in his 1975 Ferrari
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Picture by kind permisson of Jonathan Swaby
fastest time in a Formula 1 car was set in 1975
by Niki Lauda driving a Ferrari. The time was set
during Saturday qualifying before the German
Grand Prix, and was the first ever lap below
seven minutes - 6:58.6.
In his book 'To Hell and Back'
Lauda wrote - 'This came during Saturday
qualifying and was possible only because I was in
a special sort of mood that day and ready to go
for broke to an extent I have never permitted
myself since. As I flashed past the pits I
glanced in my rear-view mirror and saw the
mechanics waving their hands in the air. I knew
then that I had cracked the seven-minute
record however (times have to be set during race)
stands to Clay Regazzoni at 7:06.4, set on the
day after Lauda's time.