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1975 Swiss Grand Prix

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Date  24 August 1975
Course length  3.289 km (2.044 mi)
Official name  Swiss Grand Prix
1975 Swiss Grand Prix
Location  Dijon-Prenois, Dijon, France
Course  Permanent racing facility
Distance  60 laps, 197.34 km (122.64 mi)

The 1975 Swiss Grand Prix was a non-championship Formula One race held on 24 August 1975 at the Dijon-Prenois racetrack in France, due to a ban on motor racing in Switzerland since the 1955 Le Mans disaster.

Jean-Pierre Jarier took pole from Emerson Fittipaldi, with Patrick Depailler and Jochen Mass on the second row, these four drivers being the only ones to lap the circuit in under a minute.

Fittipaldi's clutch slipped on the line and after 2 laps he retired completely. Jarier led from home favourite Clay Regazzoni, Depailler, Mass and John Watson. James Hunt was maintaining 6th place, despite suffering dreadful handling problems. Losing power on the corners, he soon lost position to Carlos Pace and Ronnie Peterson.

Jarier's lead had built up and he looked certain to obtain his long-awaited first Formula One victory. Gearbox drive problems thwarted him though and a bitterly disappointed Jarier retired on lap 34.

Peterson also passed Watson to take 5th before the close, leaving the order at the end as Regazzoni, Depailler, Mass, Peterson, Watson, Pace.

References

1975 Swiss Grand Prix Wikipedia


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