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The 1971 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on 5 September 1971. It was race 9 of 11 in both the 1971 World Championship of Drivers and the 1971 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.[2]

1971 Italian Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 5 September 1971
Official name 42o Gran Premio d'Italia[1]
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Monza, Lombardy, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.750 km (3.573 mi)
Distance 55 laps, 316.25 km (196.515 mi)
Pole position
Driver Matra
Time 1:22.4
Fastest lap
Driver France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford
Time 1:23.8 on lap 9
Podium
First BRM
Second March-Ford
Third Tyrrell-Ford

This race featured the closest finish in Formula One history, as Peter Gethin beat Ronnie Peterson by 0.01 seconds.[3] The top five were covered by just 0.61 seconds, with François Cevert finishing third, Mike Hailwood fourth and Howden Ganley fifth. With an average speed of 242.615 km/h (150.754 mph), this race stood as the fastest-ever Formula One race for 32 years, until the 2003 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.[4]

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Race reportEdit

The historical Monza National Autodrome, located just north of the northern Italian city of Milan, in 1971 became the fastest circuit used by Formula One after the Belgian Spa-Francorchamps circuit was removed from the calendar. However, this was the last year in which the circuit was used with this configuration: considering the enormous speed that the cars reached in this edition, two chicanes were introduced the following year in the two most dangerous curves of the track.

With the championship settled, this was an opportunity for new drivers to prove themselves. Chris Amon in the Matra proved an embarrassment to Ferrari by seizing pole at their home track with the fastest lap of all time in a Formula One championship race, lapping at 156 mph (252 km/h), with the BRM's on the second row, whilst champion Stewart was in 6th after suffering gearbox problems. Mike Hailwood was making his debut for Surtees—an inspired choice as he held both the Formula 5000 and motorbike lap records for Monza. Clay Regazzoni's Ferrari thrilled the crowd by surging forward from the fourth row to lead from Jo Siffert and Stewart until lap 3, when Ronnie Peterson took the lead. On lap 7, Stewart took the lead. By lap 16, Stewart and Jacky Ickx retired with engine problems, followed two laps later by Clay Regazzoni. The race began to break into high-speed packs—the leading one containing Hailwood (leading on his debut), François Cevert, Peterson, Siffert, Howden Ganley, Chris Amon, Peter Gethin and Jackie Oliver. Gethin, Peterson, Cevert, Hailwood and Ganley (who fell back slightly) battled right down to the line and all finished within two-tenths of a second of each other. Siffert dropped back after problems with a gearbox that would only select fourth gear.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 12   Chris Amon Matra 1:22.40
2 3   Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:22.82 +0.42
3 20   Jo Siffert BRM 1:23.03 +0.63
4 19   Howden Ganley BRM 1:23.15 +0.75
5 2   François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:23.41 +1.01
6 25   Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:23.46 +1.06
7 30   Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:23.49 +1.09
8 4   Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:23.69 +1.29
9 11   Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 1:23.73 +1.33
10 16   Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 1:23.77 +1.37
11 18   Peter Gethin BRM 1:23.88 +1.48
12 21   Helmut Marko BRM 1:23.96 +1.56
13 14   Jackie Oliver McLaren-Ford 1:24.09 +1.69
14 10   Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:24.27 +1.87
15 7   John Surtees Surtees-Ford 1:24.45 +2.05
16 24   Mike Beuttler March-Ford 1:25.01 +2.61
17 9   Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 1:25.17 +2.77
18 5   Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Pratt & Whitney 1:25.18 +2.78
19 22   Nanni Galli March-Ford 1:25.19 +2.79
20 23   Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 1:25.73 +3.33
21 28   Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 1:26.14 +3.74
22 27   Silvio Moser Bellasi-Ford 1:26.54 +4.14
23 8   Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 1:27.92 +5.52
24 26   Jean-Pierre Jarier March-Ford 1:28.19 +5.89
Source:[5]

RaceEdit

 
The close finish of the race, with five drivers crossing the finish line within a second
Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 18   Peter Gethin BRM 55 1:18:12.60 11 9
2 25   Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 55 + 0.01 6 6
3 2   François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 55 + 0.09 5 4
4 9   Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 55 + 0.18 17 3
5 19   Howden Ganley BRM 55 + 0.61 4 2
6 12   Chris Amon Matra 55 + 32.36 1 1
7 14   Jackie Oliver McLaren-Ford 55 + 1:24.83 13  
8 5   Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Pratt & Whitney 54 + 1 Lap 18  
9 20   Jo Siffert BRM 53 + 2 Laps 3  
10 28   Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 51 + 4 Laps 21  
Ret 10   Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 47 Gearbox 14  
NC 26   Jean-Pierre Jarier March-Ford 47 + 8 Laps 24  
Ret 24   Mike Beuttler March-Ford 41 Engine 16  
Ret 16   Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 40 Suspension 10  
Ret 23   Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 33 Engine 20  
Ret 4   Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 17 Engine 8  
Ret 3   Jacky Ickx Ferrari 15 Engine 2  
Ret 30   Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 15 Engine 7  
Ret 22   Nanni Galli March-Ford 11 Electrical 19  
Ret 11   Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 5 Suspension 9  
Ret 27   Silvio Moser Bellasi-Ford 5 Suspension 22  
Ret 21   Helmut Marko BRM 3 Engine 12  
Ret 7   John Surtees Surtees-Ford 3 Engine 15  
DNS 8   Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 0 Accident 23  
WD 6   Herbert Müller Lotus-Ford  
WD 15   Carlos Pace March-Ford  
WD 29   François Mazet March-Ford  
Source:[6]

NotesEdit

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1971". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  2. ^ "1971 Italian Grand Prix Entry list".
  3. ^ a b All-Time F1 Records Times in this race were only measured to the nearest hundredth of a second (0.01 seconds), so the finish may or may not have been closer than that of the 2002 United States Grand Prix, where Rubens Barrichello beat Michael Schumacher by 0.011 seconds.
  4. ^ Schaefer, Michael; Diepraam, Mattijs (14 September 2003). "Fastest races and laps ever". Autosport. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  5. ^ Pritchard, Anthony (1972). The Motor Racing Year No3. ISBN 0393085023.
  6. ^ "1971 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Grand Prix results: Italian GP, 1971". GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Italy 1971 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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