James Hunt, who came in second behind Peterson. Carlos Ruetemann was third.

    Hunt, in his first year of Formula One racing, thrilled the crowd when he set a new lap record in his March Seven-One Three. But he could not pass Ronnie Peterson, who went on to win his fourth Grand Prix of the season.

    Peterson came to prominence this year by winning the French Grand Prix in July, and a month later, winning the Austrian and Italian Grand Prix.

    Peterson's win earned him fifty-thousand dollars--almost as much as his total winnings from his three earlier victories. He also moved to third place in the overall World Championship.

    Peterson had been considered a strong contender for the U.S. Grand Prix, the richest race in championship road racing. Beside his previous Grand Prix wins, he had produced the fastest lap time in the qualifying sessions two days before the main race. For the Englishman, James Hunt, his second placing was his best performance of the year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2HJLA5BTJGGB8SNOKYOBYOQMQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA2HJLA5BTJGGB8SNOKYOBYOQMQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:42:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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