1974 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 9 of 15 in the 1974 Formula One season
Dijon-Prenois Circuit
Dijon-Prenois Circuit
Date July 7, 1974
Location Dijon-Prenois, Dijon, France
Course Permanent racing facitlity
3.289 km (2.044 mi)
Pole position
Driver Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari
Time 0:58.79 [1]
Fastest lap
Driver South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford
Time 1:00.00 [2] on lap 10
Podium
First Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford
Second Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari
Third Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari

The 1974 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Dijon on July 7, 1974.

Race summary[edit]

To honor the 80th birthday of the ACF, a parade of vintage cars was organized with a selection of great drivers from the 20s and 30s up to the present day. The race itself was largely uneventful. Tom Pryce put in a superb performance to be 3rd on the grid behind Ronnie Peterson and Niki Lauda. However, he was slow off the start and was hit by Carlos Reutemann, and James Hunt was taken out in the subsequent accident. Lauda led convincingly from Peterson and Clay Regazzoni with Emerson Fittipaldi up to 4th by lap 15. Lauda dropped back with handling problems on lap 16 and was passed by Peterson who led to the flag from Regazzoni who came home 2nd despite vibration problems. He had been challenged strongly by Fittipaldi, but just as the McLaren driver was preparing to pass, his engine exploded, ending his race. Jody Scheckter took the final podium slot.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 80 1:21:55.02 2 9
2 12 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 80 + 20.36 1 6
3 11 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 80 + 27.84 4 4
4 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 80 + 28.11 7 3
5 2 Belgium Jacky Ickx Lotus-Ford 80 + 37.54 13 2
6 6 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 80 + 38.14 11 1
7 33 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood McLaren-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 6  
8 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 9  
9 20 Italy Arturo Merzario Iso Marlboro-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 15  
10 14 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 79 + 1 Lap 17  
11 10 Italy Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 16  
12 17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 12  
13 26 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lola-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 21  
14 37 France François Migault BRM 78 + 2 Laps 22  
15 27 United Kingdom Guy Edwards Lola-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 20  
16 28 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Ford 76 + 4 Laps 14  
Ret 5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 27 Engine 5  
Ret 7 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 24 Handling 8  
Ret 19 West Germany Jochen Mass Surtees-Ford 4 Clutch 18  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 1 Collision 3  
Ret 15 France Henri Pescarolo BRM 1 Clutch 19  
Ret 24 United Kingdom James Hunt Hesketh-Ford 0 Collision 10  
DNQ 22 Australia Vern Schuppan Ensign-Ford        
DNQ 8 Liechtenstein Rikky von Opel Brabham-Ford        
DNQ 34 Brazil Carlos Pace Brabham-Ford        
DNQ 21 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Iso Marlboro-Ford        
DNQ 9 West Germany Hans Joachim Stuck March-Ford        
DNQ 18 France José Dolhem Surtees-Ford        
DNQ 23 Finland Leo Kinnunen Surtees-Ford        
DNQ 43 France Gérard Larrousse Brabham-Ford        

Notes[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 7 results from the first 8 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 39. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 41. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-15. 


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