1971 Austrian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 8 of 11 in the 1971 Formula One season
The Österreichring (in 1971)
The Österreichring (in 1971)
Date 15 August 1971
Location Österreichring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
5.912 km (3.673 mi)
Distance 54 laps, 317.347 km (198.686 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM
Time 1:37.44
Fastest lap
Driver Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM
Time 1:38.47
Podium
First Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM
Second Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford
Third Australia Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford

The 1971 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Österreichring on August 15, 1971.

Race report[edit]

Jo Siffert took a surprise pole position from Jackie Stewart and led away at the start from Clay Regazzoni and Jacky Ickx. The front two drew away from the pack, where Regazzoni was duelling with François Cevert and Ickx was dropping back with mechanical problems. On lap 21, Stewart-with a poorly handling car-allowed Cevert through so he could chase Siffert. Further down the field, there were two Brabham-Lotus battles, with Tim Schenken duelling with Emerson Fittipaldi and Reine Wisell trading places with Graham Hill. By lap 32, Ickx had retired with a spark plug problem, Regazzoni had an engine blow up and Fittipaldi had passed Schenken and set about catching Stewart.

On lap 36, Stewart's race ended with a violent accident - his left rear driveshaft broke and the wheel was torn off. He emerged unhurt to be greeted as World Champion following Ickx's retirement. Cevert was chasing down Siffert, but with 12 laps to go his gearbox exploded.

Fittipaldi was now carving chunks out the BRM's lead, due to a left-rear puncture for the Swiss. However he managed to nurse the ailing car home for a popular victory by 4 seconds. Schenken was 3rd, with Wisell pipping Hill for 4th place - the Englishman was another to suffer a puncture in the dying stages and Pescarolo finished 6th in his March.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 14 Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM 1:37.44
2 11 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:37.65 +0.21
3 12 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:37.86 +0.42
4 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:37.90 +0.46
5 2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:37.90 +0.46
6 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:38.27 +0.83
7 8 Australia Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 1:38.64 +1.20
8 7 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:38.70 +1.26
9 9 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:38.80 +1.36
10 3 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 1:38.95 +1.51
11 17 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:39.01 +1.57
12 24 Germany Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 1:39.08 +1.64
13 25 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 1:39.09 +1.65
14 15 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 1:39.46 +2.02
15 19 Italy Nanni Galli March-Alfa Romeo 1:39.54 +2.10
16 23 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 1:39.67 +2.23
17 16 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 1:39.80 +2.36
18 22 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 1:40.37 +2.93
19 27 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 1:41.46 +4.02
20 28 Sweden Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 1:41.66 +4.22
21 26 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 1:43.68 +6.24
22 10 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver McLaren-Ford 1:44.22 +6.78
Source:[1]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 14 Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM 54 1:30:23.91 1 9
2 2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 54 + 4.12 5 6
3 8 Australia Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 54 + 19.77 7 4
4 3 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 54 + 31.87 10 3
5 7 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 54 + 48.43 8 2
6 25 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 54 + 1:24.51 13 1
7 24 Germany Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 54 + 1:37.42 12  
8 17 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 53 +1 Lap 11  
9 10 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver McLaren-Ford 53 +1 Lap 22  
10 23 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 52 +2 Laps 16  
11 16 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 52 +2 Laps 17  
12 19 Italy Nanni Galli March-Alfa Romeo 51 +3 Laps 15  
NC 27 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 47 Not Classified 19  
Ret 12 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 42 Engine 3  
Ret 11 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 35 Halfshaft 2  
Ret 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 31 Engine 6  
Ret 26 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 20 Handling 21  
Ret 22 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 12 Engine 18  
Ret 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 8 Engine 4  
Ret 15 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 5 Ignition 14  
Ret 9 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 4 Engine 9  
DNS 28 Sweden Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 0 Fuel Leak 20  

Notes[edit]

  • Jackie Stewart won the Drivers' Championship with 3 races left to go.
  • This was the first Grand Prix for future triple world champion, Niki Lauda.
  • The only podium for Tim Schenken.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pritchard, Anthony (1972). The Motor Racing Year No3. ISBN 0393085023. 


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