The Italian Grand Prix of 1975 was highly anticipated by Scuderia Ferrari and all its fans and had all the ingredients for a great party: the Italian team could cement both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships which had been out of reach for the Maranello squad for eleven years.

Following the cancellation of the Canadian Grand Prix due to the organisers’ financial difficulties, Niki Lauda needed only half a point to take the title.

Winning the Constructors’ title would require a victory and for Brabham to finish no higher than fourth, otherwise the fight would go on to the last race, the USA Grand Prix on 5 October at Watkins Glen.