1971 Italian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 9 of 11 in the 1971 Formula One season
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Date September 5, 1971
Official name XLII Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.750 km (3.573 mi)
Distance 55 laps, 316.25 km (196.515 mi)
Pole position
Driver New Zealand Chris Amon Matra
Time 1:22.4
Fastest lap
Driver France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford
Time 1:23.8 on lap 9
First United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM
Second Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford
Third France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford
End of the Grand Prix

The 1971 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Monza on September 5, 1971. This race is often referred to as the fastest Formula One race of all time, with a record average speed of 242.615 km/h (150.754 mph), a record that was not broken until 32 years later at the 2003 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.[1] This race featured the closest finish in Formula One history.[2] Peter Gethin came from 4th place to lead on the final lap with a bold move. None of the 6 points-scoring drivers had ever previously won a Grand Prix.

Race report[edit]

With the championship settled, this was an opportunity for new drivers to prove themselves. Chris Amon in the Matra proved an embarrassment to Ferrari by seizing pole at their home track, with the BRM's on the second row, whilst champion Stewart was in 6th after suffering gearbox problems. Mike Hailwood was making his debut for Surtees—an inspired choice as he held both the Formula 5000 and motorbike lap records for Monza. Clay Regazzoni's Ferrari thrilled the crowd by surging forward from the fourth row to lead from Jo Siffert and Stewart until lap 3, when Ronnie Peterson took the lead. On lap 7, Stewart took the lead. By lap 16, Stewart and Jacky Ickx retired with engine problems, followed two laps later by Clay Regazzoni. The race began to break into high-speed packs—the leading one containing Hailwood (leading on his debut), François Cevert, Peterson, Siffert, Howden Ganley, Chris Amon, Peter Gethin and Jackie Oliver. Gethin, Peterson, Cevert, Hailwood and Ganley (who fell back slightly) battled right down to the line and all finished within two-tenths of a second within each other. Siffert dropped back after problems with a gearbox that would only select fourth gear.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 18 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 55 1:18:12.60 11 9
2 25 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 55 + 0.01 6 6
3 2 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 55 + 0.09 5 4
4 9 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 55 + 0.18 17 3
5 19 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 55 + 0.61 4 2
6 12 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 55 + 32.36 1 1
7 14 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver McLaren-Ford 55 + 1:24.83 13  
8 5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Pratt & Whitney 54 + 1 Lap 18  
9 20 Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM 53 + 2 Laps 3  
10 28 Sweden Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 51 + 4 Laps 21  
Ret 10 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 47 Gearbox 14  
NC 26 France Jean-Pierre Jarier March-Ford 47 Not classified 24  
Ret 24 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 41 Engine 16  
Ret 16 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 40 Suspension 10  
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 33 Engine 20  
Ret 4 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 17 Engine 8  
Ret 3 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 15 Engine 2  
Ret 30 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 15 Engine 7  
Ret 22 Italy Nanni Galli March-Ford 11 Electrical 19  
Ret 11 Australia Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 5 Suspension 9  
Ret 27 Switzerland Silvio Moser Bellasi-Ford 5 Suspension 22  
Ret 21 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 3 Engine 12  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 3 Engine 15  
Ret 8 Germany Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 0 Accident 23  


Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Fastest races ever". Autosport. 
  2. ^ All-Time F1 Records It should be noted that times in this race were only measured to the nearest 0.01 second, so the finish may or may not have been closer than that of the 2002 United States Grand Prix, where the gap between 1st and 2nd was 0.011 seconds.

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