French GP 1975
JULY 6, 1975
French GP, 1975
There were few changes from the field which had been in action in Holland a fortnight earlier (where James Hunt had scored his first F1 victory) although Ian Scheckter had left the Williams team and Francois Migault had been taken on as his replacement. Tyrrell agreed to field a third car and Elf protege Jean-Pierre Jabouille was given the drive.
Qualifying was a similar story to recent races with Niki Lauda on pole position for the fifth time in six races. Alongside him was Jody Scheckter's Tyrrell while James Hunt was third in his Hesketh. Fourth on the grid was Jean-Pierre Jarier's Shadow. The third row was shared by Carlos Pace's Brabham and Tom Pryce (Shadow) while the top 10 was completed by Jochen Mass (McLaren), Vittorio Brambilla (March), Clay Regazzoni (Ferrari) and Emerson Fittipaldi (McLaren).
At the start Lauda went into the lead with Scheckter behind him. Hunt was third and Jarier fourth but Pryce made a poor start and had dropped to the tail of the field. Mass was thus fourth with Pace fifth and Regazzoni sixth. The Swiss driver was the man on the move in the early laps, passing Pace, Mass, Hunt and Scheckter to claim second by the sixth lap. On the seventh he suffered engine failure.
A couple of laps later Hunt overtook Scheckter for second and the South African dropped behind Mass and Emerson Fittipaldi soon afterwards. The top four then remained unchanged until the finish while Andretti ended the day fifth with Depailler sixth.
|1||12||Niki Lauda||Ferrari 312T||54||1h40m18.840s||1|
|2||24||James Hunt||Hesketh-Cosworth 308||54||1h40m20.430s||3|
|3||2||Jochen Mass||McLaren-Cosworth M23||54||1h40m21.150s||7|
|4||1||Emerson Fittipaldi||McLaren-Cosworth M23||54||1h40m58.610s||10|
|5||27||Mario Andretti||Parnelli-Cosworth VPJ4||54||1h41m20.920s||15|
|6||4||Patrick Depailler||Tyrrell-Cosworth 007||54||1h41m26.240s||13|
|7||23||Tony Brise||Hill-Cosworth GH1||54||1h41m28.450s||12|
|8||17||Jean-Pierre Jarier||Shadow-Cosworth DN5||54||1h41m38.620s||4|
|9||3||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Cosworth 007||54||1h41m50.520s||2|
|10||5||Ronnie Peterson||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||54||1h41m54.860s||17|
|11||21||Jacques Laffite||Williams-Cosworth FW04||54||1h41m55.610s||16|
|12||15||Jean-Pierre Jabouille||Tyrrell-Cosworth 007||54||1h41m55.970s||21|
|13||18||John Watson||Surtees-Cosworth TS16||53||14|
|14||7||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Cosworth BT44B||53||11|
|15||31||Gijs van Lennep||Ensign-Cosworth N175||53||22|
|16||22||Alan Jones||Hill-Cosworth GH1||53||20|
|17||14||Bob Evans||BRM P201||52||25|
|18||10||Lella Lombardi||March-Cosworth 751||50||26|
|r||8||Carlos Pace||Brabham-Cosworth BT44B||26||Cv Joint||5|
|r||6||Jacky Ickx||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||17||Cv Joint||19|
|r||30||Wilson Fittipaldi||Copersucar-Cosworth FD03||14||Engine||23|
|r||28||Mark Donohue||Penske-Cosworth PC1||6||Cv Joint||18|
|r||9||Vittorio Brambilla||March-Cosworth 751||6||Suspension||8|
|r||11||Clay Regazzoni||Ferrari 312T||6||Engine||9|
|r||16||Tom Pryce||Shadow-Cosworth DN5||2||Transmission||6|
|ns||20||Francois Migault||Williams-Cosworth FW||Engine||24|