Austrian motor ace Niki Lauda led from start of finish in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zendvoort on Sunday (23 June) and moved within a paint of the lead in the world drivers' championship.
Austrian motor ace Niki Lauda led from start of finish in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zendvoort on Sunday (23 June) and moved within a paint of the lead in the world drivers' championship. Emerson Fittipaldi, of Brazil, who was third at Zandvoort, is still ahead with 31 points.
Lauda's Ferrari team-mate, Clay Regazzoni, of Switzerland, was second. He had a poor start, but by the third lap was comfortably in second place, and remained there, about eight second behind Lauda. Lauda and Regazzoni also scored a double success in Spain two months ago, but sports writers say their achievement on Sunday was much more convincing. the two Ferraris gradually pulled away from the bunch of cars battling for third place and it was soon evident that only mechanical problems could stop them. For once in a trouble-plagued season, the Ferraris had a smooth run throughout.
The real tussle was for third place and early in the race as many as eight cars were involved. However, as the race progressed and tyro were took its toll, it became a three-way struggle between Fifttipaldi, Britain's Mike Hailwood and Jody Scheckter, from South Africa. Into the second half they took up those positions, and retained them until the finish.
Laudc finished with an average speed of 114.635 miles an hour (184.628 kilometres).