The 312T2 was uprated to B-specification for the 1977 season. At the early races the cars were little different from the 1976s cars, indeed two of the 1976 cars (chassis 026 and 027) were used in the early races. One of the few visible changes was the addition of Fiat logos to a Ferrari F1 car for the first time. The car was driven by Niki Lauda and Carlos Reutemann. Lauda was unhappy with the performance of the car at the first two races of 1977, and led an extensive test programme to develop the car in the weeks between the Brazilian and South African Grands Prix. These tests resulted in the introduction of several changes to the car, including a new rear wing, revised bodywork and suspension. Thanks to improved car Lauda won 3 races in 1977 season and took his second World Champion title. Niki triumphed in South Africa, Germany, and Holland. Fourth Ferrari victory that season (and first in chronology) was achieved by Reutemann at Interlagos. Argentinian was placed 4th in the final drivers’ standings. Having become the champion again, Lauda left Ferrari and handed over his car to a young Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve for the last two races of the season. This scale model from Formula 1 Auto Collection represents car driven by Niki Lauda in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
See also IXO models of 312B by Lauda, Reutemann and Villeneuve, as well as Ferrari 312T6 six-wheeler from Fabbri Ferrari F1 Collection, and Villeneuve’s car from Formula 1 Auto Collection.
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