1974 Italian Grand Prix

Gran Premio d'Italia

Sunday, September 8, 1974
Very hot, dry and sunny
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Pace, 1m34.2
1974 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive

Peterson keeps the faith again

Monza, September 8th

The cast for the last Grand Prix in Europe for 1974 was fairly stable, the only new car on the scene being a fourth BRM P201, which Pescarolo was driving, the Bourne team having got themselves sorted out for a brief moment; Beltoise had P201/03 and Migault P201/02. Team Lotus had made a decisive move in taking their two Lotus 76 models and one Lotus 72 to Monza, the idea being to race the new cars and have the old one purely as a stand-by; it was Peterson's usual mount, 72/R8, the new cars being the troublesome JPS/9 and JPS/10. Elf Team Tyrrell were in their usual good order, with their three 007 cars for Scheckter and Depailler, and the McLaren team were with their usual three cars for Fittipaldi and Hulme, and the Yardley sponsored M23/4 for David Hobbs, still standing-in for Mike Hailwood, who was reported to be recovering well and with enthusiasm. The Texaco-Marlboro sponsored McLarens were not using the transparent skirts round the base of the monocoque that they tried in Austria, not because they were not beneficial, but because there was no way they could be prevented from rubbing themselves away and if they did not touch the ground they were ineffective. Any method of keeping them in contact, rising and falling as the suspension worked, would have contravened the "moveable aerodynamic device" rule. The Brabham team were in good spirits after their win in Austria, confident that their cars would be equally as good on the fast Monza circuit. The two South American drivers were unconsciously urging each other on to greater efforts in friendly rivalry, Reutemann knowing he could go faster than Pace, and vice-versa. John Watson, in the brown Hexagon Brabham BT44/4, with support from the works team, was equally happy and confident, being delighted with his new car.