1977 British Grand Prix
|Race 10 of 17 in the 1977 Formula One season|
|Date||16 July 1977|
|Official name||XXX British Grand Prix|
|Location||Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, Great Britain|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.719 km (2.932 mi)|
|Distance||68 laps, 320.871 km (199.380 mi)|
|Time||1:19.60 on lap 48|
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. It was the last race to be given the honorific designation of the European Grand Prix.
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.
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. 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.
Championship standings after the race
- 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.
- "British Grand Prix 1977". motorsport-stats.com. Archived from the original on 10 January 2007. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- "GRAND PRIX RESULTS: BRITISH GP, 1977". grandprix.com. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- Tremayne, David (1991). Racers Apart: Memories of motorsport heroes. UK: Motor Racing Publications Ltd. p. 293. ISBN 0-947981-58-6.
- "1977 British Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
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