25px-Canadaflag  1977 Canadian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 16 of 17 in the 1977 Formula One season
Date October 9, 1977
Location Mosport Park, Ontario
Course Permanent racing facility
3.957 km (2.459 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 80 laps, 316.56 km (196.72 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Temperatures up to 12C (53.6F); wind speeds up to 12.8 km/h (8 mph)[1]
Pole position
Driver USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:11.385
Fastest lap
Driver USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:13.299 on lap 56
First 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford
Second 22px-Flag of France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford
Third Flag of Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford

The 1977 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on October 9, 1977 at Mosport Park. It was the 16th and penultimate race of the 1977 Formula One season.


The field arrived in Canada without Niki Lauda who, having clinched the Drivers' Championship at the previous race at Watkins Glen, and having already announced his intention to drive for Brabham in 1978, abruptly quit Ferrari following the team's decision to run a third car for Gilles Villeneuve.

In qualifying, Lotus's Mario Andretti took his sixth pole position of the season, with McLaren's James Hunt alongside him on the front row. Ronnie Peterson was third in his six-wheeled Tyrrell, ahead of Gunnar Nilsson in the second Lotus. The top ten was completed by Jochen Mass in the second McLaren, Patrick Depailler in the second Tyrrell, the Shadows of Alan Jones and Riccardo Patrese, Jody Scheckter in the Wolf, and John Watson in the Brabham. But the safety of the bumpy, high-speed Mosport Park track was in question: during practice Ian Ashley's Hesketh crested one of these bumps on the Mario Andretti straight; it flipped, vaulted the barrier and crashed into a television tower, seriously injuring Ashley and ending his Formula One career. The Englishman survived, but it took 40 minutes to remove him from the car and an additional 30 minutes passed until a helicopter arrived. These problems were underlined later that day when Mass crashed at the first corner into a barrier that flattened upon impact.[2]

At the start of the race, Andretti led away from Hunt, with Mass charging up to third. Andretti and Hunt then proceeded to pull away from the rest of the field, such that by three-quarter distance, they were coming up to lap third-placed Mass. As they did so, Hunt pulled ahead of Andretti, only to collide with his McLaren team-mate after a misunderstanding. Unable to continue, a visibly furious Hunt waved his fist at Mass, before punching a marshal who was trying to usher him away. He was subsequently fined $2,750.[3] Gilles Villeneuve made his debut with Ferrari at this race; it ended with a crash on the uphill sweeper that leads into Moss corner.[4]

There was drama in the final four laps. On lap 77, Patrese spun his Shadow into the second Hesketh of Rupert Keegan, which had crashed earlier in the race and had been left on the side of the track. The following lap, Andretti's engine blew and laid oil. Vittorio Brambilla hit this oil and spun his Surtees, collecting the wreckages of Keegan's and Patrese's cars. Finally, Danny Ongais spun his Interscope Penske on the same oil, but was able to continue.[5]

Andretti's retirement meant that Scheckter inherited the win, with Depailler second and the recovered Mass completing the podium. Jones was fourth ahead of Patrick Tambay in the Ensign, while Brambilla was classified sixth, just ahead of Ongais.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 20 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 80 1:40:00.0 9 9
2 4 22px-Flag of France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 80 +6.77 secs 6 6
3 2 Flag of Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 80 +15.76 secs 5 4
4 17 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 80 +46.69 secs 7 3
5 23 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay Ensign-Ford 80 +1:03.26 16 2
6 19 22px-Flag of Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 78 Accident 15 1
7 14 USAflagsmall Danny Ongais Penske-Ford 78 +2 Laps 22
8 9 25px-Brazilflag Alex Ribeiro March-Ford 78 +2 Laps 23
9 5 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 77 Engine 1
10 16 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Shadow-Ford 76 Spun Off 8
11 30 USAflagsmall Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 76 Engine 20
12 21 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 76 Transmission 17
Ret 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 61 Accident 2
Ret 27 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Patrick Nève March-Ford 56 Engine 21
Ret 3 22px-Flag of Sweden Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 34 Fuel Leak 3
Ret 24 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Hesketh-Ford 32 Accident 25
Ret 18 22px-Flag of Austria Hans Binder Surtees-Ford 31 Accident 24
Ret 10 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Ian Scheckter March-Ford 29 Engine 18
Ret 28 25px-Brazilflag Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 29 Engine 19
Ret 12 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 20 Fuel System 12
Ret 8 Flag of Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 19 Engine 13
Ret 6 22px-Flag of Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 17 Accident 4
Ret 26 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 12 Transmission 11
Ret 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1 Suspension 10
Ret 22 20px-Flag of Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 0 Accident 14
DNS 25 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Ian Ashley Hesketh-Ford Driver Injured
DNQ 15 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault


Prior to the race Niki Lauda decided on the Friday he would not compete the remainder of the season as he did not believe Ferrari could prepare three cars to a high standard. Ferrari had decided to run Gilles Villeneuve as well as the two regular drivers in order to prepare the French Canadian for 1978. Andretti led from pole followed by Hunt and Mass in the second McLaren. James Hunt eventually took the lead from Andretti but while attempting to lap his teammate Mass, the two colided. Hunt, visibly furious, jumped out of his wrecked McLaren and punched the face of a marshall. Andretti re-took the lead only for his engine to expire a few laps from the end. Scheckter went on to win.

  • Lap Leaders: Mario Andretti 77 laps (1-60, 61-78); James Hunt 1 lap (61); Jody Scheckter 2 laps (79-80).
  • Final Formula One entry for Ian Ashley
  • It was the only race of the season in which Ferrari failed to score.
  • First Formula One entry for Gilles Villeneuve in Ferrari.
  • The final Canadian Grand Prix held at Mosport. The GP would then move to Circuit Île Notre-Dame for the 1978 race, where it has stayed ever since.

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of Austria Niki Lauda 72
2 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter 55
3 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti 47
4 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 36
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Hunt 31
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 89 (91)
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 62
3 25px-Canadaflag Wolf-Ford 55
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 51
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 27
  • 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.


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  2. "1977 - Canadian Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  3. "Controversial collisions". Top 10 – Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  4. "1977 - Canadian Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  5. "Danny Ongais - Biography". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 

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