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Argentinian Grand Prix

Buenos Aires, 13 Jan 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Denis Hulme McLaren M23 [6] - Cosworth DFV V8
#6 Marlboro Texaco Team McLaren
53 1h 41m 02.01s
2 Niki Lauda Ferrari 312 B3-74 [012] - f12
#12 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
53 1h 41m 11.28s
3 Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 312 B3-74 [011] - f12
#11 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
53 1h 41m 22.42s
4 Mike Hailwood McLaren M23 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#33 Yardley Team McLaren
53 1h 41m 33.80s
5 Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM P160E [09] - P142 V12
#14 Team Motul BRM
53 1h 41m 53.85s
6 Patrick Depailler Tyrrell [005] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Elf Team Tyrrell
53 1h 42m 54.49s
7 Carlos Reutemann Brabham BT44 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 Motor Racing Developments Limited
52 distributor
8 Howden Ganley March 741 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 March Engineering
52 out of fuel
9 Henri Pescarolo BRM P160E [10] - P142 V12
#15 Team Motul BRM
52 1h 41m 23.45s
10 Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren M23 [5] - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 Marlboro Texaco Team McLaren
52 1h 41m 55.95s
11 Guy Edwards Lola T370 [HU2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#27 Embassy Racing with Graham Hill
51 1h 41m 25.17s
12 John Watson Brabham BT42 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#28 John Goldie Racing with Hexagon
49 1h 41m 21.99s
13 Ronnie Peterson Lotus 72E [R8] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 John Player Team Lotus
48 1h 42m 11.39s
R Graham Hill Lola T370 [HU1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#26 Embassy Racing with Graham Hill
45 engine
R Jacky Ickx Lotus 72E [R5-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 John Player Team Lotus
35 clutch
R Richard Robarts Brabham BT44 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#8 Motor Racing Developments Limited
35 gearbox
R François Migault BRM P160E [05] - P142 V12
#37 Team Motul BRM
31 water leak
R Hans-Joachim Stuck March 741 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 March Engineering
31 clutch
R Jody Scheckter Tyrrell [006/2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Elf Team Tyrrell
25 engine
R Carlos Pace Surtees TS16-2 [02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#18 Team Surtees
21 suspension
R Arturo Merzario Iso-Marlboro [FW02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#20 Frank Williams Racing Cars
19 overheating
R James Hunt March 731 ['3'] - Cosworth DFV V8
#24 Hesketh Racing
11 overheating
R Jochen Mass Surtees TS16-2 [03] - Cosworth DFV V8
#19 Team Surtees
10 engine
R Peter Revson Shadow DN3 [1A] - Cosworth DFV V8
#16 UOP Shadow Racing Team
1 accident
R Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow DN1 [6A] - Cosworth DFV V8
#17 UOP Shadow Racing Team
0 accident
DNS Rikky von Opel Ensign N174 [MN02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#22 Team Ensign
Did not start
(withdrew - car and driver not competititve)
T Richard Robarts Brabham BT42 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#8T Motor Racing Developments Limited
(Only used in practice)

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Ronnie Peterson (F1) 3-litre Lotus 72E [R8] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 50.78s
2 Clay Regazzoni (F1) 3-litre Ferrari 312 B3-74 [011] - Ferrari f12 1m 50.96s
3 Emerson Fittipaldi (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [5] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 51.06s
4 Peter Revson (F1) 3-litre Shadow DN3 [1A] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 51.30s
5 James Hunt (F1) 3-litre March 731 ['3'] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 51.52s
6 Carlos Reutemann (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT44 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 51.55s
7 Jacky Ickx (F1) 3-litre Lotus 72E [R5-2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 51.70s
8 Niki Lauda (F1) 3-litre Ferrari 312 B3-74 [012] - Ferrari f12 1m 51.81s
9 Mike Hailwood (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 51.86s
10 Denis Hulme (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [6] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 52.06s
11 Carlos Pace (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16-2 [02] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 52.20s
12 Jody Scheckter (F1) 3-litre Tyrrell [006/2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 52.47s
13 Arturo Merzario (F1) 3-litre Iso-Marlboro [FW02] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 53.14s
14 Jean-Pierre Beltoise (F1) 3-litre BRM P160E [09] - BRM P142 V12 1m 53.18s
15 Patrick Depailler (F1) 3-litre Tyrrell [005] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 53.27s
16 Jean-Pierre Jarier (F1) 3-litre Shadow DN1 [6A] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 53.66s
17 Graham Hill (F1) 3-litre Lola T370 [HU1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 53.90s
18 Jochen Mass (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16-2 [03] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 53.90s
19 Howden Ganley (F1) 3-litre March 741 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 54.21s
20 John Watson (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT42 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 54.39s
21 Henri Pescarolo (F1) 3-litre BRM P160E [10] - BRM P142 V12 1m 54.67s
22 Richard Robarts (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT44 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 54.73s
23 Hans-Joachim Stuck (F1) 3-litre March 741 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 55.19s
24 François Migault (F1) 3-litre BRM P160E [05] - BRM P142 V12 1m 55.43s
25 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre Lola T370 [HU2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 56.43s
26 Rikky von Opel * (F1) 3-litre Ensign N174 [MN02] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 57.86s
 
* Did not start

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.

3-litre Formula 1 World Championship events 1966-1985

These 1966 to 1985 results were initially compiled by Allen Brown, but these were in the very basic form required to track individual car histories. Since then further details, such as laps completed, qualifying times and so on, have been added from Rob Ryder's extensive database.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen at allen@oldracingcars.com if you can help with our research.

Individual sources for this event

Autosport 17 Jan 1974 pp14-21 (by Pete Lyons). Motoring News 17 Jan 1974 pp8-10,12 (by 'AH' Alan Henry). Motor Sport February 1974 pp115-117 (by 'AH' Alan Henry). Sport Auto Fev 1974 pp12-21 (by Gérard Crombac). Autocourse 1974/75 (edited by Mike Kettlewell) reproduced Pete Lyons' reports from Autosport, so included very little information that had not already been published.

The Formula One Constructors Association, still commonly called the F1 Association at this stage, was now firmly in charge of F1, the FIA's CSI in Paris having largely agreed to leave most issues to this group of teams, led by Bernie Ecclestone and with full-time secretary Peter Macintosh based in Reading. Many race promoters were also happy for the Association to take on much of the routine organisation on their behalf. For 1974, the members were Lotus, Tyrrell, Brabham, March, Ferrari, Shadow, Surtees and Williams, mostly two-car teams but with third cars entered by McLaren and BRM, McLaren because they had a contract to run a car in Yardley livery as well as the two principal cars in Marlboro livery, and BRM simply because Lous Stanley wanted to. The Formula 1 Association therefore represented 22 entries, and guaranteed the presence of 20 cars at each race, making them a very attractive package for race organisers, and giving Ecclestone huge negotiating power. James Hunt, driving for non-member Hesketh, used his column in Motor to argue for a restoration of power in the CSI's favour. For 1974, entry numbers were fixed for the whole season, numbers 1-21 for the association's ten two-car teams, omitting number 13 for reasons of superstition, with the two third cars given numbers 33 and 37. In Argentina, only 21 or the F1 Association's 22 entries were present, Williams having yet to sign a second driver alongside Merzario.

Anyone could join the F1 Association after a one-year probation period as long as they built their own car and competed in 80% of races. The non-members at this first race were Ensign, who had built their own car and were allocated number 22, Hesketh Racing, whose new car had been tested so were allocated number 24 but were using the old March 731 here, Graham Hill's Embassy Racing which had commissioned Lola T370s so therefore did not qualify for future membership, and privateers Hexagon Racing who had a second-hand Brabham BT42. Lola became the 22nd marque of the 3-litre F1 era. Embassy Racing's team manager was Ray Brimble, with a team of six mechanics. Hesketh team manager was Bubbles Horsley, with designer Harvey Postlethwaite. Hexagon Racing was headed by Paul Michaels, with main financial backer John Goldie, team manager Rod Sawyer, and Tecno refugee Alan McCall preparing the car. Teddy Mayer, previously in charge of McLaren's US operation, was now in charge of the Marlboro McLarens and Phil Kerr was running the Yardley car. That gave 26 entries in total, but the Ensign was a non-starter.

The only spare car present was a Brabham BT42 used by Richard Robarts, although Autosport's preview predicted there would also be a spare McLaren M23. Ickx' Lotus 72D was wearing the 72-5 chassis plate but was said to be a new car. However, Lotus later built an all-new car and called it 72-9, so evidently regarded this 72-5 as a rebuild, not a new car. Jarier's Shadow DN1 was identified as DN1-6A, but said by Autosport to be actually the seventh car built. However, only six distinct Shadow DN1 entities ever existed, so this number has to be taken with a pinch of salt. Scheckter's Tyrrell had torsion bar rear suspension but this was dropped after practice. Autosport tended to report exactly what was said on the chassis plate, and reported the two brand new Surtees TS16s as "TS16-02-2" and "TS16-03-2". The "-2" denoted a Mk 2 version of the TS16 design.