German GP 1975
AUGUST 3, 1975
German GP, 1975
The multiple accidents at Silverstone gave the teams plenty to do in the two weeks before the German Grand Prix. Surtees could not repair its cars and so John Watson was loaned to Team Lotus for the weekend. Williams had taken on Ian Ashley to be Jacques Laffite's partner for the weekend, while Austrian journalist Harald Ertl had found money from Warsteiner to run the old Hesketh which had been run by Harry Stiller earlier in the year. Tony Trimmer turned up to drive the Maki but the car was still well off the pace. In qualifying Ashley had a big accident at Pflanzgarten and suffered serious ankle injuries.
Pole position went as usual to Niki Lauda in his Ferrari (the Austrian clocking the first official sub-seven minute lap of the Ring) with Carlos Pace second on the grid in his Brabham. Then came the two Tyrrells of Jody Scheckter and Patrick Depailler, followed by the Ferrari of Clay Regazzoni and Jochen Mass's McLaren. The top 10 was completed by Hans Stuck's Hesketh and Carlos Reutemann's Brabham.
In the race Lauda took the lead from Pace and Depailler while Scheckter made a terrible start and dropped to the back of the field. On the first lap Mass suffered a tire failure and crashed heavily, emerging unscathed. Mark Donohue had a similar problem but was able to drive back to the pits while Ronnie Peterson (Lotus) also went out with a clutch failure.
By the end of the lap Lauda was leading Depailler with Pace third, Reutemann fourth and Regazzoni fifth. On the second lap sixth-placed Fittipaldi had a puncture but while the field was being thinned out further down the order, the leaders were untroubled until Pace had a puncture on the fifth lap. Scheckter in the meantime had charged back through the field until a tire failure sent him off into the barriers at high speed, luckily without injuring himself.
After nine laps half the field was gone and Depailler had dropped to the back of the field after a suspension failure forced him to pit for repairs. This left the Ferraris to run 1-2 but within minutes Regazzoni's engine failed and he was out. Then Lauda had a puncture and Reutemann found himself in the lead with Hunt second although the Hesketh suffered a hub failure and went out. Pryce was second but he had fuel leaking into his cockpit and could not drive at full pace and so he was overtaken by Laffite and by the recovering Lauda.
|1||7||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Cosworth BT44B||14||1h41m14.100s||10|
|2||21||Jacques Laffite||Williams-Cosworth FW04||14||1h42m51.800s||15|
|3||12||Niki Lauda||Ferrari 312T||14||1h43m37.400s||1|
|4||16||Tom Pryce||Shadow-Cosworth DN5||14||1h44m45.500s||16|
|5||22||Alan Jones||Hill-Cosworth GH1||14||1h45m04.400s||21|
|6||19||Gijs van Lennep||Ensign-Cosworth N175||14||1h46m19.600s||24|
|7||29||Lella Lombardi||March-Cosworth 751||14||1h48m44.500s||25|
|8||25||Harald Ertl||Hesketh-Cosworth 308||14||1h48m55.000s||23|
|9||4||Patrick Depailler||Tyrrell-Cosworth 007||13||4|
|10r||27||Mario Andretti||Parnelli-Cosworth VPJ4||12||Out Of Fuel||13|
|r||24||James Hunt||Hesketh-Cosworth 308||10||Mechanical||9|
|r||11||Clay Regazzoni||Ferrari 312T||9||Engine||5|
|r||23||Tony Brise||Hill-Cosworth GH1||9||Suspension/ Accident||17|
|r||3||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Cosworth 007||7||Tire/ Accident||3|
|r||17||Jean-Pierre Jarier||Shadow-Cosworth DN5||7||Puncture||12|
|r||8||Carlos Pace||Brabham-Cosworth BT44B||5||Suspension||2|
|r||30||Wilson Fittipaldi||Copersucar-Cosworth FD03||4||Engine||22|
|r||1||Emerson Fittipaldi||McLaren-Cosworth M23||3||Suspension||8|
|r||10||Hans-Joachim Stuck||March-Cosworth 751||3||Engine||7|
|r||9||Vittorio Brambilla||March-Cosworth 751||3||Suspension||11|
|r||6||John Watson||Lotus-Cosworth 72F||2||Suspension||14|
|r||5||Ronnie Peterson||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||1||Clutch||18|
|r||28||Mark Donohue||March-Cosworth 751||1||Puncture||19|
|r||2||Jochen Mass||McLaren-Cosworth M23||0||Tire/ Accident||6|
|ns||20||Ian Ashley||Williams-Cosworth FW||Accident/ Injury||20|
|nq||35||Tony Trimmer||Maki-Cosworth F101C||26|