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The 1971 United States Grand Prix, after the cancellation of the Mexican Grand Prix, was the final race of the season. With the large prize fund, the race attracted a very strong entry. Since the 1970 race, the circuit had undergone a major rebuilding. The track had been resurfaced and widened to a uniform 36 feet (11m) all around, and guard rail now lined the entire track. The pits (along with the start/finish line) had been moved, and more than doubled in size, with a four hundred foot long garage immediately behind. There was a new press building, new grandstands and a new section of track to the southwest, adding almost a mile to the length. Many were now describing the track as the finest road circuit in North America.

In the race itself, Tyrrell driver François Cevert scored his first (and, tragically, his only) Formula One victory.


BackgroundEdit

  • Brabham: For this race only, Chris Craft's car was entered with the factory team. Otherwise there were no changes.
  • BRM: The team had five entries again. Canadian John Cannon was supposed to rent a March to drive, but when the car was unavailable, he cut a deal for BRM's P153, and Helmut Marko got one of the P160s. All of the P160s except for Howden Ganley's car had Mark II cylinder heads.
  • Ferrari: The team had brought one of the 1970 312Bs as a spare, and Jacky Ickx used it in the race. Mario Andretti had a problem in that the USAC race at Trenton, NJ had been rained out the previous week, and was now scheduled to be held on the same day as the Grand Prix.
  • Lotus: Nothing changed since Mosport.
  • March: After skipping Mosport, Autodelta was back in support of Andrea de Adamich.
  • Matra: Nothing changed since Mosport.
  • McLaren: Nothing changed since Mosport, including the questions about the team's future.
    • The Roger Penske-entered car also had an issue, as Mark Donohue was supposed to drive in the same USAC race as Andretti. In case Donohue would be unable to drive at Watkins Glen, David Hobbs was selected as an alternate.
  • Surtees: Rolf Stommelen's frustrating season with Surtees ended a race early, when he contracted a tooth infection, and would not be able to drive. Mike Hailwood was already signed to drive the third car, so John Surtees had a competition during practice between Gijs van Lennep and Sam Posey for Stommelen's car. It was not until after practice that Surtees decided to let Posey drive. Surtees himself was driving the full-width nose and side radiator car that first appeared at Monza, and would be called a TS9B next season.
  • Tyrrell: For this race the team entered the original 001 chassis with new Can-Am Champion Peter Revson.


Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1971 United States 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
6 United States Mario Andretti Italy S.p.a. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001 F12 3.0 F
7 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
8 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 003 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
9 France François Cevert United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 002 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
10 United States Peter Revson United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 001 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
11 New Zealand Chris Amon France Equipe Matra Matra MS120B Matra MS71 V12 3.0 G
12 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise France Equipe Matra Matra MS120B Matra MS71 V12 3.0 G
14 Switzerland Jo Siffert United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P160 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
15 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P160 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
16 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P160 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
17 Austria Helmut Marko United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P160 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
28 Canada John Cannon United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
18 United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees TS9 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
19 United States Sam Posey United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees TS9 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
20 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees TS9 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
21 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Frank Williams Racing Cars March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
22 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT34 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
23 Australia Tim Schenken United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
24 United Kingdom Chris Craft United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
25 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom STP-March March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
26 Italy Nanni Galli United Kingdom STP-March March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
27 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom STP-March March 711 Alfa Romeo T33 V8 3.0 F
29 Sweden Jo Bonnier Sweden Ecurie Bonnier McLaren M7C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
30 United States Pete Lovely United Kingdom Pete Lovely Volkswagen Lotus 69 Special Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
31 United States Mark Donohue United States Penske-White Racing McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
31 United Kingdom David Hobbs United States Penske-White Racing McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 8 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:42.642
2 2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:42.659 +0.017
3 7 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:42.925 +0.283
4 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:43.002 +0.360
5 9 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:43.152 +0.510
6 6 United States Mario Andretti Ferrari 1:43.195 +0.553
7 14 Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM 1:43.468 +0.826
8 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:43.843 +1.201
9 11 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 1:43.970 +1.328
10 3 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 1:44.024 +1.382
11 12 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 1:44.067 +1.425
12 25 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:44.193 +1.551
13 16 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 1:44.430 +1.788
14 18 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 1:44.908 +2.266
15 20 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 1:45.094 +2.452
16 23 Australia Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 1:45.110 +2.468
17 17 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 1:45.204 +2.562
18 19 United States Sam Posey Surtees-Ford 1:45.267 +2.625
19 31 United States Mark Donohue McLaren-Ford 1:45.378 +2.736
20 22 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:45.448 +2.806
21 10 United States Peter Revson Tyrrell-Ford 1:45.515 +2.873
22 21 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 1:45.568 +2.926
23 15 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 1:45.729 +3.087
24 31 United Kingdom David Hobbs McLaren-Ford 1:46.270 +3.628
25 26 Italy Nanni Galli March-Ford 1:46.608 +3.966
26 28 Canada John Cannon BRM 1:47.471 +4.829
27 33 United States Skip Barber March-Ford 1:47.673 +5.031
28 27 Italy Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 1:47.952 +5.310
29 19 Netherlands Gijs van Lennep Surtees-Ford 1:48.029 +5.387
30 24 United Kingdom Chris Craft Brabham-Ford 1:48.698 +6.056
31 29 Sweden Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 1:49.391 +6.749
32 30 United States Pete Lovely Lotus-Ford 1:52.140 +9.498

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 9 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 59 1:43:51.991 5 9
2 14 Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM 59 +40.062 6 6
3 25 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 59 +44.070 11 4
4 16 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 59 +56.749 12 3
5 8 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 59 +1:00.003 1 2
6 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 59 +1:16.426 4 1
7 22 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 58 +1 Lap 18  
8 12 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 58 +1 Lap 10
9 15 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 58 +1 Lap 21
10 31 United Kingdom David Hobbs McLaren-Ford 58 +1 Lap 22
11 27 Italy Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 57 +2 Laps 26
12 11 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 57 +2 Laps 8
13 17 Austria Helmut Marko BRM 57 +2 Laps 16
14 28 Canada John Cannon BRM 56 +3 Laps 24
15 20 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 54 Accident 14
16 29 Sweden Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 54 Out of fuel 28
17 18 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 54 +5 Laps 13
NC 33 United States Skip Barber March-Ford 52 +7 Laps 25
Ret 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 49 Alternator 7
NC 2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 49 +10 Laps 2
NC 30 United States Pete Lovely Lotus-Ford 49 +10 Laps 29
Ret 7 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 47 Accident 3
Ret 23 Australia Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford 41 Engine 15
Ret 24 United Kingdom Chris Craft Brabham-Ford 30 Suspension 27
Ret 21 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 23 Engine 20
Ret 19 United States Sam Posey Surtees-Ford 15 Engine 17
Ret 26 Italy Nanni Galli March-Ford 11 Accident damage 23
Ret 3 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 5 Brakes/accident 9
Ret 10 United States Peter Revson Tyrrell-Ford 1 Clutch 19
DNS 6 United States Mario Andretti Ferrari     6*
DNS 31 United States Mark Donohue McLaren-Ford     19*
DNS 19 Netherlands Gijs van Lennep Surtees-Ford     29*

* = Position of driver among all 32 entrants.

MilestonesEdit

  • First Grand Prix race to time to thousandths of a second.
  • First race for Sam Posey.
  • Only victory for François Cevert, as he would be killed at this track two years later.
  • Final race for Jo Siffert, who would be killed at the non-championship Rothmans World Championship.
  • Final race for Jo Bonnier, who would be killed at the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 62
2 Sweden Ronnie Peterson 33
4 France François Cevert 26
3= Belgium Jacky Ickx 19
3= Switzerland Jo Siffert 19 ▲3
5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 16 ▼1
6 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 13 ▲1
7 United States Mario Andretti 12
9= Mexico Pedro Rodríguez 9
9= New Zealand Chris Amon 9
9= United Kingdom Peter Gethin 9
9= Sweden Reine Wisell 9 ▲1
9= New Zealand Denny Hulme 9 ▲2
14= Australia Tim Schenken 5
14= New Zealand Howden Ganley 5 ▲6
16= France Henri Pescarolo 4 ▼1
16= United States Mark Donohue 4 ▼1
18= United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 3 ▼1
18= United Kingdom John Surtees 3 ▼1
18= West Germany Rolf Stommelen 3 ▼1
21 United Kingdom Graham Hill 2 ▼1
22 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 73
2 United Kingdom BRM 36 ▲1
3= Italy Ferrari 33 ▼1
3= United Kingdom March-Ford 33 (34) ▲1
5 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 21
6 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 10
7 France Matra 9
8 United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 8
9 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 5

ReferencesEdit

V T E United States United States Grand Prix
Circuits Sebring (1959), Riverside (1960), Watkins Glen (1961–1980), Phoenix (1989–1991), Indianapolis (2000–2007), Austin (2012–present)
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Formula One Races 1959 • 1960 • 1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981–1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992–1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008–2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017
Non-F1 races 1908 • 1909 • 1910 • 1911 • 1912 • 1913 • 1914 • 1915 • 1916 • 1917–1957 • 1958
See also United States Grand Prix West • Indianapolis 500 • Detroit Grand Prix • Caesars Palace Grand Prix • Dallas Grand Prix • Questor Grand Prix


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
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