1974 Argentine Grand Prix
|Race 1 of 15 in the 1974 Formula One season|
|Date||January 13, 1974|
|Official name||XI Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina|
|Location||Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Course||Permanent racing facility
5.968 km (3.708 mi)
|Distance||53 laps, 316.315 km (196.549 mi)|
|Weather||Hot and sunny|
|Time||1:52.10 on lap 38|
It had been one of the most frantic close seasons ever with only Ronnie Peterson, Denny Hulme, Carlos Reutemann and James Hunt remaining with their teams. Emerson Fittipaldi moved from Lotus to McLaren to be replaced by Jacky Ickx. Mike Hailwood's place at Surtees was taken by Jochen Mass, whilst Peter Revson had moved from McLaren to Shadow.
Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni remained teammates but would be driving for Ferrari instead of BRM who had replaced them with Henri Pescarolo and François Migault. With the death of François Cevert and the retirement of Jackie Stewart, Tyrrell had an entirely new lineup in Jody Scheckter and Patrick Depailler.
For the first time, Formula One's visit to the Buenos Aires circuit saw them use the long and fast No.15 configuration. Peterson took pole from Regazzoni but it was Hunt who led from the start before spinning on the next lap. Revson and Jean-Pierre Jarier collided and Reutemann took the lead on lap 3. Peterson had tyre problems whilst Fittipaldi knocked off his ignition,damaging the gears. Hulme had climbed to 2nd place and on lap 52 he took the lead when Reutemann ran out of fuel. The distraught Argentine was just a lap short of the flag and a home victory. It would be Hulme's last Grand Prix win, and Ferrari claimed 2nd and 3rd to round off the podium.
|2||12||Niki Lauda||Ferrari||53||+ 9.27||8||6|
|3||11||Clay Regazzoni||Ferrari||53||+ 20.41||2||4|
|4||33||Mike Hailwood||McLaren-Ford||53||+ 31.79||9||3|
|5||14||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||BRM||53||+ 51.84||14||2|
|6||4||Patrick Depailler||Tyrrell-Ford||53||+ 1:52.48||15||1|
|7||7||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Ford||52||Out of Fuel||6|
|8||10||Howden Ganley||March-Ford||52||Out of Fuel||19|
|9||15||Henri Pescarolo||BRM||52||+ 1 Lap||21|
|10||5||Emerson Fittipaldi||McLaren-Ford||52||+ 1 Lap||3|
|11||27||Guy Edwards||Lola-Ford||51||+ 2 Laps||25|
|12||28||John Watson||Brabham-Ford||49||+ 4 Laps||20|
|13||1||Ronnie Peterson||Lotus-Ford||48||+ 5 Laps||1|
|Ret||9||Hans Joachim Stuck||March-Ford||31||Clutch||23|
|Ret||37||François Migault||BRM||31||Water leak||24|
|Ret||20||Arturo Merzario||Iso Marlboro-Ford||19||Overheating||13|
- Pole position: Ronnie Peterson - 1:50.78
- Fastest lap: Clay Regazzoni - 1:52.10 on lap 38
- The previous 2 Grands Prix in Argentina were held at Buenos Aires, but on the "No.9" configuration. From this year to 1981, the Argentine Grand Prix was held on the longer and faster "No.15" configuration.
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-15.
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