1975: NIKI LAUDA

Model produced by: Paul’s Model Art (Minichamps)

Year: 1975
Driver: Niki Lauda (Austria)
Team: Scuderia Ferrari
Car: Ferrari 312T
Results: 5 wins, 8 podiums, 9 poles, 2 fastest laps

Brabham team seemed favorite to win the title after strong finish to the 1974 season, but it was the year the prancing horse got its spring back. The early decade had been a challenging period for Ferrari, as they struggled to find a body shape that would do justice to the brute force of the V12 engine. Enter Niki Lauda and his brand new car – the Ferrari 312T; an irresistible combination that would prove to be unstoppable. Lauda won 5 races that year and reigning world champion Fittipladi only won 2, which was enough for 2nd place in the championship. When Lauda secured the championship/constructor double in front of a frenzied Italian crowd at Monza, everybody knew that Ferrari was back. It was their first title after 11 years.

See the first lap of 1975 Nuerburgring race with Lauda in the lead.

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