1975 Argentine Grand Prix
|Race 1 of 14 in the 1975 Formula One season|
|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|
|Course length||5.968 km (3.708 mi)|
|Distance||53 laps, 316.315 km (196.549 mi)|
|Weather||Hot and sunny|
|Time||1:50.91 on lap 34|
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.
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.
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.
|2||24||James Hunt||Hesketh-Ford||53||+ 5.91||6||6|
|3||7||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Ford||53||+ 17.06||3||4|
|4||11||Clay Regazzoni||Ferrari||53||+ 35.79||7||3|
|5||4||Patrick Depailler||Tyrrell-Ford||53||+ 54.25||8||2|
|6||12||Niki Lauda||Ferrari||53||+ 1:19.65||4||1|
|7||28||Mark Donohue||Penske-Ford||52||+ 1 Lap||16|
|8||6||Jacky Ickx||Lotus-Ford||52||+ 1 Lap||18|
|9||9||Vittorio Brambilla||March-Ford||52||+ 1 Lap||12|
|10||22||Graham Hill||Lola-Ford||52||+ 1 Lap||21|
|11||3||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Ford||52||+ 1 Lap||9|
|13||23||Rolf Stommelen||Lola-Ford||51||+ 2 Laps||19|
|14||2||Jochen Mass||McLaren-Ford||50||+ 3 Laps||13|
|NC||20||Arturo Merzario||Williams-Ford||44||Not Classified||20|
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
1974 United States Grand Prix
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1975 Brazilian Grand Prix
1974 Argentine Grand Prix
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1977 Argentine Grand Prix