1977 British Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 10 of 17 in the 1977 Formula One season
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Date 16 July 1977
Official name XXX British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, Great Britain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.719 km (2.932 mi)
Distance 68 laps, 320.871 km (199.380 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford
Time 1:18.49[1]
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford
Time 1:19.60 on lap 48
Podium
First United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford
Second Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari
Third Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford

The 1977 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 16 July 1977. It was won by James Hunt driving a McLaren M26, and marked the debut of Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve. The race was the first outing for the first turbocharged Formula One car, the Renault RS01, driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille.

Pre-qualifying[edit]

Owing to the large number of entrants, a special system of pre-qualification was devised, taking place on the Wednesday before the race. Fourteen cars took part, most from teams which were not members of FOCA. Debutant Gilles Villeneuve also took part, along with Patrick Tambay, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Brett Lunger, Patrick Nève, Mikko Kozarowitzky, another debutant Andy Sutcliffe, Guy Edwards, Tony Trimmer, David Purley, Emilio de Villota, Brian Henton, Arturo Merzario and yet another debutant, Brian McGuire.[2]

Kozarowitzky crashed his RAM March in the first session, and Purley suffered a huge accident in the second session, when the throttle stuck open on his LEC. He suffered multiple fractures and spent many months recovering. He later returned to racing but never appeared in a World Championship Formula One race again.[3] The fastest five drivers after both sessions were Villeneuve, Tambay, Jarier, Lunger and Henton, all of whom went through to the full qualifying sessions. Merzario and Nève were subsequently also allowed through, as was de Villota, who replaced Harald Ertl when the Austrian driver withdrew his entry.[2]

Qualifying[edit]

Henton and de Villota were eliminated after the qualifying sessions, along with Alex Ribeiro and Clay Regazzoni.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 68 1:31:46.06 1 9
2 11 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 68 +18.31 3 6
3 6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 68 +19.57 5 4
4 2 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 68 +47.76 11 3
5 8 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 68 + 1:11.73 7 2
6 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 67 + 1 Lap 15 1
7 17 Australia Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 12  
8 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 8  
9 34 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Penske-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 20  
10 27 Belgium Patrick Nève March-Ford 66 + 2 Laps 26  
11 40 Canada Gilles Villeneuve McLaren-Ford 66 + 2 Laps 9  
12 18 Australia Vern Schuppan Surtees-Ford 66 + 2 Laps 23  
13 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 64 + 4 Laps 19  
14 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 62 Engine 6  
15 12 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 62 + 6 Laps 14  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 60 Fuel system 2  
Ret 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 59 Engine 4  
Ret 28 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 42 Throttle 22  
Ret 37 Italy Arturo Merzario March-Ford 28 Transmission 17  
Ret 16 Italy Riccardo Patrese Shadow-Ford 20 Fuel Pressure 25  
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 16 Brakes 18  
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 16 Turbo 21  
Ret 10 South Africa Ian Scheckter March-Ford 6 Accident 24  
Ret 3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 3 Engine 16  
Ret 23 France Patrick Tambay Ensign-Ford 3 Electrical 10  
Ret 24 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Hesketh-Ford 0 Accident 13  
DNQ 9 Brazil Alex Ribeiro March-Ford        
DNQ 22 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford        
DNQ 38 United Kingdom Brian Henton March-Ford        
DNQ 36 Spain Emilio de Villota McLaren-Ford        
DNPQ 31 United Kingdom David Purley LEC-Ford        
DNPQ 33 United Kingdom Andy Sutcliffe March-Ford        
DNPQ 35 United Kingdom Guy Edwards BRM        
DNPQ 44 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer Surtees-Ford        
DNPQ 45 Australia Brian McGuire McGuire-Ford        
DNPQ 32 Finland Mikko Kozarowitzky March-Ford        
WD Austria Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford        

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 8 results from the first 9 races and the best 7 results from the remaining 8 races were retained. Numbers without parentheses are retained points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2007-01-10. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  2. ^ a b "GRAND PRIX RESULTS: BRITISH GP, 1977". grandprix.com. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Tremayne, David (1991). Racers Apart: Memories of motorsport heroes. UK: Motor Racing Publications Ltd. p. 293. ISBN 0-947981-58-6. 


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Awards
Preceded by
1976 United States Grand Prix West
Formula One Promotional Trophy
for Race Promoter

1977
Succeeded by
1978 British Grand Prix