Motor Racing -- and Carlos Reutemann of Argentina, driving a Ferrari won the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch on Sunday (16 July).
Motor Racing -- and Carlos Reutemann of Argentina, driving a Ferrari won the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch on Sunday (16 July). The race was one of the most exciting contests of recent years with the lead changing several times, before Reutemann swept past former-mate Niki Lauda 16 laps from the end. He held the lead from then on, finishing one-point-two seconds ahead of the 1977 champion, Lauda, in second place, with his team-mate John Watson of Britain driving another Brabham Alfa Romeo, third.
SYNOPSIS: Weather conditions were near perfect for this year's race, which was attended by the Duke of Kent, who talked with Niki Lauda before the race. The race over a tortuous two-and-a-half mile (4 kilometre) circuit, is the tenth in this year's championship series.
Emerson Fittipaldi with his Copersucar. This season's drivers' championship leader, Mario Andretti, and James Hunt who has had a disappointing year so far.
It was a race of mixed fortunes. The Lotus team, who have dominated Grand Prix races this year, started at the front of the grid, but did not finish. Ronnic Peterson pulled out after six laps with a fuel leak, and Andretti -- having led from the start -- dropped out after 28 laps with tyre trouble. Other early casualties too, included last year's winner, James Hunt, and Gilles Villeneuve in a Ferrari.
With Andretti's withdrawal, the lead went to South African Jody Scheckter in a Wolf-WR-Five.
Scheckter's lead lasted seven laps before a broken gear box forced him out, and Lauda took the lead. He was closely followed by Ricardo Patrese and Carlos Reutemann.
On lap 60, Reutemann -- who had moved up into second place -- snatched the lead from Lauda with some superb driving.
He kept that lead, crossing the finishing line first after 76 laps.
Reutemann, the first Argentine to win the British Grand Prix since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1965, later said he had achieved his life's ambition.