According to "The Heavily Censored History Of Hesketh Racing", which I believe was a self-produced promotional publication issued in 1974, Lauda did much of the development work on the new-for-1973 F2 March 732 with Harvey Postlethwaite when both were with the works team. I quote;
"...the ultra-slippery 732, powered by the punchy BMW motor, walked the European Formula 2 Championship with ease. ironically, the man who did most of the initial testing on the 732 was no longer driving for March and reaping the benefits. That was Niki Lauda, the young Austrian who'd pursued a road to the BRM camp in his journey towards the Ferrari team, and it was with a tinge of regret in his voice that he sidled up to Harvey in the pits at last year's [1973's] Italian GP muttering "...vell,our bloody car won the championship, I see."
This is the only reference I've ever seen to Lauda driving the 732, though maybe it isn't surprising as he did test and race the 73S 2-litre sports car that used a version of the same power unit that was developed concurrently. Can anyone cast any light on where and when the 732 F2 tests were conducted with Lauda at the helm, and - better still - do any pictures exist?
Edited by Jon Saltinstall, 06 October 2016 - 16:28.