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British Grand Prix 1976

The 1976 British Grand Prix (formally the John Player Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 18 July 1976 at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, England, United Kingdom. The 76-lap race was the ninth round of the 1976 Formula One season.

British driver James Hunt was involved in a first corner crash that brought out the red flags. Hunt drove his damaged car back to the pits, but did not complete a full lap of the track to do so, instead driving through an access road on the Cooper Straight. The officials declared that, since he had not been on the circuit when the red flag was waved, Hunt would not be allowed to take part in the restart. This news led to much angry feeling amongst the British crowd, who chanted Hunt’s name until the stewards, fearing crowd trouble, announced that Hunt would be allowed to take the restart. Hunt duly won the restarted race. Immediately after the race, the Ferrari, Tyrrell and Fittipaldi teams protested against the inclusion of Hunt’s car. In September, two months after the event, a decision was reached and Hunt was disqualified, giving Niki Lauda the race win.

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1976 British Grand Prix
Race 9 of 16 in the 1976 Formula One season
Race details
Date18 July 1976
Official nameXXIX John Player Grand Prix
LocationBrands Hatch, Kent, England
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course length4.206 km (2.613 mi)
Distance76 laps, 319.656 km (198.588 mi)
WeatherDry
Pole position
Driver
  • Niki Lauda
Ferrari
Time1:19.35
Fastest lap
Driver Niki LaudaFerrari
Time1:19.91 on lap 41
Podium
First
  • Niki Lauda
Ferrari
Second
  • Jody Scheckter
Tyrrell-Ford
Third
  • John Watson
Penske-Ford
Lap leaders

Classification

Qualifying classification

Pos.DriverConstructorTimeNo
1Niki LaudaFerrari1:19,351
2James HuntMcLaren-Ford1:19,412
3Mario AndrettiLotus-Ford1:19,763
4Clay RegazzoniFerrari1:20,054
5Patrick DepaillerTyrrell-Ford1:20,155
6Chris AmonEnsign-Ford1:20,276
7Ronnie PetersonMarch-Ford1:20,297
8Jody ScheckterTyrrell-Ford1:20,318
9Arturo MerzarioMarch-Ford1:20,329
10Vittorio BrambillaMarch-Ford1:20,3610
11John WatsonPenske-Ford1:20,4111
12Jochen MassMcLaren-Ford1:20,6112
13Jacques LaffiteLigier-Matra1:20,6713
14Gunnar NilssonLotus-Ford1:20,6714
15Carlos ReutemannBrabham-Alfa Romeo1:20,9915
16Carlos PaceBrabham-Alfa Romeo1:21,0316
17Hans-Joachim StuckMarch-Ford1:21,2017
18Brett LungerSurtees-Ford1:21,3018
19Alan JonesSurtees-Ford1:21,4219
20Tom PryceShadow-Ford1:21,8420
21Emerson FittipaldiCopersucar-Ford1:22,0621
22Bob EvansBrabham-Ford1:22,4722
23Jean-Pierre JarierShadow-Ford1:22,7223
24Harald ErtlHesketh-Ford1:22,7524
25Guy EdwardsHesketh-Ford1:22,7625
26Henri PescaroloSurtees-Ford1:22,7626
DNQJacky IckxWolf-Williams-Ford1:23,32
DNQDivina GalicaSurtees-Ford1:25,24
DNQMike WildsShadow-Ford1:25,66
DNQLella LombardiBrabham-Ford1:27,08

Race classification

PosNoDriverConstructorLapsTime/RetiredGridPoints
11 Niki LaudaFerrari761:44:19.6619
23 Jody ScheckterTyrrell-Ford76+ 16.1886
328 John WatsonPenske-Ford75+ 1 Lap114
416 Tom PryceShadow-Ford75+ 1 Lap203
519 Alan JonesSurtees-Ford75+ 1 Lap192
630 Emerson FittipaldiFittipaldi-Ford74+ 2 Laps211
724 Harald ErtlHesketh-Ford73+ 3 Laps23
88 Carlos PaceBrabham-Alfa Romeo73+ 3 Laps16
917 Jean-Pierre JarierShadow-Ford70+ 6 Laps24
DSQ11 James HuntMcLaren-Ford76Illegal car change2
Ret6 Gunnar NilssonLotus-Ford67Engine14
Ret10 Ronnie PetersonMarch-Ford60Fuel system7
Ret18 Brett LungerSurtees-Ford55Gearbox18
Ret4 Patrick DepaillerTyrrell-Ford47Engine5
Ret7 Carlos ReutemannBrabham-Alfa Romeo46Oil pressure15
Ret35 Arturo MerzarioMarch-Ford39Engine9
DSQ2 Clay RegazzoniFerrari36Illegal car change4
DSQ26 Jacques LaffiteLigier-Matra31Illegal car change13
Ret32 Bob EvansBrabham-Ford24Gearbox22
Ret9 Vittorio BrambillaMarch-Ford22Accident10
Ret38 Henri PescaroloSurtees-Ford16Fuel system26
Ret22 Chris AmonEnsign-Ford8Water leak6
Ret5 Mario AndrettiLotus-Ford4Ignition3
Ret12 Jochen MassMcLaren-Ford1Clutch12
Ret34 Hans-Joachim StuckMarch-Ford0Accident17
Ret25 Guy EdwardsHesketh-Ford0Accident25
DNQ20 Jacky IckxWolf-Williams-Ford
DNQ13 Divina GalicaSurtees-Ford
DNQ40 Mike WildsShadow-Ford
DNQ33 Lella LombardiBrabham-Ford
Sources:
Drivers’ Championship standings
PosDriverPoints
1 Niki Lauda58
2 James Hunt35
3 Jody Scheckter28
4 Patrick Depailler26
5 Clay Regazzoni16
Source:
Constructors’ Championship standings
PosConstructorPoints
1 Ferrari61
2 Tyrrell-Ford41
3 McLaren-Ford40 (41)
4 Ligier-Matra10
5 Penske-Ford9
Source:

PosDriverPoints
1 Niki Lauda58
2 James Hunt35
3 Jody Scheckter28
4 Patrick Depailler26
5 Clay Regazzoni16
Source:
PosConstructorPoints
1 Ferrari61
2 Tyrrell-Ford41
3 McLaren-Ford40 (41)
4 Ligier-Matra10
5 Penske-Ford9
Source:

References

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1976 French Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1976 season
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1976 German Grand Prix
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