1977 Spanish Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 5 of 17 in the 1977 Formula One season
Circuito Permanente del Jarama 1980.svg
Date May 8, 1977
Location Jarama, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
3.404 km (2.115 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 255.3 km (158.63 mi)
Pole position
Driver United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:18.70
Fastest lap
Driver France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra
Time 1:20.81 on lap 5
Podium
First United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Second Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari
Third South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford

The 1977 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuito del Jarama on May 8, 1977. The race, contested over 75 laps, was the fifth round of the 1977 Formula One season. It was won by Lotus-Ford driver Mario Andretti. Carlos Reutemann took his Ferrari home in second place, whilst Jody Scheckter completed the podium in third position for the Wolf-Ford team.

Report[edit]

Mario Andretti continued his recent form with pole position and Jacques Laffite's Ligier springing a surprise, beating Niki Lauda to second, however Lauda was unable to take part in the race due to a broken rib. At the start, Andretti took the lead with Laffite following. Laffite gave chase to Andretti in the early stages but had to pit with a deflating tyre, leaving Andretti to romp to victory with Carlos Reutemann second. Hunt inherited third but retired with a misfire, giving it to John Watson until he lost places due to a spin, leaving Jody Scheckter to take the final spot on the podium.

According to the BBC, this was the first victory by a ground effect Formula One car.[citation needed]

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 75 1:42:.52.22 1 9
2 12 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 75 +15.85 4 6
3 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 75 +24.51 5 4
4 2 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 75 +24.87 9 3
5 6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 75 +1:05.83 12 2
6 8 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 74 +1 Lap 13 1
7 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 74 +1 Lap 2  
8 3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 74 +1 Lap 15  
9 18 Austria Hans Binder Surtees-Ford 73 +2 Laps 20  
10 30 United States Brett Lunger March-Ford 72 +3 Laps 25  
11 10 South Africa Ian Scheckter March-Ford 72 +3 Laps 17  
12 27 Belgium Patrick Nève March-Ford 71 +4 Laps 22  
13 36 Spain Emilio de Villota McLaren-Ford 70 +5 Laps 23  
14 28 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 70 +5 Laps 19  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 64 Fuel system 6  
Ret 17 Australia Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 56 Accident 14  
Ret 24 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Hesketh-Ford 32 Accident 16  
Ret 25 Austria Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford 29 Radiator 18  
Ret 16 Italy Renzo Zorzi Shadow-Ford 25 Engine 24  
Ret 37 Italy Arturo Merzario March-Ford 16 Suspension 21  
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 12 Engine 10  
Ret 1 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 10 Engine 7  
Ret 22 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 9 Accident 8  
Ret 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 9 Accident 11  
DNS 11 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 0 Injured 3  
DNQ 34 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Penske-Ford        
DNQ 9 Brazil Alex Ribeiro March-Ford        
DNQ 33 Netherlands Boy Hayje March-Ford        
DNQ 38 United Kingdom Brian Henton March-Ford        
DNQ 31 United Kingdom David Purley LEC-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.


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