1971 Formula One season

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1971
FIA Formula One World Championship season
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Jackie Stewart (on right) won his 2nd driver's championship, driving for Tyrrell

The 1971 Formula One season included the 22nd FIA Formula One World Championship season, which commenced on 6 March 1971, and ended on 3 October after eleven races.

After the death of Jochen Rindt the previous year, Lotus had a desultory season, with young and inexperienced drivers such as Emerson Fittipaldi appearing in the cars. The team spent a lot of time experimenting with a gas turbine powered car, and with four wheel drive again. Using their own chassis heavily inspired by the Matra MS80 but with conventional tanks, Tyrrell and Jackie Stewart easily took success in 1971. Of the 11 races in the season, Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, Jo Siffert, Peter Gethin and François Cevert won one race each, while Stewart won the other 6 races.

Jo Siffert and Pedro Rodríguez, who had an intense rivalry driving for John Wyer's Gulf-sponsored works Porsche endurance sportscar team both lost their lives racing in 1971. Rodriguez died driving a Ferrari 512 at an Interserie race at the Nosiring, Germany in July; and Siffert died in a fiery crash at the World Championship Victory Race non-championship Formula One event at Brands Hatch in October.

The Belgian Grand Prix was originally supposed to be held on 6 June (between the Monaco and Dutch Grands Prix), at the notorious 8.7 mile (14.1 km) Spa-Francorchamps circuit, but the failure of the track owners and authorities to bring Spa up to mandatory safety specs meant that the circuit was deemed unsuitable for Formula One cars to race on and the event was promptly cancelled.[1] And the Mexican Grand Prix was originally supposed to be the last race of the year, but the FIA cancelled the race because of the previous year's events, where a gigantic crowd turned up to see the race and they were situated in front of the barriers during the race.

Season review[edit]

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 South Africa South African Grand Prix Kyalami 6 March United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United States Mario Andretti United States Mario Andretti Italy Ferrari F Report
2 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Montjuïc 18 April Belgium Jacky Ickx Belgium Jacky Ickx United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report
3 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Monaco 23 May United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report
4 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort 20 June Belgium Jacky Ickx Belgium Jacky Ickx Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy Ferrari F Report
5 France French Grand Prix Paul Ricard 4 July United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report
6 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Silverstone 17 July Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report
7 West Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring 1 August United Kingdom Jackie Stewart France François Cevert United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report
8 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Österreichring 15 August Switzerland Jo Siffert Switzerland Jo Siffert Switzerland Jo Siffert United Kingdom BRM F Report
9 Italy Italian Grand Prix Monza 5 September New Zealand Chris Amon France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom BRM F Report
10 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Mosport Park 19 September United Kingdom Jackie Stewart New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report
11 United States United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen 3 October United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Belgium Jacky Ickx France François Cevert United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford G Report

Teams and drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1971 FIA World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus
United Kingdom World Wide Racing
Lotus-Ford 72C
72D
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 1-3, 5-8, 10-11
Sweden Reine Wisell 1-5, 7-8, 10-11
South Africa Dave Charlton 6
Lotus-Pratt & Whitney 56B Pratt & Whitney STN76 tbn Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 9
Sweden Reine Wisell 6
Australia David Walker 4
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312B
312B2
Ferrari 001 3.0 F12
Ferrari 001/1 3.0 F12
F Belgium Jacky Ickx All
Switzerland Clay Regazzoni All
United States Mario Andretti 1-4, 7, 10-11
United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March-Ford 711 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F Sweden Ronnie Peterson 1-4, 6-11
Spain Alex Soler-Roig 1-5
Italy Nanni Galli 5-6, 9-11
Austria Niki Lauda 8
United Kingdom Mike Beuttler 10
March-Alfa Romeo 711 Alfa Romeo T33 3.0 V8 Italy Andrea de Adamich 1-2, 5-7, 9, 11
Italy Nanni Galli 3-4, 7-8
Sweden Ronnie Peterson 5
United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Ford 001
002
003
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G United Kingdom Jackie Stewart All
France François Cevert All
United States Peter Revson 11
United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren-Ford M19A
M14A
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G New Zealand Denny Hulme 1-8, 10-11
United Kingdom Peter Gethin 1-7
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver 6, 8-9
United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd Brabham-Ford BT33
BT34
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G United Kingdom Graham Hill All
South Africa Dave Charlton 1
Australia Tim Schenken 2-11
United Kingdom Yardley Team BRM BRM P160
P153
BRM P142 3.0 V12 F Mexico Pedro Rodríguez 1-5
Switzerland Jo Siffert All
New Zealand Howden Ganley All
United Kingdom Vic Elford 7
Austria Helmut Marko 8-11
United Kingdom Peter Gethin 8-11
Canada George Eaton 10
Canada John Cannon 11
France Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120B Matra MS71 3.0 V12 G New Zealand Chris Amon 1-7, 9-11
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 2-6, 10-11
United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees
United Kingdom Auto Motor und Sport Team Surtees
United Kingdom Team Surtees
Surtees-Ford TS9
TS7
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F United Kingdom John Surtees All
West Germany Rolf Stommelen 1-10
United Kingdom Brian Redman 1
United Kingdom Derek Bell 6
United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 9, 11
United States Sam Posey 11
Netherlands Gijs van Lennep 11
United Kingdom Frank Williams Racing Cars March-Ford 701
711
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F France Henri Pescarolo All
France Max Jean 5
Sweden Ecurie Bonnier McLaren-Ford M7C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G Sweden Joakim Bonnier 1, 7-9, 11
Austria Helmut Marko 7
Rhodesia Team Gunston March-Ford 701 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G Rhodesia John Love 1
Brabham-Ford BT26A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 South Africa Jackie Pretorius 1
United States Gene Mason Racing March-Ford 711 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F United States Skip Barber 3-4, 10-11
Netherlands Stichting Autoraces Nederland Surtees-Ford TS7 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F Netherlands Gijs van Lennep 4
Switzerland Jo Siffert Automobiles March-Ford 701 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F France François Mazet 5
United Kingdom Clarke-Mordaunt-Guthrie Racing March-Ford 701
711
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F United Kingdom Mike Beuttler 6-9
France Shell Arnold Team March-Ford 701 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F France Jean-Pierre Jarier 9
Switzerland Jolly Club of Switzerland Bellasi-Ford F1 70 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G Switzerland Silvio Moser 9
United States Penske-White Racing McLaren-Ford M19A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G United States Mark Donohue 10-11
United Kingdom David Hobbs 11
United Kingdom Ecurie Evergreen Brabham-Ford BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G United Kingdom Chris Craft 10-11
United States Pete Lovely Volkswagen Inc. Lotus-Ford 69 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F United States Pete Lovely 10-11

1971 Drivers Championship final standings[edit]

Pos. Driver RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Pts.[2]
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 2 1 1 11 1 1 1 Ret Ret 1 5 62
2 Sweden Ronnie Peterson 10 Ret 2 4 Ret 2 5 8 2 2 3 33
3 France François Cevert Ret 7 Ret Ret 2 10 2 Ret 3 6 1 26
4 Belgium Jacky Ickx 8 2 3 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 19
5 Switzerland Jo Siffert Ret Ret Ret 6 4 9 DSQ 1 9 9 2 19
6 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Ret Ret 5 3 3 Ret 2 8 7 NC 16
7 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 3 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret 6 13
8 United States Mario Andretti 1 Ret DNQ Ret 4 13 DNS 12
9 United Kingdom Peter Gethin Ret 8 Ret NC 9 Ret Ret 10 1 14 9 9
10 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Ret 4 9 2 Ret 9
11 New Zealand Chris Amon 5 3 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret 6 10 12 9
12 Sweden Reine Wisell 4 NC Ret DSQ 6 NC 8 4 5 Ret 9
13 New Zealand Denny Hulme 6 5 4 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 9
14 Australia Tim Schenken 9 10 Ret 12 12 6 3 Ret Ret Ret 5
15 New Zealand Howden Ganley Ret 10 DNQ 7 10 8 Ret Ret 5 DNS 4 5
16 United States Mark Donohue 3 DNS 4
17 France Henri Pescarolo 11 Ret 8 NC Ret 4 Ret 6 Ret DNS Ret 4
18 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 4 15 3
19 United Kingdom John Surtees Ret 11 7 5 8 6 7 Ret Ret 11 17 3
20 West Germany Rolf Stommelen 12 Ret 6 DSQ 11 5 10 7 DNS Ret 3
21 United Kingdom Graham Hill 9 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 9 5 Ret Ret 7 2
22 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 6 Ret 9 7 7 Ret 8 1
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Ret 9 7 0
United Kingdom Brian Redman 7 0
Netherlands Gijs Van Lennep 8 DNS 0
Sweden Jo Bonnier Ret DNQ DNS 10 16 0
United Kingdom David Hobbs 10 0
Italy Nanni Galli DNQ Ret DNS 11 12 12 Ret 16 Ret 0
Austria Helmut Marko DNS 11 Ret 12 13 0
Italy Andrea de Adamich 13 Ret Ret NC Ret Ret 11 0
United Kingdom Vic Elford 11 0
France François Mazet 13 0
Canada John Cannon 14 0
Canada George Eaton 15 0
United Kingdom Mike Beuttler Ret DSQ NC Ret NC 0
United States Skip Barber DNQ NC Ret NC 0
United States Pete Lovely NC NC 0
France Max Jean NC 0
France Jean-Pierre Jarier NC 0
Spain Alex Soler-Roig Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret 0
South Africa Dave Charlton Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Chris Craft DNQ Ret 0
Rhodesia John Love Ret 0
South Africa Jackie Pretorius Ret 0
Australia David Walker Ret 0
United Kingdom Derek Bell Ret 0
Austria Niki Lauda Ret 0
Switzerland Silvio Moser Ret 0
United States Sam Posey Ret 0
United States Peter Revson Ret 0
Pos. Driver RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Pts.
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

1971 Constructors Championship final standings[edit]

Lotus-Ford placed 5th in the 1971 Constructors title

Points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the first six finishers at each round, however only the best placed car from each manufacturer was eligible to score points. The best five results from the first six rounds and the best four results from the last five rounds were retained.

Pos. Manufacturer RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Pts.[3]
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 2 1 1 11 1 1 1 Ret 3 1 1 73
2 United Kingdom BRM Ret 4 9 2 4 8 11 1 1 9 2 36
3 Italy Ferrari 1 2 3 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret 8 6 33
4 United Kingdom March-Ford 10 Ret 2 4 13 2 5 (6) 2 2 3 33 (34)
5 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 4 NC 5 DSQ 3 3 8 2 5 NC 21
6 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 6 5 4 12 9 Ret Ret 9 7 3 10 10
7 France Matra 5 3 Ret 9 5 7 Ret 6 10 8 9
8 United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 7 11 6 5 8 5 7 7 4 11 15 8
9 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 9 9 10 10 12 12 6 3 Ret Ret 7 5
United Kingdom Lotus-Pratt & Whitney Ret NC 8 0
United Kingdom March-Alfa Romeo 13 Ret NC 12 12 Ret 11 0
Switzerland Bellasi-Ford Ret 0
Pos. Manufacturer RSA
South Africa
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Pts.
  • Bold results counted to championship totals.

Non-Championship race results[edit]

Other Formula One races were also held in 1971, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
Argentina XIV Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires 24 January New Zealand Chris Amon France Matra Report
United Kingdom VI Race of Champions Brands Hatch 21 March Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy Ferrari Report
United States Questor Grand Prix Ontario Motor Speedway 28 March United States Mario Andretti Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom XII Spring Trophy Oulton Park 9 April Mexico Pedro Rodriguez United Kingdom BRM Report
United Kingdom XXIII BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 8 May United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Brabham-Cosworth Report
West Germany VI Rhein-Pokalrennen Hockenheim 13 June Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom XVIII International Gold Cup Oulton Park 22 August United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Surtees-Cosworth Report
United Kingdom I World Championship Victory Race Brands Hatch 24 October United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom BRM Report

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Dutch GP, 1971 Race Report - GP Encyclopedia - F1 History on". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  2. ^ Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six finishers in each race.
  3. ^ Only the best 5 results from the first 6 rounds and the best 4 results from the last 5 rounds counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.