1975 French Grand Prix


1975 French Grand Prix

Results from the 1975 Formula One French Grand Prix held at Paul Ricard on July 6, 1975.

Race summary

Niki Lauda was suffering from flu and was definitely not on top form. Jean-Pierre Jarier brought a smile to French faces by setting Friday's quickest time. Jody Scheckter driving the new lightweight Tyrrell 007 set a record through the speed trap of 190mph.

On the start line, Tom Pryce was left without a clutch and retired shortly afterwards. Lauda led from Scheckter, James Hunt and Jochen Mass. Clay Regazzoni had 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 Andretti and Patrick Depailler were performing brilliantly, advancing from 11th to 5th and 19th to 6th respectively.

Alan Jones was duelling with Ronnie Peterson and Carlos Reutemann when 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 Brambilla retired with a damper problem, Wilson Fittipaldi blew his engine, Jacky Ickx, Mark Donohue and Carlos Pace broke driveshafts. Jochen Mass was in rapid pursuit of James Hunt and 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.

Classification

Notes

*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]

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/1975/466/ | accessdate = 2007-06-15

F1 race report
Name_of_race = French Grand Prix
Year_of_race = 1975
Previous_race_in_season = 1975 Dutch Grand Prix
Next_race_in_season = 1975 British Grand Prix
Previous_year's_race = 1974 French Grand Prix
Next_year's_race = 1976 French Grand Prix


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