1976 Austrian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 11 of 16 in the 1976 Formula One season
Österreichring track layout from 1969 to 1976
Österreichring track layout from 1969 to 1976
Date August 15, 1976
Location Österreichring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
5.911 km (3.673 mi)
Distance 54 laps, 319.914 km (198.342 mi)
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford
Time 1:35.02[1]
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford
Time 1:35.91[2]
Podium
First United Kingdom John Watson Penske-Ford
Second France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra
Third Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford

The 1976 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Österreichring on 15 August 1976. This race was the only major Formula One and European victory for Penske Racing. It was a poignant win for the team, coming a year after the death of their former driver Mark Donohue at the same circuit the previous season. Roger Penske withdrew the team at the end of year to refocus on Champ Car racing.

Local drivers Otto Stuppacher and Karl Oppitzhauser had applied to enter the event, but were refused due to their lack of experience. They petitioned the other teams for support but none was forthcoming, and they did not participate, although they had brought their cars to the circuit. They had entered under the ÖASC Racing Team banner, with Stuppacher bringing a Tyrrell 007, and Oppitzhauser a March 761.[3]

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 28 United Kingdom John Watson Penske-Ford 54 1:30:07.86 2 9
2 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 54 + 10.79 5 6
3 6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 54 + 11.98 4 4
4 11 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 54 + 12.44 1 3
5 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 54 + 21.49 9 2
6 10 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 54 + 34.34 3 1
7 12 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 54 + 59.45 12  
8 24 Austria Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford 53 +1 Lap 20  
9 38 France Henri Pescarolo Surtees-Ford 52 +2 Laps 22  
10 18 United States Brett Lunger Surtees-Ford 51 Accident 16  
11 39 Italy Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi Tyrrell-Ford 51 +3 Laps 23  
12 33 Italy Lella Lombardi Brabham-Ford 50 +4 laps 24  
Ret 22 Austria Hans Binder Ensign-Ford 47 Throttle 19  
NC 32 Switzerland Loris Kessel Brabham-Ford 44 Not Classified 25  
Ret 9 Italy Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 43 Accident 7  
Ret 30 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 43 Accident 17  
Ret 8 Brazil Carlos Pace Brabham-Alfa Romeo 40 Accident 18  
Ret 17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 40 Fuel Pump 8  
Ret 19 Australia Alan Jones Surtees-Ford 30 Accident 15  
Ret 34 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck March-Ford 26 Fuel System 11  
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 24 Suspension 13  
Ret 20 Italy Arturo Merzario Wolf-Williams-Ford 17 Accident 21  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 14 Brakes 6  
Ret 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 14 Suspension 10  
Ret 7 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Alfa Romeo 0 Clutch 14  

Notes[edit]

  • This was the last Grand Prix up to date where no Ferrari entered.

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 7 results from the first 8 races and the best 7 results from the last 8 races counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored. Points do not reflect final results of 1976 British Grand Prix as it was under appeal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 138. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 141. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 
  3. ^ F1 Rejects

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-16. 


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