The Austrian Grand Prix produced a surprise victory on Sunday(19 August) for Ronnier Peterson of Sweden, driving a Lotus.
The Austrian Grand Prix produced a surprise victory on Sunday(19 August) for Ronnier Peterson of Sweden, driving a Lotus. The winning time for the 320 kilometres (200 mile) race was one hour 28 minutes, 48.78 seconds, giving Peterson an average of 133.5 miles per hour (214 kilometres).
Nine seconds behind Peterson, Jackie Stewart in a Tyrrell-Ford finished second, nevertheless maintaining his considerable lead in the world championship standings with a score of 66.
During most of the race, Peterson fought a duel with his Lotus team colleague, Emerson Fittipaldi. The Brazilian was leading when he retired on the 50th lap, with just six laps to finish.
The two black and gold cars dominated the race, the twelfth in the world championship series. It was otherwise plagued by a rash of sick engines. The McLaren-Ford team were a particular disappointment; one of the American cars faltered at the start, the other was a regular visitor to the pits.
Peterson's win consolidated his 4th place in the world championship standings.