German GP 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.

Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Cosworth BT44B 14 1h41m14.100s  10 
21 Jacques Laffite Williams-Cosworth FW04 14 1h42m51.800s  15 
12 Niki Lauda Ferrari 312T 14 1h43m37.400s  
16 Tom Pryce Shadow-Cosworth DN5 14 1h44m45.500s  16 
22 Alan Jones Hill-Cosworth GH1 14 1h45m04.400s  21 
19 Gijs van Lennep Ensign-Cosworth N175 14 1h46m19.600s  24 
29 Lella Lombardi March-Cosworth 751 14 1h48m44.500s  25 
25 Harald Ertl Hesketh-Cosworth 308 14 1h48m55.000s  23 
Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Cosworth 007 13  
10r 27 Mario Andretti Parnelli-Cosworth VPJ4 12 Out Of Fuel 13 
24 James Hunt Hesketh-Cosworth 308 10 Mechanical 
11 Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 312T Engine 
23 Tony Brise Hill-Cosworth GH1 Suspension/ Accident 17 
Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Cosworth 007 Tire/ Accident 
17 Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Cosworth DN5 Puncture 12 
Carlos Pace Brabham-Cosworth BT44B Suspension 
30 Wilson Fittipaldi Copersucar-Cosworth FD03 Engine 22 
Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Cosworth M23 Suspension 
10 Hans-Joachim Stuck March-Cosworth 751 Engine 
Vittorio Brambilla March-Cosworth 751 Suspension 11 
John Watson Lotus-Cosworth 72F Suspension  14 
Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Cosworth 72E Clutch 18 
28 Mark Donohue March-Cosworth 751 Puncture 19 
Jochen Mass McLaren-Cosworth M23 Tire/ Accident 
ns 20 Ian Ashley Williams-Cosworth FW  Accident/ Injury 20 
nq 35 Tony Trimmer Maki-Cosworth F101C   26