1974 Brazilian Grand Prix


1974 Brazilian Grand Prix

The 1974 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Interlagos on January 27, 1974.

Race summary

Emerson Fittipaldi took pole position for his home race from Carlos Reutemann. The start of the race was delayed as the track had to be swept clear of broken glass from over-exuberant spectators' celebrations and then Arturo Merzario's engine failed. When it did start, the flag caught some of the field unawares. Reutemann and Ronnie Peterson took advantage of the confusion to sweep into the lead, but by lap 4, Reutemann's tyres were going off. The race developed into a classic duel between Fittipaldi and Peterson, the Brazilian taking the lead on lap 16 and the Swede soon having to pit with a puncture (believed to be caused by some glass still left on the track).

Fittipaldi thus led Clay Regazzoni and Jacky Ickx until on lap 31 the heavens opened. With the track awash and the conditions dangerous, the race was red-flagged. It was McLaren's second win of the year, but it was Ferrari who topped the constructors' table - for the first time since March 1971.

Classification

Notes

*Pole position: Emerson Fittipaldi - 2:32.97cite book | last = Lang | first = Mike | title = Grand Prix! Vol 3 | publisher = Haynes Publishing Group | date = 1983 | pages = p20 | isbn = 0-85429-380-9]
*Fastest lap: Clay Regazzoni - 2:36.05 on lap 26cite book | last = Lang | first = Mike | title = Grand Prix! Vol 3 | publisher = Haynes Publishing Group | date = 1983 | pages = p22 | isbn = 0-85429-380-9]
*Race stopped early (32 laps instead of the scheduled 40) because of rain.

References

"Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from cite web | title = The Official Formula 1 website | url = http://www.formula1.com/results/season/1974/473/ | accessdate = 2007-06-15
F1 race report
Name_of_race = Brazilian Grand Prix
Year_of_race = 1974
Previous_race_in_season = 1974 Argentine Grand Prix
Next_race_in_season = 1974 South African Grand Prix
Previous_year's_race = 1973 Brazilian Grand Prix
Next_year's_race = 1975 Brazilian Grand Prix


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