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The 1971 British Grand Prix was the sixth race of the 1971 Formula One season, and was held at Silverstone on Saturday, July 17, 1971. Jackie Stewart led most of the way for his fourth win of the season.

The previous weekend, Pedro Rodríguez was driving a Ferrari 512M at an Interserie race at the Norisring in Germany. Passing a slower car, he was squeezed into a concrete wall, where the car crashed heavily and caught fire. Rodríguez died later at the hospital, and his passing cast a pall over the entire meeting.

BackgroundEdit

  • Brabham: Both cars had improved driveshafts installed. The RAC scrutineers made the team adjust the exhaust pipes in the BT34, which necessitated repositioning the oil radiators. The BT34 was also running with twin-disc brakes.
  • BRM: The team arrived in a state of shock after the death of Pedro Rodríguez, a few days earlier. No replacement driver was named, and the only change was Jo Siffert using the engine intended for Rodríguez.
  • Ferrari: The team brought a car for Mario Andretti, but he had a USAC commitment the day after the GP, and did not make the trip to England. So the car was used as the spare. Both Jacky Ickx and Clay Regazzoni used the streamlined nose pieces tried at Paul Ricard, and experimented with engine air intakes during practice.
  • Lotus: To make up for his 'lost weekend' at Zandvoort, Dave Charlton was included with the team at Silverstone. This meant that Reine Wisell got stuck driving the rebuilt (again!) 56B turbine, and was not pleased. Both 72s had engine air intakes mounted, and modified rear wings, featuring adjustable flaps.
  • March: Alex Soler-Roig (and his sponsorship money) had left the team, feeling that he was getting the short end of the engine supply. The third car was given to Nanni Galli without sponsorship, as the team felt strongly about his potential. Increased availability of Ford Cosworth engines meant that Ronnie Peterson's car was fitted with a Cosworth again.
  • Henri Pescarolo's private Frank Williams entry was fitted with some stronger transmission parts. Another private team with Mike Beuttler entered with the same 711 that Peterson took second place in at Monaco. That car practiced with the number #35, but raced as #6.
  • Matra: The team had no improvements, no changes, and even no spares, as the second transporter broke down in France. The drivers were not happy.
  • McLaren: The team added Jackie Oliver as a third entry, using the M14A that Peter Gethin used earlier in the season. The cars were unchanged, and the team would just drive down the road to the factory if spares were needed.
  • Surtees: There were no changes to the cars, but the team had a brand new (and unsorted) TS9 along. Derek Bell was scheduled to drive the upgraded TS7 rental car, but John Surtees allowed him to use the new TS9, and the TS7 was kept as a spare.
  • Tyrrell: François Cevert's 002 car now had the same type of full-width nose as Jackie Stewart's 003 car. The team had abandoned using twin-disc brakes, saying they were too heavy for the small benefit. As usual, car 001 was along as a spare.


Entry listEdit

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

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
2 South Africa Dave Charlton 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 56B Pratt & Whitney STS76 turbine 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 Peter Gethin United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
11 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M14A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
12 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 003 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
14 France François Cevert United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 002 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
16 Switzerland Jo Siffert United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P160 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
17 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
18 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom STP-March March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
19 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom STP-March March 711 Alfa Romeo T33 V8 3.0 F
20 Italy Nanni Galli United Kingdom STP-March March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
21 New Zealand Chris Amon France Equipe Matra Matra MS120B Matra MS71 V12 3.0 G
22 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise France Equipe Matra Matra MS120B Matra MS71 V12 3.0 G
23 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 United Kingdom Derek Bell United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees TS9 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
26 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Frank Williams Racing Cars March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
35 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler United Kingdom Clarke Mordaunt Racing
with Alistair Guthrie
March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F

Practice OverviewEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:18.1
2 12 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:18.1
3 16 Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM 1:18.2 +0.1
4 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:18.3 +0.2
5 18 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:19.0 +0.9
6 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:19.5 +1.4
7 8 Australia Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 1:19.5 +1.4
8 9 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:19.6 +1.5
9 21 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 1:19.7 +1.6
10 14 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.8 +1.7
11 17 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 1:19.84 +1.74
12 24 Germany Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 1:19.88 +1.78
13 2 South Africa Dave Charlton Lotus-Ford 1:20.05 +1.95
14 10 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 1:20.1 +2.0
15 22 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 1:20.2 +2.1
16 7 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:20.3 +2.2
17 26 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 1:20.5 +2.4
18 23 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 1:20.6 +2.5
19 3 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Pratt & Whitney 1:20.66 +2.56
20 6 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 1:20.7 +2.6
21 20 Italy Nanni Galli March-Ford 1:20.9 +2.8
22 11 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver McLaren-Ford 1:21.0 +2.9
23 23 United Kingdom Derek Bell Surtees-Ford 1:22.3 +4.2
24 19 Italy Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 1:23.2 +5.1

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 68 1:31:31.5 2 9
2 18 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 68 +36.5 5 6
3 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 68 +50.5 4 4
4 26 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 67 +1 Lap 17 3
5 24 Germany Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 67 +1 Lap 12 2
6 22 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 67 +1 Lap 18 1
7 22 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 66 +2 Laps 15  
8 17 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 66 +2 Laps 11  
9 16 Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM 66 +2 Laps 3  
10 14 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 65 +3 Laps 10  
11 20 Italy Nanni Galli March-Ford 65 +3 Laps 21  
12 8 Australia Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 63 Gearbox 7  
NC 3 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Pratt & Whitney 57 +11 Laps 19  
NC 19 Italy Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 56 +12 Laps 24  
Ret 10 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 54 Oil pressure 14  
Ret 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 52 Engine 6  
Ret 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 49 Oil pressure 1  
Ret 21 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 36 Engine 9  
Ret 9 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 32 Engine 8  
Ret 25 United Kingdom Derek Bell Surtees-Ford 24 Suspension 23  
Ret 6 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 22 Oil pressure 20  
Ret 2 South Africa Dave Charlton Lotus-Ford 2 Engine 13  
Ret 11 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver McLaren-Ford 1 Accident 22  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1 Accident 16  

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 42
2 Belgium Jacky Ickx 19
3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson 15
4 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 10
5= United States Mario Andretti 9
5= Mexico Pedro Rodríguez 9
7= Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 8
7= New Zealand Chris Amon 8
9= France François Cevert 6
9= New Zealand Denny Hulme 6
11= Sweden Reine Wisell 4
11= Switzerland Jo Siffert 4
13= France Henri Pescarolo 3
13= United Kingdom John Surtees 3
13= Germany Rolf Stommelen 3
16 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 42
2 Italy Ferrari 28
3 United Kingdom March-Ford 15
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 13
5 United Kingdom BRM 12
6 France Matra 8
7 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 6
8 United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 5

ReferencesEdit

  • Pritchard, Anthony (1972). The Motor Racing Year No3. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.. pp. 71-79. 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
V T E United Kingdom British Grand Prix
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