After almost a year of motor racing across the world, the Grand Prix Drivers World Championship was settled in the last championship race of the season, when Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil finished fourth in the United States Grand Prix on Sunday (6 October) and collected enough points to take the title.
GTV Crowds at Watkins Glen before race
SV Cars pushed out onto track
CU Nikki Lauda
CU Clay Regazzoni
SCU Emerson Fittipaldi along-side his car
CU Ronnie Petersen
GTV Cars at start ZOOM TO crowd
GTV Cars leave start line and away
GV Car No. 7 (Reutemann) leading followed by Car No. 24 (James Hunt) and No. 8 (Carlos Pace) rounding bend
SV PAN Spectators
GV Cars into bend, Reutemann leading
GV Regazzoni leads pack through bend
SCU Denny Hulme in pits
GV PAN Reutemann down straight
LV PAN Pace along and down straight
SV PAN Car No. 24 (Hunt) down straight
GV PAN Fittipaldi down straight in fourth position
SV Officials at finish line
LV PAN Reutemann takes finishing flag
LV PAN P???ce at finish
CU Winner Reutemann into enclosure with crowd
CU Fittipaldi drives into enclosure amid crowd.
CU Fittipaldi, World Champion, kissed and congratulated with champagne
SV Winner Reutemann on dais with laurels
SCU Fittipaldi waving to cheering crowds and embraced by Jackie Stewart
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Background: After almost a year of motor racing across the world, the Grand Prix Drivers World Championship was settled in the last championship race of the season, when Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil finished fourth in the United States Grand Prix on Sunday (6 October) and collected enough points to take the title.
With everything staked on the result of this last race, it made the 1974 Grand Prix season one of the most exciting in recent years.
Record crowds gathered at the circuit at Watkins Glen, New York for the 36-car race. The winner was Carlos Reutemann, driving a Brabham-Ford -- who led from start to finish -- and second was Carlos Pace in a similar car. But, on this occasion, the race result was not as important as the championship points which could be picked up by the leading drivers.
When they came to Watkins Glen, two drivers -- Fittipaldi and Clay Regazzoni -- were tied with equal championship points. For them, it was not a case of winning, but merely finishing ahead of the other man. In the event, Regazzoni was dogged with bad luck and was forced to make frequent pit stops for attention to his Ferrari car. Fittipaldi, in a McLaren, had only to keep going to add a second World Championship to the one he won in 1971.
Consistency has been Fittipaldi's strength throughout the season. Although Regazzoni and the Ferrari team looked like taking the title in the first half of the season, the 27-year-old Brazilian gained regular placings in thirteen Grands Prix. In the fourteenth, in Canada, he won outright and brought himself level with Regazzoni on points.
Watkins Glen was the decider -- and Fittipaldi drove as well as he needed to, to take the championship.
SYNOPSIS: Nikki Lauda, Austraian Ferrari driver is out of the running, but team-mate Clay Regazzoni could win ... provided he finishes ahead of this man, Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil. They have equal championship points.
Swedish Ronnie Petersen ... another of the world's top 36 drivers who have come here to win. Everything is staked on this race, and that is what has made the 1974 season one of the most exciting for years.
Argentinian Carlos Reutemann takes an early lead, followed by Britain's James Hunt and Brazilian Carlos Pace.
With the race well under way, the leader is still Reutemann.
Regazzoni leads this pack, but pit stops are damaging his chances of the title.
Retirement for Denny Hulme ... and it's permanent. A former champion, he's quit racing ... leaving the fight to others.
Fittipaldi is now in fourth position. To finish ahead of Regazzoni will be enough. And that's how it ended. Reutemann won the Watkins Glen race, with Pace second.
But Fittipaldi's fourth place gives him the World Championship ... for the second time since 1971.
For Reutemann, the day's laurels ... but for Fittipaldi, the crown.