INCOMPARABLE PASSION – Ferrari Single-Seaters
FERRARI IS A LEGEND, THEN AND NOW – Interview Niki Lauda
HUMILIATED, LONELY, LOYAL – Laura Domenica Ferrari
FERRARI IS FORMULA 1 – Interview Bernie Ecclestone
FERRARI´S FABULOUS FLAT-12 – The 312 B´s development
I WOULD HAVE SIGNED ANYTHING THEY HAD PRESENTED ME – Dan Gurney on his debut season in F1 with Ferrari
CHAMPIONS DOWN UNDER – Ferrari Dino 246 Tasman
HOME WIN – Graeme Lawrence on his 1970 Tasman Championship
FERRARI IS A LEGEND, THEN AND NOW
Interview Niki Lauda
Niki Lauda’s Ferrari years between 1974 and 1977 consolidated the ambitious Viennese driver’s place on the list of F1 elites. He won two world championships, was once runner-up, and once fourth in the points. From 58 points-paying Grands Prix there were 15 wins, 32 podiums, and 242.5 points. AUTOMOBILSPORT met with the now Mercedes AMG man for an exclusive interview in Vienna, the first part of which covers his time with Ferrari.
AUTOMOBILSPORT: Mr Lauda, in your 1977 book Protokoll – Meine Jahre mit Ferrari (‘Protocol – My Years with Ferrari’) you mention a running joke you used to have with your cousin Jenzy in the early 1970s. He was supposed to tell you when Ferrari called. What was that about?
Lauda: That was just a bit of fun, really. My cousin worked in my office, and I often told him as a joke: ‘When Ferrari calls, you have to let me know immediately.’
AUTOMOBILSPORT: Ferrari did actually call one day.
Lauda: Yeah, after the Monaco Grand Prix in 1973 the phone rang. At first I thought it was my cousin pulling my leg, because the Ferrari thing was our running gag. In Monaco I had been in third place for a while in the uncompetitive BRM, in front of Ferrari driver Jacky Ickx. Unfortunately the gearbox failed, but it was probably on that occasion that Enzo Ferrari noticed me. Actually, the BRM wasn’t too bad on some tracks, but the 12-cylinder engine was very unreliable. It always failed at the worst possible time. I led the Canadian Grand Prix, I was miles ahead, and the fuel pump failed. That was the weak spot of the car. At that time I always used to say: ‘I guess you already used that one when Jo Siffert was driving.’
AUTOMOBILSPORT: Why were you waiting for Ferrari to call? Why not Lotus, Tyrrell, or McLaren? …
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by Robert Weber
Photographs: Wolfgang Wilhelm, The Cahier Archive, Sutton