1977 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 9 of 17 in the 1977 Formula One season
Dijon-Prenois.svg
Date July 3, 1977
Location Dijon
Course
3.801 km (2.361 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 304.08 km (188.88 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:12.21
Fastest lap
Driver United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:13.75 on lap 76
Podium
First United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Second United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo
Third United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford

The 1977 French Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Dijon on 3 July 1977.

Report[edit]

Once again it was Mario Andretti on pole with James Hunt second and Gunnar Nilsson third on the grid. Hunt got the best start and led into the first corner from John Watson and Jacques Laffite, with Andretti dropping down to fourth. However, Watson passed Hunt on the fifth lap and started to build a gap until Andretti got up to second and began to reel him in. During the final few laps, leader Watson and Andretti were running nose-to-tail but Watson held him off till the last lap when his engine missed a beat and immediately Andretti was past. Andretti thus took the win ahead of a crestfallen Watson and Hunt.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 80 1:39:40.13 1 9
2 7 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 80 +1.55 4 6
3 1 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 80 +33.87 2 4
4 6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 80 +1:11.08 3 3
5 11 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 80 +1:14.15 9 2
6 12 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 79 +1 Lap 6 1
7 22 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 79 +1 Lap 16  
8 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 78 + 2 Laps 5  
9 2 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 7  
10 24 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Hesketh-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 14  
11 28 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 22  
12 3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 17  
13 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 11  
NC 10 South Africa Ian Scheckter March-Ford 69 Not Classified 20  
Ret 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 66 Accident 8  
Ret 8 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 64 Accident 13  
Ret 17 Australia Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 60 Transmission 10  
Ret 37 Italy Arturo Merzario March-Ford 27 Gearbox 18  
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 21 Accident 12  
Ret 16 Italy Riccardo Patrese Shadow-Ford 6 Engine 15  
Ret 31 United Kingdom David Purley LEC-Ford 5 Accident 21  
Ret 34 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Penske-Ford 4 Accident 19  
DNQ 9 Brazil Alex Ribeiro March-Ford    
DNQ 27 Belgium Patrick Nève March-Ford    
DNQ 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford    
DNQ 25 Austria Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford    
DNQ 18 Australia Larry Perkins Surtees-Ford    
DNQ 39 Mexico Hector Rebaque Hesketh-Ford    
DNQ 18 France Patrick Tambay Surtees-Ford    
DNQ 35 Sweden Conny Andersson BRM        

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]


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