1977 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 7 of 17 in the 1977 Formula One season
Circuit zolder.png
Date June 5, 1977
Location Zolder
Course
4.011 km (2.492 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 280.77 km (174.44 mi)
Weather Wet
Pole position
Driver United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:24.64
Fastest lap
Driver Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford
Time 1:27.36 on lap 53
Podium
First Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford
Second Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari
Third Sweden Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford

The 1977 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Zolder on June 5, 1977.

Report[edit]

In qualifying Mario Andretti took a comfortable pole position with John Watson just beating the second Lotus of Gunnar Nilsson to second. The race was wet due to rain earlier in the day, and Watson took the lead at the first corner, but later in the first lap, Andretti ran into the back to him while attempting to retake the lead, resulting in both of them spinning out and Jody Scheckter taking the lead.

Scheckter led the early stages ahead of Nilsson, whereas Carlos Reutemann made an early charge but spun off. The track began to dry and everyone had to pit for tyres, and those who stopped early were the ones who benefited, as now Niki Lauda was leading from Jochen Mass and Scheckter was down to fifth. Mass spun off from second, handing it to Nilsson who then went on to catch and pass Lauda before driving away to his first career victory. Behind second-placed Lauda, Ronnie Peterson completed the podium for Team Tyrrell after Scheckter retired with an engine failure.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 70 1:55:05.71 3 9
2 11 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 70 +14.19 11 6
3 3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 70 +19.95 8 4
4 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 70 +24.98 12 3
5 17 Australia Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 70 +1:15.47 17 2
6 8 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 69 +1 Lap 18 1
7 1 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 9  
8 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 69 + 1 lap 5  
9 25 Austria Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 25  
10 27 Belgium Patrick Nève March-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 24  
11 34 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Penske-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 26  
12 18 Australia Larry Perkins Surtees-Ford 67 + 3 Laps 23  
13 31 United Kingdom David Purley LEC-Ford 67 + 3 Laps 20  
14 37 Italy Arturo Merzario March-Ford 65 + 5 Laps 14  
NC 33 Netherlands Boy Hayje March-Ford 63 Not Classified 27  
Ret 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 62 Engine 4  
Ret 2 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 39 Accident 6  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 32 Engine 10  
Ret 22 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 29 Engine 13  
Ret 12 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 14 Accident 7  
Ret 24 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Hesketh-Ford 14 Accident 19  
Ret 16 Italy Riccardo Patrese Shadow-Ford 12 Accident 15  
Ret 10 South Africa Ian Scheckter March-Ford 8 Accident 21  
Ret 28 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 2 Electrical 16  
Ret 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 0 Collision 1  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 2  
DNQ 36 Spain Emilio de Villota McLaren-Ford    
DNQ 9 Brazil Alex Ribeiro March-Ford    
DNQ 35 Sweden Conny Andersson BRM    
DNQ 38 Belgium Bernard de Dryver March-Ford    
DNQ 39 Mexico Hector Rebaque Hesketh-Ford        

Notes[edit]

  • This race marked Gunnar Nilsson's only Formula One victory.

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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