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The 1973 British Grand Prix was the ninth round of the season and is best known for the huge first lap crash that eliminated eleven cars.

Ronnie Peterson took pole position for the event, with Denny Hulme lining up alongside the Swede. American Peter Revson started third, with Jackie Stewart fourth and Emerson Fittipaldi in fifth.

Stewart had the best getaway from the line and was up to first place by Becketts, after overtaking Peterson for the lead. Jody Scheckter, driving for McLaren, spun at Woodcote as he approached the line to start lap two.

He hit the inside wall and sparked chaos behind, with several other cars colliding as they attempted to avoid his stationary machine.

The race was immediately stopped, with nine drivers failing to make the second start. Andrea de Adamich was forced to leave F1 because of his injuries but fortunately everyone else emerged largely unhurt.

18 of the 29 cars took the restart (two drivers had been eliminated from the first start in a separate accident) with Peterson holding off Niki Lauda into turn one. Stewart passed the Austrian a little while later but as he attempted to take the lead, the door was firmly shut.

The Scot lost control of his Tyrrel and spun across the grass. Revson eventually found a way through and went on to win the race from Peterson by 2.8 seconds.

Hulme finished third, with James Hunt impressing in fourth. Francois Cevert and Carlos Reutemann completed the point’s finishers, while Stewart registered his worst finish of the season in 10th place.

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