1977 Formula One season

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FIA Formula One World Championship season

The 1977 Formula One season included the 28th FIA Formula One World Championship season, which commenced on 9 January 1977, and ended on 23 October after seventeen races.

Niki Lauda won his second championship, despite Mario Andretti winning more races. Jody Scheckter's Wolf won first time out, Shadow took their only victory, and Gunnar Nilsson achieved the only win of a career ended by cancer. Renault entered grand prix racing with a turbocharged car which was initially not very successful. The German ATS team took over the Penske cars and the South African Grand Prix was the last race a BRM ever qualified to start.

The season was also marred by one of the most horrific accidents in Formula One history. During the South African GP on 5 March, TV cameras captured how Tom Pryce was unable to avoid 19-year-old race marshall Frederik Jansen Van Vuuren. The latter was killed by the terrifying collision, his body was hurled into the air, and his fire extinguisher killed and nearly decapitated Pryce, whose car proceeded to the end of the straight where it collided with Jacques Laffite's Ligier.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

Austrian Niki Lauda took his 2nd driver's title, driving for Ferrari
United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLarenMcLaren-FordM23
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G1United Kingdom James HuntAll
2West Germany Jochen MassAll
14Italy Bruno Giacomelli14
40Canada Gilles Villeneuve10
United Kingdom Elf Team TyrrellTyrrell-FordP34Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G3Sweden Ronnie PetersonAll
4France Patrick DepaillerAll
United Kingdom John Player Team LotusLotus-Ford78Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G5United States Mario AndrettiAll
6Sweden Gunnar NilssonAll
United Kingdom Martini RacingBrabham-Alfa RomeoBT45
Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12G7United Kingdom John WatsonAll
8Brazil Carlos Pace1-3
West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck4-17
21Italy Giorgio Francia14
United Kingdom Hollywood March Racing
United Kingdom Team Rothmans International
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G9Brazil Alex RibeiroAll
10South Africa Ian Scheckter1-2, 5-16
West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck3
United Kingdom Brian Henton4
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFACFerrari312T2Ferrari 015 3.0 F12G11Austria Niki Lauda1-15
Canada Gilles Villeneuve17
12Argentina Carlos ReutemannAll
21Canada Gilles Villeneuve16
United Kingdom Rotary Watches Stanley BRM
United Kingdom Stanley BRM
BRM P202 3.0 V12
BRM P200 3.0 V12
G14Australia Larry Perkins2-3
29Belgium Teddy Pilette13-14
35Sweden Conny Andersson5, 7-9
United Kingdom Guy Edwards10
40Belgium Teddy Pilette11
United States Interscope RacingPenske-FordPC4Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G14United States Danny Ongais15-16
France Équipe Renault ElfRenaultRS01Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6tM15France Jean-Pierre Jabouille10, 13-16
United Kingdom Shadow Racing TeamShadow-FordDN5B
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G16United Kingdom Tom Pryce1-3
Italy Renzo Zorzi4-5
Italy Riccardo Patrese6-7, 9-11, 13-14, 16-17
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver8
Italy Arturo Merzario12
France Jean-Pierre Jarier15
17Italy Renzo Zorzi1-3
Australia Alan Jones4-17
United Kingdom Durex Team Surtees
United Kingdom Beta Team Surtees
United Kingdom Team Surtees
Surtees-FordTS19Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G18Austria Hans Binder1-6, 15-17
Australia Larry Perkins7-9
France Patrick Tambay9
Australia Vern Schuppan10-13
Italy Lamberto Leoni14
19Italy Vittorio BrambillaAll
United Kingdom Walter Wolf RacingWolf-FordWR1
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G20South Africa Jody ScheckterAll
United Kingdom Team Tissot Ensign with CastrolEnsign-FordN177Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G22Switzerland Clay RegazzoniAll
Belgium Jacky Ickx6
Hong Kong Theodore Racing Hong KongEnsign-FordN177Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G23France Patrick Tambay10-17
United Kingdom Penthouse Rizla Racing
United Kingdom Hesketh Racing
Hesketh-Ford308EFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G24United Kingdom Rupert Keegan5-16
25Austria Harald Ertl5-9
Mexico Héctor Rebaque11-13
United Kingdom Ian Ashley14-16
39Mexico Héctor Rebaque7-9
United Kingdom Ian Ashley12-13
France Ligier GitanesLigier-MatraJS7Matra MS76 3.0 V12G26France Jacques LaffiteAll
27France Jean-Pierre Jarier17
United Kingdom Williams Grand Prix EngineeringMarch-Ford761Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G27Belgium Patrick Nève5, 7-16
Brazil Copersucar-FittipaldiFittipaldi-FordFD04
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G28Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi1-16
29Brazil Ingo Hoffmann1-2
United States Chesterfield RacingMarch-Ford761Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G30United States Brett Lunger3-5
United Kingdom LEC Refrigeration RacingLEC-FordCRP1Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G31United Kingdom David Purley5, 7-10
United Kingdom RAM Racing/F&S Properties
United Kingdom RAM Racing
March-Ford761Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G32Finland Mikko Kozarowitsky8, 10
Netherlands Michael Bleekemolen13
33Netherlands Boy Hayje3, 5-8, 13
United Kingdom Andy Sutcliffe10
West Germany ATS Racing TeamPenske-FordPC4Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G33Austria Hans Binder12, 14
35West Germany Hans Heyer11
Austria Hans Binder13
34France Jean-Pierre Jarier4-14
Spain Iberia AirlinesMcLaren-FordM23Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G36Spain Emilio de Villota5, 7-8, 10-12, 14
Italy Team MerzarioMarch-Ford761BFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G37Italy Arturo Merzario5-7, 9-11, 13
United Kingdom British Formula One TeamMarch-Ford761
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G38Belgium Bernard de Dryver7
United Kingdom Brian Henton5, 10, 12
Netherlands HB Bewaking AlarmsystemenBoro-Ford001Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G38United Kingdom Brian Henton13-14
Switzerland Jolly Club of SwitzerlandApollon-FordFlyFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G41Switzerland Loris Kessel14
United Kingdom Melchester RacingSurtees-FordTS19Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G44United Kingdom Tony Trimmer10
Australia Brian McGuireMcGuire-FordBM1Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G45Australia Brian McGuire10
Japan Meiritsu Racing TeamTyrrell-Ford007Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8D50Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi17
Japan Kojima EngineeringKojima-FordKE009Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8B51Japan Noritake Takahara17
Japan Heroes Racing CorporationKojima-FordKE007Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8B52Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino17


Race One: Argentina[edit]

The 1977 season started in Argentina, and 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.

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 Two: Brazil[edit]

The second round took place in Brazil, and 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 Three: South Africa[edit]

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 Four: United States GP West[edit]

The death of Pryce had shaken the field up, and then before the next round, there was more bad 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 Long Beach in the USA, 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 Five: Spain[edit]

The next round was in Spain, 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 Six: Monaco[edit]

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 Seven: Belgium[edit]

Belgium was host to the seventh race of the season, and in qualifying 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 Eight: Sweden[edit]

The Swedish race 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 team-mate 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 Nine: France[edit]

The next race was staged 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 Ten: Great Britain[edit]

British drivers had not much luck this season, so it was a relief to the British fans 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 lead 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. 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 Eleven: West Germany[edit]

The West German race took place in Hockenheim because the Nürburgring track was deemed to be too dangerous to race on. 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 Twelve: Austria[edit]

With two-thirds of the season complete, Lauda led the championship as the drivers went to Austria. He 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. 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.

Race Thirteen: Holland[edit]

The field went to Holland 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 attack attacking Hunt, who again 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 Fourteen: Italy[edit]

Italy was next on the calendar, but the fact that it was Ferrari's home race 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 Fifteen: United States[edit]

The scenario going into the race 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 Sixteen: Canada[edit]

Canada was host to the penultimate round of the season, and the field went in minus Lauda. In qualifying, Andretti took yet another pole ahead of Hunt, with Ronnie Peterson's six-wheeled Tyrrell in third. 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 Tyrell, and Mass completed the podium.

Race Seventeen: Japan[edit]

The final round of the season was in Japan, and Andretti and Hunt continued their late-season battle, with the American pipping Hunt to the pole, with Watson heading the second row. 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. 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.

Season review[edit]

RndRaceDateLocationPole PositionFastest LapRace WinnerConstructorReport
1Argentina Argentine Grand Prix9 JanuaryBuenos AiresUnited Kingdom James HuntUnited Kingdom James HuntSouth Africa Jody ScheckterUnited Kingdom Wolf-FordReport
2Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix23 JanuaryInterlagosUnited Kingdom James HuntUnited Kingdom James HuntArgentina Carlos ReutemannItaly FerrariReport
3South Africa South African Grand Prix5 MarchKyalamiUnited Kingdom James HuntUnited Kingdom John WatsonAustria Niki LaudaItaly FerrariReport
4United States United States Grand Prix West3 AprilLong BeachAustria Niki LaudaAustria Niki LaudaUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited Kingdom Lotus-FordReport
5Spain Spanish Grand Prix8 MayJaramaUnited States Mario AndrettiFrance Jacques LaffiteUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited Kingdom Lotus-FordReport
6Monaco Monaco Grand Prix22 MayMonacoUnited Kingdom John WatsonSouth Africa Jody ScheckterSouth Africa Jody ScheckterUnited Kingdom Wolf-FordReport
7Belgium Belgian Grand Prix5 JuneZolderUnited States Mario AndrettiSweden Gunnar NilssonSweden Gunnar NilssonUnited Kingdom Lotus-FordReport
8Sweden Swedish Grand Prix19 JuneAnderstorpUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited States Mario AndrettiFrance Jacques LaffiteFrance Ligier-MatraReport
9France French Grand Prix3 JulyDijon-PrenoisUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited Kingdom Lotus-FordReport
10United Kingdom British Grand Prix16 JulySilverstoneUnited Kingdom James HuntUnited Kingdom James HuntUnited Kingdom James HuntUnited Kingdom McLaren-FordReport
11West Germany German Grand Prix31 JulyHockenheimringSouth Africa Jody ScheckterAustria Niki LaudaAustria Niki LaudaItaly FerrariReport
12Austria Austrian Grand Prix14 AugustÖsterreichringAustria Niki LaudaUnited Kingdom John WatsonAustralia Alan JonesUnited Kingdom Shadow-FordReport
13Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix28 AugustZandvoortUnited States Mario AndrettiAustria Niki LaudaAustria Niki LaudaItaly FerrariReport
14Italy Italian Grand Prix11 SeptemberMonzaUnited Kingdom James HuntUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited Kingdom Lotus-FordReport
15United States United States Grand Prix2 OctoberWatkins GlenUnited Kingdom James HuntSweden Ronnie PetersonUnited Kingdom James HuntUnited Kingdom McLaren-FordReport
16Canada Canadian Grand Prix9 OctoberMosportUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited States Mario AndrettiSouth Africa Jody ScheckterUnited Kingdom Wolf-FordReport
17Japan Japanese Grand Prix23 OctoberFuji SpeedwayUnited States Mario AndrettiSouth Africa Jody ScheckterUnited Kingdom James HuntUnited Kingdom McLaren-FordReport

1977 Drivers Championship final standings[edit]

South Africa
United States
United Kingdom
West Germany
United States
Pts [1]
1Austria Niki LaudaRet312DNS22Ret521212472
2South Africa Jody Scheckter1Ret2331RetRetRetRet2Ret3Ret311055
3United States Mario Andretti5RetRet115Ret6114RetRetRet129Ret47
4Argentina Carlos Reutemann318Ret23Ret3615446Ret6Ret242
5United Kingdom James HuntRet247RetRet71231RetRetRetRet1Ret140
6West Germany Jochen MassRetRet5Ret44Ret294Ret6Ret4Ret3Ret25
7Australia Alan JonesRetRet6517Ret7Ret1Ret3Ret4422
8Sweden Gunnar NilssonDNS51285Ret11943RetRetRetRetRetRetRet20
9France Patrick DepaillerRetRet34RetRet84RetRetRet13RetRet142320
10France Jacques LaffiteRetRetRet977Ret186RetRet287Ret518
11West Germany Hans-Joachim StuckRetRet6Ret610Ret5337RetRetRet712
12Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi4410514RetRet1811RetDNQ114DNQ13Ret11
13United Kingdom John WatsonRetRet6DSQRetRetRet52RetRet8RetRet12RetRet9
14Sweden Ronnie PetersonRetRetRetRet8Ret3Ret12Ret95Ret616RetRet7
15Brazil Carlos Pace2Ret136
16Italy Vittorio Brambilla7Ret7RetRet84Ret13851512Ret19686
17Switzerland Clay Regazzoni6Ret9RetRetDNQRet77DNQRetRetRet55RetRet5
18France Patrick TambayDNQRet6Ret5RetDNQ5Ret5
19France Jean-Pierre Jarier6DNQ11118Ret9Ret14RetRet9Ret1
20Italy Riccardo Patrese9RetRetRet1013Ret1061
21Italy Renzo ZorziRet6RetRetRet1
United Kingdom Rupert KeeganRet12Ret1310RetRet7Ret98Ret0
Belgium Patrick Nève121015DNQ10DNQ9DNQ718Ret0
Australia Vern Schuppan12716DNQ0
Brazil Ingo HoffmannRet70
United States Danny OngaisRet70
Brazil Alex RibeiroRetRetRetRetDNQDNQDNQDNQDNQDNQ8DNQ11DNQ158120
Austria Hans BinderRetRet11119Ret128DNQ11RetRet0
United States Brett Lunger14Ret10DNS11DNQ13Ret109Ret10110
Austria Harald ErtlRetDNQ916DNQ0
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver90
Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi90
South Africa Ian ScheckterRetRet11DNQRetRetNCRetRetRet10RetRetRet0
United Kingdom Brian Henton10DNQDNQDNQDSQDNQ0
Belgium Jacky Ickx100
Canada Gilles Villeneuve1112Ret0
Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino110
Australia Larry PerkinsRet1512DNQDNQ0
United Kingdom David PurleyDNQ1314RetDNPQ0
Spain Emilio de Villota13DNQDNQDNQDNQ17DNQ0
Italy Arturo MerzarioRetDNQ14RetRetDNQRetDNQ0
United Kingdom Ian AshleyDNQDNQDNQ17DNS0
United Kingdom Tom PryceNCRetRet0
Netherlands Boy HayjeRetDNQDNQNCDNQDNQ0
France Jean-Pierre JabouilleRetRetRetRetDNQ0
Mexico Hector RebaqueDNQDNQDNQRetDNQDNQ0
West Germany Hans HeyerDSQ*0
Italy Bruno GiacomelliRet0
Japan Noritake TakaharaRet0
Sweden Conny AnderssonDNQDNQDNQDNQ0
Belgium Teddy PiletteDNQDNQDNQ0
Finland Mikko KozarowitzkyDNQDNPQ0
Belgium Bernard de DryverDNQ0
Netherlands Michael BleekemolenDNQ0
Italy Lamberto LeoniDNQ0
Switzerland Loris KesselDNQ0
Italy Giorgio FranciaDNQ0
United Kingdom Tony TrimmerDNPQ0
United Kingdom Andy SutcliffeDNPQ0
United Kingdom Guy EdwardsDNPQ0
Australia Brian McGuireDNPQ0
South Africa
United States
United Kingdom
West Germany
United States
Silver2nd place
Bronze3rd place
GreenPoints finish
BlueNon-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
PurpleDid not finish (Ret)
RedDid not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
BlackDisqualified (DSQ)
WhiteDid not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light bluePracticed only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
BlankDid not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

* Hans Heyer started illegally after failing to qualify.

1977 Constructors Championship final standings[edit]

South Africa
United States
United Kingdom
West Germany
United States
1Italy Ferrari11Ret312DNS22Ret(5)212124Ret95 (97)
2United Kingdom Lotus-Ford55RetRet115Ret6114RetRetRet129Ret62
3United Kingdom McLaren-Ford1Ret247RetRet71231RetRetRetRet1Ret160
4United Kingdom Wolf-Ford201Ret2331RetRetRetRet2Ret3Ret311055
5United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo7RetRet6DSQRetRetRet52RetRet8RetRet12RetRet27
6United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford3RetRetRetRet8Ret3Ret12Ret95Ret616RetRet27
7United Kingdom Shadow-Ford16NCRetRetRetRet9Ret9RetRet10Ret13Ret910623
8France Ligier-Matra26RetRetRet977Ret186RetRet287Ret518
9Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford284410514RetRet1811RetDNQ114DNQ13Ret11
10United Kingdom Ensign-Ford226Ret9RetRetDNQRet77DNQRetRetRet55RetRet10
11United Kingdom Surtees-Ford18RetRet11119Ret12DNQDNQ12716DNQDNQ11RetRet6
12United States Penske-Ford14Ret71
United Kingdom March-Ford9RetRetRetRetDNQDNQDNQDNQDNQDNQ8DNQ11DNQ158120
United Kingdom Hesketh-Ford24Ret12Ret1310RetRet7Ret98Ret0
Japan Kojima-Ford51Ret0
United Kingdom LEC-Ford31DNQWD1314RetDNPQ0
United Kingdom BRM14Ret150
France Renault15WDRetWDWDRetRetRetDNQ0
Netherlands Boro-Ford38DSQDNQ0
Switzerland Apollon-Ford41WDWDWDWDDNQ0
Australia McGuire-Ford45DNPQ0
South Africa
United States
United Kingdom
West Germany
United States

Constructors points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six placegetters in each round with only the best placed car from each constructor eligible to score points. The best eight results from the first nine races and the best seven results from the remaining eight races were retained.[2]

Non-Championship race results[edit]

Another Formula One race was also held in 1977, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race NameCircuitDateWinning driverConstructorReport
United Kingdom XII Race of ChampionsBrands Hatch20 MarchUnited Kingdom James HuntUnited Kingdom McLaren-CosworthReport


  1. ^ Drivers Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first six places in each race. The best 8 results from the first 9 races and the best 7 results from the remaining 8 races were retained.
  2. ^ Mike Kettlewell, The Champion Book of World Championship Facts & Figures, 1982, Page 40

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