1977 Swedish Grand Prix
The 1977 Swedish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Scandinavian Raceway on 19 June 1977. It was the eighth race of the 1977 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1977 International Cup for F1 Constructors.
|1977 Swedish Grand Prix|
|Race 8 of 17 in the 1977 Formula One season|
|Date||19 June 1977|
|Location||Scandinavian Raceway, Anderstorp|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.018 km (2.497 mi)|
|Distance||72 laps, 289.296 km (179.760 mi)|
The 72-lap race was won by Frenchman Jacques Laffite, driving a Ligier-Matra. This was the first Formula One victory for a French team and a French engine, as well as the first all-French victory in the Formula One World Championship.
The Swedish race was full of anticipation after Gunnar Nilsson's win last time out, but once again in qualifying, it was his teammate Mario Andretti leading the way from John Watson, with James Hunt heading the second row. At the start, again it was Watson who led into the first corner followed by Jody 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 Jacques Laffite, and then by his teammate Jochen 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.
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- Jenkinson, Denis (July 1977). "The Swedish Grand Prix: A very good race". Motor Sport. pp. 795–796. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
- Jackie Stewart achieved victory at the 1968 Dutch Grand Prix with a French Matra MS10 car, but the car was entered by the British Matra International team.
- Team, car, engine and driver were French. The gearbox was British (Hewland) and the tyres American (Goodyear). Jean-Pierre Jabouille and Renault achieved victory at the 1979 French Grand Prix with an all-Renault car and Michelin tyres.
- "Grand Prix Results: Swedish GP, 1977". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
- "1977 Swedish Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- "Sweden 1977 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
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