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1974 Spanish Grand Prix

The 1974 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 28 April 1974 at the Circuito Permanente del Jarama near Madrid, Spain. It was race 4 of 15 in both the 1974 World Championship of Drivers and the 1974 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.

1974 Spanish Grand Prix
Circuito Permanente del Jarama 1980.svg
Race details
Date 28 April 1974
Official name XX Gran Premio de España[1]
Location Jarama, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.404 km (2.115 mi)
Distance 84 laps, 285.936 km (177.672 mi)
Scheduled distance 90 laps, 306.36 km (190.363 mi)
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:18.44[2]
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari
Time 1:20.83[3] on lap 47
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third McLaren-Ford

The 84-lap race was won from pole position by Austrian driver Niki Lauda, driving a Ferrari. It was Lauda's first Formula One victory. Swiss teammate Clay Regazzoni finished second, with Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi third in a McLaren-Ford.

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Race summaryEdit

With James Hunt's Hesketh having won the non-championship International Trophy three weeks previously, the 1974 season was turning out to be one of the most open ever, with five drivers from four teams having won the first five races (also including the non-championship Race of Champions), and a driver who had not won at all - Clay Regazzoni - leading the Drivers' Championship.

The Spanish Grand Prix marked the debuts of the Trojan and Amon teams, as well as Liechtensteiner driver Rikky von Opel. Jorge de Bagration, a local driver of Georgian royal descent, was to have taken part in the race, driving a Surtees TS16 with sponsorship from department store El Corte Inglés, but missed out due to a very unusual set of circumstances: the outgoing president of the Spanish Motor Sport Federation cleared his office, taking with him all paper files including the official entry list for the race; a replacement list was hurriedly drawn up that omitted de Bagration, whose sponsorship had just fallen through. Despite this, de Bagration should still have been included on the replacement list, regardless whether or not he would have been able to race.[4]

Niki Lauda took pole from Ronnie Peterson in a qualifying session disrupted by a large accident to Patrick Depailler, but it was Peterson who led from the start as rain began to fall. Jacky Ickx moved into the podium places, taking 3rd place on lap 19.

As the track dried, cars dived into the pits for replacement tyres. Ferrari got Lauda in and out for a total pit stop time of 35 seconds, enabling him to take the lead. The race ended at the two-hour mark, six laps short of the scheduled 90,[5] with Lauda leading Regazzoni home in a Ferrari 1-2 and no other driver on the lead lap. Arturo Merzario lost out on a solid points finish when the hit the wall in 4th. Emerson Fittipaldi held off a strong challenge from Hans-Joachim Stuck, whilst Jody Scheckter claimed his first points.

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12   Niki Lauda Ferrari 84 2:00:29.56 1 9
2 11   Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 84 + 35.61 3 6
3 5   Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 83 + 1 Lap 4 4
4 9   Hans-Joachim Stuck March-Ford 82 + 2 Laps 13 3
5 3   Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 82 + 2 Laps 9 2
6 6   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 82 + 2 Laps 8 1
7 16   Brian Redman Shadow-Ford 81 + 3 Laps 21  
8 4   Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 81 + 3 Laps 16  
9 33   Mike Hailwood McLaren-Ford 81 + 3 Laps 17  
10 24   James Hunt Hesketh-Ford 81 + 3 Laps 10  
11 28   John Watson Brabham-Ford 80 + 4 Laps 15  
12 15   Henri Pescarolo BRM 80 + 4 Laps 20  
13 18   Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford 78 + 6 Laps 14  
14 23   Tim Schenken Trojan-Ford 76 Spun Off 25  
NC 17   Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 73 + 11 Laps 12  
Ret 26   Graham Hill Lola-Ford 43 Engine 19  
Ret 20   Arturo Merzario Iso-Marlboro-Ford 37 Accident 7  
Ret 19   Jochen Mass Surtees-Ford 35 Gearbox 18  
Ret 37   François Migault BRM 27 Engine 22  
Ret 2   Jacky Ickx Lotus-Ford 26 Brakes 5  
Ret 1   Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 23 Engine 2  
Ret 30   Chris Amon Amon-Ford 22 Brakes 23  
Ret 8   Rikky von Opel Brabham-Ford 14 Oil Leak 24  
Ret 7   Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 12 Spun Off 6  
Ret 14   Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 2 Engine 11  
DNQ 27   Guy Edwards Lola-Ford    
DNQ 21   Tom Belsø Iso-Marlboro-Ford        
WD 25   Silvio Moser Brabham-Ford        
WD 29   Jorge de Bagration Surtees-Ford        
Source:[6]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1974". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 25. ISBN 0-85429-380-9.
  3. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 27. ISBN 0-85429-380-9.
  4. ^ "Jorge de Bagration - Biography". Formula One Rejects. Archived from the original on 21 March 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  5. ^ Jenkinson, Denis (June 1974). "The Spanish Grand Prix: Ferrari Dominates". Motor Sport. p. 34. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  6. ^ "1974 Spanish Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 Jan 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.


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