It happened today

Niki Lauda's final victory for Ferrari

28 Aug 1977

On 28th August 1977, Niki Lauda won the Dutch Grand Prix. At the wheel of a 312 T2, the Austrian took his fifteenth and final victory with Ferrari: another two Grands Prix dressed in red – a second place at Monza and a fourth in Watkins Glen – were enough for him to take his second Drivers’ title, but his relationship with the Scuderia came to an end before the end of the championship, so that, by Mosport, Gilles Villeneuve was alongside the Argentinian Carlos Reutemann.

At Zandvoort, the Austrian was fourth fastest in qualifying and in the race he benefited first from the duel between Andretti and Hunt, as both of them ended up going off the track after a few laps and then, he successfully attacked Laffite on lap 20. Once in the lead, Lauda controlled the situation right to the end, even if the Frenchman and his Ligier-Matra was always right on his gearbox: at the chequered flag there was only 1.89 seconds between them. Niki had already won this race three years earlier in his first year with Ferrari and did it again seven years later in 1984, when he was with McLaren: curiously, this too was a special victory because it was the twenty fifth and last of the Austrian’s racing career.