1976 Spanish Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 4 of 16 in the 1976 Formula One season
Circuito Permanente del Jarama 1980.svg
Date May 2, 1976
Location Jarama, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
3.404 km (2.115 mi)
Distance 75 laps, 255.3 km (158.625 mi)
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford
Time 1:18.52[1]
Fastest lap
Driver West Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford
Time 1:20.93 on lap 52[2]
Podium
First United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford
Second Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari
Third Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford

The 1976 Spanish Grand Prix (formally the XXII Gran Premio de España) was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuito del Jarama in Madrid, Spain on May 2, 1976. The race was the fourth round of the 1976 Formula One season. The race was the 22nd Spanish Grand Prix and the sixth to be held at Jarama. The race was held over 75 laps of the 3.404-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 255 kilometres.

Initially the declared winner was Austrian Ferrari driver Niki Lauda driving a Ferrari 312T2 extending his Drivers' Championship lead to 23 points after first across the line James Hunt had his McLaren M23 disqualified in post-race scrutineering. Swedish driver Gunnar Nilsson took his Lotus 77 to second place with Carlos Reutemann finishing third in his Brabham BT44B.

McLaren appealed the disqualification and in July the appeal was upheld and Hunt re-instated as winner of the Spanish Grand Prix.[3]

Summary[edit]

As the European season began, new cars were launched as organisers were due to start enforcing new regulations for 1976 having allowed an easing in period over the first three races. There was a big talking point as the Tyrrell team entered a new P34 six-wheeler for Patrick Depailler. Depailler was on the pace and qualified third, behind Hunt and Lauda. Lauda, driving with broken ribs after an accident driving a tractor once again beat Hunt off the line at the start and led for the first third of the race. Depailler, after a slow start, was running fourth behind Mass when he spun off and crashed with brake problems. Just before mid-race, the McLarens of Hunt and Mass found another gear and drove past Lauda, but towards the end of the race, Mass had to retire with an engine failure. Hunt took his first win of the season, with Lauda second and Gunnar Nilsson's Lotus third.

After the race, scrutineers examined the bulk of the field and Hunt was disqualified because his McLaren was found to be too wide and Lauda was declared the winner. One of the new rules for 1976 defined how wide a Formula One car could be based on the widest car of the 1975 season along with the new smaller tyre sizes. McLaren appealed on the basis of measuring the car when the tyres were still warm after the race and when they were cold stating Goodyear tyres expand during the race.

Two months after the race, McLaren's appeal was successful and Hunt was reinstated as the winner of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 75 1:42:20.43 1 9
2 1 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 75 + 30.97 2 6
3 6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 75 + 48.02 7 4
4 7 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Alfa Romeo 74 + 1 lap 12 3
5 22 New Zealand Chris Amon Ensign-Ford 74 + 1 lap 10 2
6 8 Brazil Carlos Pace Brabham-Alfa Romeo 74 + 1 lap 11 1
7 20 Belgium Jacky Ickx Wolf-Williams-Ford 74 + 1 lap 21
8 16 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 74 + 1 lap 22
9 19 Australia Alan Jones Surtees-Ford 74 + 1 lap 20
10 21 France Michel Leclère Wolf-Williams-Ford 73 + 2 laps 23
11 2 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 72 + 3 laps 5
12 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 72 + 3 laps 8
13 37 Australia Larry Perkins Boro-Ford 72 + 3 laps 24
Ret 12 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 65 Engine 4
Ret 17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 61 Electrical 15
Ret 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 53 Engine 14
Ret 28 United Kingdom John Watson Penske-Ford 51 Engine 13
Ret 35 Italy Arturo Merzario March-Ford 36 Gearbox 18
Ret 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 34 Gearbox 9
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 25 Accident 3
Ret 9 Italy Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 21 Suspension 6
Ret 34 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck March-Ford 16 Gearbox 17
Ret 10 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 11 Transmission 16
Ret 30 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 3 Transmission 19
DNQ 18 United States Brett Lunger Surtees-Ford
DNQ 32 Switzerland Loris Kessel Brabham-Ford
DNQ 25 Spain Emilio Zapico Williams-Ford
DNQ 33 Spain Emilio de Villota Brabham-Ford
DNQ 24 Austria Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford
DNQ 31 Brazil Ingo Hoffmann Fittipaldi-Ford

Standings after the race[edit]

Points shown represent points standings after the race when Hunt was disqualified. His nine points for winning the race were not re-instated until much later in the season.

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
  • Note 2: Results as shown are before any changes due to decision of stewards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 117. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 119. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 
  3. ^ [1]

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


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