1977 Japanese Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 17 of 17 in the 1977 Formula One season
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Date October 23, 1977
Location Fuji Speedway, Oyama, Shizuoka
Course Permanent racing facility
4.359 km (2.709 mi)
Distance 73 laps, 318.207 km (197.757 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:12.23
Fastest lap
Driver South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford
Time 1:14.30 on lap 71
Podium
First United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford
Second Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari
Third France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford

The 1977 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 23 October 1977 at Fuji. This was (at the time) the last Japanese Grand Prix due to traveling and financial issues, and safety concerns with the Fuji circuit. The race would return in 1987, held at the better spectated and safer Suzuka Circuit.[1]

Report[edit]

Mario Andretti and James Hunt continued their late-season battle, with the American pipping Hunt to the pole, with John Watson heading the second row. Hunt took the lead at the start, and Jody Scheckter and Jochen Mass jumped up to second and third, whereas Andretti had a terrible start and was at the tail of the top ten. On the second lap, Andretti was involved in a collision while trying to gain places, putting him out. With Andretti out, Hunt had no challengers left and he built a large gap, with teammate Mass second and Watson passing Scheckter for third. However, both Mass and Watson had to retire within one lap of each other with engine and gearbox failures, and with Scheckter dropping back, Carlos Reutemann was second until he was passed by Jacques Laffite. Hunt went on and capped off the season with a comfortable win, whereas Laffite ran of fuel on the last lap, handing over second to Reutemann and allowing Patrick Depailler to complete the podium.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 73 1:31:51.68 2 9
2 12 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 73 +1:02.45 7 6
3 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 73 +1:06.39 15 4
4 17 Australia Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 73 +1:06.61 12 3
5 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 72 Out of Fuel 5 2
6 16 Italy Riccardo Patrese Shadow-Ford 72 +1 Lap 13 1
7 8 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 72 +1 Lap 4
8 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 71 +2 Laps 9
9 50 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi Tyrrell-Ford 71 +2 Laps 22
10 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 71 +2 Laps 6
11 52 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Kojima-Ford 71 +2 Laps 11
12 9 Brazil Alex Ribeiro March-Ford 69 +4 Laps 23
Ret 6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 63 Gearbox 14
Ret 22 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 43 Engine 10
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 29 Gearbox 3
Ret 2 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 28 Engine 8
Ret 23 France Patrick Tambay Ensign-Ford 14 Engine 16
Ret 3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 5 Accident 18
Ret 11 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 5 Accident 20
Ret 27 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Matra 3 Engine 17
Ret 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1 Collision 1
Ret 51 Japan Noritake Takahara Kojima-Ford 1 Collision 19
Ret 18 Austria Hans Binder Surtees-Ford 1 Collision 21

Notes[edit]

  • Lap Leaders: James Hunt 73 laps (1-73).
  • This race was the tenth and final win for James Hunt
  • A marshal and photographer were killed by debris following a collision involving Gilles Villeneuve's Ferrari and Ronnie Peterson's Tyrrell P34 on lap five. They had both been standing in a prohibited area of the track when the accident occurred.[2]
  • This race was the final race of Gunnar Nilsson's career, before his death from cancer in 1978.
  • First point for Riccardo Patrese.
  • This race was the last occasion when a car (Kunimitsu Takahashi's Tyrrell) used Dunlop tyres in a Formula 1 World Championship Race.[3]

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. ^ "1977 Japanese Grand Prix at StatsF1". 
  2. ^ "Major incidents of fan deaths". Tampa Bay Times. 11 June 2005. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "I suppose the most famous tyres of all, to British eyes, are Dunlops. Have they ever been used in F1?". Ask Steven – ESPNF1.com. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 


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