“Rain, rain and extra rain isn’t the climate that anybody expects for probably the most glamorous race of the grand prix season at Monte Carlo, however rain it did – and closely – all through,” we stated after race 4 of the 1972 System 1 championship.
“It was a surprisingly clear begin which produced an equally shocking chief: Jean-Pierre Beltoise within the BRM, who had edged his well past [Ferrari man Jacky] Ickx on the within.
“Spray is essential to visibility in these circumstances, and the motive force that leads within the early laps can construct up an amazing benefit, whereas these behind can do little however comply with in his wake. So, in 4 laps Beltoise was over 5sec forward of [Ferrari’s] Clay Regazzoni.
“On lap 5, Ickx appeared in second place, over 12sec behind the BRM, after his team-mate had led [Lotus pole-sitter] Emerson Fittipaldi down the chicane escape highway, shedding them a spot every.
“Beltoise used his benefit properly and progressively decreased his lap time in steady rain to 1min 40.0sec on the ninth lap, which was to face because the quickest lap of the race.”
Regazzoni was taken out on lap 51 after Howden Ganley (one in all 5 drivers for BRM!) crashed on the Gasometer hairpin, spilling oil all around the moist floor.
Beltoise continued his elegant efficiency out entrance, topping it off by lapping the third-placed Tyrrell of Jackie Stewart.
“It’s truthful to say that his success was shocking, in view of BRM’s earlier performances this 12 months, however he didn’t put a wheel fallacious.”
It was the Frenchman’s first and solely System 1 win – and BRM’s final.