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The 1977 Japanese Grand Prix was held on October 23, and was the 17th and final race of the season. Outgoing World Champion James Hunt won in a McLaren, after polesitter Mario Andretti made a poor start, and was soon caught up in a mid-pack collision. Carlos Reutemann took his Ferrari to second, ahead of Patrick Depailler's Tyrrell in third.

Two incidents marred the event. On lap 5, the Ferrari of Gilles Villeneuve hit the back of Ronnie Peterson's Tyrrell, and cartwheeled over the barrier, killing a photographer and race marshal. Both victims were in an area prohibited to all persons.

And after the race, both Hunt and Reutemann left the track before the prize giving, to the consternation of the organizers. This perceived insult caused the race to be canceled for the next 10 years.

BackgroundEdit


Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1977 Japanese Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entreat Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M26 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
2 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M26 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell P34 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
4 France Patrick Depailler United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell P34 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
5 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 78 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 78 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom Martini Racing Brabham BT45B Alfa Romeo 115-12 F12 3.0 G
8 Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck United Kingdom Martini Racing Brabham BT45B Alfa Romeo 115-12 F12 3.0 G
9 Brazil Alex Ribeiro United Kingdom Hollywood March Racing March 761B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
11 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T2 Ferrari 015 F12 3.0 G
12 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T2 Ferrari 015 F12 3.0 G
16 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN8 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
17 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN8 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
18 Austria Hans Binder United Kingdom Durex Team Surtees Surtees TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla United Kingdom Durex Team Surtees Surtees TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Canada Walter Wolf Racing Wolf WR3 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
22 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Team Tissot Ensign with Castrol Ensign N177 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
23 France Patrick Tambay Hong Kong Theodore Racing Hong Kong Ensign N177 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS7 Matra MS76 V12 3.0 G
27 France Jean-Pierre Jarier France Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS7 Matra MS76 V12 3.0 G
50 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi Japan Meiritsu Racing Team Tyrrell 007 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 D
51 Japan Noritake Takahara Japan Kojima Engineering Kojima KE009 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 B
52 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Japan Heros Racing Corporation Kojima KE009 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 B

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying 1Edit

Qualifying 2Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1977 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1:12.23 1:12.31
2 1T United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 1:12.39 1:12.67 +0.16
  • TIndicates test/spare cars.

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 73 1:31:51.68 2 9
2 12 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Italy Ferrari 73 + 1:02.45 7 6
3 4 France Patrick Depailler United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 73 + 1:06.39 15 4
4 17 Australia Alan Jones United States Shadow-Ford 73 + 1:06.61 12 3
5 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Matra 72 Out of Fuel 5 2
6 16 Italy Riccardo Patrese United States Shadow-Ford 72 + 1 Lap 13 1
7 8 Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 72 + 1 Lap 4
8 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 71 + 2 Laps 9
9 50 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 71 + 2 Laps 22
10 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Canada Wolf-Ford 71 + 2 Laps 6
11 52 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Japan Kojima-Ford 71 + 2 Laps 11
12 9 Brazil Alex Ribeiro United Kingdom March-Ford 69 + 4 Laps 23
Ret 6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 63 Gearbox 14
Ret 22 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 43 Engine 10
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 29 Gearbox 3
Ret 2 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 28 Engine 8
Ret 23 France Patrick Tambay United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 14 Engine 16
Ret 3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 5 Accident 18
Ret 11 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 5 Accident 20
Ret 27 France Jean-Pierre Jarier France Ligier-Matra 3 Engine 17
Ret 5 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 1 Collision 1
Ret 51 Japan Noritake Takahara Japan Kojima-Ford 1 Collision 19
Ret 18 Austria Hans Binder United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 1 Collision 21
Source: [1]

MilestonesEdit

External LinksEdit

V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
SuzukaCircuit2005
Races 197619771978–1986 • 19871988198919901991199219931994 • 199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
See also Pacific Grand Prix
V T E 1977 Formula One Season
Teams Apollon • Brabham • Boro • BRM • Ensign • Ferrari • Fittipaldi • Hesketh • Kojima • LEC • Ligier • Lotus • March • McLaren • Penske • Renault • Shadow • Surtees • Tyrrell • Wolf
Engines Alfa Romeo • BRM • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Matra • Renault
Drivers Andersson • Andretti • Ashley • Binder • Bleekemolen • Brambilla • Depailler • de Dryver • Edwards • Ertl • Fittipaldi • Francia • Giacomelli • Hayje • Henton • Heyer • Hoffman • Hoshino • Hunt • Ickx • Jabouille • Jarier • Jones • Keegan • Kessel • Kozarowitzky • Laffite • Lauda • Leoni • Lunger • Mass • McGuire • Merzario • Neve • Nilsson • Oliver • Ongais • Pace • Patrese • Perkins • Peterson • Pilette • Purley • Pryce • Rebaque • Regazzoni • Reutemann • Ribeiro • I. Scheckter • J. Scheckter • Schuppan • Stuck • Sutcliffe • Takahashi • Takahara • Tambay • Trimmer • Villeneuve • de Villota • Watson • Zorzi
Cars Apollon Fly • Brabham BT45 • Boro 001 • BRM P201 • BRM P207 • Ensign N177 • Ferrari 312T • Fittipaldi FD04 • Fittipaldi F5 • Hesketh 308 • Kojima KE009 • LEC CRP1 • Ligier JS7 • Lotus 78 • March 761 • March 771 • McLaren M23 • McLaren M26 • Penske PC4 • Renault RS01 • Shadow DN5 • Shadow DN8 • Surtees TS19 • Tyrrell 007 • Tyrrell P34 • Wolf WR1 • Wolf WR2 • Wolf WR3
Tyres Bridgestone • Dunlop • Goodyear • Michelin
Races Argentina • Brazil • South Africa • United States West • Spain • Monaco • Belgium • Sweden • France • Britain • Germany • Austria • Netherlands • Italy • United States • Canada
See also 1976 Formula One Season • 1978 Formula One Season • Category
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