1975 Argentine Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 1 of 14 in the 1975 Formula One season
Buenos Aires 1974.jpg
Date January 12, 1975
Official name XII Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina
Location Autódromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires
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
Pole position
Driver France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford
Time 1:49.21[1]
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom James Hunt Hesketh-Ford
Time 1:50.91[2] on lap 34
Podium
First Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford
Second United Kingdom James Hunt Hesketh-Ford
Third Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford

The 1975 Argentine Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Buenos Aires on January 12, 1975. It was the twelfth Argentine Grand Prix and only the second to be held on the lengthened six kilometre version of the race track that runs out towards Curvon Salotto around the lake which lies to the north-east of the circuit.

The race was won for the second time by Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi driving a McLaren M23. He took a six second victory over James Hunt in his Hesketh 308. Carlos Reutemann scored his best result to that time on his home race finishing third in his Brabham BT44B.

Race summary[edit]

The close season had been fairly quiet – Jochen Mass had replaced Denny Hulme at McLaren, John Watson had joined Surtees and Mike Wilds, Rolf Stommelen and Jacques Laffite were confirmed at BRM, Hill and Williams respectively.

March had announced their retirement, but then in a dramatic U-turn confirmed their entry for 1975 with Vittorio Brambilla and lady driver Lella Lombardi.

There were contractual wrangles with Ronnie Peterson, reportedly discontent at Lotus and it was uncertain up until the start of practice whether he would be driving for them or Shadow.

Jean-Pierre Jarier proved the Shadow's effectiveness, putting in the fastest ever lap of the circuit, averaging 122 mph to gain his first pole from Carlos Pace and Carlos Reutemann.

However it was all in vain. On the warm-up lap, his crown-wheel-and-pinion stripped, leaving him a non-starter. Local hero Reutemann gratefully accepted the lead from Pace. James Hunt driving the newest Hesketh with new rubber suspension climbed from the 6th row up to third place, duelling with Niki Lauda. Jochen Mass and Jody Scheckter tangled. Meanwhile, John Watson was stranded with a loose fuel-pipe and was disqualified after attempting trackside repairs.

Wilson Fittipaldi crashed on lap 13, his car catching fire and requiring the fire engine to be deployed. By now, Hunt had passed Lauda and was catching the two Brabhams. Pace took the lead on lap 15, but spun on the very next lap. Reutemann having retaken the lead, was understeering badly and on lap 25 was passed by Hunt. There was a ferocious battle with Emerson Fittipaldi for the lead.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 53 1:39:26.29 5 9
2 24 United Kingdom James Hunt Hesketh-Ford 53 + 5.91 6 6
3 7 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 53 + 17.06 3 4
4 11 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 53 + 35.79 7 3
5 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 53 + 54.25 8 2
6 12 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 53 + 1:19.65 4 1
7 28 United States Mark Donohue Penske-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 16  
8 6 Belgium Jacky Ickx Lotus-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 18  
9 9 Italy Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 12  
10 22 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lola-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 21  
11 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 9  
12 16 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 51 Transmission 14  
13 23 Germany Rolf Stommelen Lola-Ford 51 + 2 Laps 19  
14 2 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 50 + 3 Laps 13  
Ret 8 Brazil Carlos Pace Brabham-Ford 46 Engine 2  
NC 20 Italy Arturo Merzario Williams-Ford 44 Not Classified 20  
Ret 27 United States Mario Andretti Parnelli-Ford 27 Transmission 10  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Mike Wilds BRM 24 Engine 22  
Ret 5 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 15 Engine 11  
Ret 21 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford 15 Gearbox 17  
Ret 30 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 12 Accident 23  
DSQ 18 United Kingdom John Watson Surtees-Ford 6 Disqualified 15  
DNS 17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 0 Transmission 1  

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. 66. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 68. 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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