Legends Of The Sport
Formula 1 Print 1975 - Clay Regazzoni racing his Ferrari 312T at the 1975 German Grand Prix at Nurburgring
Clay Regazzoni (SUI) in his Ferrari 312T at the 1975 German Grand Prix at Nurburgring on August 3rd. The winner was Argentinian driver Carlos Reutemann driving a Brabham BT44B who recorded his first win of the season who finished 1 minute and 37 seconds over the Williams FW04 of French driver Jacques Laffite. Regazzoni only lasted 9 laps in his Ferrari before having to retire with engine trouble.
The 1975 Formula One season was the 26th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1975 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1975 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers which were contested concurrently from 12 January to 5 October over fourteen races. The season also included three non-championship Formula One races and a nine race South African Formula One Championship.
After a strong finish to the 1974 season, many observers felt the Brabham team were favourites to win the 1975 title. The year started well, with an emotional first win for Carlos Pace at the Interlagos circuit in his native São Paulo. However, over the season tyre wear frequently slowed the cars, and the initial promise was not maintained.
Niki Lauda often refers to 1975 as "the unbelievable year". In his second year with Ferrari, the team provided him with the Ferrari 312T — a car that was technically far superior to any of the competition. He won his first world title with five wins and a huge margin over second place in the championship.
The Ferrari 312T was a Ferrari Formula One car design, based on the 312B3 from 1974. In various versions, it was used from 1975, until 1980. It was designed by Mauro Forghieri for the 1975 season and was an uncomplicated and clean design that responded to mechanical upgrades.
American Mark Donohue died during practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. After the season had finished an Embassy Hill airplane crashed and 6 people were killed including team owner Graham Hill and driver Tony Brise.