Not even Mauro Forghieri could do anything that year to save it in terms of results. The good old 312B2 was more old than good and only when Scuderia’s top technician decided to create a B3 version, which would prove crucial to 1975 Niki Lauda championship, luck started to change. But a scarce tally of 12 points, no podiums and the shame of being dominated by British “garagistes”, such as Lotus, Tyrrell, Brabham and March made no good to the Maranello’s troops. As it happened on the odd years before (1969 and 1971), Jacky Stewart was the man to beat
Ok, it would be hard to deny the flying Scotsman his third crown, but even Jacky Ickx could do little with what he had in hand. While success was huge on sports cars, the 12-cylinder boxer engine suffered to match the then-popular (and nimble) Ford Cosworth V8 DFV. And Arturo Merzario started the year well, being fourth in Brazil and South Africa, but that was that. It must be said that the decision of skipping Netherlands and Germany rounds even worsened the frame.
Ickx and Merzario wouldn’t be retained for 1974, as the team then led by a young Luca di Montezemolo decided to bring Swiss Clay Regazzoni, and he recommended a certain Austrian which showed promise at BRM, one Niki Lauda that wouldn’t need to wait for too much to shine with the Prancing Horse.