1976 Swedish Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 7 of 16 in the 1976 Formula One season
Scandinavian Raceway.svg
Date 13 June 1976
Location Scandinavian Raceway, Anderstorp
Course
4.025 km (2.501 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 289.8 km (180.1 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrell-Ford
Time 1:25.659[1]
Fastest lap
Driver United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:28.002 on lap 11[2]
Podium
First South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrell-Ford
Second France Patrick Depailler Tyrell-Ford
Third Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari
The Tyrrell P34 being driven by Jody Scheckter at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. The '76 Swedish GP was its only win, and Scheckter won this race from the pole.

The 1976 Swedish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Scandinavian Raceway in Anderstorp, Sweden on June 13, 1976. It was the seventh round of the 1976 Formula One season and the ninth Swedish Grand Prix. The race was contested over 72 laps of the 4.0 km circuit for a race distance of 290 kilometres.

It saw the first and only win of a six-wheel car - the Tyrrell P34. The theory was that its four tiny front wheels would increase mechanical front-end grip – with more rubber on the road – and thus eliminate understeer while at the same time improve cornering and braking. When it was revealed it was the instant sensation of the 1976 season. The car was a photo opportunity on wheels – six of them, which was precisely why – and must have given Elf more free publicity in the 1976 pre-season and beyond than it garnered during the whole of 1974 and 1975.

Tyrrell's Jody Scheckter took pole, with Patrick Depailler in fourth. In the race it was Mario Andretti in the Lotus 77 who led for much of the race. Andretti however had been penalised sixty seconds for jumping the start. Andretti's engine failed on lap 46 while attempting to build his lead over the two Tyrrells. They went on to finish first and second, Jody Scheckter leading Patrick Depailler to the line for his second Swedish Grand Prix victory. The South African, who when later probed confided that he thought the six-wheeled concept ridiculous, was beaming on the podium. However the Swedish walkover proved to be the only win for the P34. It was retired at the end of the 1977 season.

Eight laps before Andretti's retirement Chris Amon crashed his Ensign N176 after a suspension failure, allowing championship leader Niki Lauda to move into the position that became third in his Ferrari 312T2. Jacques Laffite continued to show the promise of the Ligier JS5 in fourth. James Hunt was fifth in his McLaren M23 and Clay Regazzoni climbed into the final point in the second Ferrari late in the race.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 72 1:46:53.729 1 9
2 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 72 + 19.766 4 6
3 1 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 72 + 33.866 5 4
4 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 72 + 55.819 7 3
5 11 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 72 + 59.483 8 2
6 2 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 72 + 1:00.366 11 1
7 10 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 72 + 1:03.493 9  
8 8 Brazil Carlos Pace Brabham-Alfa Romeo 72 + 1:11.613 10  
9 16 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 71 + 1 lap 12  
10 9 Italy Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 15  
11 12 West Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 13  
12 17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 14  
13 19 Australia Alan Jones Surtees-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 18  
14 35 Italy Arturo Merzario March-Ford 70 Engine 19  
15 18 United States Brett Lunger Surtees-Ford 70 + 2 Laps 24  
Ret 24 Austria Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford 54 Spun Off 23  
Ret 34 West Germany Hans Joachim Stuck March-Ford 52 Engine 20  
Ret 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 45 Engine 2  
Ret 22 New Zealand Chris Amon Ensign-Ford 38 Accident 3  
Ret 21 France Michel Leclère Wolf-Williams-Ford 20 Engine 25  
Ret 37 Australia Larry Perkins Boro-Ford 18 Engine 22  
Ret 30 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 10 Handling 21  
Ret 32 Switzerland Loris Kessel Brabham-Ford 5 Accident 26  
Ret 6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 2 Accident 6  
Ret 7 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Alfa Romeo 2 Engine 16  
Ret 28 United Kingdom John Watson Penske-Ford 0 Accident 17  
DNQ 33 Denmark Jac Nelleman Brabham-Ford  

Standings after the race[edit]

Points are accurate at the conclusion of the race and do not reflect final results of the 1976 Spanish Grand Prix as it was under appeal.

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 126. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 128. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 

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


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