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1975: Niki Lauda's third consecutive win

8 Jun 1975

On 8th June 1975, the Swedish Grand Prix was held at Anderstorp. The big question was whether or not Ferrari’s Niki Lauda could continue his winning streak, having finished first in the two previous rounds, but after qualifying, a hat-trick didn’t seem on the cards. Pole went to Vittorio Brambilla in the March, with Lauda only fifth on the grid, almost a second off the Italian, while also ahead of him were Patrick Depailler in the Tyrrell, Jean-Pierre Jarier in the Shadow and Carlos Reutemann in the Brabham.

At the start, Brambilla went into the lead, with Lauda still fifth. Depailler went off when his brakes failed and then Brambilla was the first to suffer with the tyres overheating. His March quickly dropped back and Jarier retired. Reutemann thus took the lead, while Carlos Pace in the other Brabham, passed Lauda but went out shortly afterwards.

In the final laps, the speed differential was clear to see with the Ferrari man gaining visibly on the Argentinian. On lap 70 of 80 the Austrian had closed the gap and taken the lead in his 312T to claim his third successive win of the season.