• Short Summary

    Austria's Niki Lauda strengthened his iron grip on this year's world motor racing championship with an easy win in the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday (16 May).

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    Austria's Niki Lauda strengthened his iron grip on this year's world motor racing championship with an easy win in the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday (16 May).

    Lauda led from start to finish to confirm his Ferrari team's new superiority in the sport. Ferrari has now taken all five of this year's races and it was 27-year-old Lauda's fourth victory this year, including the Madrid race two weeks ago in which Britain's James Hunt took the chequered flag, but was disqualified for technical reasons after his car was found to be half an inch (1.25 centimetres) too wide.

    Lauda's team-mate, 37-year-old Swiss Clay Regazzoni finished second, a position he held from the seventh lap when he overtook Hunt's McLaren.

    Hunt never looked a threat to Lauda, and after Regazzoni passed him he slipped back to fifth place before retiring half way through the race with serious mechanical problems.

    Lauda, who finished more than three seconds ahead of Regazoni, with an average speed of 173.980 kph (108.106 mph), was deservedly pleased with his performance.

    After the first few laps, the race for minor placings was between Frenchmen Jacques Laffite in the Matra Ligier, Hunt and Tyrell Elf driver, Patrick Depaller.

    Laffite took third position and South African Jody Scheckter was fourth in another Tyrrell Elf.

    Fewer than half the care completed the race around the 4.12 kilometre (2.55 miles) circuit and some team engineers complained afterwards that the surface of the corners were not as smooth as they should have been.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC686GC007TBECVXEA0ND9ILMM
    Media URN:
    VLVAC686GC007TBECVXEA0ND9ILMM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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