RIP Niki Lauda (1949-2019) - Let's rank his Formula 1 cars! Click here: viewtopic.php?f=32&t=16073

Ranking Niki Lauda's F1 cars!

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Re: Ranking Niki Lauda's F1 cars!

Post by erwin greven » 1 week ago

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Agree with that. Now it is known that Ronnie was fast in whatever he drove. But he was not a driver who could develop a car. I wonder how Niki thought about that particular car.
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Post by XcraigX » 4 days ago

Trying to breathe some life into this thread. I've put forth my opinion in the 3rd thread temporarily.
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Post by PTRACER » 4 days ago

With such a topic, you need to take control and moderate the discussion :wink: The three or four people who are taking part have already given their opinion on the cars offered. So introduce the next stage of the topic and tag a few people.
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Post by XcraigX » 3 days ago

So now we need to settle 7th and 8th place. I'm thinking the MP4/1B from 1982 was better than the BT46 (our 9th place car), but maybe not as good as the Ferrari 312B3-74 with Niki's refined setup from the BRM.
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7th - 1974 Ferrari 312B3-74
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Vastly improved thanks to Niki's inputs.


8th - 1982 McLaren MP4/1B
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2 wins an a podium. Had potential.

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Post by caneparo » 3 days ago

It s a close challenge. Both cars provided wins and were contenders in the hands of lauda teamate. Very hard to choose one. I d say maybe the mclaren because of being technologicaly advanced at the time
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caneparo wrote:
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It s a close challenge. Both cars provided wins and were contenders in the hands of lauda teamate. Very hard to choose one. I d say maybe the mclaren because of being technologicaly advanced at the time
I kind of share Toni's thoughts. The (McLaren) car itself was very good, winning I think 4 races from the two drivers.... quite remarkable in a time where the likes of Brabham, Renault, Ferrari and others were using more powerful turbo engines, the McLaren using 'only' a DFV.
I remember the British GP where Lauda won, him beating the (podium finishing) Ferraris by half a minute.

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Post by XcraigX » 1 day ago

Everso Biggyballies wrote:
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caneparo wrote:
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It s a close challenge. Both cars provided wins and were contenders in the hands of lauda teamate. Very hard to choose one. I d say maybe the mclaren because of being technologicaly advanced at the time
I kind of share Toni's thoughts. The (McLaren) car itself was very good, winning I think 4 races from the two drivers.... quite remarkable in a time where the likes of Brabham, Renault, Ferrari and others were using more powerful turbo engines, the McLaren using 'only' a DFV.
I remember the British GP where Lauda won, him beating the (podium finishing) Ferraris by half a minute.
You guys are correct in stating this was a close one. I switched places between these two several times. So I'm comfortable changing them again.

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Post by ReneLotus » 1 day ago

Howdi again! Busy, busy with work.
Lauda's era was a bit before my time, so my perceptions may be a bit off.

I'd actually put the '74 Ferrari above the '82 McLaren. The McLaren was an innovative car, but never really stood out from the rest, whereas the Ferrari was always at or near the top of the field. Regazzoni might have won the title that year but for a wonky shock absorber.
The McLaren may have been innovative, but was competitive mainly due to the unreliability of everything with a turbo engine. That is also how Rosberg snuck his championship in.

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