- June 9 down the years
McLaren victorious in his own machineWhat happened on this day in Formula One history?
The McLaren team scored its first victory at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa with founder Bruce McLaren at the wheel. The appearance of wings on the Lotus at Monaco did not go unnoticed and for the Belgian GP various teams arrived with experimental wings on the cars. McLaren thought he had finished second when he crossed the line but unbeknown to him, race leader Jackie Stewart had run out of fuel and been forced to pit at the start of the final lap. There was also a nasty crash when Brian Redman's Cooper flipped and burst into flames. He escaped with a broken arm and minor burns.
Jody Scheckter took his first Formula One victory at the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp. Scheckter started from second on the grid but slipped ahead of Patrick Depailler, who had secured his first pole position. James Hunt chased the Tyrrells but there was no way he could catch them and so Scheckter scored his first world championship victory and became the sixth winner in seven races in the 1974 season.
Michael Schumacher won the Canadian Grand Prix from David Coulthard and team-mate Rubens Barrichello to bring up 150 race wins in Formula One for Ferrari. Schumacher gambled on a one stop strategy while Juan Pablo Montoya and Rubens Barrichello employed a risky two-stop strategy. On lap 14, the two-stop risk failed as Jacques Villeneuve's BAR ground to a halt at the start of the straight, bringing out the safety car and bunching up the field. Making the most of his luck, Schumacher eased to his fifth win in Montreal as the Ferrari stranglehold tightened on the championship.
Jim Clark won the Belgian Grand Prix from the third row of the grid after Graham Hill started on pole. Clark made a sensational start and after only one lap of the then 8.76 mile circuit was able to pass Hill for the lead. Rain fell as the race went on but Clark was still able to splash home to victory well ahead of Bruce McLaren for Cooper.