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1974 FIA Formula 1 Season (IMC)
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: McLaren Ford (GB,1,1)
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,2,14)
Champion Driver: Emerson Fittipaldi (BR,2,2)
Putative Driver: Emerson Fittipaldi (BR)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 312 B3, 2.99-liter, twelve-cylinder boxer, light alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, five-speed, Lockheed disc brakes, aluminum-composite monocoque/steel spaceframe, double wishbone-radius arm independent suspension, 495 horsepower (Mauro Forghieri, Sandro Colombo).

Scuderia Ferrari fails to score in the season finale at Watkins Glen in October and McLaren with its M23 entry holds on for its maiden Formula 1 constructors' title in 1974, yet Ferrari enjoys a wide enough margin to win the putative honors. A fourth-place finish by McLaren driver Emerson Fittipaldi in the same event proves enough to overtake Ferrari driver Carlos Reutemann and propels the Brazilian to his second drivers' crown. Brabham wins at Kyalami in March for its first constructor victory since the 1970 season. Scuderia Ferrari takes the honors at Jarama in April for its fiftieth series victory, the first for driver Niki Lauda, and also the first for the racing house since the 1972 season. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Dijon-Prenois in July. Female driver Lella Lombardi fails to make the starting grid at Brands Hatch in July. New Racing Makes: British Williams. British Hesketh. Brazilian Fittipaldi. American Penske. Departures: Peter Revson, 35, b. New York City, USA 1939, d. at test, F1 GP South Africa, Midrand, South Africa, March.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Scuderia Ferrari115     Fittipaldi E72
McLaren Ford (SC)108     Regazzoni66
Tyrrell Ford73     Lauda59
Lotus Ford59     Scheckter57
MRD Brabham Ford52     Peterson R46
Hesketh March Ford18     Reutemann43

Noteworthy 1974 Races

1974 XI Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina1974 1974 XI Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina At Oscar Galvez for the Argentine Grand Prix (316 kilometers) in January, the race comes to a British McLaren M23 Ford under Denis Hulme (NZ) in 1:41:02.01 (average 116.72 mph), under ten seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry driven by Niki Lauda. Hulme moves out front after race leader and home favorite Carlos Reutemann in his Brabham exhausts his fuel supply with only two laps remaining. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1974 XXXII Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1974 1974 XXXII Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (256 kilometers) in May, a British Lotus M23 Ford under Ronnie Peterson (SE) takes race honors in 1:58:03.7 (average 80.75 mph), under twenty-nine seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Peterson survives a tangle with Carlos Reutemann in his Brabham and a resulting spin at the Swimming Pool on Lap 6 to rally his entry past race leader Niki Lauda on Lap 33 after the latter loses drive to prevail for the victory. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1974 British Grand Prix Longfield, England1974 1974 British Grand Prix At Brands Hatch for the British Grand Prix (199 miles) in July, a British Tyrrell 007 Ford under Jody Scheckter (ZA) takes the flag in 1:43:02.2 (average 115.74 mph), under sixteen seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Scheckter moves out front after race leader Niki Lauda in his Ferrari drops a rear tire with only six laps remaining. Ferrari runs the race under new team manager Luca Montezemolo. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1974 XLV Gran Premio d'Italia Monza, Italy1974 1974 XLV Gran Premio d'Italia At Monza for the Italian Grand Prix (300.5 kilometers) in September, a British Lotus 72E Ford under Ronnie Peterson (SE) notches a victory in 1:22:56.6 (average 135.12 mph), under a second (.80) ahead of a McLaren driven by Emerson Fittipaldi. Ferrari seemingly holds matters in hand before race leader Niki Lauda in his Ferrari loses drive on Lap 32 of 52 and his succeeding leader teammate Clay Regazzoni suffers the same fate eight laps later. Peterson takes the point thereafter and holds off hard charging Fittipaldi for victory. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1974 Canadian Grand Prix Bowmanville, Ontario1974 1974 Canadian Grand Prix At Mosport for the Canadian Grand Prix (316.5 kilometers) in September, a British McLaren M23 Ford under Emerson Fittipaldi (BR) bests the field in 1:40:26.1 (average 117.51 mph), under fourteen seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Fittipaldi moves out front after race leader Niki Lauda in his Ferrari crashes out after running over track debris with only thirteen laps remaining. Fittipaldi, Clay Regazzoni, and Jody Scheckter all have a chance at the crown as the teams enter the season finale. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1974 XVII United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen, New York1974 1974 XVII United States Grand Prix At Watkins Glen for the United States Grand Prix (199 miles) in October, a British MRD Brabham BT44 Ford under Carlos Reutemann (AR) crosses first in 1:40:21.4 (average 119.13 mph), under eleven seconds ahead of a companion Brabham entry. Reutemann unexpectedly leads wire-to-wire for the contest win, yet a poor handling Ferrari under Clay Regazzoni and a retirement by Jody Scheckter on Lap 45 gifts the fourth-finishing Fittipaldi with his second F1 drivers' crown. The race claims the life of Helmuth Koinigg, who perishes after losing control of his Surtees and crashing into the guardrail on Lap 10. Photo Credit: David Phipps.
1974 Race of Champions Longfield, England1974 1974 Race of Champions At Brands Hatch for the Race of Champions (104.5 miles, non-championship) in March, a British Lotus 72 R5 Ford under Jacky Ickx (BE) wins in rainy conditions in 1:03:37.6 (average 99.97 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Ferrari driven by Niki Lauda. Ickx moves out front after outdriving and passing Lauda in the wet with only five laps remaining. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.