The Italian motorcar manufacturers, Ferrari, scored a double triumph at Monza, Italy, on Sunday (7 September) when Clay Regazzoni won the Italian Grand Prix and his team-mate, Niki Lauda of Austria, clinched the World Drivers' Championship.
GV Start of race
GV Main stand with spectators
GV PAN PAST Grandstand straight
GV Cars No. 11 and No. 12 past (2 shots)
GV Lap board and race control tower
GV Car No.11 followed by other cars (2 shots)
GV Regazzoni winning
GV Fittipaldi across finishing lines
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SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: The Italian motorcar manufacturers, Ferrari, scored a double triumph at Monza, Italy, on Sunday (7 September) when Clay Regazzoni won the Italian Grand Prix and his team-mate, Niki Lauda of Austria, clinched the World Drivers' Championship.
Regazzoni led from start to finish to repeat his 1970 Monza win. His time of one hour 22 minutes 42.60 second and his average speed of 218.034 ??? (136.271 mph) was a record for the 52-lap event, and he also established an official lap record by turning in one minute 33.10 seconds.
After the race, Regazzoni and Lauda were carried aloft by jubilant Italian fans who invaded the track in their thousands. The result also virtually decided the formula one Manufacturers' Championship for Ferrari.
The Brazilian, Emerson Fittipaldi, finished second by pushing his McLaren to the limit in the final laps. After the race Regazzoni said that he was always confident he could control him. Of the race he said "It was almost too easy".
Lauda finished third, after driving a cautious race with his main concern the world Drivers Championship. He said afterwards that he had allowed Fittipaldi to pass him, because he did not want to push his car too hard.
Regazzoni had taken the lead at the start, with Lauda taking up the second position. For most of the race the Ferraris looked set for a one-two victory. But as Ragazzoni and Lauda widened the gap between them and the rest of the field, a wave of excitement swept through the crowd as Fittipaldi overtook Reutemann.
Carlos Reutemann of Argentina was the only driver with even a mathematical chance of catening up with Lauda in the world ratings. But as it turned out, he stayed in fourth place for the rest of the race and crossed the finish line in that position.