1974 German Grand Prix

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1974 German Grand Prix
Circuit Nürburgring-1967-Nordschleife.svg
Race details
Date August 4, 1974
Official name XXXVI Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 22.835 km (14.189 mi)
Distance 14 laps, 319.690 km (198.646 mi)
Weather Overcast, showers
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 7:00.80[1][2]
Fastest lap
Driver South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford
Time 7:11.10[3] on lap 11
First Ferrari
Second Tyrrell-Ford
Third Brabham-Ford

The 1974 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Nürburgring on 4 August 1974. It was race 11 of 15 in both the 1974 World Championship of Drivers and the 1974 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. It was the 36th German Grand Prix and the 33rd to be held at the Nürburgring complex of circuits. The race was won by Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni driving a Ferrari 312B3. Regazzoni led every lap on the way to his second Grand Prix victory, some four years after his debut victory at the 1970 Italian Grand Prix. South African driver Jody Scheckter was second driving a Tyrrell 007 ahead of Argentine driver Carlos Reutemann (Brabham BT44).

Since the 1973 event the main straight had been widened and resurfaced. In response to new FIA regulations stating that all FIA-mandated races must have safety walls, the organizers replaced the bushes lining the straight with Armco and placed sandy surface where grass could grow on both sides of the straight. Regazzoni's win, coupled with Niki Lauda's first lap crash put the Swiss Ferrari driver back into the lead of the championship he had previous held earlier in the year. Lauda crashed his Ferrari 312B3 attempting to pass Scheckter. Emerson Fittipaldi also was an early retirement after making a very slow start in his McLaren M23 and was struck by his teammate Denny Hulme putting out both cars within a lap. Hulme attempted to restart the race in a spare car and was disqualified for doing so. Mike Hailwood was another to crash, having a large accident on the second last lap at Pflanzgarten in his McLaren M23. The former motorcyclist received a badly broken leg in the accident which became a career-ending injury. Occasional showers fell during the race, contributing to the accident toll which also claimed Patrick Depailler (Tyrrell 007), Jacques Laffite (Williams FW02) and John Watson (Brabham BT44). Just 14 cars finished the race, although Hailwood would also be classified as a finisher, out of the 26 starters. There was six cars who failed to qualify including Chris Amon (Amon AF101) who pulled out due to illness.

Howden Ganley also suffered a serious accident during Friday's practice. The rear suspension failed on the Maki at Hatzenbach and he swerved right into the Armco barrier, ripping off the nose section of the car. Ganley's legs were dangling out the front of the car. He got out by himself but he collapsed when he got to the fence, his ankles seriously injured. This led to Ganley's retirement from Formula 1.

Regazzoni moved into a three-point lead in the championship over Scheckter. Former points leader Lauda dropped to third, six points behind his Ferrari teammate and just one ahead of Fittipaldi. Ferrari moved eight points clear of McLaren in the constructor's standings.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 14 1:41:35.0 2 9
2 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 14 + 50.7 4 6
3 7 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 14 + 1:23.3 6 4
4 1 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 14 + 1:24.2 8 3
5 2 Belgium Jacky Ickx Lotus-Ford 14 + 1:25.0 9 2
6 16 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 14 + 2:18.1 11 1
7 9 West Germany Hans Joachim Stuck March-Ford 14 + 2:58.7 20  
8 17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 14 + 3:25.9 18  
9 26 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lola-Ford 14 + 3:26.4 19  
10 15 France Henri Pescarolo BRM 14 + 4:17.7 24  
11 18 United Kingdom Derek Bell Surtees-Ford 14 + 5:17.7 25  
12 8 Brazil Carlos Pace Brabham-Ford 14 + 6:26.3 17  
13 10 Italy Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 14 + 8:43.1 23  
14 32 United Kingdom Ian Ashley Token-Ford 13 + 1 Lap 26  
15 33 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood McLaren-Ford 12 Accident 12  
Ret 19 West Germany Jochen Mass Surtees-Ford 10 Engine 13  
Ret 24 United Kingdom James Hunt Hesketh-Ford 10 Gearbox 10  
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 5 Accident 5  
Ret 20 Italy Arturo Merzario Iso-Marlboro-Ford 5 Throttle 16  
Ret 14 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 4 Fuel system 15  
Ret 22 Australia Vern Schuppan Ensign-Ford 4 Gearbox 22  
Ret 5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 2 Suspension 3  
Ret 21 France Jacques Laffite Iso-Marlboro-Ford 2 Suspension 21  
Ret 28 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Ford 1 Suspension 14  
Ret 12 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 0 Accident 1  
DSQ 6 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 0 Disqualified[4] 7  
DNQ 37 France François Migault BRM        
DNQ 23 Australia Tim Schenken Trojan-Ford        
DNQ 27 United Kingdom Guy Edwards Lola-Ford        
DNQ 30 Australia Larry Perkins Amon-Ford        
DNQ 30 New Zealand Chris Amon Amon-Ford        
DNQ 25 New Zealand Howden Ganley Maki-Ford        

Championship 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.


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  2. ^ "Formula One World - History - German Grand Prix 1974". 2007-07-16. Archived from the original on 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2010-06-27.
  3. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 47. ISBN 0-85429-380-9.
  4. ^ "Denny Hulme was disqualified for racing the spare car after retiring". silhouet. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  5. ^ "1974 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 Jan 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Germany 1974 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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