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The 1975 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix was held at Zolder on May 25, 1975.

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Race summary

Ferrari arrived at Zolder eager for the fray and buoyed up by their Monaco victory. Niki Lauda dutifully gained pole after a technical gremlin held up early leader Carlos Pace and Saturday's qualifying was rained out. Vittorio Brambilla was third on the grid and Tony Brise stunned on his debut race for Graham Hill, gaining a fourth-row start ahead of Championship leader Emerson Fittipaldi. Ronnie Peterson suffered the unfortunate experience of being giving a parking ticket during the practice session - after having parked his car in a dangerous position at the edge of the track, rather than risk a puncture by pulling into the gravel trap.

Pace took the lead whilst Brambilla and Regazzoni duelled. Jochen Mass and John Watson collided - the German retired whilst Watson returned to the pits with a damaged nosecone. Alan Jones also had to retire after a collision with Jacques Laffite. Arturo Merzario was out with a burnt out clutch. Pace's fiery start was now causing problems with brakes and cold tyres and he was having to drop back.

Brambilla took the lead until lap 6 when he was passed by Lauda. Tony Brise spun at the chicane and retired shortly after with piston failure. Jody Scheckter was storming through the field to be in second place by lap 9. Brambilla's brakes were fading and he dropped down the order. Jean-Pierre Jarier spun into the catch-fencing, James Hunt retired with a broken gear-linkage. Clay Regazzoni had risen to 3rd, but then dived into the pits to change a blistered tyre. Lauda led Scheckter comfortably and the race settled down into a procession.

Carlos Pace had handling problems and dropped down the order when he lost third gear. By lap 49, Ronnie Peterson crashed into the catch fencing, whilst Brambilla surrendered third place to change a blistered tyre, resuming but retiring with brake problems.

Fittipaldi was also having brake problems, leaving him helpless against the assault of Regazzoni and Tom Pryce as he dropped from 5th to 7th in the last 6 laps.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 70 1:43:53.98 1 9
2 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 70 + 19.22 9 6
3 7 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 70 + 41.82 6 4
4 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 70 + 1:00.08 12 3
5 11 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 70 + 1:03.84 4 2
6 16 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 70 + 1:28.45 5 1
7 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 8  
8 8 Brazil Carlos Pace Brabham-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 2  
9 14 United Kingdom Bob Evans BRM 68 + 2 Laps 20  
10 18 United Kingdom John Watson Surtees-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 18  
11 28 United States Mark Donohue Penske-Ford 67 + 3 Laps 21  
12 30 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 67 + 3 Laps 24  
Ret 22 France François Migault Hill-Ford 57 Suspension 22  
Ret 9 Italy Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 54 Brakes 3  
Ret 6 Belgium Jacky Ickx Lotus-Ford 52 Brakes 16  
Ret 5 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 36 Brakes 14  
Ret 21 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford 18 Gearbox 23  
Ret 10 Italy Lella Lombardi March-Ford 18 Engine 17  
Ret 23 United Kingdom Tony Brise Hill-Ford 17 Engine 7  
Ret 24 United Kingdom James Hunt Hesketh-Ford 15 Transmission 11  
Ret 17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 13 Spun Off 10  
Ret 20 Italy Arturo Merzario Williams-Ford 2 Clutch 19  
Ret 26 Australia Alan Jones Hesketh-Ford 1 Accident 13  
Ret 2 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 0 Accident 15  

Notes

References

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 78. ISBN 0-85429-380-9.  
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 80. ISBN 0-85429-380-9.  

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". http://www.formula1.com/results/season/1975/463/. Retrieved 2007-06-15.  

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