Austria's Niki Lauda, driving a Brabham, raced aggressively to win the Dino Ferrari Formula One Grand Prix in Imola, Italy on Sunday (16 September).
Austria's Niki Lauda, driving a Brabham, raced aggressively to win the Dino Ferrari Formula One Grand Prix in Imola, Italy on Sunday (16 September). But the race, named in memory of Enzo Ferrari's only son, Dino, who died in 1956 at the age of twenty-four, does not count for World Drivers' championship points. The Imola circuit is to be the venue for next year's official Italian Grand Prix. Lauda, in his first major race win this year was followed in by Argentina's Carlos Reutemann in a ??? and the new World Champion Jody Scheckter of South Africa, in a Ferrari.
SYNOPSIS: The Dino Ferrari race at the circuit southeast of Bologna attracted a top field. World Champion Jody Scheckter was second fastest in practise the previous day, while Canadian Gilles Villeneuve shaved nearly a second off the old record. Carlos Reutemann from Argentina is rumoured to be leaving the Lotus team, after this session. Niki Lauda has been dogged by engine trouble but his Brabham ??? formed flawlessly from the
The Ferrari team of Scheckter and villeneuve had shown good form and were expected to repeat their Monza Grand Prix triumph, but Lauda was to sweep past them both.
Lauda ahead of Scheckter, after first heading off Argentina's Reutemann. But he was to find Villeneuve more difficult to overcome, swapping the lead until the twenty-second lap. Italian driver Elio de Angelis lost control and had to retire; and during a risky manoeuvre Villeneuve and Lauda also came close to disaster when their cars touched, forcing Villeneuve into the pits and out of contention.
Villeneuve returned to clock the race's fastest lap with a time of one minute 33.07 seconds, but could not catch Lauda.
Reutemann, second, was followed home by Scheckter third.
It had not been a happy Grand Prix season for Niki Lauda who has only four championship points but this triumph was some consolation.