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Argentine Carlos Reutemann took victory after keeping the lead for five remaining laps while Lauda had a puncture after leading for the first nine laps.
Briton Tom Pryce ran as high as second after starting 17th in an under-funded Shadow, but he finished fourth after very hot fuel began to leak into his cockpit.
Frenchman Jacques Laffite and Lauda passed Pryce. Laffite finished second which was a milestone for Briton Frank Williams's struggling team; it was the English Williams's first real taste of success in Formula One.
Pryce received a medal for his efforts. The Grand Prix was the fastest race ever run on the old Nürburgring; Lauda's teammate Clay Regazzoni posted the fastest lap at 7: Over the years, the Nürburgring was modified several times at the behest of the drivers.
However, the event was one that was to go down in history. Lauda, the reigning world champion, was dissatisfied with the safety arrangements of the mammoth circuit and attempted to organise a boycott the race during a meeting at the third race of the season in Long Beach, California in the United States.
However, by its very nature, the Nürburgring was almost impossible to be made safe in its old configuration. It did not have enough marshals and medical support to ensure the circuit's safety- it needed five to six times the marshals and medical staff that a typical F1 race needed at the time, but Huschke von Hanstein and the German organizers were unwilling to provide them- it was extremely expensive; and the spectators viewing the race in the countryside would get into the track for free.
In addition to the considerable expense of providing adequate support to the drivers, its geography made the modifications demanded by both the drivers and FIA also prohibitively expensive.
There were several parts that were nearly inaccessible to the marshals- there were a number of places where run-off areas could not be built because they were not flat enough, there were parts that were too narrow because there was a cliff face on one side and a drop-off on another, etc.
However, the Nürburgring's organizers had a three-year contract with Formula One starting with the race which included making the track safer.
Lauda was outvoted by other drivers because most of them felt that they should complete the contract so as to avoid any legal difficulties; the race was the last race on that contract.
Although the contract included making the circuit safer over those years and the organizers did that it had already been decided that the race would be the last race at the Nordschleife.
In addition to safety issues, the increasing commercialisation of Formula One was a factor as well. The extraordinary length of the Nordschleife made it all but impossible for any broadcasting organisation to effectively cover a race there.
As the race started parts of the circuit were wet and other parts were dry and bathed in sunlight, another classic problem of the Nürburgring.
After pitting to change from wet to dry tyres at the end of the first lap, Lauda came out again, far behind the leader, West German Jochen Mass.
While pushing hard to make up time on the second lap, Lauda crashed at the fast left hand kink before Bergwerk corner over six miles Going through the corner, Lauda lost control of his Ferrari when its rear suspension failed.
The car crashed into a grass embankment and burst into flames. During the impact, Lauda's helmet was wrenched from his head, and his burning Ferrari was hit by the cars of Brett Lunger , Arturo Merzario and Harald Ertl.
Lunger pulled Lauda out of the burning wreckage instead of the ill-equipped track marshals, who only arrived at the scene well after the impact.
The resilient Austrian was standing and talking to other drivers right after the accident and his injuries were initially not expected to be serious.
However, he had been severely burned and had been breathing in toxic fumes, which damaged his circulatory system. He later lapsed into a coma and nearly died, putting him out of action for six weeks.
The event was red-flagged and restarted; long-time Grand Prix driver Chris Amon elected not to take the restart. This was the last Grand Prix the unlucky New Zealander drove in.
Englishman James Hunt won this race, which turned out to be crucial for his championship chances that year.
After 49 years of hosting the German Grand Prix the old Nürburgring never hosted a Grand Prix again, and the race returned to Hockenheim.
The fast, flat Hockenheim circuit near Heidelberg almost played sole host to the German Grand Prix for the next 30 years.
The event was won by Lauda, but was also notable when local driver Hans Heyer competed in the race despite failing to qualify.
The event was one where Swiss Clay Regazzoni in his Williams attempted to chase down his teammate, Australian Alan Jones , but to no avail.
The event saw a tremendous battle between Jones and rising star Alain Prost in a Renault, with Jones passing Prost in the stadium due to interference by Prost's backmarker teammate Rene Arnoux.
The race saw changes to the circuit; most notably a chicane to the ultra-fast Ost-Kurve. It also saw the end of Frenchman Didier Pironi 's career; he had an appalling crash in the pouring rain during qualifying.
After he hit the back of Prost's Renault, Pironi was launched skyward and then rolled for some time until coming to a stop. Pironi, who was leading the championship at the time, had such serious leg injuries that FIA doctor Sid Watkins nearly had to amputate Pironi's legs in order to get him out of the wrecked Ferrari.
The way Formula One cars were designed at the time was in such a way that the drivers sat so far forward in the cockpit that their legs and feet were way in front of the front axle, leaving those human body parts dangerously exposed.
They were only protected by only the chassis structure and the aluminium bodywork. During the race, Piquet physically attacked Chliean driver Eliseo Salazar after Salazar punted off the irate Brazilian at the new Ostkurve chicane while leading the race.
Patrick Tambay won his first race for Ferrari. The race saw Prost now driving a McLaren win and Toleman rookie Ayrton Senna drive very hard at the front of the field during the beginning of the race.
It was a race where a number of drivers battled for the lead; it was won by Italian Michele Alboreto. The international motorsports governing body at the time, FISA, had instituted a policy of long-term contracts for one circuit per Grand Prix.
It was the latter that was chosen and it stayed there for the next 20 years. The race was run in wet conditions; these conditions were particularly treacherous at Hockenheim because the circuit ran through a forest and the thick moisture from the rain tended to hang in the air because of the trees that surrounded the track.
Even when it was not raining, the track still did not dry. Senna now driving a McLaren took advantage of his skill in the wet to win over his teammate Prost.
The race was near the height Prost and Senna's famous rivalry and this race was one where the two McLaren teammates drove on their absolute limits throughout the entire race.
Prost's gearbox malfunctioned and lost use of sixth gear on the second to last lap and Senna passed him to take the victory.
Senna won the next year's race as well from Italian Alessandro Nannini. Formula One interest in Germany had peaked during the emergence of Schumacher.
But the race was to play host to a number of problems. During the race, a disgruntled ex-Mercedes employee went onto the circuit during the race and disrupted the proceedings; and Jean Alesi had a huge accident at the third chicane and suffered dizziness for three days.
And on the far side of the circuit where the Ost-Kurve was it was dry, but in the stadium section and the pits, it was pouring with rain.
Rubens Barrichello won the race from 17th on the grid, which was his first Formula One victory. The forest straights were removed and more corners were added to increase the technical challenge of the circuit.
The circuit went from 4. Michael Schumacher won in that year. That year also saw the last appearance of the British Arrows team, who had been involved in Formula One since Renault did not use the system for the race and it proved to be their downfall as Schumacher won his home race in a Ferrari.
In it was announced that from until , the German Grand Prix would be shared between the Nürburgring GP circuit former home of the European and Luxembourg Grands Prix and the Hockenheimring.
The former would hold the races in and and the latter in and However, the name for the Grand Prix was later changed. The GP, held in Hockenheim, at one stage appeared to be in jeopardy as the track owners, the city and the state of Baden-Württemberg , were not willing any more to lose money due to the high licensing costs imposed by F1 management.
In addition, talks with Bernie Ecclestone were hampered by his Hitler quotes. The Nürburgring went through a change of ownership during , but the new owners were unable to sign an agreement to continue hosting the race in odd-numbered years.
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