1974 Spanish Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 4 of 15 in the 1974 Formula One season
Circuito del Jarama
Circuito del Jarama
Date 28 April 1974
Location Madrid, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
3.404 km (2.115 mi)
Pole position
Driver Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari
Time 1:18.44[1]
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari
Time 1:20.83[2] on lap 47
Podium
First Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari
Second Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari
Third Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford

The 1974 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Jarama on April 28, 1974.

Race summary[edit]

With James Hunt's Hesketh having won the International Trophy, the season was one of the most open ever, with four different drivers from different teams having won the first four races and a driver who hadn't won at all - Clay Regazzoni led the championship. There were some new faces with Trojan and Amon and Liechtensteinian driver Rikky von Opel appearing - all rather unsuccessfully. 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 the 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 and he led Regazzoni home in a 1-2 that lapped the entire field. 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.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 84 2:00:29.56 1 9
2 11 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 84 + 35.61 3 6
3 5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 83 + 1 Lap 4 4
4 9 West Germany Hans Joachim Stuck March-Ford 82 + 2 Laps 13 3
5 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 82 + 2 Laps 9 2
6 6 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 82 + 2 Laps 8 1
7 16 United Kingdom Brian Redman Shadow-Ford 81 + 3 Laps 21  
8 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 81 + 3 Laps 16  
9 33 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood McLaren-Ford 81 + 3 Laps 17  
10 24 United Kingdom James Hunt Hesketh-Ford 81 + 3 Laps 10  
11 28 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Ford 80 + 4 Laps 15  
12 15 France Henri Pescarolo BRM 80 + 4 Laps 20  
13 18 Brazil Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford 78 + 6 Laps 14  
14 23 Australia Tim Schenken Trojan-Ford 76 Spun Off 25  
Ret 17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 73 Not classified 12  
Ret 26 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lola-Ford 43 Engine 19  
Ret 20 Italy Arturo Merzario Iso Marlboro-Ford 37 Accident 7  
Ret 19 West Germany Jochen Mass Surtees-Ford 35 Gearbox 18  
Ret 37 France François Migault BRM 27 Engine 22  
Ret 2 Belgium Jacky Ickx Lotus-Ford 26 Brakes 5  
Ret 1 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 23 Engine 2  
Ret 30 New Zealand Chris Amon Amon-Ford 22 Brakes 23  
Ret 8 Liechtenstein Rikky von Opel Brabham-Ford 14 Oil Leak 24  
Ret 7 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 12 Spun off 6  
Ret 14 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 2 Engine 11  
DNQ 27 United Kingdom Guy Edwards Lola-Ford    
DNQ 21 Denmark Tom Belsø Iso Marlboro-Ford        

Notes[edit]

  • First win for Niki Lauda
  • Jorge de Bagration, a Spanish driver tried to enter the race, but his efforts fell victim to a very unusual set of circumstances. He had bought a Surtees-Ford TS16 for this race, and he was included on the entry list. Unfortunately this entry list was mislaid as the outgoing president of the Spanish Motor Sport Federation cleared his office. When a new entry list was drawn up, in the light of some sponsorship problems that de Bagration was experiencing, he was omitted from it. Whether or not he would have been able to race with his reduced backing, he should still have been included on the list of entrants. Thus ended his hopes of competing at motor sport's highest level.

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 25. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 27. 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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