1971 British Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 6 of 11 in the 1971 Formula One season
The Silverstone Circuit (1952-1974)
The Silverstone Circuit (1952-1974)
Date 17 July 1971
Official name XXIV RAC British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, England
Course Permanent racing facility
4.711 km (2.927 mi)
Distance 68 laps, 320.348 km (199.036 mi)
Weather Overcast, dry
Pole position
Driver Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari
Time 1:18.1
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford
Time 1:19.9
First United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford
Second Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford
Third Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford

The 1971 British Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Silverstone on 17 July 1971. It was the 6th round of the 1971 Formula One season.

Race report[edit]

On one of the fastest circuits on the calendar, horsepower counted for everything. Clay Regazzoni, driving for Ferrari, gained pole with a scorching lap of 1 min 18.1 secs, beating Jackie Stewart in a Tyrrell and Jo Siffert in a BRM by just a couple of hundredths of a second. BRM were mourning the loss of Pedro Rodríguez in a sports car race a few days earlier.

The start itself was a shambles, with a bungled flag drop causing a collision between Jackie Oliver and Graham Hill, for which Oliver was fined £50. Regazzoni led away from Jacky Ickx and Stewart, but after just one lap Stewart had passed Ickx, with Siffert following him. On lap 4, Stewart passed Regazzoni and disappeared into the distance. By lap 10 he was over 3 seconds ahead. In the points positions, Emerson Fittipaldi, Ronnie Peterson and Tim Schenken were having a memorable tussle. Regazzoni repassed Siffert who was suffering from vibration problems on lap 15, but the BRM driver managed to hang on to the back of the Ferrari for several more laps. Stewart increased his lead to 14 seconds and by lap 20 he was ahead by 18 seconds. Ickx dropped out of fourth place with rubber breaking off from his front left tyre, and Siffert dropped way down with a broken coil bracket. The battle between Peterson, Schenken and Fittipaldi moved up into 3rd, 4th and 5th places.

On lap 48, tyre problems struck Regazzoni and further problems ensued when he tried to leave the pits after his tyre change to find his engine had no oil pressure. Schenken too dropped down the field with gearbox problems and retired completely when it jammed for good 4 laps from home.

Henri Pescarolo and Rolf Stommelen thus moved up into the battle for 4th and 5th, duelling right to the line, with Pescarolo winning out by just 0.5 seconds. John Surtees gained 6th place.

Stewart took a commanding home win and extended his lead in the Championship to 23 points.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 68 1:31:31.5 2 9
2 18 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 68 + 36.1 5 6
3 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 68 + 50.5 4 4
4 26 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 17 3
5 24 Germany Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 12 2
6 23 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 18 1
7 22 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 66 + 2 Laps 15  
8 17 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 66 + 2 Laps 11  
9 16 Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM 66 + 2 laps 3  
10 14 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 65 + 3 Laps 10  
11 20 Italy Nanni Galli March-Ford 65 + 3 Laps 21  
12 8 Australia Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 63 Gearbox 7  
NC 3 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Pratt & Whitney 57 Not classified 19  
NC 19 Italy Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 56 Not classified 24  
Ret 10 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 53 Engine 14  
Ret 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 51 Engine 6  
Ret 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 48 Oil Pressure 1  
Ret 21 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 35 Engine 9  
Ret 9 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 32 Engine 8  
Ret 25 United Kingdom Derek Bell Surtees-Ford 23 Suspension 23  
Ret 6 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 21 Oil Pressure 20  
Ret 2 South Africa Dave Charlton Lotus-Ford 1 Engine 13  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 0 Accident 22  
Ret 11 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver McLaren-Ford 0 Accident 16  

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


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