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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
Scandinavian Raceway 1968–1977.svg
Race details
Date 19 June 1977
Location Scandinavian Raceway, Anderstorp
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.018[1] km (2.497 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 289.296 km (179.760 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:25.404
Fastest lap
Driver United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:27.607
Podium
First Ligier-Matra
Second McLaren-Ford
Third Ferrari

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[2] and a French engine, as well as the first all-French victory in the Formula One World Championship.[3]

German driver Jochen Mass finished second in a McLaren-Ford, with Argentinian Carlos Reutemann third in a Ferrari.

ReportEdit

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.

Laffite's victory in his Gitanes-sponsored Ligier-Matra marked the first all-French victory in World Championship history.[4]

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 72 1:46:55.520 8 9
2 2   Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 72 + 8.449 9 6
3 12   Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 72 + 14.369 12 4
4 4   Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 72 + 16.308 6 3
5 7   John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 72 + 18.735 2 2
6 5   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 72 + 25.277 1 1
7 22   Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 72 + 31.266 14  
8 34   Jean-Pierre Jarier Penske-Ford 72 + 1:04.567 17  
9 16   Jackie Oliver Shadow-Ford 72 + 1:22.479 16  
10 8   Hans-Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 71 + 1 Lap 5  
11 30   Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 22  
12 1   James Hunt McLaren-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 3  
13 24   Rupert Keegan Hesketh-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 24  
14 31   David Purley LEC-Ford 70 + 2 Laps 19  
15 27   Patrick Nève March-Ford 69 + 3 Laps 20  
16 25   Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford 68 + 4 Laps 23  
17 17   Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 67 + 5 Laps 11  
18 28   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 66 + 6 Laps 18  
19 6   Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 64 Wheel Bearing 7  
Ret 10   Ian Scheckter March-Ford 61 Transmission 21  
Ret 19   Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 52 Fuel Pressure 13  
Ret 11   Niki Lauda Ferrari 47 Handling 15  
Ret 20   Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 29 Accident 4  
Ret 3   Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 7 Ignition 10  
DNQ 9   Alex Ribeiro March-Ford        
DNQ 36   Emilio de Villota McLaren-Ford        
DNQ 18   Larry Perkins Surtees-Ford        
DNQ 33   Boy Hayje March-Ford        
DNQ 39   Héctor Rebaque Hesketh-Ford        
DNQ 35   Conny Andersson BRM        
DNQ 32   Mikko Kozarowitzky March-Ford        
Source:[5]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jenkinson, Denis (July 1977). "The Swedish Grand Prix: A very good race". Motor Sport. pp. 795–796. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Grand Prix Results: Swedish GP, 1977". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  5. ^ "1977 Swedish Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Sweden 1977 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 21 March 2019.


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