Britain's James Hunt steered his McLaren M-23 to a clear victory in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday (2 May), but he was later disqualified on a technicality about the width of his car.
GV Start of race
SV PAN Niki Lauda leading in early stages around bends
GV PAN Lauda leading from Hunt around bend
GV Cars around 5-bends
GV Lauda, Hunt and Depallierien new six wheeled car
SV PAN James Hunt leading (2 shots)
SV Cars passing camera with car off track
GV Hunt pursuing Nilsson (Sweden) to lap him
SV Hunt around final bend
SV Hunt receiving chequered flag
GV King Juan Carlos places laurels on Hunt, and God Save the Queen playing
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Background: Britain's James Hunt steered his McLaren M-23 to a clear victory in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday (2 May), but he was later disqualified on a technicality about the width of his car.
The 28-year-old Hunt was always in control of an exciting race after heading world champion Niki Lauda's Ferrari at the beginning of the 31st lap, but was disqualified three hours after winning because race officials found the rear aerofoil was 1.8 centimetres (half an inch) too wide. An official protest was immediately lodged by the McLaren team.
Lauda -- competing despite having broken ribs -- finished second, but was declared the winner after Hunt's disqualification.
It was Hunt's first Grand Prix victory since joining McLaren from the Hesketh team at the start of this season, and he raised his fist in triumph as he took the checkered flag for the second Grand Prix victory in his career.
The race, marred by the retirement of several leading drivers on the tortuous 3.4 kilometres (2.1 miles) Jarama circuit, swung dramatically Hunt's way after Lauda had led for the first 30 laps.
One of those to retire was former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil, who won the race in 1972. He was forced out because of gearbox problems.
If the disqualification is upheld, Hunt will not only lose the victory, but also the nine world championship points which had put him in second place behind Lauda in the 1976 championship table. McLaren would also lose its championship points for the race.