1974 ITAL­IAN GP

Autosport (UK) - - INSIGHT -

MONZA LO­TUS 72E (1ST)

At the end of prac­tice, Peter­son de­cided to forego the trou­ble­some Lo­tus 76 and re­vert to the faith­ful 72. So, in Lo­tus 72-8, the car in which he’d won at Monaco and Di­jon, Peter­son lined up on row four at Monza.

Cru­cially, from sev­enth on the grid, Peter­son jumped Emer­son Fit­ti­paldi’s Mclaren on the first lap. One by one the three Brab­hams ahead hit trou­ble, leav­ing Peter­son and Fit­ti­paldi chas­ing the fly­ing Fer­raris of Niki Lauda and Clay Regaz­zoni.

Then Lauda’s flat-12 started to smoke. Regaz­zoni caught him and took the lead on lap 30 of 52, but soon the sec­ond Fer­rari failed as well, leav­ing a Peter­son v Fit­ti­paldi duel for the fi­nal 12 laps. The Lo­tus was quicker in a straight line, while the

Mclaren was bet­ter un­der brak­ing

“Fit­ti­paldi tried ev­ery­thing he knew but Peter­son was ready for it all,” said Pete Lyons in our re­port. For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Ital­ian GP, Peter­son re­sisted Fit­ti­paldi’s pres­sure, and won by 0.8s.

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