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The 1976 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, near Marseille in France, on 4 July 1976. It was the eighth race of the 1976 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1976 International Cup for F1 Constructors. It was the 54th French Grand Prix and the fourth to be held at Paul Ricard. The race was held over 54 laps of the 5.8-kilometre (3.6 mi) circuit for a race distance of 313 kilometres (194 mi).

1976 French Grand Prix
Race 8 of 16 in the 1976 Formula One season
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Race details
Date 4 July 1976
Official name 62ème Grand Prix de France[1]
Location Circuit Paul Ricard
Le Castellet, Var, France
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.809 km (3.610 mi)
Distance 54 laps, 313.686 km (194.915 mi)
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Ford
Time 1:47.89[2]
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari
Time 1:51.0 on lap 4[3]
Podium
First McLaren-Ford
Second Tyrrell-Ford
Third Penske-Ford

The race was won by eventual 1976 world champion James Hunt driving a McLaren M23. Hunt won by twelve seconds over the Tyrrell P34 of Patrick Depailler. It was Hunt's second win for the year and his third career Grand Prix victory, although at this stage his appeal against disqualification from the Spanish Grand Prix win had yet to be upheld. Eleven seconds further back in third was John Watson driving a Penske PC4. It was the first podium finish for both Watson and Penske, although the result only came after Ronnie Peterson's March 761 stopped with three laps to go and after Watson was disqualified for a rear wing irregularity and subsequently reinstated upon appeal.

Fourth place was taken by young Brazilian driver Carlos Pace driving a Brabham BT45 ahead of Mario Andretti (Lotus 77) and the Tyrrell P34 of Jody Scheckter.

Reigning champion Niki Lauda retired his Ferrari 312T2 with an engine failure while leading. While Hunt would eventually prove to be the challenger to Lauda for the 1976 championship Lauda's points lead at this time was over the Tyrrell pair of Patrick Depailler (26 points) and Scheckter (24 points).

Contents

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying classificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 11   James Hunt McLaren-Ford 1:47.89
2 1   Niki Lauda Ferrari 1:48.17 +0.28
3 4   Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 1:48.59 +0.70
4 2   Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:48.69 +0.80
5 8   Carlos Pace Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:48.75 +0.86
6 10   Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:49.07 +1.18
7 5   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1:49.19 +1.30
8 28   John Watson Penske-Ford 1:49.22 +1.33
9 3   Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 1:49.63 +1.74
10 7   Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:49.79 +1.90
11 9   Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 1:49.79 +1.90
12 6   Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 1:49.83 +1.94
13 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:50.06 +2.17
14 12   Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 1:50.10 +2.21
15 17   Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 1:50.12 +2.23
16 16   Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 1:50.27 +2.38
17 34   Hans-Joachim Stuck March-Ford 1:50.31 +2.42
18 19   Alan Jones Surtees-Ford 1:51.11 +3.22
19 20   Jacky Ickx Wolf-Williams-Ford 1:51.41 +3.52
20 35   Arturo Merzario March-Ford 1:51.79 +3.90
21 30   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 1:52.11 +4.22
22 21   Michel Leclère Wolf-Williams-Ford 1:52.29 +4.40
23 18   Brett Lunger Surtees-Ford 1:52.41 +4.52
24 38   Henri Pescarolo Surtees-Ford 1:52.60 +4.71
25 25   Guy Edwards Hesketh-Ford 1:52.63 +4.74
26 22   Patrick Nève Ensign-Ford 1:52.82 +4.93
DNQ 33   Damien Magee Brabham-Ford 1:53.49 +5.60
DNQ 31   Ingo Hoffmann Fittipaldi-Ford 1:53.78 +5.89
DNQ 24   Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford 1:53.79 +5.90
DNQ 32   Loris Kessel Brabham-Ford 1:55.30 +7.41
Source: [4][5]
  • Ertl had failed to qualify, but he had started on the back of the grid.[5]

RaceEdit

Race classificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11   James Hunt McLaren-Ford 54 1:40:58.60 1 9
2 4   Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 54 + 12.70 3 6
3 28   John Watson Penske-Ford 54 + 23.55 8 4
4 8   Carlos Pace Brabham-Alfa Romeo 54 + 24.82 5 3
5 5   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 54 + 43.92 7 2
6 3   Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 54 + 55.07 9 1
7 34   Hans-Joachim Stuck March-Ford 54 + 1:21.55 17  
8 16   Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 54 + 1:30.67 16  
9 35   Arturo Merzario March-Ford 54 + 1:53.57 20  
10 20   Jacky Ickx Wolf-Williams-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 19  
11 7   Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Alfa Romeo 53 + 1 Lap 10  
12 17   Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 15  
13 21   Michel Leclère Wolf-Williams-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 22  
14 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 53 + 1 Lap 13  
15 12   Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 14  
16 18   Brett Lunger Surtees-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 23  
17 25   Guy Edwards Hesketh-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 25  
18 22   Patrick Nève Ensign-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 26  
19 10   Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 51 Fuel System 6  
Ret 19   Alan Jones Surtees-Ford 44 Suspension 18  
Ret 9   Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 28 Oil Pressure 11  
Ret 30   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 21 Oil Pressure 21  
Ret 38   Henri Pescarolo Surtees-Ford 19 Suspension 24  
Ret 2   Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 17 Engine 4  
Ret 1   Niki Lauda Ferrari 8 Engine 2  
Ret 6   Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 8 Gearbox 12  
Ret 24   Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford 4 Differential 27  
Source:[6]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 7 results from the first 8 races and the best 7 results from the last 8 races counted towards the Championship. Points accurate at final declaration of results: before the next race in Britain, Hunt was reinstated as the winner of the Spanish Grand Prix.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1976". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 128. ISBN 0-85429-380-9.
  3. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 130. ISBN 0-85429-380-9.
  4. ^ "France 1976 - Qualifications • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "France 1976 - Starting grid • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  6. ^ "1976 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b "France 1976 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.


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