1975 Italian Grand Prix

The 1975 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on 7 September 1975. It was race 13 of 14 in both the 1975 World Championship of Drivers and the 1975 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. It was the 45th Italian Grand Prix and the 41st to be held at Monza. The race held over 52 laps of the five kilometre circuit for a race distance of 300 kilometres.

1975 Italian Grand Prix
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Race details
Date September 7, 1975
Location Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.780 km (3.59 mi)
Distance 52 laps, 300.56 km (186.68 mi)
Weather Dry and sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:32.24[1]
Fastest lap
Driver Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari
Time 1:33.1[2] on lap 47
First Ferrari
Second McLaren-Ford
Third Ferrari

The race was won by Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni in his Ferrari 312T in a glorious day for Scuderia Ferrari. It was Regazzoni's third win, Ferrari's fifth win for the season. Regazzoni took a sixteen-second win over the McLaren M23 of outgoing world champion, Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi. Behind Fittipaldi was the second Ferrari of Austrian driver Niki Lauda. Third place was enough for Lauda to secure his first world championship. Lauda's 16.5 point lead would be too much for Fittipaldi to bridge at the final round of the championship at the United States Grand Prix. With Regazzoni and Lauda scoring 13 points between them, Ferrari also secured the International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers, their first such win since 1964.

Race summaryEdit

The race start, with the poleman Lauda (n. 12) and Regazzoni (n. 11) in their Ferrari 312Ts

The Italian supporters were gathered in expectation of Ferrari gaining their first championship in 11 years-on home ground, with many Austrians travelling over the border to support Niki Lauda and were delighted when Ferrari filled both spaces on the front row. Tony Brise delighted his boss Graham Hill by gaining a third-row spot.

Lauda only needed to finish 5th or higher to be champion; but Argentine Carlos Reutemann and Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi both needed to win with Lauda out of the points. Fittipaldi, who had won in Argentina and Great Britain, was Lauda's strongest challenger.

On Sunday morning there was a cloudburst and for some time the future of the race was in jeopardy, but the rain dried up with about an hour to go before the start. Clay Regazzoni led from Lauda and Jody Scheckter.

Vittorio Brambilla's clutch burnt out on the first lap, whilst Bob Evans halted with a failed engine plug. There was a chaotic accident at the chicane-Scheckter had to take to the escape road as around him Jochen Mass hit the kerb, damaging his car's suspension. Ronnie Peterson collided with another car, jamming his throttle open. Mario Andretti and Rolf Stommelen retired with accident damage and Brise spun across the chicane. Harald Ertl soared over the top of Hans-Joachim Stuck's car, damaging the uprights.

Fittipaldi overtakes Lauda six laps before the end of the race

After six laps, Carlos Pace retired with a broken throttle link, soon joined by Hans-Joachim Stuck and Lella Lombardi. The Ferraris were circulating 1–2 with Clay Regazzoni leading majestically from Niki Lauda. On lap 14, Emerson Fittipaldi passed Carlos Reutemann for third place, and Reutemann's involvement in the championship was effectively over; he finished 4th in the race. Despite the Ferraris being way ahead, Fittipaldi would not give up the chase, carving down a gap of over ten seconds. With just six laps left, he managed to pass Lauda.

Meanwhile, Patrick Depailler had taken James Hunt for fifth only to spin off down the escape road. Hunt, Tom Pryce and Reutemann were duelling, Pryce taking the place when Hunt spun off on lap 27—but ceding it to him after a further ten laps. Harald Ertl was a lap down, but drove so well that Pryce could not overtake him.

Regazzoni took the flag, Lauda was third and champion and Ferrari won the championship for the first time since 1961 in front of their home crowd.


Regazzoni and Lauda at the Mirabello chicane leading the race during the first laps
Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11   Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 52 1:22:42.6 2 9
2 1   Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 52 + 16.6 3 6
3 12   Niki Lauda Ferrari 52 + 23.2 1 4
4 7   Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 52 + 55.1 7 3
5 24   James Hunt Hesketh-Ford 52 + 57.1 8 2
6 16   Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 52 + 1:15.9 14 1
7 4   Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 51 + 1 Lap 12  
8 3   Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 51 + 1 Lap 4  
9 34   Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford 51 + 1 Lap 17  
10 25   Brett Lunger Hesketh-Ford 50 + 2 Laps 21  
11 30   Arturo Merzario Fittipaldi-Ford 48 + 4 Laps 26  
12 32   Chris Amon Ensign-Ford 48 + 4 Laps 19  
13 6   Jim Crawford Lotus-Ford 46 + 6 Laps 25  
14 20   Renzo Zorzi Williams-Ford 46 + 6 Laps 22  
Ret 17   Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Matra 32 Fuel pump 13  
Ret 29   Lella Lombardi March-Ford 21 Accident 24  
Ret 10   Hans Joachim Stuck March-Ford 15 Accident 16  
Ret 21   Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford 7 Gearbox 18  
Ret 8   Carlos Pace Brabham-Ford 6 Throttle 10  
Ret 22   Rolf Stommelen Hill-Ford 3 Accident 23  
Ret 2   Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 2 Accident 5  
Ret 5   Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 1 Engine 11  
Ret 23   Tony Brise Hill-Ford 1 Accident 6  
Ret 27   Mario Andretti Parnelli-Ford 1 Accident 15  
Ret 9   Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 1 Clutch 9  
Ret 14   Bob Evans BRM 0 Electrical 20  
DNQ 31   Roelof Wunderink Ensign-Ford        
DNQ 35   Tony Trimmer Maki-Ford        

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 6 results from the first 7 races and the best 6 results from the last 7 races counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


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  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 98. ISBN 0-85429-380-9.
  3. ^ "1975 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
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