One of the most popular grand prix victories of all time was taken at the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix. Plucky underdogs James Hunt and Hesketh defeated the might of Niki Lauda and Ferrari in a tense duel to the chequered flag. It was Hunt’s first victory, while it was to be Hesketh’s only win as the team folded at the end of the season.
The Ferraris of Lauda and Regazzoni had taken an easy 1-2 in qualifying, so it didn’t look like anyone else had much of a chance. Race day was wet however, although the rain had abated in time for the start. Everyone started on wets, but Hunt pitted early for slicks, and made up enough time to narrowly take the lead from Lauda as the Austrian emerged from his own pit stop.
From then Hunt was able to hold his nerve, absorbing a huge amount of pressure from his rival. After nearly two hours of racing, he crossed the line just a second to the good.
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