It happened today – 18 July

It happened today – 18 July

On 18th July 1976, Niki Lauda won the British Grand Prix at the wheel of a 312 T2. In fact, it was James Hunt who crossed the line first, ahead of the Austrian, but there was a protest from a several teams, including Ferrari, against the Englishman. The race was stopped because of an accident immediately after the start and Hunt, in a damaged McLaren, managed to return to the pits, but did not complete the opening lap. During the break before the second start the mechanics therefore had time to repair his car. The Race Stewards and then the RAC threw out the protest, but it was later upheld by the FIA and Lauda was declared the winner. However, two months had elapsed by then – the Federation’s tribunal being held in Paris on 25 September – and a lot had happened in the meantime. On 1st August, Niki had that frightening accident at the Nurburgring and was forced to miss the next two races, coming back in time for Monza. There, the twelve points difference established in Paris (three more for him and nine less for his rival,) seemed as though it might give him a boost as he went for a second world title, but there was another twist to the tale of this season. Anyone who doesn’t know what happened that year will soon be able to find out at the cinema, in the Ron Howard film “Rush” which covers the great rivalry between Hunt and Lauda.

Home race for Scuderia Ferrari

Home race for Scuderia Ferrari

Maranello, 1 September – This Sunday’s race is the 65th Italian Grand Prix to count for the Formula 1 World Championship and, along with…
Lauda back in Maranello

Lauda back in Maranello

Maranello, 24 January –An old friend was at Ferrari today on the eve of the presentation of this year’s car.
Eddie Irvine, July 25th 1999, Zeltweg

It happened today – 25 July

On 25th July 1999, Eddie Irvine won the Austrian Grand Prix, held at the A1-Ring, near Zeltweg. It was the Northern Irish driver’s second…
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