German GP 1974
AUGUST 4, 1974
German GP, 1974
The boom in Formula 1 in the 1974 season meant that there were 31 cars entered for the Nurburgring and with only 26 cars starting, six would not qualify. The only major change to the entry was the arrival in the second Iso Marlboro of F1 debutante Jacques Laffite. Guy Edwards was back in action for the Hill team while Australian rising star Larry Perkins was entered in the Amon. Token fielded Ian Ashley. Practice got off to a bad start when Howden Ganley's Maki suffered a suspension failure and crashed heavily at Hatzenbach, suffering serious ankle injuries.
The two Ferraris were on the front row of the grid again with Niki Lauda outqualifying Clay Regazzoni. Next up were the other two World Championship contenders Emerson Fittipaldi (McLaren) and Jody Scheckter (Tyrrell) while third row featured Patrick Depailler (Tyrrell) and Carlos Reutemann (Brabham). The top 10 was completed by Denny Hulme (McLaren), Ronnie Peterson (Lotus), Jacky Ickx (Lotus) and Jochen Mass (Surtees).
At the start Fittipaldi failed to get away cleanly and as Hulme tried to pass him he found Ickx in his path and so the two McLarens made contact. Hulme retired on the spot but Fittipaldi seemed to have got away with it and set off.
Regazzoni had gone into the lead when Lauda made a poor start and as Lauda tried to make up ground he clashed with Scheckter and spun out. Further around the lap Fittipaldi suffered a puncture and had to limp around to the pits. He would rejoin but retired soon afterwards because of his damaged suspension.
At the front Regazzoni was being chased by Scheckter, Reutemann and Mass and the top three remained unchanged all afternoon. Mass was passed on the sixth lap by both Peterson and Ickx but he was able to get back ahead of the Swede before his engine failed. Hailwood inherited fifth place but on the 13th lap he lost control when the car landed after the jump at Pflanzgarten and crashed heavily. Tom Pryce (Shadow) finished sixth to score his first World Championship point.
Regazzoni's victory took him to the top of the World Championship table, three points ahead of Scheckter.
|1||11||Clay Regazzoni||Ferrari 312B3||14||1h41m35.000s||2|
|2||3||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Cosworth 007||14||1h42m25.700s||4|
|3||7||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Cosworth BT44||14||1h42m58.300s||6|
|4||1||Ronnie Peterson||Lotus-Cosworth 76||14||1h42m59.200s||8|
|5||2||Jacky Ickx||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||14||1h43m00.000s||9|
|6||16||Tom Pryce||Shadow-Cosworth DN3||14||1h43m53.100s||11|
|7||9||Hans-Joachim Stuck||March-Cosworth 741||14||1h44m33.700s||20|
|8||17||Jean-Pierre Jarier||Shadow-Cosworth DN3||14||1h45m00.900s||18|
|9||26||Graham Hill||Lola-Cosworth T370||14||1h45m01.400s||19|
|10||15||Henri Pescarolo||BRM P201||14||1h45m52.700s||24|
|11||18||Derek Bell||Surtees-Cosworth TS16||14||1h46m52.700s||25|
|12||8||Carlos Pace||Brabham-Cosworth BT44||14||1h48m01.300s||17|
|13||10||Vittorio Brambilla||March-Cosworth 741||14||1h50m18.100s||23|
|14||32||Ian Ashley||Token-Cosworth RJ02||13||26|
|15r||33||Mike Hailwood||McLaren-Cosworth M23||12||Accident||12|
|r||24||James Hunt||Hesketh-Cosworth 308||11||Gearbox||13|
|r||19||Jochen Mass||Surtees-Cosworth TS16||10||Engine||10|
|r||4||Patrick Depailler||Tyrrell-Cosworth 007||5||Suspension/ Accident||5|
|r||20||Arturo Merzario||Iso Marlboro-Cosworth FW||5||Throttle Linkage||16|
|r||14||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||BRM P201||4||Transmission||15|
|r||22||Vern Schuppan||Ensign-Cosworth N174||4||Gearbox||22|
|r||5||Emerson Fittipaldi||McLaren-Cosworth M23||2||Suspension/ Accident||3|
|r||21||Jacques Laffite||Iso Marlboro-Cosworth FW||2||Suspension/ Accident||21|
|r||28||John Watson||Brabham-Cosworth BT44||1||Suspension/ Accident||14|
|r||12||Niki Lauda||Ferrari 312B3||0||Accident||1|
|r/dq||6||Denny Hulme||McLaren-Cosworth M23||0||Accident/ Took Over Spare Car||7|
|nq||37||Francois Migault||BRM P160E||27|
|nq||23||Tim Schenken||Trojan-Cosworth T103||28|
|nq||27||Guy Edwards||Lola-Cosworth T370||29|
|nq||30||Larry Perkins||Amon-Cosworth AF101||30|
|nq||30||Chris Amon||Amon-Cosworth AF101||Driver Ill||31|
|nq||25||Howden Ganley||Maki-Cosworth F101||Accident/ Injury||32|