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1975 Spanish Grand Prix

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Location Montjuïc circuit, Barcelona, Spain
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The 1975 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Montjuïc circuit on April 27, 1975, remembered as one of the most controversial and tragic race weekends in the sport's history after the death of five spectators who were hit by the crashing Hill GH1 of Rolf Stommelen. It was also the race in which Lella Lombardi became the first and so far only woman to score points towards the World Championship.

It was the 21st Spanish Grand Prix since the race was first held in 1913. It was the fourth, and last, Grand Prix to be held on the Montjuïc street circuit. The race was shortened to 29 of its scheduled 75 laps, a race distance of 109 kilometres. The race was won by German driver Jochen Mass driving a McLaren M23. It would be the only Formula One win of his career. Mass had just a second lead over the Lotus 72E of Belgian driver Jacky Ickx when the race was declared. Argentine racer Carlos Reutemann was declared third in his Brabham BT44B, a lap behind the race leaders after a penalty was given to Jean-Pierre Jarier.

Race summary

Right from the start, the drivers who were members of the Grand Prix Drivers Association were furious that the barriers were not bolted together properly. Thus, they went on strike. Most of the sport's major players refused to take part in practice. Jacky Ickx was not a member of the GPDA, and one of the few marquee drivers who did practice.

Track staff worked overnight to fix the barriers, and to make sure everything would be fixed in time for qualifying on Saturday, some of the teams sent out mechanics to help. The drivers, though, still were not convinced, but the race organizers threatened legal action if no race was run. This, and rumors that the Guardia Civil would seize the cars which were in the paddock, which was at Montjuïc Stadium, forced the drivers to call off the strike.

The defending World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, however, was still furious. He did the minimum three laps, but at a very slow pace, then pulled into the pits. The next morning, Fittipaldi announced he would not race, and went back home. Also during race day morning, Ken Tyrrell went out onto the circuit with his spanner to make sure the barriers were how they should be.

The two Ferraris of Niki Lauda (on pole) and Clay Regazzoni qualified on the front row, but their glory would not last long. At the start, Vittorio Brambilla's March tangled with Mario Andretti's Parnelli. Andretti's car hit the back of Lauda's, sending him into Regazzoni. Lauda was out immediately, while Regazzoni took his car to the garage, where repairs were made, and Regazzoni was sent back out. Patrick Depailler also retired on the first lap because of suspension damage, and Wilson Fittipaldi and Arturo Merzario withdrew in protest.

After the first-corner madness ceased, James Hunt was shown as the leader. Shockingly, Andretti had managed to keep going, and was running in second. John Watson was in third, Rolf Stommelen was fourth, Brambilla fifth, and Carlos Pace sixth.

On lap four, the engine in Jody Scheckter's Tyrrell blew, and the oil dumping onto the circuit caused Alan Jones and Mark Donohue to crash. Three laps later, Hunt also slipped in the oil and crashed. The top three had become Andretti, Watson, and Stommelen. Watson's car suffered from vibrations and dropped out. Andretti's rear suspension lasted only seven more laps before it failed, causing him to crash out of the lead. Jean-Pierre Jarier and Brambilla stopped to change tyres, whilst Tom Pryce and Tony Brise tangled. Stommelen was now in the top spot, followed by Pace, Ronnie Peterson, Jochen Mass, and Ickx. On lap 24, Peterson was out after he tangled with François Migault while trying to lap the Frenchman.

Two laps later, tragedy struck. The rear wing on Stommelen's Embassy Hill broke, sending him into the barrier, ironically at the point that his own mechanics had worked on. He bounced off it and back into the road, hitting the barrier across the way, and flying over it. While trying to avoid Stommelen as he crossed the track, Pace crashed. Five spectators were killed by Stommelen's flying car with the driver suffering a broken leg, a broken wrist and two cracked ribs.

The race continued for another four laps, during which Mass passed Ickx for the lead. On lap 29, the race was halted with Mass the winner, Ickx second, and Jean-Pierre Jarier crossed the line in third position. Carlos Reutemann finished fourth ahead of Brambilla, while Lella Lombardi finished in sixth. With the race being stopped before three-fourths of the scheduled race distance was reached, only half points were awarded. After the race, stewards found that Jarier had overtaken in a portion of the track covered by a yellow flag caution. Jarier was given a sixty-second penalty that relegated him to fourth position.[1]

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 23x15px Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 29 42:53.7 11 4.5
2 6 23x15px Jacky Ickx Lotus-Ford 29 + 1.1 16 3
3 7 23x15px Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 28 + 1 Lap 15 2
4 17 23x15px Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 28 + 1 Lap 10 1.5
5 9 23x15px Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 28 + 1 Lap 5 1
6 10 23x15px Lella Lombardi March-Ford 27 + 2 Laps 24 0.5
7 21 23x15px Tony Brise Williams-Ford 27 + 2 Laps 18  
8 18 23x15px John Watson Surtees-Ford 26 + 3 Laps 6  
NC 11 23x16px Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 25 Not Classified 2  
Ret 22 23x15px Rolf Stommelen Hill-Ford 25 Collision 9  
Ret 8 23x15px Carlos Pace Brabham-Ford 25 Collision 14  
Ret 16 23x15px Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 23 Accident 8  
Ret 5 23x15px Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 23 Suspension 12  
Ret 31 23x15px Roelof Wunderink Ensign-Ford 20 Transmission 19  
NC 23 23x15px François Migault Hill-Ford 18 Not Classified 22  
Ret 27 23x15px Mario Andretti Parnelli-Ford 16 Suspension 4  
Ret 14 23x15px Bob Evans BRM 7 Fuel System 23  
Ret 24 23x15px James Hunt Hesketh-Ford 6 Accident 3  
Ret 3 23x15px Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 3 Engine 13  
Ret 28 23x15px Mark Donohue Penske-Ford 3 Collision 17  
Ret 25 23x15px Alan Jones Hesketh-Ford 3 Collision 20  
Ret 4 23x15px Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 1 Collision damage 7  
Ret 30 23x15px Wilson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 1 Withdrew 21  
Ret 20 23x15px Arturo Merzario Williams-Ford 1 Withdrew 25  
Ret 12 23x15px Niki Lauda Ferrari 0 Collision 1  
DNS 1 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 0 Non starter 26  

Standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

  1. ^ "Grand Prix Results: Spanish GP, 1975". grandprix.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 


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