1975 Swiss Grand Prix

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Race details
Non-Championship race in the 1975 Formula One season
Dijon-Prenois Circuit
Dijon-Prenois Circuit
Date August 24, 1975
Official name Swiss Grand Prix
Location Dijon-Prenois, Dijon, France
Course Permanent racing facility
3.289 km (2.044 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 197.34 km (122.64 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford
Time 0:59.25
Fastest lap
Driver France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford
Time 1:00.44
Podium
First Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari
Second France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford
Third Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford

The 1975 Swiss Grand Prix was a non-championship Formula One race held on August 24 at the Dijon-Prenois racetrack in France, due to a ban on motor racing in Switzerland since the 1955 Le Mans disaster.

Jean-Pierre Jarier took pole from Emerson Fittipaldi, with Patrick Depailler and Jochen Mass on the second row, these four drivers being the only ones to lap the circuit in under a minute.

Fittipaldi's clutch slipped on the line and after 2 laps he retired completely. Jarier led from home favourite Clay Regazzoni, Depailler, Mass and John Watson. James Hunt was maintaining 6th place, despite suffering dreadful handling problems. Losing power on the corners, he soon lost position to Carlos Pace and Ronnie Peterson.

Jarier's lead had built up and he looked certain to obtain his long-awaited first Formula One victory. Gearbox drive problems thwarted him though and a bitterly disappointed Jarier retired on lap 34.

Peterson also passed Watson to take 5th before the close, leaving the order at the end as Regazzoni, Depailler, Mass, Peterson, Watson, Pace.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 60 1:01:25.34 3  
2 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 60 + 0:08.35 5  
3 2 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 60 + 0:15.44 4  
4 5 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 60 + 0:40.14 10  
5 18 United Kingdom John Watson Surtees-Ford 60 + 0:45.55 6  
6 8 Brazil Carlos Pace Brabham-Ford 60 + 0:45.90 7  
7 16 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 60 + 0:46.66 8  
8 24 United Kingdom James Hunt Hesketh-Ford 59 + 1 Lap 11  
9 31 New Zealand Chris Amon Ensign-Ford 59 + 1 Lap 9  
10 21 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford 59 + 1 Lap 13  
11 9 Italy Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 58 + 2 Laps 12  
12 22 Germany Rolf Stommelen Hill-Ford 58 + 2 Laps 14  
13 35 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer Maki-Ford 54 + 6 Laps 16  
NC 20 Switzerland Jo Vonlanthen Williams-Ford 51 + 9 Laps 15  
Ret 17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 33 Transmission 1  
Ret 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 6 Clutch 2  


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1954 Swiss Grand Prix
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