The 1977 F1 World Championship wasn’t even over when news came that Ferrari’s top man and new World Drivers’ Champion Niki Lauda would leave the Scuderia. In the Austrian Ferrari had found a leader it had lacked since the days of John Surtees but now the team was seemingly back in the doldrums.
The rescuer was like fire to Lauda’s ice in every way conceivable and, arguably, there has never been another one quite like him since. He was the ’Piccolo Canadese’ and he should’ve been the 1980 F1 World Champion but 14th in the standings is all he got. This car is the reason.