5 memorable moments of Niki Lauda in Formula 1
Niki Lauda Wins His First Race, 1974 Spanish Grand Prix
For starters, it's important to mention that the 1974 Spanish Grand Prix wasn't held at Barcelona. It was held North of Madrid at a track called Jarama, in Spain. This is a track, that with all due respect to F1's modern fans- especially part of a generation that has less regard for history- may want to know was checkered with 11 turns and was spread over an area of 3.85 kilometers.
So it was here well over four and a half decades back in time that Niki Lauda would clinch his first-ever win. If you think of it, it seems like a wrinkle in time.
Having said that, on April 28, 1974, Niki Lauda, aged just 25 won his maiden F1 race. At that time, he was driving for Ferrari. But on that incredible day, not only did Niki win the race, he also set the fastest lap at 1:20:83 on Lap 47.
In addition, it was the Austrian who was the pole-sitter for the race.