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corner, but then it went straight on.
Leaving black marks only from the back
tires, it slammed very hard through two
rows of catch fence before stopping with
fearful abruptness nose first against the
guardrail beyond. This daydream was
turning nasty.
For a few hearbeats the driver sat there,
head erect but not moving. Was he
unconcious? "No, but I sat there for a
second or two trying to realize I was still
alive. " ThEm he quickly unlatched
himself and jumped out.
When one's attention turned again to
the race, the gap between Andretti and
Schecktet Was down to a few seconds. On
lap 42 it was actually 2.9s, but as Mario
finally carved through a cluster of slower
cars and Jody had them to deal with next
the gap was up to 4.1s next time around.
On the 44th lap the Tyrrell was through,
and was 3.7s behind. Clear track between
them now for a moment, how 'Was this
going to turn out?
It wasn't. At 45 laps down, Mario was
just ducking by another car in the second
corner after the finish line-when the JPS
belched out a cloud of white smoke. It kept
r unning and the smoke stopped on the
next str !tight , but i t belched out again in
the next corner and the n ext , and now i t
was pouri ng out conti noHs ly and as
Ma ri o went by the pits halfway a ruund
th at lap he knew i t was all over. Wit h
Scheckter veer ing out to miss t he thick
s moke as he took t he lead, Andret ti gave
up and parked i n a s ide road. Dr opped
valve, he thought.
JUNE 26, 1976
Except for some quit e good dicing back
in the pack,. which was hard to take
seriously because it was mostly almost a
lap behind the leaders, the race was all
over and it ran out as it began but minus
Andretti and Amon. Scheckter and
Depailler 20 ' seconds apart but
dominating the first successful finish of
the six-wheeler concept, Jody repeating
his first-ever GP victory on this same
track two years before. ' 'I'm a much more
mature driver now than I was than," he
remarked in a TV interview later, "I've
learned to control my pace and drive
without mistakes .. . " Niki Lauda, 14
seconds behind Depailler; scoring his
worst result of the year with a car that
was, just Uke all the others,
understeering going in and oversteering
grossly coming out.
While his car lasted. Mario gave the F-l brigade some racing-as Jochen Mass, pictured here, is finding out.
In fourth was Laffite's Ligier, only
about four seconds clear of Hunt's
McLaren which all the way had been
running just ahead of Peterson; th{m right
before the finish Regazzoni, ignoring a
bad front end vibration from a lost
balance weight, squeezed by Ronnie into
the chica,ne and came to within a second of
James at the flag. Not far behind was
Pace, the last man to stay on the winner's
lap . .
Jochen Mass, seen here leading the Shadow Twins, finished 11 th: J-P Jarier finished 12th. and Pryce found his
way into ninth.
There were just 14 running cars out of
the 26 starters, although Merzario, whose
engine gave up two laps from the end,
made it 15 classified finishers.
So in some ways it was a typical race,
not especially good one but not really bad.
What gave it its distinctive color was the
absense of that all-pervading red tint! It's
a measure of where we've got to in F-l at
the moment that when the Ferraris don't
run well the whole scene looks strange.
Refreshing, but strange. And nobody can
bring themselves to predict Ferrari
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