The 1977 German Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Hockenheimring on July 31, 1977. After Niki Lauda's near-fatal accident at the dangerous Nürburgring in 1976, the German Grand Prix was moved to and held every year except for 1 at Hockenheim until 2007, and this was the second year the race was held there (the first being 1970).


In qualifying, Jody Scheckter took his first pole of the season, ahead of John Watson and then Niki Lauda who headed the second row. Scheckter kept the lead at the first corner with both Watson and Lauda keeping their positions. Watson put pressure on Scheckter until his engine failed on the eighth lap, giving second to Lauda who passed Scheckter soon after and began to pull away. Scheckter battled for second with James Hunt until the defending champion retired with an engine failure, giving third to Watson's teammate and home driver Hans-Joachim Stuck. That was how it stayed to the end; Lauda winning from Scheckter and Stuck.

Classification Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 22px-Flag of Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 47 1:31:49.3 3 9
2 20 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 47 +14.33 secs 1 6
3 8 Flag of Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 47 +20.9 secs 5 4
4 12 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 47 +60.27 secs 8 3
5 19 22px-Flag of Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 47 +87.37 secs 10 2
6 23 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay Ensign-Ford 47 +89.81 secs 11 1
7 18 25px-AustraliaFLAG Vern Schuppan Surtees-Ford 46 +1 Lap 19  
8 9 25px-Brazilflag Alex Ribeiro March-Ford 46 +1 Lap 20  
9 3 22px-Flag of Sweden Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 42 Engine 14  
10 16 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Shadow-Ford 42 Wheel 16  
Ret 24 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Hesketh-Ford 40 Accident 23  
Ret 5 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 34 Engine 7  
Ret 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 32 Fuel Pump 4  
Ret 6 22px-Flag of Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 31 Engine 9  
Ret 2 Flag of Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 26 Gearbox 13  
Ret 4 22px-Flag of France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 22 Engine 15  
Ret 26 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 21 Engine 6  
Ret 25 25px-Mexicoflag Hector Rebaque Hesketh-Ford 20 Engine 24  
Ret 30 USAflagsmall Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 14 Accident 21  
Ret 10 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Ian Scheckter March-Ford 9 Clutch 19  
Ret 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 8 Engine 2  
Ret 34 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jarier Penske-Ford 5 Transmission 12  
Ret 17 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 0 Accident 17  
Ret 6 20px-Flag of Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 0 Accident 22  
DSQ 35 Flag of Germany Hans Heyer Penske-Ford 9 Transmission,
took part illegally
DNQ 27 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Patrick Nève March-Ford        
DNQ 36 22px-Flag of Spain Emilio de Villota McLaren-Ford        
DNQ 28 25px-Brazilflag Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford        
DNQ 37 22px-Flag of Italy Arturo Merzario March-Ford        
DNQ 40 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Teddy Pilette BRM        

Notes Edit

  • German Hans Heyer did not qualify, but started anyway from the pit lane, only to retire with a mechanical failure. He was later disqualified.

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of Austria Niki Lauda 48
2 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter 38
3 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti 32
4 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 31
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Hunt 22
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 65 (67)
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 47
3 25px-Canadaflag Wolf-Ford 38
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 34
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 23
  • 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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1977 British Grand Prix
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1977 Austrian Grand Prix
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1976 German Grand Prix
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