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 8 May 1977
Location Jarama, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.404 km (2.115 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 255.3 km (158.63 mi)
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:18.70
Fastest lap
Driver France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra
Time 1:20.81 on lap 5
Podium
First Lotus-Ford
Second Ferrari
Third Wolf-Ford

The 1977 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuito del Jarama on 8 May 1977. The 75-lap race 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]

The British Williams Grand Prix Engineering team made their Grand Prix debut by entering a single March 761 chassis for Belgian driver Patrick Nève.

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        
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1977 Spanish Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 


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