- 1975 French Grand Prix
Results from the 1975
Formula One French Grand Prixheld at Paul Ricard on July 6, 1975.
Niki Laudawas suffering from flu and was definitely not on top form. Jean-Pierre Jarierbrought a smile to French faces by setting Friday's quickest time. Jody Scheckterdriving the new lightweight Tyrrell 007 set a record through the speed trap of 190mph.
On the start line,
Tom Prycewas left without a clutch and retired shortly afterwards. Lauda led from Scheckter, James Huntand Jochen Mass. Clay Regazzonihad promoted himself to a fantastic second place before his engine exploded, Scheckter taking over the position before Hunt passed him on lap 8. Lauda and Hunt maintained 1st and 2nd whilst Scheckter, struggling with near-catastrophic handling had to concede to Mass and Emerson Fittipaldi.
Jarier made a superb pass on him and made a brave bid to catch Fittipaldi, but rev-limiter problems caused him to fall back with erratic power.
Mario Andrettiand Patrick Depaillerwere performing brilliantly, advancing from 11th to 5th and 19th to 6th respectively.
Alan Jones was duelling with
Ronnie Petersonand Carlos Reutemannwhen he spun into the catch fencing. Reutemann suffered from tyre problems and lost a lap, whilst John Watson suffered excess power and took to the escape road. Vittorio Brambillaretired with a damper problem, Wilson Fittipaldiblew his engine, Jacky Ickx, Mark Donohueand Carlos Pace broke driveshafts. Jochen Masswas in rapid pursuit of James Huntand Niki Lauda- by the last lap he was only 2.4 seconds behind them. However, a superb lapping manoeuvre gave Hunt the space he needed. On the last corner, Lauda slid offline, but caught the car superbly to take the win by less than 2 seconds.
Pole position: Niki Lauda - 1:47.82cite book | last = Lang | first = Mike | title = Grand Prix! Vol 3 | publisher = Haynes Publishing Group | date = 1983 | pages = p85 | isbn = 0-85429-380-9]
Fastest lap: Jochen Mass - 1:50.60 on lap 38cite book | last = Lang | first = Mike | title = Grand Prix! Vol 3 | publisher = Haynes Publishing Group | date = 1983 | pages = p87 | isbn = 0-85429-380-9]
"Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from cite web | title = The Official Formula 1 website | url = http://www.formula1.com/results/season/1975/466/ | accessdate = 2007-06-15
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