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The 1971 Austrian Grand Prix was the eighth race of the 1971 Formula One season, and was held at the Österreichring on August 15, 1971. Jo Siffert absolutely dominated the weekend, broke Jackie Stewart's three race winning streak, and scored a Grand Chelem. Even though he retired from the race, Stewart clinched the 1971 World Championship.


Background Edit

  • Brabham: The cars were restored to their normal suspensions after modifications for Nürburgring. Tim Schenken's car ran with the full width nose seen in practice at Germany.
  • BRM: After his release from McLaren, Peter Gethin had been signed as a replacement for Pedro Rodríguez. Howden Ganley had finally received a new P160, after patiently using an old P153 all season, and this car was in turn rented for the race by Helmut Marko. Jo Siffert tried an experimental short-stroke version of BRM's V-12 in practice.
  • Ferrari: Once again, Mario Andretti was at a conflicting USAC event. The cars were unchanged from Germany.
  • Lotus: the only changes were slight modifications to the rear driveshafts, trying to alleviate wheel vibration.
  • March: No changes to the cars, but Niki Lauda made his Formula One debut as a rental driver.
    • Since the Nürburgring, the Henri Pescarolo entry had been almost completely rebuilt.
    • Since the Nürburgring, the Mike Beuttler entry had had the monococque and suspension strengthened and reinforced.
  • Matra: The team skipped this race to concentrate on badly needed development work.
  • McLaren: Peter Gethin had been released from his contract, after increasing acrimony on both sides. Jackie Oliver was the new second driver, and as an experiment, his car had been modified with M14-design rear suspension.
  • Surtees: John Surtees drove the newest car. Rolf Stommelen had been unhappy with the handling of his car at Nürburgring, so Surtees gave Stommelen his old car, and Stommelen's old car became the spare.
  • Tyrrell: On Friday the team had modified Jackie Stewart's car with a 9 cm spacer between the engine and gearbox, to alter the weight distribution and polar moment of inertia, and aid in handling on longer radius corners. The team gathered a large amount of data before reverting to normal specifications for Saturday practice and the race. Otherwise the cars were unchanged.


Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1971 Austrian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
3 Sweden Reine Wisell United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy S.p.a. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001 F12 3.0 F
5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy S.p.a. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001 F12 3.0 F
7 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT34 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
8 Australia Tim Schenken United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
9 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
10 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
11 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 003 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
12 France François Cevert United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 002 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
14 Switzerland Jo Siffert United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P160 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
15 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P160 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
16 Austria Helmut Marko United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
23 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P160 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
17 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom STP-March March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
19 Italy Nanni Galli United Kingdom STP-March March 711 Alfa Romeo T33 V8 3.0 F
26 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom STP-March March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
22 United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees TS9 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
24 Germany Rolf Stommelen United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees TS9 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
25 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Frank Williams Racing Cars March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
27 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler United Kingdom Clarke Mordaunt Racing
with Alistair Guthrie
March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
28 Sweden Jo Bonnier Sweden Ecurie Bonnier McLaren M7C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 14 Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM 1:37.44
2 11 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:37.65 +0.21
3 12 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:37.86 +0.42
4 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:37.90 +0.46
5 2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:37.90 +0.46
6 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:38.27 +0.83
7 8 Australia Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 1:38.64 +1.20
8 7 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:38.70 +1.26
9 9 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:38.80 +1.36
10 3 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 1:38.95 +1.51
11 17 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:39.01 +1.57
12 24 Germany Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 1:39.08 +1.64
13 25 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 1:39.09 +1.65
14 15 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 1:39.46 +2.02
15 19 Italy Nanni Galli March-Alfa Romeo 1:39.54 +2.10
16 23 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 1:39.67 +2.23
17 16 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 1:39.80 +2.36
18 22 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 1:40.37 +2.93
19 27 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 1:41.46 +4.02
20 28 Sweden Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 1:41.66 +4.22
21 26 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 1:43.68 +6.24
22 10 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver McLaren-Ford 1:44.22 +6.78

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 14 Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM 54 1:30:23.91 1 9
2 2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 54 +4.12 5 6
3 8 Australia Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 54 +19.77 7 4
4 3 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 54 +31.87 10 3
5 7 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 54 +48.43 8 2
6 25 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 54 +1:24.51 13 1
7 24 Germany Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 54 +1:37.42 12  
8 17 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 53 +1 Lap 11  
9 10 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver McLaren-Ford 53 +1 Lap 22  
10 23 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 52 +2 Laps 16  
11 16 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 52 +2 Laps 17  
12 19 Italy Nanni Galli March-Alfa Romeo 51 +3 Laps 15  
NC 27 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 44 +10 Laps 19  
Ret 12 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 43 Gearbox/Engine 3  
Ret 11 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 36 Driveshaft 2  
Ret 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 32 Electrics 6  
Ret 26 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 21 Handling 21  
Ret 22 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 13 Engine 18  
Ret 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 9 Engine 4  
Ret 15 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 6 Electrics 14  
Ret 9 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 6 Engine 9  
DNS 28 Sweden Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 0 Fuel leak 20  

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 51
2 Belgium Jacky Ickx 19
3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson 17
4 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 16
5 Switzerland Jo Siffert 13
6= United States Mario Andretti 12
6= France François Cevert 12
6= Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 12
9 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez 9
10 New Zealand Chris Amon 8
11 Sweden Reine Wisell 7
12 New Zealand Denny Hulme 6
13 Australia Tim Schenken 5
14 France Henri Pescarolo 4
15= United Kingdom John Surtees 3
15= Germany Rolf Stommelen 3
17 United Kingdom Graham Hill 2
18 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 51
2 Italy Ferrari 32
3 United Kingdom BRM 21
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 19
5 United Kingdom March-Ford 18
6 France Matra 8
7 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 6
8= United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 5
8= United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 5

ReferencesEdit

  • Pritchard, Anthony (1972). The Motor Racing Year No3. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.. pp. 86-93. ISBN 0-393-08502-3.
V T E 1971 Formula One Season
Constructors Bellasi • Brabham • BRM • Ferrari • Lotus • March • Matra • McLaren • Surtees • Tyrrell
Engines Alfa Romeo • BRM • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Matra
Drivers De Adamich • Amon • Andretti • Barber • Bell • Beltoise • Beuttler • Bonnier • Cannon • Cevert • Charlton • Craft • Donohue • Eaton • Elford • Fittipaldi • Galli • Ganley • Gethin • Hailwood • Hill • Hobbs • Hulme • Ickx • Jarier • Jean • Lauda • van Lennep • Love • Lovely • Marko • Mazet • Moser • Oliver • Pescarolo • Peterson • Posey • Pretorius • Redman • Regazzoni • Revson • Rodríguez • Schenken • Siffert • Soler-Roig • Stewart • Stommelen • Surtees • Walker • Wisell
Cars Bellasi F170 • Brabham BT33 • Brabham BT34 • BRM P153 • BRM P160 • Ferrari 312B • Ferrari 312B2 • Lotus 56B • Lotus 69 • Lotus 72C • Lotus 72D • March 701 • March 711 • Matra MS120B • McLaren M7C • McLaren M14A • McLaren M19A • Surtees TS7 • Surtees TS9 • Tyrrell 001 • Tyrrell 002 • Tyrrell 003
Tyres Goodyear • Firestone
Races South Africa • Spain • Monaco • Netherlands • France • Britain • Germany • Austria • Italy • Canada • United States
See also 1970 Formula One Season • 1972 Formula One Season • Category
Austria Austrian Grand Prix
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