Canadian GP 1974
SEPTEMBER 22, 1974
Canadian GP, 1974
The Formula 1 circus arrived in Canada with two races to go and the World Championship finely balanced between Clay Regazzoni on 46pts, Jody Scheckter on 45, Emerson Fittipaldi on 43 and Niki Lauda on 38.
The entry was smaller than it had been in Europe with several of the tail-end teams not making the trip to the Americas but numbers were bumped up by the appearance of two new American teams: Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing and Penske Cars.
Parnelli had the Viceroy-sponsored Maurice Philippe-designed VPJ4 for Mario Andretti while Penske entered Mark Donohue in the Geoff Ferris-designed PC1 which was supported by the First National City bank. Ian Ashley and Eppie Wietzes were entered in private Brabhams, while BRM had dropped both Henri Pescarolo and Francois Migault and was running Chris Amon alongside Jean-Pierre Beltoise. Surtees had Helmut Koinigg alongside Derek Bell and the Yardley McLaren team had replaced David Hobbs with Jochen Mass.
Qualifying resulted in pole position for Fittipaldi's McLaren with Lauda's Ferrari alongside and Scheckter's Tyrrell third. Then came Carlos Reutemann (Brabham), Jean-Pierre Jarier in the Shadow and Regazzoni's Ferrari. The top 10 was completed by Patrick Depailler (Tyrrell), James Hunt (Hesketh), Carlos Pace (Brabham) and Ronnie Peterson (Lotus). Andretti qualified the Parnelli a promising 16th.
Lauda went into the lead at the start with Fittipaldi and Regazzoni in pursuit. Scheckter was fourth but on the third lap he moved ahead of Regazzoni and set off after the two leaders. The four World Championship contenders were running in the top four positions. The order remained unchanged until after half-distance and it looked as though the teams would go to the last race with three drivers on the same points (Fittipaldi, Lauda and Scheckter would all have had 49 points and Lauda 47 if they had finished in that order) but on lap 49 Scheckter's brakes (which had been causing him problems) failed and he crashed heavily. That moved Regazzoni to third and into the lead in the World Championship again. That order at the front remained the same until the 70th lap when the leader Lauda crashed out after running over debris. Fittipaldi was the new leader with Regazzoni second. In the World Championship that put Fittipaldi a point ahead.
Amid the excitement Peterson was driving an impressive race. he had started 10th but worked his way up to fifth place after Lauda's departure. He then forced his way ahead of Hunt and began to close on Regazzoni. The pair crossed the line separated by less than a second with Hunt just behind them. Depailler finished fifth with Denny Hulme (McLaren) sixth.
The stage was set for an exciting World Championship showdown in Watkins Glen a fortnight later.
|1||5||Emerson Fittipaldi||McLaren-Cosworth M23||80||1h40m26.136s||1|
|2||11||Clay Regazzoni||Ferrari 312B3||80||1h40m39.170s||6|
|3||1||Ronnie Peterson||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||80||1h40m40.630s||10|
|4||24||James Hunt||Hesketh-Cosworth 308||80||1h40m41.805s||8|
|5||4||Patrick Depailler||Tyrrell-Cosworth 007||80||1h41m21.458s||7|
|6||6||Denny Hulme||McLaren-Cosworth M23||79||14|
|7||55||Mario Andretti||Parnelli-Cosworth VPJ4||79||16|
|8||8||Carlos Pace||Brabham-Cosworth BT44||79||9|
|9||7||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Cosworth BT44||79||4|
|10||19||Helmut Koinigg||Surtees-Cosworth TS16||78||22|
|11||27||Rolf Stommelen||Lola-Cosworth T370||78||11|
|12||66||Mark Donohue||Penske-Cosworth PC1||78||24|
|13||2||Jacky Ickx||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||78||21|
|14||26||Graham Hill||Lola-Cosworth T370||77||20|
|15r||21||Jacques Laffite||Iso Marlboro-Cosworth FW||74||Puncture||18|
|16||33||Jochen Mass||McLaren-Cosworth M23||72||12|
|nc||15||Chris Amon||BRM P201||70||25|
|r||12||Niki Lauda||Ferrari 312B3||67||Accident||2|
|r||16||Tom Pryce||Shadow-Cosworth DN3||65||Engine||13|
|r||28||John Watson||Brabham-Cosworth BT44||61||Suspension/ Accident||15|
|nc||14||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||BRM P201||60||17|
|r||3||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Cosworth 007||48||Brakes/ Accident||3|
|r||17||Jean-Pierre Jarier||Shadow-Cosworth DN3||46||Drive Shaft||5|
|r||20||Arturo Merzario||Iso Marlboro-Cosworth FW||40||Handling||19|
|r||50||Eppie Wietzes||Brabham-Cosworth BT42||33||Transmission||26|
|r||9||Hans-Joachim Stuck||March-Cosworth 741||12||Fuel Pressure||23|
|nq||18||Derek Bell||Surtees-Cosworth TS16||27|
|nq||22||Mike Wilds||Ensign-Cosworth N174||28|
|nq||10||Vittorio Brambilla||March-Cosworth 741||Accident||29|
|nq||42||Ian Ashley||Brabham-Cosworth BT42||30|