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The 1977 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zolder on 5 June 1977. It was the seventh race of the 1977 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1977 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

1977 Belgian Grand Prix
Race 7 of 17 in the 1977 Formula One season
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Race details
Date 5 June 1977
Location Circuit Zolder
Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
Course length 4.262 km (2.648 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 298.340 km (185.380 mi)
Weather Wet
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:24.64
Fastest lap
Driver Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford
Time 1:27.36 on lap 53
Podium
First Lotus-Ford
Second Ferrari
Third Tyrrell-Ford

The 70-lap race was won by Swedish driver Gunnar Nilsson, driving a Lotus-Ford. Austrian driver Niki Lauda finished second in a Ferrari, while Nilsson's fellow Swede, Ronnie Peterson, finished third in the six-wheeled Tyrrell-Ford. This was to be Nilsson's only Formula One victory, before his career was cut short by cancer and he died in October 1978.

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In qualifying Mario Andretti took a comfortable pole position with John Watson just beating the second Lotus of Gunnar Nilsson to second. The race was wet due to rain earlier in the day, and Watson took the lead at the first corner, but later in the first lap, Andretti ran into the back to him while attempting to retake the lead, resulting in both of them spinning out and Jody Scheckter taking the lead.

Scheckter led the early stages ahead of Nilsson, whereas Carlos Reutemann made an early charge but spun off. The track began to dry and everyone had to pit for tyres, and those who stopped early were the ones who benefited, as now Niki Lauda was leading from Jochen Mass and Scheckter was down to fifth. Mass spun off from second, handing it to Nilsson who then went on to catch and pass Lauda before driving away to his first career victory. Behind second-placed Lauda, Ronnie Peterson completed the podium for Team Tyrrell after Scheckter retired with an engine failure. This remains the only F1 race in which two Swedes shared the podium.

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6   Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 70 1:55:05.71 3 9
2 11   Niki Lauda Ferrari 70 + 14.19 11 6
3 3   Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 70 + 19.95 8 4
4 19   Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 70 + 24.98 12 3
5 17   Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 70 + 1:15.47 17 2
6 8   Hans-Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 69 + 1 Lap 18 1
7 1   James Hunt McLaren-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 9  
8 4   Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 5  
9 25   Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 25  
10 27   Patrick Nève March-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 24  
11 34   Jean-Pierre Jarier Penske-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 26  
12 18   Larry Perkins Surtees-Ford 67 + 3 Laps 23  
13 31   David Purley LEC-Ford 67 + 3 Laps 20  
14 37   Arturo Merzario March-Ford 65 + 5 Laps 14  
NC 33   Boy Hayje March-Ford 63 + 7 Laps 27  
Ret 20   Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 62 Engine 4  
Ret 2   Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 39 Accident 6  
Ret 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 32 Engine 10  
Ret 22   Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 29 Engine 13  
Ret 12   Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 14 Accident 7  
Ret 24   Rupert Keegan Hesketh-Ford 14 Accident 19  
Ret 16   Riccardo Patrese Shadow-Ford 12 Accident 15  
Ret 10   Ian Scheckter March-Ford 8 Accident 21  
Ret 28   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 2 Electrical 16  
Ret 5   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 0 Collision 1  
Ret 7   John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 2  
DNQ 36   Emilio de Villota McLaren-Ford    
DNQ 9   Alex Ribeiro March-Ford    
DNQ 35   Conny Andersson BRM    
DNQ 38   Bernard de Dryver March-Ford    
DNQ 39   Héctor Rebaque Hesketh-Ford        
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1977 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Belgium 1977 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 12 March 2019.


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