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The 1971 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 17 July 1971. It was race 6 of 11 in both the 1971 World Championship of Drivers and the 1971 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 68-lap race was won by Tyrrell driver Jackie Stewart after he started from second position. Ronnie Peterson finished second for the March team and Lotus driver Emerson Fittipaldi came in third.

1971 British Grand Prix
The Silverstone Circuit (1952-1974)
The Silverstone Circuit (1952-1974)
Race details
Date 17 July 1971
Official name XXIV The Woolmark British Grand Prix[1]
Location Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, England
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.711 km (2.927 mi)
Distance 68 laps, 320.348 km (199.036 mi)
Weather Overcast, dry
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:18.1
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford
Time 1:19.9
Podium
First Tyrrell-Ford
Second March-Ford
Third Lotus-Ford

Contents

Race reportEdit

On one of the fastest circuits on the calendar, horsepower counted for everything. Clay Regazzoni, driving for Ferrari, gained pole with a scorching lap of 1 min 18.1 secs, beating Jackie Stewart in a Tyrrell and Jo Siffert in a BRM by just a couple of hundredths of a second. BRM were mourning the loss of Pedro Rodríguez in a sports car race a few days earlier.

The start itself was a shambles, with a bungled flag drop causing a collision between Jackie Oliver and Graham Hill, for which Oliver was fined £50. Regazzoni led away from Jacky Ickx and Stewart, but after just one lap Stewart had passed Ickx, with Siffert following him. On lap 4, Stewart passed Regazzoni and disappeared into the distance. By lap 10 he was over 3 seconds ahead. In the points positions, Emerson Fittipaldi, Ronnie Peterson and Tim Schenken were having a memorable tussle. Regazzoni repassed Siffert who was suffering from vibration problems on lap 15, but the BRM driver managed to hang on to the back of the Ferrari for several more laps. Stewart increased his lead to 14 seconds and by lap 20 he was ahead by 18 seconds. Ickx dropped out of fourth place with rubber breaking off from his front left tyre, and Siffert dropped way down with a broken coil bracket. The battle between Peterson, Schenken and Fittipaldi moved up into 3rd, 4th and 5th places.

On lap 48, tyre problems struck Regazzoni and further problems ensued when he tried to leave the pits after his tyre change to find his engine had no oil pressure. Schenken too dropped down the field with gearbox problems and retired completely when it jammed for good 4 laps from home.

Henri Pescarolo and Rolf Stommelen thus moved up into the battle for 4th and 5th, duelling right to the line, with Pescarolo winning out by just 0.5 seconds. John Surtees gained 6th place.

Stewart took a commanding home win and extended his lead in the Championship to 23 points.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 5   Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:18.1
2 12   Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:18.1
3 16   Jo Siffert BRM 1:18.2 +0.1
4 1   Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:18.3 +0.2
5 18   Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:19.0 +0.9
6 4   Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:19.5 +1.4
7 8   Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 1:19.5 +1.4
8 9   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:19.6 +1.5
9 21   Chris Amon Matra 1:19.7 +1.6
10 14   François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.8 +1.7
11 17   Howden Ganley BRM 1:19.84 +1.74
12 24   Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 1:19.88 +1.78
13 2   Dave Charlton Lotus-Ford 1:20.05 +1.95
14 10   Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 1:20.1 +2.0
15 22   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 1:20.2 +2.1
16 7   Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:20.3 +2.2
17 26   Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 1:20.5 +2.4
18 23   John Surtees Surtees-Ford 1:20.6 +2.5
19 3   Reine Wisell Lotus-Pratt & Whitney 1:20.66 +2.56
20 6   Mike Beuttler March-Ford 1:20.7 +2.6
21 20   Nanni Galli March-Ford 1:20.9 +2.8
22 11   Jackie Oliver McLaren-Ford 1:21.0 +2.9
23 25   Derek Bell Surtees-Ford 1:22.3 +4.2
24 19   Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 1:23.2 +5.1
Source:[2]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12   Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 68 1:31:31.5 2 9
2 18   Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 68 + 36.1 5 6
3 1   Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 68 + 50.5 4 4
4 26   Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 17 3
5 24   Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 12 2
6 23   John Surtees Surtees-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 18 1
7 22   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 66 + 2 Laps 15  
8 17   Howden Ganley BRM 66 + 2 Laps 11  
9 16   Jo Siffert BRM 66 + 2 laps 3  
10 14   François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 65 + 3 Laps 10  
11 20   Nanni Galli March-Ford 65 + 3 Laps 21  
12 8   Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 63 Gearbox 7  
NC 3   Reine Wisell Lotus-Pratt & Whitney 57 Not classified 19  
NC 19   Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 56 Not classified 24  
Ret 10   Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 53 Engine 14  
Ret 4   Jacky Ickx Ferrari 51 Engine 6  
Ret 5   Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 48 Oil pressure 1  
Ret 21   Chris Amon Matra 35 Engine 9  
Ret 9   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 32 Engine 8  
Ret 25   Derek Bell Surtees-Ford 23 Suspension 23  
Ret 6   Mike Beuttler March-Ford 21 Oil pressure 20  
Ret 2   Dave Charlton Lotus-Ford 1 Engine 13  
Ret 7   Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 0 Accident 22  
Ret 11   Jackie Oliver McLaren-Ford 0 Accident 16  
Source:[3]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1971 Formula 1 World Championship Programmes". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  2. ^ Pritchard, Anthony (1972). The Motor Racing Year No3. ISBN 0393085023.
  3. ^ "1971 British Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Britain 1971 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.


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