1971 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 5 of 11 in the 1971 Formula One season
Circuit Paul Ricard Le Castellet 1970-1999.png
Date July 4, 1971
Location Paul Ricard Circuit
Course Permanent racing facility
5.809 km (3.61 mi)
Distance 55 laps, 319.495 km (198.55 mi)
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford
Time 1:50.71
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford
Time 1:54.09 on lap 2
Podium
First United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford
Second France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford
Third Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford

The 1971 French Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at the Circuit Paul Ricard on 4 July 1971.

Race report[edit]

The race was taking place for the first time at the brand new Paul Ricard circuit in the mountains outside Marseille. Jackie Stewart gained pole position - helped by extensive tyre testing in the weeks before - from Clay Regazzoni, Jacky Ickx and Graham Hill. Stewart led away from Regazzoni, Pedro Rodríguez and Jean-Pierre Beltoise, whilst Ickx was jostled through the first chicane and dropped back. Stewart streaked ahead, setting fastest lap on lap 2 and pulling out a 10-second lead by lap 7. His only real challenger, Regazzoni, hit a patch of oil and sailed into the guardrail, breaking a wheel on lap 20. On lap 28 Rodríguez dropped out with a faulty coil, leaving the Tyrrells in 1-2 formation, with François Cevert proving his worth on his home ground. Hill dropped out of fifth place with a broken oil pipe, having previously hit the guardrail whilst avoiding Regazzoni.

This left Jo Siffert in third place, holding off Emerson Fittipaldi, who was in pain and heavily bandaged after a road accident. Despite this, the Brazilian took 3rd on lap 39. Siffert retook this briefly, but Fittipaldi held on for the final podium place from the Swiss. Chris Amon took 5th in an unconvincing performance by home team Matra, duelling with Tim Schenken until he ran out of oil 6 laps from the end.

It was a 1-2 success for the Tyrrells on a tricky circuit, the Ford engine providing extra power down the very long Mistral straight.

This was to be Pedro Rodríguez's last Formula One race. He was killed a week later while driving a privately entered Ferrari 512 at an Interserie sportscar race at the Norisring in Germany.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 55 1:46:42.3 1 9
2 12 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 55 + 28.12 7 6
3 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 55 + 34.07 17 4
4 14 Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM 55 + 37.17 6 3
5 20 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 55 + 41.08 9 2
6 2 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 55 + 1:16.02 15 1
7 21 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 55 + 1:16.93 8  
8 22 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 55 + 1:24.91 13  
9 10 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 54 + 1 Lap 19  
10 16 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 54 + 1 Lap 16  
11 24 Germany Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 53 + 2 Laps 10  
12 8 Australia Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 50 Oil Pressure 14  
13 34 France François Mazet March-Ford 50 + 5 Laps 23  
NC 28 France Max Jean March-Ford 46 Not Classified 22  
Ret 27 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 45 Gearbox 18  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 34 Oil Pipe 4  
Ret 19 Italy Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 31 Engine 20  
Ret 15 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 27 Ignition 5  
Ret 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 20 Accident 2  
Ret 17 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Alfa Romeo 19 Engine 12  
Ret 9 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 16 Ignition 11  
Ret 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 4 Engine 3  
Ret 18 Spain Alex Soler-Roig March-Ford 4 Fuel Pump 21  

Notes[edit]

  • Last Race: Pedro Rodríguez

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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