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30. Dec 2021 
by Pierre Van Vliet
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In 1972, Emerson Fittipaldi claims his first world title for Lotus. Two weeks after a first victory (of the season) at Jarama, the Brazilian qualifies on pole position at Monaco, at the wheel of his JPS Lotus 72, but is surprised by the perfect start (picture below) of the BRM of Jean-Pierre Beltoise (placed under the trees and  sheltered from the rain, on a dry track), and the Ferrari of Jacky Ickx, second, the Rain Master.

Relentless despite Goodyear tyres, less performant in the wet than his competitors in Firestone, “Emmo” fought by cutting the trajectories to the limit, like at the hairpin of the ‘Old Station’ (picture above), and finished third, one lap behind, at the end of a two and half hours rain sodden race.

 

Source: DR

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