1977 Formula One season

The 1977 Formula One season was the 31st season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 28th World Championship of Drivers and the 20th International Cup for Formula 1 Constructors.[1] The season commenced on 9 January 1977 and ended on 23 October after seventeen races, making it the longest Formula One season in the sport's history at the time. The season also included a single non-championship race for Formula One cars, the 1977 Race of Champions.

Austrian Niki Lauda took his second title, driving for Ferrari
Jody Scheckter placed second for Wolf
Mario Andretti (pictured in 1978) placed third for Lotus

Niki Lauda won his second championship, despite Mario Andretti winning more races. Lauda did not complete the season, departing Scuderia Ferrari after securing the title at the 1977 United States Grand Prix. Ferrari won its third consecutive Constructors' title, with new driver Carlos Reutemann having a solid season.

The season was marred by a horrific accident during the South African GP: Tom Pryce was unable to avoid hitting 19-year-old race marshal Frederik Jansen van Vuuren, who had tried to cross the track. The latter was killed in the collision, while his fire extinguisher struck and killed Pryce. His car proceeded to the end of the straight where it collided with Jacques Laffite's Ligier. There was further tragedy as Carlos Pace lost his life in an aviation accident, only a couple of weeks later.

Drivers and constructors


The following drivers and constructors contested the World Championship of Drivers and the International Cup for Formula 1 Constructors:

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyres No Driver Rounds
  Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren-Ford M23
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 1   James Hunt All
2   Jochen Mass All
14   Bruno Giacomelli 14
40   Gilles Villeneuve 10
  First National City Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Ford P34 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 3   Ronnie Peterson All
4   Patrick Depailler All
  John Player Team Lotus
  Imperial International Team Lotus
Lotus-Ford 78 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 5   Mario Andretti All
6   Gunnar Nilsson All
  Martini Racing Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT45
Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12 G 7   John Watson All
8   Carlos Pace 1–3
  Hans-Joachim Stuck 4–17
21   Giorgio Francia 14
  Hollywood March Racing
  Team Rothmans International
  Lexington Racing
  Team Sportsman Lager
March-Ford 761B
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 9   Alex Ribeiro All
10   Ian Scheckter 1–2, 5–16
  Hans-Joachim Stuck 3
  Brian Henton 4
  Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T2B Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 G 11   Niki Lauda 1–15
  Gilles Villeneuve 17
12   Carlos Reutemann All
21   Gilles Villeneuve 16
  Rotary Watches Stanley-BRM
BRM P207
BRM P202 3.0 V12
BRM P200 3.0 V12
G 14   Larry Perkins 2–3
29   Teddy Pilette 13
35   Conny Andersson 5, 7–9
  Guy Edwards 10
  Teddy Pilette 14
40 11
  Interscope Racing Penske-Ford PC4 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 14   Danny Ongais 15–16
  Équipe Renault Elf Renault RS01 Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6t M 15   Jean-Pierre Jabouille 10, 13–16
  Ambrosio Shadow Racing
  Ambrosio Tabatip Shadow Racing
  Ambrosio Villiger Shadow Racing
Shadow-Ford DN5B
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 16   Tom Pryce 1–3
  Renzo Zorzi 4–5
  Riccardo Patrese 6–7, 9–11, 13–14, 16–17
  Jackie Oliver 8
  Arturo Merzario 12
  Jean-Pierre Jarier 15
17   Renzo Zorzi 1–3
  Alan Jones 4–17
  Durex Team Surtees
  Beta Team Surtees
Surtees-Ford TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 18   Hans Binder 1–6, 15–17
  Larry Perkins 7–9
  Patrick Tambay 9
  Vern Schuppan 10–13
  Lamberto Leoni 14
19   Vittorio Brambilla All
  Walter Wolf Racing Wolf-Ford WR1
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 20   Jody Scheckter All
  Team Tissot Ensign with Castrol
  Theodore Racing Hong Kong
Ensign-Ford N177 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 22   Clay Regazzoni All
  Jacky Ickx 6
23   Patrick Tambay 10–17
  Penthouse Rizla+. Racing
  Hesketh Racing
Hesketh-Ford 308E Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 24   Rupert Keegan 5–16
25   Harald Ertl 5–9
  Héctor Rebaque 11–13
  Ian Ashley 14–16
39   Héctor Rebaque 7–9
  Ian Ashley 12–13
  Ligier Gitanes Ligier-Matra JS7 Matra MS76 3.0 V12 G 26   Jacques Laffite All
27   Jean-Pierre Jarier 17
  Williams Grand Prix Engineering March-Ford 761 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 27   Patrick Nève 5, 7–16
  Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi-Ford FD04
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 28   Emerson Fittipaldi 1–16
29   Ingo Hoffmann 1–2
  Chesterfield Racing
  Liggett Group with BS Fabrications
March-Ford 761 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 30   Brett Lunger 3–5
McLaren-Ford M23 7–16
  LEC Refrigeration Racing LEC-Ford CRP1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 31   David Purley 5, 7–10
  F&S Properties Racing
  F&S Properties Racing with Marlboro
  RAM Racing
March-Ford 761 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 32   Mikko Kozarowitzky 8, 10
  Michael Bleekemolen 13
33   Boy Hayje 3, 5–8, 13
  Andy Sutcliffe 10
  ATS Racing Team Penske-Ford PC4 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 33   Hans Binder 12, 14
34   Jean-Pierre Jarier 4–14
35   Hans Binder 13
  Hans Heyer 11
  Iberia Airlines McLaren-Ford M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 36   Emilio de Villota 5, 7–8, 10–12, 14
  Team Merzario March-Ford 761B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 37   Arturo Merzario 5–7, 9–11, 13
  British Formula One Team March-Ford 761 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 38   Bernard de Dryver 7
  Brian Henton 5, 10, 12
  HB Bewaking Alarmsystemen Boro-Ford 001 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 38   Brian Henton 13–14
  Jolly Club of Switzerland Apollon-Ford Fly Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 41   Loris Kessel 14
  Melchester Racing Surtees-Ford TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 44   Tony Trimmer 10
  Brian McGuire McGuire-Ford BM1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 45   Brian McGuire 10
  Meiritsu Racing Team Tyrrell-Ford 007 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 D 50   Kunimitsu Takahashi 17
  Kojima Engineering Kojima-Ford KE009 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 B 51   Noritake Takahara 17
  Heros Racing Corporation Kojima-Ford KE009 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 B 52   Kazuyoshi Hoshino 17
Carlos Reutemann during the 1977 Monaco Grand Prix
Ronnie Peterson driving the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 in Monaco
Jean-Pierre Jarier driving for ATS-run Penske PC4
The first turbocharged F1 car, the Renault RS01 (pictured in 2012)

Team and driver changes


Mid-season changes



Round Grand Prix Circuit Date
1   Argentine Grand Prix Autodromo de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires 9 January
2   Brazilian Grand Prix Autodromo de Interlagos, São Paulo 23 January
3   South African Grand Prix Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, Midrand 5 March
4   United States Grand Prix West Long Beach Street Circuit, California 3 April
5   Spanish Grand Prix Circuito Permanente Del Jarama, Madrid 8 May
6   Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 22 May
7   Belgian Grand Prix Circuit Zolder, Heusden-Zolder 5 June
8   Swedish Grand Prix Scandinavian Raceway, Anderstorp 19 June
9   French Grand Prix Dijon-Prenois, Prenois 3 July
10   British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 16 July
11   German Grand Prix Hockenheimring, Hockenheim 31 July
12   Austrian Grand Prix Österreichring, Spielberg 14 August
13   Dutch Grand Prix Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort 28 August
14   Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza 11 September
15   United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen Grand Prix Course, New York 2 October
16   Canadian Grand Prix Mosport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario 9 October
17   Japanese Grand Prix Fuji Speedway, Oyama, Shizuoka 23 October

Calendar changes


Regulation changes


Season report


Race 1: Argentina


The 1977 season started in Argentina, returning after a year's absence. It was reigning world champion James Hunt who started off his title defence with pole position in his McLaren. Countryman John Watson shared the front row with him in the Brabham, and Patrick Depailler in the six-wheeled Tyrrell was third on the grid. The weather was, as was very often the case in Buenos Aires, oppressively hot, which contributed to the attrition of this race – the track temperature was 51 °C (124 °F).

Watson took the lead at the start with Hunt second. Watson led for the first 10 laps until Hunt moved ahead and pulled away, with Mario Andretti's Lotus third, but soon the other McLaren of Jochen Mass took the place. Mass had to retire soon after with an engine failure which caused him to spin, and a suspension failure took teammate and race leader Hunt out three laps later. Watson took the lead again, but he also had suspension failures and let teammate Carlos Pace through. Watson eventually retired, and Pace struggled towards the end due to heat in his cockpit and was passed by Jody Scheckter's Wolf and Andretti, but the latter retired then with a wheel bearing failure. Scheckter took the first win of 1977, with Pace second, and home hero Carlos Reutemann completing the podium for Ferrari.

Race 2: Brazil


The second round took place at the longest circuit of the year – the very demanding and difficult 5-mile Interlagos circuit in São Paulo, Brazil. Hunt took pole again with Reutemann second and Andretti third on the grid. Home hero Pace took the lead at the start, with Hunt dropping behind Reutemann as well but soon Hunt was back behind Pace and attacking. There was contact, and Hunt took the lead whereas Pace had to pit for repairs. Hunt led Reutemann until he began to suffer from tyre troubles and was passed by Reutemann. Hunt pitted for new tyres, and rejoined fourth and soon passed Niki Lauda in the Ferrari and Watson to reclaim second. Reutemann marched on to victory, Hunt was second and Lauda third after Watson crashed out.

Race 3: South Africa


The race in South Africa was over a month later, but Hunt still continued his streak of poles, with Pace alongside and Lauda next. Hunt led off at the start, with Lauda and Scheckter following him after Pace struggled. The order stayed put until the seventh lap when Lauda took the lead and was never headed again, with Scheckter taking second from Hunt 11 laps later.

On lap 21, two marshals ran across the track after the Shadow of Renzo Zorzi caught fire. The second marshal, Fredrik Jansen van Vuuren, carrying a fire extinguisher was hit by the car of Tom Pryce at about 270 km/h (170 mph) and was killed instantly by the collision. His fire extinguisher struck Pryce's face, killing and nearly decapitating him.

The race continued however, and Lauda won, his first since his own horror crash last year, with home hero Scheckter second, and Depailler's six-wheeler took third from Hunt in the closing laps.

Race 4: United States GP West


The death of Pryce had shaken the field up, and then before the next round at Long Beach, California in the western United States, there was more news, as Carlos Pace, who had finished second in the opening round in Argentina, was killed in a plane crash.

The field, in a somber mood, went to this relatively new street circuit near Los Angeles, and Lauda took pole ahead of home hero Andretti, with Scheckter third. At the start, it was Scheckter who got the best start, and he passed both Andretti and Lauda, with Reutemann going up an escape road and spinning as he tried to follow Scheckter through. The top three of Scheckter, Andretti and Lauda pulled away from the rest of the pack, and ran closely together but the order did not change. However, a tyre began to deflate for Scheckter, and both Andretti and Lauda passed him with two laps left, with Andretti thus taking a popular home victory ahead of Lauda and a disappointed Scheckter.

Race 5: Spain


The next round was in Spain, at the Jarama circuit near Madrid, where Andretti continued his recent form with pole and Jacques Laffite's Ligier springing a surprise, beating Lauda to second, however Lauda was unable to take part in the race due to a broken rib. At the start, Andretti took the lead with Laffite following. Laffite gave chase to Andretti in the early stages but had to pit with a deflating tyre, leaving Andretti to romp to victory with Reutemann second. Hunt inherited third but retired with a misfire, giving it to Watson until he lost places due to a spin, leaving Scheckter to take the final spot on the podium.

Race 6: Monaco


In the elite Monaco race, Watson took his first career pole for Brabham with Scheckter also on the front row and Reutemann third. It was Scheckter who got the best start to beat Watson to the first corner, with Reutemann running third in the early stages until he was passed by his teammate Lauda. Watson ran second to Scheckter until mid-race when he had to retire with gearbox trouble, allowing Lauda to close in on Scheckter but the latter was flawless and held on to take his second win of the season. Lauda had to be satisfied with second, with Reutemann completing the podium.

Race 7: Belgium


Belgium was host to the seventh race of the season, and in qualifying at the Zolder circuit Andretti took a comfortable pole with 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 Scheckter taking the lead.

Scheckter led the early stages ahead of Nilsson, whereas 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 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.

Race 8: Sweden


The Swedish race at the isolated Anderstorp Raceway was full of anticipation after Nilsson's win last time out, but once again in qualifying, it was his teammate Andretti leading the way from Watson, with Hunt heading the second row. At the start, again it was Watson who led into the first corner followed by Scheckter, but soon Andretti passed both of them and opened up a lead. Watson and Scheckter battled for second until they collided, with Scheckter having to retire and Watson pitting for repairs. Hunt took second but he began to drop back and was passed by a charging Laffite, and then by his teammate Mass. Andretti however, was dominant until he had to pit due to a fuel metering problem with two laps left, handing the lead to Laffite who went on to take his first ever win ahead of Mass and Reutemann.

Race 9: France


The next race was staged at the newly extended Dijon-Prenois circuit in France, and once again it was Andretti on pole with Hunt second and Nilsson third on the grid. Hunt got the best start and led into the first corner from Watson and Laffite, with Andretti dropping down to fourth. However, Watson passed Hunt on the fifth lap and started to build a gap until Andretti got up to second and began to reel him in. During the final few laps, leader Watson and Andretti were running nose-to-tail but Watson held him off till the last lap when his engine missed a beat and immediately Andretti was past. Andretti thus took the win ahead of a crestfallen Watson and Hunt.

Race 10: Great Britain


British drivers had not much luck this season, so it was a relief to the British fans at the fast Silverstone circuit to see defending champion Hunt on pole for his home race with Watson alongside, and Lauda next. Hunt did not get a good start, and so Watson led into the first corner ahead of Lauda and Scheckter, but as the race progressed, a recovering Hunt soon passed both to get up to second behind Watson. The race was set for a grandstand British finish with Hunt slowly closing down leader Watson, but the fans were robbed of it when Watson's fuel system failed with 15 laps left and retired 8 laps later. Hunt took the lead and went on to win his first race of the season, with Lauda second. Scheckter ran third until his engine failed, thus giving the place to Andretti until he too suffered a similar fate, leaving Nilsson to take the final spot on the podium.

Race 11: West Germany


The West German race took place in Hockenheim because the Nürburgring track was deemed to be too dangerous to race on because of the inability of the 'Ring's organizers to effectively manage such a huge circuit. In qualifying, Scheckter took his first pole of the season, ahead of Watson and then Lauda who headed the second row. Scheckter kept the lead at the first corner with both Watson and Lauda keeping their positions. Watson put pressure on Scheckter until his engine failed on the eighth lap, giving second to Lauda who passed Scheckter soon after and began to pull away. Scheckter battled for second with Hunt until the defending champion retired with an engine failure, giving third to Watson's teammate and home driver Hans-Joachim Stuck. That was how it stayed to the end; Lauda winning from Scheckter and Stuck. One notable highlight of the race involved German touring car legend Hans Heyer, who started the race despite failing to qualify.

Race 12: Austria


With two-thirds of the season complete, Lauda led the championship as the drivers went to the very fast and scenic Österreichring in Austria. This circuit had been modified from the year before – a chicane had been put in to replace the ultra fast, flat out Voest-Hugel Kurve. Lauda pleased his home fans further by beating Hunt to pole, with Andretti settling for third on the grid. The race started in damp conditions, and poleman Lauda led into the first corner followed by Hunt, but Andretti passed both at one corner soon after. His teammate Nilsson was on a charge and was rapidly up to second, whereas Lauda went backwards.

Nilsson had to pit to change tyres, giving second to Hunt and this became the lead when Andretti's engine failed. The Australian Alan Jones in the Shadow was now charging up the order, passing both Scheckter and Stuck and as the race progressed, the recovering Nilsson and Lauda also passed the duo, however none of them could make an impression on Hunt. Hunt seemed to be headed for victory until his engine failed with ten laps left, giving Jones his first ever Formula One victory. Lauda took second and Stuck was third, both benefiting after Nilsson also retired with an engine failure. Jones's victory was so unexpected that the organizers did not have a copy of the Australian national anthem, so they played "Happy Birthday" instead (it was not Jones's birthday that day).

Race 13: Netherlands


The field went to the Zandvoort circuit near Amsterdam in the Netherlands for the next round, and in qualifying Andretti took his fifth pole of the season with Laffite alongside on the front row, and Hunt third. At the start, Hunt jumped both the front row starters to lead but before the end of the first lap, Andretti tried to drive alongside him but some aggressive defending from Hunt forced him to lift, and Laffite took advantage to get second. Five laps later, Andretti had got back past Laffite and was again attacking Hunt, who defended aggressively but this time Andretti did not lift and they collided. Hunt was out on the spot, whereas Andretti spun and rejoined fourth.

This left Laffite leading from the Ferraris of Lauda and Reutemann. The latter had a long battle with Andretti for third, repeatedly exchanging places, until the Lotus driver's engine blew up. Soon after, Lauda passed Laffite to take the lead, and he went on build a gap and win comfortably. Laffite finished second. After Andretti's demise, Reutemann ran third until the second Lotus of Nilsson attacked him, and the two collided with Nilsson out and Reutemann rejoining at the back. This sensationally left Patrick Tambay in the Ensign third, but he ran out of fuel on the last lap, thus handing the place to Scheckter.

This meant that Lauda had a 21-point lead over Scheckter with four races left.

Race 14: Italy


Italy was next on the calendar, but the fact that it was Ferrari's home race at the Monza Autodrome near Milan did not deter Hunt who took pole, whereas Reutemann cheered the home fans by starting second in front of Scheckter. Scheckter took the lead after a brilliant start, and in second place was Clay Regazzoni's Ensign who got an even better one. Regazzoni however did not have the pace and soon dropped down the order, whereas Andretti was on the move, passing Hunt on the second lap, and Scheckter a few laps later to take the lead. Hunt dropped back with brake troubles as the race progressed, and Scheckter retired when his engine failed, leaving Reutemann and Lauda in second and third. Lauda was soon past Reutemann, and the latter had to retire when he spun off on oil on the track, handing third to Jones. The race finished in that order; with Andretti taking a dominant victory from Lauda, who closed in on the championship, and Jones who took his second podium in three races.

Race 15: United States


The scenario going into the second race in the eastern United States at the picturesque and fast Watkins Glen circuit in upstate New York was that if Lauda had a single point or if Scheckter did not win the race, Lauda would be world champion. Scheckter's hopes looked bleak as he qualified ninth to Lauda's seventh, as Hunt took pole from the Brabhams of Stuck and Watson. Stuck got the best start and took the lead into the first corner followed by Hunt and Andretti. Scheckter was on a charge and passed many drivers, including Lauda, in the early stages to get up to fourth, which became third when leader Stuck crashed out. However, Hunt and Andretti continued to pull away from him and, with Lauda running fourth, Scheckter needed something extraordinary to happen to keep the title battle alive. That did not happen, as the rest of the race passed on without incident, with Hunt winning ahead of Andretti and Scheckter, with Lauda's fourth place enough to make him the world champion.

After the race, Lauda decided not to race in the final two races because of the declining relationship between him and Ferrari.

Race 16: Canada


Canada was host to the penultimate round of the season at the fast and flowing Mosport Park near Toronto, and the field went in minus Lauda, who was unconvinced that Ferrari could prepare three cars efficiently for a Grand Prix – the third car was for French-Canadian Gilles Villeneuve in his debut race with Ferrari. In qualifying, Andretti took yet another pole ahead of Hunt, with Ronnie Peterson's six-wheeled Tyrrell in third. The safety of the Mosport Park circuit was under intense scrutiny, as the ubiquitous bumps and limited safety of the circuit caused a number of nasty accidents including Briton Ian Ashley vaulting barriers and crashing into a TV tower. These accidents were dealt with badly and the severely injured Ashley was only flown out 40 minutes after he crashed. But the race went ahead anyway, and both Andretti and Hunt kept their positions at the start, with Hunt's teammate Jochen Mass charging up to third. Andretti and Hunt then proceeded to demolish the entire field, but they themselves were separated by nothing as they ran nose-to-tail. With less than 20 laps left, they came to lap third-placed Mass during which there was a misunderstanding between the McLarens who collided and spun off, Hunt retiring and Mass pitting for repairs and rejoining fifth. Andretti was left well over a lap ahead until his engine failed with three laps left, giving the win to Scheckter. Patrick Depailler finished second for Tyrrell, and Mass completed the podium.

Race 17: Japan


The final round of the season was in Japan at the fast Fuji Speedway near Tokyo, and Andretti and Hunt continued their late-season battle, with the American pipping Hunt to the pole, with Watson heading the second row. Unlike the previous year, the weather conditions at the Fuji circuit near Tokyo were perfect, and Hunt took the lead at the start, and Scheckter and Mass jumped up to second and third, whereas Andretti had a terrible start and was at the tail of the top ten. On the second lap, Andretti was involved in a collision while trying to gain places, putting him out. But this race, like South Africa was marred by terrible tragedy. Peterson and Villeneuve came together at the end of the straight, and Villeneuve crashed appallingly and his Ferrari flew into a crowd that was standing in a restricted area, killing 2 photographers and injuring several others. But the race continued on, and with Andretti out, Hunt had no challengers left and he built a large gap, with teammate Mass second and Watson passing Scheckter for third. However, both Mass and Watson had to retire within one lap of each other with engine and gearbox failures, and with Scheckter dropping back, Reutemann was second until he was passed by Laffite. Hunt went on and capped off the season with a comfortable win, whereas Laffite ran of fuel on the last lap, handing over second to Reutemann and allowing Depailler to complete the podium. The Japanese Grand Prix was not held again until 1987 at the Suzuka circuit – there had been talk of moving the race from Fuji to Suzuka for 1978, but this never materialized.

Results and standings


Grands Prix

Round Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
1   Argentine Grand Prix   James Hunt   James Hunt   Jody Scheckter   Wolf-Ford Report
2   Brazilian Grand Prix   James Hunt   James Hunt   Carlos Reutemann   Ferrari Report
3   South African Grand Prix   James Hunt   John Watson   Niki Lauda   Ferrari Report
4   United States Grand Prix West   Niki Lauda   Niki Lauda   Mario Andretti   Lotus-Ford Report
5   Spanish Grand Prix   Mario Andretti   Jacques Laffite   Mario Andretti   Lotus-Ford Report
6   Monaco Grand Prix   John Watson   Jody Scheckter   Jody Scheckter   Wolf-Ford Report
7   Belgian Grand Prix   Mario Andretti   Gunnar Nilsson   Gunnar Nilsson   Lotus-Ford Report
8   Swedish Grand Prix   Mario Andretti   Mario Andretti   Jacques Laffite   Ligier-Matra Report
9   French Grand Prix   Mario Andretti   Mario Andretti   Mario Andretti   Lotus-Ford Report
10   British Grand Prix   James Hunt   James Hunt   James Hunt   McLaren-Ford Report
11   German Grand Prix   Jody Scheckter   Niki Lauda   Niki Lauda   Ferrari Report
12   Austrian Grand Prix   Niki Lauda   John Watson   Alan Jones   Shadow-Ford Report
13   Dutch Grand Prix   Mario Andretti   Niki Lauda   Niki Lauda   Ferrari Report
14   Italian Grand Prix   James Hunt   Mario Andretti   Mario Andretti   Lotus-Ford Report
15   United States Grand Prix   James Hunt   Ronnie Peterson   James Hunt   McLaren-Ford Report
16   Canadian Grand Prix   Mario Andretti   Mario Andretti   Jody Scheckter   Wolf-Ford Report
17   Japanese Grand Prix   Mario Andretti   Jody Scheckter   James Hunt   McLaren-Ford Report

Scoring system


Points were awarded to the top six classified finishers. The International Cup for F1 Constructors only counted the points of the highest-finishing driver for each race. For both the Championship and the Cup, the best eight results from rounds 1-9 and the best seven results from rounds 10-17 were counted.

Numbers without parentheses are championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored. Points were awarded in the following system:

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
Race 9 6 4 3 2 1

World Drivers' Championship standings

Pos Driver ARG
1   Niki Lauda Ret 3 1 2 DNS 2 2 Ret 5 2 1 2 1 2 4 72
2   Jody Scheckter 1 Ret 2 3 3 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 3 Ret 3 1 10 55
3   Mario Andretti 5 Ret Ret 1 1 5 Ret 6 1 14 Ret Ret Ret 1 2 9 Ret 47
4   Carlos Reutemann 3 1 8 Ret 2 3 Ret 3 6 15 4 4 6 Ret 6 Ret 2 42
5   James Hunt Ret 2 4 7 Ret Ret 7 12 3 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 40
6   Jochen Mass Ret Ret 5 Ret 4 4 Ret 2 9 4 Ret 6 Ret 4 Ret 3 Ret 25
7   Alan Jones Ret Ret 6 5 17 Ret 7 Ret 1 Ret 3 Ret 4 4 22
8   Gunnar Nilsson DNS 5 12 8 5 Ret 1 19 4 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 20
=[9]   Patrick Depailler Ret Ret 3 4 Ret Ret 8 4 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 14 2 3 20
10   Jacques Laffite NC Ret Ret 9 7 7 Ret 1 8 6 Ret Ret 2 8 7 Ret 5 18
11   Hans-Joachim Stuck Ret Ret 6 Ret 6 10 Ret 5 3 3 7 Ret Ret Ret 7 12
12   Emerson Fittipaldi 4 4 10 5 14 Ret Ret 18 11 Ret DNQ 11 4 DNQ 13 Ret 11
13   John Watson Ret Ret 6 DSQ Ret Ret Ret 5 2 Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 9
14   Ronnie Peterson Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 3 Ret 12 Ret 9 5 Ret 6 16 Ret Ret 7
15   Carlos Pace 2 Ret 13 6
=   Vittorio Brambilla 7 Ret 7 Ret Ret 8 4 Ret 13 8 5 15 12 Ret 19 6 8 6
17   Clay Regazzoni 6 Ret 9 Ret Ret DNQ Ret 7 7 DNQ Ret Ret Ret 5 5 Ret Ret 5
=   Patrick Tambay DNQ Ret 6 Ret 5 Ret DNQ 5 Ret 5
19   Jean-Pierre Jarier 6 DNQ 11 11 8 Ret 9 Ret 14 Ret Ret 9 Ret 1
=   Riccardo Patrese 9 Ret Ret Ret 10 13 Ret 10 6 1
=   Renzo Zorzi Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 1
  Rupert Keegan Ret 12 Ret 13 10 Ret Ret 7 Ret 9 8 Ret 0
  Patrick Nève 12 10 15 DNQ 10 DNQ 9 DNQ 7 18 Ret 0
  Vern Schuppan 12 7 16 DNQ 0
  Ingo Hoffmann Ret 7 0
  Danny Ongais Ret 7 0
  Alex Ribeiro Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 8 DNQ 11 DNQ 15 8 12 0
  Hans Binder Ret Ret 11 11 9 Ret 12 8 DNQ 11 Ret Ret 0
  Brett Lunger 14 Ret 10 DNS 11 DNQ 13 Ret 10 9 Ret 10 11 0
  Harald Ertl Ret DNQ 9 16 DNQ 0
  Jackie Oliver 9 0
  Kunimitsu Takahashi 9 0
  Ian Scheckter Ret Ret 11 DNQ Ret Ret NC Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 0
  Brian Henton 10 DNQ DNQ DNQ DSQ DNQ 0
  Jacky Ickx 10 0
  Gilles Villeneuve 11 12 Ret 0
  Kazuyoshi Hoshino 11 0
  Larry Perkins Ret 15 12 DNQ DNQ 0
  David Purley DNQ 13 14 Ret DNPQ 0
  Emilio de Villota 13 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 17 DNQ 0
  Arturo Merzario Ret DNQ 14 Ret Ret DNQ Ret DNQ 0
  Ian Ashley DNQ DNQ DNQ 17 DNS 0
  Tom Pryce NC Ret Ret 0
  Boy Hayje Ret DNQ DNQ NC DNQ DNQ 0
  Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ 0
  Héctor Rebaque DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ 0
  Hans Heyer DSQ 0
  Bruno Giacomelli Ret 0
  Noritake Takahara Ret 0
  Conny Andersson DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
  Teddy Pilette DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
  Mikko Kozarowitzky DNQ DNPQ 0
  Bernard de Dryver DNQ 0
  Michael Bleekemolen DNQ 0
  Lamberto Leoni DNQ 0
  Loris Kessel DNQ 0
  Giorgio Francia DNQ 0
  Tony Trimmer DNPQ 0
  Andy Sutcliffe DNPQ 0
  Guy Edwards DNPQ 0
  Brian McGuire DNPQ 0
Pos Driver ARG
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver Second place
Bronze Third place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Not classified, finished (NC)
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)
Did not enter (cell empty)
Text formatting Meaning
Bold Pole position
Italics Fastest lap

International Cup for F1 Constructors standings

Ferrari won the Constructors title with its 312T2 model
Lotus placed second with the Lotus 78
McLaren placed third with the M23 and M26 (pictured)
Wolf placed fourth with its WR1, WR2 and WR3 models
Brabham placed fifth with the BT45 and BT45B
Pos Constructor ARG
1   Ferrari 3 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 5 2 1 2 1 2 4 12 2 95 (97)
2   Lotus-Ford 5 5 12 1 1 5 1 6 1 3 Ret Ret Ret 1 2 9 Ret 62
3   McLaren-Ford Ret 2 4 7 4 4 7 2 3 1 Ret 6 9 4 1 3 1 60
4   Wolf-Ford 1 Ret 2 3 3 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 3 Ret 3 1 10 55
5   Brabham-Alfa Romeo 2 Ret 6 Ret 6 Ret 6 5 2 5 3 3 7 Ret 12 Ret 7 27
6   Tyrrell-Ford Ret Ret 3 4 8 Ret 3 4 12 Ret 9 5 Ret 6 14 2 3 27
7   Shadow-Ford NC 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 5 9 Ret 7 10 1 13 3 9 4 4 23
8   Ligier-Matra NC Ret Ret 9 7 7 Ret 1 8 6 Ret Ret 2 8 7 Ret 5 18
9   Copersucar-Ford 4 4 10 5 14 Ret Ret 18 11 Ret DNQ 11 4 DNQ 13 Ret 11
10   Ensign-Ford 6 Ret 9 Ret Ret 10 Ret 7 7 Ret 6 Ret 5 5 5 5 Ret 10
11   Surtees-Ford 7 Ret 7 11 9 8 4 Ret 13 8 5 15 12 Ret 11 6 8 6
12   Penske-Ford 6 DNQ 11 11 8 Ret 9 Ret 12 8 Ret Ret 7 1
  March-Ford Ret Ret 14 10 10 DNQ 10 15 NC 10 8 9 10 7 15 8 12 0
  Hesketh-Ford WD Ret 12 9 13 10 Ret Ret 7 Ret 9 8 Ret 0
  Kojima-Ford 11 0
  LEC-Ford DNQ WD 13 14 Ret DNPQ 0
  Renault WD Ret WD WD Ret Ret Ret DNQ 0
  Boro-Ford DSQ DNQ 0
  Apollon-Ford WD WD WD WD DNQ 0
  McGuire-Ford DNPQ 0
Pos Constructor ARG
  • Bold results counted to championship.

Non-championship race


A single non-championship race for Formula One cars was held in 1977:

Race name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
  XII Race of Champions Brands Hatch 20 March   James Hunt   McLaren-Cosworth Report

Notes and references

  1. ^ Championship conditions were published by the FIA in the "World Championship of Drivers" and the "International Cup for Formula 1 Constructors" sections of the 1977 FIA Yearbook of Automobile Sport
  2. ^ "This Charming Man: Carlos Pace". themotorsportarchive.com. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2024.
  3. ^ "Drivers: David Purley". grandprix.com. Retrieved 6 February 2024.
  4. ^ Potter, Steve (29 June 1980). "Can Am Struggling in Revival". The New York Times. p. A.9. ProQuest 423943182.
  5. ^ Niki Lauda's autobiography 'To Hell And Back', chapter 4, explains that the German GP switch away from Nurburgring was not prompted by his accident, but was 'wholly coincidental'. The FIA had already decided to withdraw Nurburgring's safety licence anyway.
  6. ^ "Safety Improvements in F1 since 1963". AtlasF1. Retrieved 6 February 2024.
  7. ^ Steven de Groote (1 January 2009). "F1 rules and stats 1980-1989". F1Technical. Retrieved 6 February 2024.
  8. ^ "World Championship points systems". 8W. Forix. 18 January 2019. Archived from the original on 24 September 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  9. ^ 1976 and 1978 Formula One results tables published in the 1977 and 1979 editions of the FIA Yearbook of Automobile Sport indicate that the FIA ranked competitors on equal points in the same championship position, regardless of race placings.
  10. ^ Constructors points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis for the first six places in each race, however only the best place car from each constructor was eligible to score points. 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.