For 1972 Team Lotus focussed again on the type 72 chassis. Imperial Tobacco continued its sponsorship of the team under its new John Player Special brand. The cars, now often referred to as 'JPS', were fielded in a new black and gold livery. Lotus took the championship by surprise in 1972 with 25-year old Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi who became the youngest world champion. Stewart came second in the championship.The Team Lotus was forced to run only one car because the Emerson Fittipaldi's Lotus 72D damaged seriously due to the accident of the transporter that had occurred just while toward Monza. Fittipaldi used another 72D but the car was actually almost specification of the 1970 season.