The 1977 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 16 July 1977. It was won by James Hunt driving a McLaren M26, and marked the debut of Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve. The race was the first outing for the first turbocharged Formula One car, the Renault RS01, driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille.


Owing to the large number of entrants, a special system of pre-qualification was devised, taking place on the Wednesday before the race. Fourteen cars took part, most from teams which were not members of FOCA. Debutant Gilles Villeneuve also took part, along with Patrick Tambay, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Brett Lunger, Patrick Nève, Mikko Kozarowitzky, another debutant Andy Sutcliffe, Guy Edwards, Tony Trimmer, David Purley, Emilio de Villota, Brian Henton, Arturo Merzario and yet another debutant, Brian McGuire.[1]

Kozarowitzky crashed his RAM March in the first session, and Purley suffered a huge accident in the second session, when the throttle stuck open on his LEC. He suffered multiple fractures and spent many months recovering. He later returned to racing but never appeared in a World Championship Formula One race again.[2] The fastest five drivers after both sessions were Villeneuve, Tambay, Jarier, Lunger and Henton, all of whom went through to the full qualifying sessions. Merzario and Nève were subsequently also allowed through, as was de Villota, who replaced Harald Ertl when the Austrian driver withdrew his entry.[1]


Henton and de Villota were eliminated after the qualifying sessions, along with Alex Ribeiro and Clay Regazzoni.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 68 1:31:46.06 1 9
2 11 22px-Flag of Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 68 +18.31 3 6
3 6 22px-Flag of Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 68 +19.57 5 4
4 2 Flag of Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 68 +47.76 11 3
5 8 Flag of Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 68 + 1:11.73 7 2
6 26 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 67 + 1 Lap 15 1
7 17 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 12  
8 19 22px-Flag of Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 8  
9 34 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jarier Penske-Ford 67 + 1 Lap 20  
10 27 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Patrick Nève March-Ford 66 + 2 Laps 26  
11 40 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve McLaren-Ford 66 + 2 Laps 9  
12 18 25px-AustraliaFLAG Vern Schuppan Surtees-Ford 66 + 2 Laps 23  
13 30 USAflagsmall Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 64 + 4 Laps 19  
14 5 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 62 Engine 6  
15 12 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 62 + 6 Laps 14  
Ret 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 60 Fuel system 2  
Ret 20 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 59 Engine 4  
Ret 28 25px-Brazilflag Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 42 Throttle 22  
Ret 37 22px-Flag of Italy Arturo Merzario March-Ford 28 Transmission 17  
Ret 16 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Shadow-Ford 20 Fuel Pressure 25  
Ret 4 22px-Flag of France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 16 Brakes 18  
Ret 15 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 16 Turbo 21  
Ret 10 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Ian Scheckter March-Ford 6 Accident 24  
Ret 3 22px-Flag of Sweden Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 3 Engine 16  
Ret 23 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay Ensign-Ford 3 Electrical 10  
Ret 24 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Hesketh-Ford 0 Accident 13  
DNQ 9 25px-Brazilflag Alex Ribeiro March-Ford        
DNQ 22 20px-Flag of Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford        
DNQ 38 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brian Henton March-Ford        
DNQ 36 22px-Flag of Spain Emilio de Villota McLaren-Ford        
DNPQ 31 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Purley LEC-Ford        
DNPQ 33 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Andy Sutcliffe March-Ford        
DNPQ 35 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Guy Edwards BRM        
DNPQ 44 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Tony Trimmer Surtees-Ford        
DNPQ 45 25px-AustraliaFLAG Brian McGuire McGuire-Ford        
DNPQ 32 22px-Flag of Finland Mikko Kozarowitzky March-Ford        
WD 22px-Flag of Austria Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford        

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of Austria Niki Lauda 39
2= USAflagsmall Mario Andretti 32
2= 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter 32
4 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 28
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Hunt 22
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 56 (58)
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 47
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 34
4 25px-Canadaflag Wolf-Ford 32
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 19
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 8 results from the first 9 races and the best 7 results from the remaining 8 races were retained. Numbers without parentheses are retained points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "GRAND PRIX RESULTS: BRITISH GP, 1977". Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  2. Tremayne, David (1991). Racers Apart: Memories of motorsport heroes. UK: Motor Racing Publications Ltd. p. 293. 

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1978 British Grand Prix
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