1977: NIKI LAUDA

Model produced by: Vitesse (La Storia)

Year: 1977
Driver: Niki Lauda (Austria)
Team: Scuderia Ferrari
Car: Ferrari 312T2
Results: 3 wins, 10 podiums, 2 poles, 3 fastest laps

Jody Scheckter won the first race of the season in a newly formed Wolf team. Niki Lauda had a difficult season with Ferrari. Relationship between parties got worse after Lauda decided to withdraw from championship deciding race the previous year. In 1977 Lauda wanted to prove he can still win championship if he wants to. And he did. He won it easily albeit through consistancy rather than outright pace. Lauda won 3 races and so did Jody Scheckter (Wolf) who finished 2nd. Mario Andretti won 4 races in a Lotus 78 “wing car”, a car that started the ground effect revolution, but finished the season in 3rd place. When Lauda heard about Ferrari’s decision to run the then unknown Gilles Villeneuve in a third car at the Canadian Grand Prix, he left the team immediately, having already clinched his 2nd title and 5th constructors’ title for Ferrari. The season also saw Renault entering Grand Prix racing with a turbocharged car which was initially not successful.

See the season review: part one and part two


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