1974 Monaco Grand Prix

Grand Prix de Monaco

Sunday, May 26, 1974
Warm, dry and sunny
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Peterson, 1m27.9
1974 season:

Peterson keeps the faith for Lotus
Monte Carlo, May 26th

With no unofficial practising being possible on the Monte Carlo street circuit, there were three sessions made available to the twenty-eight aspirants for the twentyfive positions on the starting grid. Everyone turned up for the Thursday afternoon practice period, ready and raring to go, with spare cars at the ready. Since last year the kerbstones on the apex of the Casino Square and the Mirabeau hairpin had been filled in with concrete to form a bevelled edge over which everyone was certain to put their inside wheels. In the past a lot of expensive damage has been done to alloy wheel rims, due to drivers brushing the kerbs, but this year it was going to be the suspension systems that were going to get a bashing. The John Player Team Lotus realised that they would not get any development work done on the tight little street circuit, so entered Peterson and Ickx with the Lotus 72 cars they raced last year, with the Lotus 76-JPS/ 10 as a standby with Ickx's number on it. It did not take Ickx very long to decide that the 72 was the best bet, while Peterson never deviated from his 72. Tyrrell had two happy young drivers in 007 models, neither of them. showing the slightest interest in trying the spare car, which was last year's 006/2, it standing to one side and looking a bit tatty compared to the 1974 cars. Another tean-p that had a spare car that neither driver wanted was the Brabham team, for Reutemann was in BT44/3, von Opel in BT44/2 and the car that Pilette drove in Belgium, BT42/3, was the spare as BT44/1 had not been repaired since Reutemann crashed it in practice in Belgium. There were five McLaren M23 cars in the pit road, with M23/1 and M23/7 for Hailwood, and M23/4, M23/5 and M23/6 for Fittipaldi and Hulme, the first of their cars being the spare one. The Ferrari team were ringing the changes on their set of 1974 cars, this time using 014 and 015, for Regazzoni and Lauda, respectively, with 010 as reserve.