1971 Monaco Grand Prix

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Coordinates: 43°44′4.74″N 7°25′16.8″E / 43.7346500°N 7.421333°E / 43.7346500; 7.421333

Monaco  1971 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 11 in the 1971 Formula One season
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Date May 23, 1971
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street circuit
3.145 km (1.954 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 251.600 km (156.337 mi)
Weather Overcast
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford
Time 1:23.2
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford
Time 1:22.2 on lap 57
Podium
First United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford
Second Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford
Third Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari

The 1971 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Monaco on May 23, 1971. It was the third round of the 1971 Formula One season and the 200th World Championship Grand Prix held since the championship began in 1950.

Events of the race are captured in the documentary film Weekend of a Champion in which Roman Polanski shadows Jackie Stewart.

Race report[edit]

Qualifying was extremely wet and so it was Friday morning times that really counted for the grid - for Mario Andretti this was particularly unfortunate as his car was stranded out on the track at this time and so he was unable to qualify despite lying second in the World Championship. Jackie Stewart claimed a stunning pole position over a second ahead of his front row companion Jacky Ickx and shot into an immediate lead from the fast-starting Jo Siffert, Ickx, Pedro Rodríguez, Ronnie Peterson and Denny Hulme. Chris Amon stalled on the grid and Graham Hill - seeking a 6th Monaco win - made a rare mistake, hitting the wall at Tabac on the 2nd lap.

Stewart extended his lead from Siffert and Ickx, despite being painfully ill from fumes leaking into the cockpit. Peterson was astonishing the crowd with his valiant attempts to take 4th place from Rodríguez, who was baulking him as much as was legally possible. Hulme actually managed to join the battle and pass Peterson on one lap. Eventually the Mexican slipped up under pressure and locked up a wheel to let both Peterson and Hulme through.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 80 1:52:21.3 1 9
2 17 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 80 + 25.6 6 6
3 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 80 + 53.3 2 4
4 9 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 80 + 1:06.7 8 3
5 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 17 2
6 24 Germany Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 16 1
7 22 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 10  
8 27 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 13  
9 15 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 76 + 4 Laps 5  
10 8 Australia Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 76 + 4 Laps 18  
Ret 14 Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM 58 Oil Pipe 3  
Ret 21 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 47 Differential 7  
Ret 20 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 45 Differential 4  
Ret 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 24 Accident 11  
Ret 10 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 22 Accident 14  
Ret 2 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 21 Wheel bearing 12  
Ret 12 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 5 Accident 15  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1 Accident 9  
DNQ 16 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM    
DNQ 6 United States Mario Andretti Ferrari    
DNQ 19 Italy Nanni Galli* March-Alfa-Romeo    
DNQ 18 Spain Alex Soler-Roig March-Ford    
DNQ 28 United States Skip Barber March-Ford        
  • - Andrea de Adamich was listed as the driver of the #19 March, but never drove. Galli was entered instead.

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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