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1974 Brazilian Grand Prix

The 1974 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Interlagos on 27 January 1974. It was race 2 of 15 in both the 1974 World Championship of Drivers and the 1974 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 32-lap race was won by McLaren driver Emerson Fittipaldi after he started from pole position. Clay Regazzoni finished second for the Ferrari team and Lotus driver Jacky Ickx.

1974 Brazilian Grand Prix
Interlagos circuit
Interlagos circuit
Race details
Date 27 January 1974
Location São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 7.960[1] km (4.946 mi)
Distance 32 laps, 254.720 km (158.276 mi)
Scheduled distance 40 laps, 318.400 km (197.845 mi)
Weather Cloudy and dry in the first phase, then seasonal monsoon later.
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Ford
Time 2:32.97[2]
Fastest lap
Driver Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari
Time 2:36.05 on lap 26[3]
Podium
First McLaren-Ford
Second Ferrari
Third Lotus-Ford

Contents

Race summaryEdit

Emerson Fittipaldi took pole position for his home race from Carlos Reutemann. The start of the race was delayed as the track had to be swept clear of broken glass from over-exuberant spectators' celebrations and then Arturo Merzario's engine failed. When it did start, the flag caught some of the field unawares. Reutemann and Ronnie Peterson took advantage of the confusion to sweep into the lead, but by lap 4, Reutemann's tyres were going off. The race developed into a classic duel between Fittipaldi and Peterson, the Brazilian taking the lead on lap 16 and the Swede soon having to pit with a puncture (believed to be caused by some glass still left on the track).

Fittipaldi thus led Clay Regazzoni and Jacky Ickx until on lap 31 the heavens opened. With the track awash and the conditions dangerous, the race was red-flagged after 32 of the scheduled 40 laps. It was McLaren's second win of the year, but it was Ferrari who, with Regazzoni, topped the drivers' table - for the first time since March 1971.

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 32 1:24:37.06 1 9
2 11   Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 32 + 13.57 8 6
3 2   Jacky Ickx Lotus-Ford 31 + 1 Lap 5 4
4 18   Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford 31 + 1 Lap 12 3
5 33   Mike Hailwood McLaren-Ford 31 + 1 Lap 7 2
6 1   Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 31 + 1 Lap 4 1
7 7   Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 31 + 1 Lap 2  
8 4   Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 31 + 1 Lap 16  
9 24   James Hunt March-Ford 31 + 1 Lap 18  
10 14   Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 31 + 1 Lap 17  
11 26   Graham Hill Lola-Ford 31 + 1 Lap 21  
12 6   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 31 + 1 Lap 11  
13 3   Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 31 + 1 Lap 14  
14 15   Henri Pescarolo BRM 30 + 2 Laps 22  
15 8   Richard Robarts Brabham-Ford 30 + 2 Laps 24  
16 37   François Migault BRM 30 + 2 Laps 23  
17 19   Jochen Mass Surtees-Ford 30 + 2 Laps 10  
Ret 28   John Watson Brabham-Ford 27 Clutch 15  
Ret 9   Hans Joachim Stuck March-Ford 24 Transmission 13  
Ret 17   Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 21 Brakes 19  
Ret 20   Arturo Merzario Iso-Marlboro-Ford 20 Throttle 9  
Ret 16   Peter Revson Shadow-Ford 10 Overheating 6  
Ret 10   Howden Ganley March-Ford 8 Ignition 20  
Ret 12   Niki Lauda Ferrari 2 Engine 3  
Ret 27   Guy Edwards Lola-Ford 2 Chassis 25  
Source:[4]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Brazilian Grand Prix". MotorSport. March 1974. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 20. ISBN 0-85429-380-9.
  3. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 22. ISBN 0-85429-380-9.
  4. ^ "1974 Brazilian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 Jan 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.


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