Flag-of-japansmall  1977 Japanese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 17 of 17 in the 1977 Formula One season
Date October 23, 1977
Location Fuji Speedway, Oyama, Shizuoka
Course Permanent racing facility
4.359 km (2.709 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 73 laps, 318.207 km (197.757 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:12.23
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford
Time 1:14.30 on lap 71
First 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford
Second 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari
Third 22px-Flag of France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford

The 1977 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 23 October 1977 at Fuji.


Mario Andretti and James Hunt continued their late-season battle, with the American pipping Hunt to the pole, with John Watson heading the second row. Hunt took the lead at the start, and Jody Scheckter and Jochen Mass jumped up to second and third, whereas Andretti had a terrible start and was at the tail of the top ten. On the second lap, Andretti was involved in a collision while trying to gain places, putting him out. With Andretti out, Hunt had no challengers left and he built a large gap, with teammate Mass second and Watson passing Scheckter for third. However, both Mass and Watson had to retire within one lap of each other with engine and gearbox failures, and with Scheckter dropping back, Carlos Reutemann was second until he was passed by Jacques Laffite. Hunt went on and capped off the season with a comfortable win, whereas Laffite ran of fuel on the last lap, handing over second to Reutemann and allowing Patrick Depailler to complete the podium.

Classification Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 73 1:31:51.68 2 9
2 12 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 73 +1:02.45 7 6
3 4 22px-Flag of France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 73 +1:06.39 15 4
4 17 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 73 +1:06.61 12 3
5 26 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 72 Out of Fuel 5 2
6 16 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Shadow-Ford 72 +1 Lap 13 1
7 8 Flag of Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 72 +1 Lap 4
8 19 22px-Flag of Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 71 +2 Laps 9
9 50 Flag-of-japansmall Kunimitsu Takahashi Tyrrell-Ford 71 +2 Laps 22
10 20 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 71 +2 Laps 6
11 52 Flag-of-japansmall Kazuyoshi Hoshino Kojima-Ford 71 +2 Laps 11
12 9 25px-Brazilflag Alex Ribeiro March-Ford 69 +4 Laps 23
Ret 6 22px-Flag of Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 63 Gearbox 14
Ret 22 20px-Flag of Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 43 Engine 10
Ret 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 29 Gearbox 3
Ret 2 Flag of Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 28 Engine 8
Ret 23 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay Ensign-Ford 14 Engine 16
Ret 3 22px-Flag of Sweden Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 5 Accident 18
Ret 11 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 5 Accident 20
Ret 27 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Matra 3 Engine 17
Ret 5 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1 Collision 1
Ret 51 Flag-of-japansmall Noritake Takahara Kojima-Ford 1 Collision 19
Ret 18 22px-Flag of Austria Hans Binder Surtees-Ford 1 Collision 21

Notes Edit

  • Lap Leaders: James Hunt 73 laps (1-73).
  • This race was the tenth and final win for James Hunt
  • A marshal and photographer were killed by debris following a collision involving Gilles Villeneuve's Ferrari and Ronnie Peterson's Tyrrell P34 on lap five. They had both been standing in a prohibited area of the track when the accident occurred.
  • This race was the final race of Gunnar Nilsson's career, before his death from cancer in 1978.

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 42
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Hunt 40
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 95 (97)
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 62
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 60
4 25px-Canadaflag Wolf-Ford 55
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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1977 Canadian Grand Prix
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1978 Argentine Grand Prix
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