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 Formula One season.
|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 miles)|
|Distance||72 laps, 289.296 km (179.760 miles)|
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.
German driver Jochen Mass finished second in a McLaren-Ford, with Argentinian Carlos Reutemann third in a Ferrari.
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 of the race, Watson led into the first corner, followed by Jody Scheckter. Soon, however, Andretti passed both of them and opened up a lead. Watson and Scheckter battled for second until they collided, forcing Scheckter to retire and Watson to have to pit for repairs. James Hunt, who was now in second, began to drop back; he was passed by a charging Jacques Laffite and his teammate, Jochen Mass.
Andretti's dominance ended after a fuel metering problem Andretti, however, was dominant until he had to pit due to a fuel metering problem with two laps left. In doing so, he handed the lead to Laffite, who went on to take his first ever Formula One victory ahead of Mass and Carlos Reutemann.
Laffite's victory in his Gitanes-sponsored Ligier-Matra marked the first all-French victory in World Championship history.
|2||7||John Watson||Brabham-Alfa Romeo||1:25.545||+0.141|
|5||8||Hans-Joachim Stuck||Brabham-Alfa Romeo||1:26.127||+0.723|
|26||36||Emilio de Villota||McLaren-Ford||1:28.708||+3.304|
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- ^ Formula1.com in early 2022 listed it as 14.367, but the archived version says 14.369 which is also confirmed by a contemporary report in the Motorsport magazine.
- ^ 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.
- ^ "The Swedish Grand Prix". Motorsport: 795–796. July 1977. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
- ^ a b "Sweden 1977 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 21 March 2019.