Ronnie Peterson, of Sweden on Sunday (8 September) won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza for the second year running.
Ronnie Peterson, of Sweden on Sunday (8 September) won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza for the second year running. However it was a cliff-hanger finish, with former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, of Brazil, less than a second behind the winner. South Africa's Jody Scheckter came in third.
Peterson' win left the world drivers championship wide open, with only three points separating the top three.
Clay Regazzoni, of Switzerland is still in the lead, Schecketr is a point away and Fittipaldi is in third place.
The result was a bitter blow to Ferrari and the thousands of Italians who packed the Monza circuit. Ferrari drivers Niki Lauda (Austria) and Ragazzoni first shot to the lead, but were forced out of the race because of engine trouble.
Peterson covered the 186.76 mile (300.56km) race in one hour 22 minutes 56.06 seconds, at an average speed of more than 217 miles an hour (135 km).