1974 ITALIAN GP
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.