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The 1977 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 16 July 1977. It was the tenth race of the 1977 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1977 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

1977 British Grand Prix
Race 10 of 17 in the 1977 Formula One season
Silverstone 1975.jpg
Race details
Date 16 July 1977
Official name XXX John Player British Grand Prix[1]
Location Silverstone Circuit
Northamptonshire, Great Britain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.719 km (2.932 mi)
Distance 68 laps, 320.871 km (199.380 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Ford
Time 1:18.49[2]
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford
Time 1:19.60 on lap 48
Podium
First McLaren-Ford
Second Ferrari
Third Lotus-Ford

The 68-lap race was won from pole position by local driver James Hunt, driving a McLaren-Ford, with Austrian driver Niki Lauda second in a Ferrari and Swedish driver Gunnar Nilsson third in a Lotus-Ford. The race marked the debut of Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve, as well as the first outing for the first turbocharged Formula One car, the Renault RS01, driven by Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jabouille. It was also the last race to be given the honorific designation of the European Grand Prix.

Contents

Pre-qualifyingEdit

Owing to the large number of entrants, a special system of pre-qualification was devised, taking place on the Wednesday before the race. Fourteen cars took part, most from teams which were not members of FOCA. Debutant Gilles Villeneuve also took part, along with Patrick Tambay, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Brett Lunger, Patrick Nève, Mikko Kozarowitzky, another debutant Andy Sutcliffe, Guy Edwards, Tony Trimmer, David Purley, Emilio de Villota, Brian Henton, Arturo Merzario and yet another debutant, Brian McGuire.[3]

Kozarowitzky crashed his RAM March in the first session, and Purley suffered a huge accident in the second session, when the throttle stuck open on his LEC. He suffered multiple fractures and spent many months recovering. He later returned to racing but never appeared in a World Championship Formula One race again.[4] The fastest five drivers after both sessions were Villeneuve, Tambay, Jarier, Lunger and Henton, all of whom went through to the full qualifying sessions. Merzario and Nève were subsequently also allowed through, as was de Villota, who replaced Harald Ertl when the Austrian driver withdrew his entry.[3]

QualifyingEdit

Henton and de Villota were eliminated after the qualifying sessions, along with Alex Ribeiro and Clay Regazzoni.

ClassificationEdit

Pre-QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 40   Gilles Villeneuve McLaren-Ford 1:19.48
2 23   Patrick Tambay Ensign-Ford 1:19.55 +0.07
3 34   Jean-Pierre Jarier Penske-Ford 1:19.63 +0.15
4 30   Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 1:19.72 +0.24
5 38   Brian Henton March-Ford 1:19.82 +0.34
6 37   Arturo Merzario March-Ford 1:19.86 +0.38
7 27   Patrick Nève March-Ford 1:19.97 +0.49
8 36   Emilio de Villota McLaren-Ford 1:20.38 +0.90
9 31   David Purley LEC-Ford 1:20.63 +1.15
10 33   Andy Sutcliffe March-Ford 1:21.93 +2.45
11 35   Guy Edwards BRM 1:22.62 +3.14
12 44   Tony Trimmer Surtees-Ford 1:22.80 +3.32
13 45   Brian McGuire McGuire-Ford 1:23.76 +4.28
14 32   Mikko Kozarowitzky March-Ford 1:25.16 +5.68

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   James Hunt McLaren-Ford 68 1:31:46.06 1 9
2 11   Niki Lauda Ferrari 68 + 18.31 3 6
3 6   Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 68 + 19.57 5 4
4 2   Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 68 + 47.76 11 3
5 8   Hans-Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 68 + 1:11.73 7 2
6 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 67 + 1 Lap 15 1
7 17   Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 12  
8 19   Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 8  
9 34   Jean-Pierre Jarier Penske-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 20  
10 27   Patrick Nève March-Ford 66 + 2 Laps 26  
11 40   Gilles Villeneuve McLaren-Ford 66 + 2 Laps 9  
12 18   Vern Schuppan Surtees-Ford 66 + 2 Laps 23  
13 30   Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 64 + 4 Laps 19  
14 5   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 62 Engine 6  
15 12   Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 62 + 6 Laps 14  
Ret 7   John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 60 Fuel System 2  
Ret 20   Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 59 Engine 4  
Ret 28   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 42 Throttle 22  
Ret 37   Arturo Merzario March-Ford 28 Transmission 17  
Ret 16   Riccardo Patrese Shadow-Ford 20 Fuel Pressure 25  
Ret 4   Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 16 Brakes 18  
Ret 15   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 16 Turbo 21  
Ret 10   Ian Scheckter March-Ford 6 Accident 24  
Ret 3   Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 3 Engine 10  
Ret 23   Patrick Tambay Ensign-Ford 3 Electrical 16  
Ret 24   Rupert Keegan Hesketh-Ford 0 Accident 13  
DNQ 9   Alex Ribeiro March-Ford        
DNQ 22   Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford        
DNQ 38   Brian Henton March-Ford        
DNQ 36   Emilio de Villota McLaren-Ford        
DNPQ 31   David Purley LEC-Ford   Accident    
DNPQ 33   Andy Sutcliffe March-Ford        
DNPQ 35   Guy Edwards BRM        
DNPQ 44   Tony Trimmer Surtees-Ford        
DNPQ 45   Brian McGuire McGuire-Ford        
DNPQ 32   Mikko Kozarowitzky March-Ford        
WD 25   Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford        
WD 39   Héctor Rebaque Hesketh-Ford        
WD 43   Derek Bell Penske-Ford        
WD 46   Bernard de Dryver March-Ford        
Source:[5]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 8 results from the first 9 races and the best 7 results from the remaining 8 races were retained. Numbers without parentheses are retained points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "19772 Formula 1 World Championship Programmes". The Programme Covers Project.
  2. ^ "British Grand Prix 1977". motorsport-stats.com. Archived from the original on 10 January 2007. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Grand Prix Results: British GP, 1977". Grandprix.com. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  4. ^ Tremayne, David (1991). Racers Apart: Memories of motorsport heroes. UK: Motor Racing Publications Ltd. p. 293. ISBN 0-947981-58-6.
  5. ^ "1977 British Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Britain 1977 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.


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Awards
Preceded by
1976 United States Grand Prix West
Formula One Promotional Trophy
for Race Promoter

1977
Succeeded by
1978 British Grand Prix