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1976 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 1976 Formula One season included the 27th FIA Formula One World Championship season, which commenced on January 25, 1976, and ended on October 24 after sixteen races.

Contents

Season summary

In an extraordinarily political season the world championship went to James Hunt by one point from Niki Lauda, although Ferrari took the constructors' title. Controversy began in Spain where Hunt was initially disqualified from first place, giving the race to Lauda, only for the decision to be overturned on appeal months later. The six wheeled Tyrrell confounded the sceptics by winning in Sweden, with Lauda third and Hunt fifth.

Hunt won in France and, it seemed, in Britain, but the race had been restarted after a first lap pile-up and Hunt re-started in a spare car which was against the rules. He was eventually disqualified after an appeal from Ferrari, whose own driver, Regazzoni, had also re-started in a spare. Lauda became the official race winner.

Lauda then crashed heavily in Germany and appeared likely to die from his injuries. Hunt won the race and finished fourth to John Watson's Penske (the team's only win) in Austria. Miraculously, Lauda returned to finish fourth in Italy, where Hunt, Jochen Mass and Watson were relegated to the back of the grid for alleged infringements of the regulations.

Hunt won in Canada and in the USA but Lauda took third to lead Hunt by three points going into the final race. In appalling weather conditions Mario Andretti won, Lauda gave up because of the hazardous conditions, and Hunt eventually finished third to take the title.

Chris Amon, drove his last grand prix in Germany, failing to win a single championship race. The 1976 Wolf-Williams cars were originally Heskeths, and Williams had left the team by September. The Boro-Ford team was renamed Ensign-Ford.

Drivers and constructors

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine No Driver
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 312T
312T2
Ferrari flat-12 1 Austria Niki Lauda
2 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni
35 Argentina Carlos Reutemann
United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 007
P34
Cosworth V8 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter
4 France Patrick Depailler
United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 77 Cosworth V8 5 Sweden Ronnie Peterson
United Kingdom Bob Evans
United States Mario Andretti
6
Sweden Gunnar Nilsson
United Kingdom Martini Racing Brabham BT45 Alfa Romeo Flat-12 7 Argentina Carlos Reutemann
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Australia Larry Perkins
8 Brazil Carlos Pace
77 Germany Rolf Stommelen
United Kingdom Beta Team March
United Kingdom March Engineering
United Kingdom Ovoro Team March
Hong Kong Theodore Racing
March 761 Cosworth V8 9 Italy Vittorio Brambilla
10 Italy Lella Lombardi
Sweden Ronnie Peterson
34 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck
35 Italy Arturo Merzario
United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M23
M26
Cosworth V8 11 United Kingdom James Hunt
12 Germany Jochen Mass
United Kingdom Shellsport/Whiting Surtees TS16 Cosworth V8 13 United Kingdom Divina Galica
United Kingdom Stanley BRM BRM P201B BRM V12 14 United Kingdom Ian Ashley
South Africa Lexington Racing Tyrrell 007 Cosworth V8 15 South Africa Ian Scheckter
United Kingdom Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN5B
DN8
Cosworth V8 16 United Kingdom Tom Pryce
17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier
United Kingdom Team Surtees
United Kingdom Durex Team Surtees
Surtees TS19 Cosworth V8 18 United States Brett Lunger
Sweden Conny Andersson
Japan Noritake Takahara
19 Australia Alan Jones
Canada Walter Wolf Racing Williams FW05 Cosworth V8 20 Belgium Jacky Ickx
Italy Arturo Merzario
21 Italy Renzo Zorzi
France Michel Leclère
Australia Warwick Brown
Austria Hans Binder
United Kingdom Team Ensign Ensign N174
N176
Cosworth V8 22 New Zealand Chris Amon
Belgium Patrick Nève
Austria Hans Binder
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom Hesketh Racing
United Kingdom Penthouse Rizla Racing with Hesketh
Hesketh 308D Cosworth V8 24 Austria Harald Ertl
25 United Kingdom Guy Edwards
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Brazil Alex Ribeiro
United Kingdom Mapfre-Williams Williams FW04 Cosworth V8 Spain Emilio Zapico
France Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS5 Matra V12 26 France Jacques Laffite
United States Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing Parnelli VPJ4B Cosworth V8 27 United States Mario Andretti
United States Citibank Team Penske Penske PC3
PC4
Cosworth V8 28 United Kingdom John Watson
Brazil Copersucar-Fittipaldi Fittipaldi FD04 Cosworth V8 30 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
31 Brazil Ingo Hoffmann
United Kingdom RAM Racing Brabham BT44B Cosworth V8 32 Switzerland Loris Kessel
33 Spain Emilio de Villota
Belgium Patrick Nève
Denmark Jac Nelleman
United Kingdom Damien Magee
Italy Lella Lombardi
Netherlands HB Bewaking Alarm Systems Boro N175 Cosworth V8 37 Australia Larry Perkins
Italy Scuderia Gulf Rondini Tyrrell 007 Cosworth V8 37 Italy Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi
39
40
Austria ÖASC Racing Team Tyrrell 007 Cosworth V8 39 Austria Otto Stuppacher
40
United Kingdom Team P R Reilly Shadow DN3 Cosworth V8 40 United Kingdom Mike Wilds
Japan Kojima Engineering Kojima KE007 Cosworth V8 51 Japan Masahiro Hasemi
Japan Heroes Racing Tyrrell 007 Cosworth V8 52 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Maki Engineering Maki F102A Cosworth V8 54 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer

Season review

The Driver's championship was won by James Hunt from Niki Lauda, who had to miss several races as a result of an injury sustained in a crash at the German Grand Prix.

Rnd Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Report
1 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix January 25 Interlagos Austria Niki Lauda Italy Ferrari Report
2 South Africa South African Grand Prix March 6 Kyalami Austria Niki Lauda Italy Ferrari Report
3 United States United States Grand Prix West March 28 Long Beach Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy Ferrari Report
4 Spain Spanish Grand Prix May 2 Jarama United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report
5 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix May 16 Zolder Austria Niki Lauda Italy Ferrari Report
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix May 30 Monaco Austria Niki Lauda Italy Ferrari Report
7 Sweden Swedish Grand Prix June 13 Scandinavian Raceway South Africa Jody Scheckter United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Report
8 France French Grand Prix July 4 Paul Ricard United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report
9 United Kingdom British Grand Prix July 18 Brands Hatch Austria Niki Lauda Italy Ferrari Report
10 West Germany German Grand Prix August 1 Nürburgring United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report
11 Austria Austrian Grand Prix August 15 Österreichring United Kingdom John Watson United States Penske-Ford Report
12 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix August 29 Zandvoort United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report
13 Italy Italian Grand Prix September 12 Monza Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom March-Ford Report
14 Canada Canadian Grand Prix October 3 Mosport United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report
15 United States United States Grand Prix October 10 Watkins Glen United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report
16 Japan Japanese Grand Prix October 24 Fuji Speedway United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report

1976 Constructors Championship final standings

Place Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Points[1] Wins Podiums Poles
1 Italy Ferrari 312T
312T2
Ferrari 015 83 6 13 4
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford M23
M26
Ford Cosworth DFV 74 (75) 6 10 8
3 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 007
P34
Ford Cosworth DFV 71 1 12 2
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 77 Ford Cosworth DFV 29 1 5 1
5 United States Penske-Ford PC3
PC4
Ford Cosworth DFV 20 1 3
6 France Ligier-Matra JS5 Matra MS73 20 3 1
7 United Kingdom March-Ford 761 Ford Cosworth DFV 19 1 1 1
8 United Kingdom Shadow-Ford DN5B
DN8
Ford Cosworth DFV 10 1
9 United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT45 Alfa Romeo 115-12 9
10 United Kingdom Surtees-Ford TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 7
11 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford FD04 Ford Cosworth DFV 3
12 United Kingdom Ensign-Ford N174
N176
Ford Cosworth DFV 2
13 United States Parnelli-Ford VPJ4B Ford Cosworth DFV 1
14 Canada Wolf-Williams-Ford FW05 Ford Cosworth DFV
15 United Kingdom Williams-Ford FW04 Ford Cosworth DFV
16 Japan Kojima-Ford KE007 Ford Cosworth DFV
17 United Kingdom Hesketh-Ford 308D Ford Cosworth DFV
18 Japan Maki-Ford F102A Ford Cosworth DFV
19 United Kingdom BRM P201B BRM P200
20 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford BT44B Ford Cosworth DFV
21 Netherlands Boro-Ford 001 Ford Cosworth DFV

1976 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos Driver BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
ESP
Spain
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
JPN
Japan
Pts
1 United Kingdom James Hunt Ret 2 Ret 1 Ret Ret 5 1 DSQ 1 4 1 Ret 1 1 3 69
2 Austria Niki Lauda 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 Ret 1 Ret INJ INJ 4 8 3 Ret 68
3 South Africa Jody Scheckter 5 4 Ret Ret 4 2 1 6 2 2 Ret 5 5 4 2 Ret 49
4 France Patrick Depailler 2 9 3 Ret Ret 3 2 2 Ret Ret Ret 7 6 2 Ret 2 39
5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 7 Ret 1 11 2 14 6 Ret Ret 9 2 2 6 7 5 31
6 United States Mario Andretti Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 12 5 3 Ret 3 Ret 1 22
7 United Kingdom John Watson Ret 5 NC Ret 7 10 Ret 3 3 7 1 Ret 11 10 6 Ret 20
8 France Jacques Laffite Ret Ret 4 12 3 12 4 14 Ret Ret 2 Ret 3 Ret Ret 7 20
9 West Germany Jochen Mass 6 3 5 Ret 6 5 11 15 Ret 3 7 9 Ret 5 4 Ret 19
10 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 3 Ret 13 12 Ret 6 11
11 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 7 19 Ret Ret 6 Ret 1 9 Ret Ret 10
12 United Kingdom Tom Pryce 3 7 Ret 8 10 7 9 8 4 8 Ret 4 8 11 Ret Ret 10
13 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck 4 12 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 8
14 Brazil Carlos Pace 10 Ret 9 6 Ret 9 8 4 8 4 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 7
15 Australia Alan Jones NC 9 5 Ret 13 Ret 5 10 Ret 8 12 16 8 4 7
16 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 12 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 3
17 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 13 17 6 Ret DNQ 6 Ret Ret 6 13 Ret Ret 15 Ret 9 Ret 3
18 New Zealand Chris Amon 14 8 5 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 2
19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 7 14 Ret Ret 1
20 West Germany Rolf Stommelen 6 12 Ret 1
NC Austria Harald Ertl 15 DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ Ret Ret 7 Ret 8 Ret 16 DNS 13 8 0
NC France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ret Ret 7 Ret 9 8 12 12 9 11 Ret 10 19 18 10 10 0
NC Belgium Jacky Ickx 8 16 DNQ 7 DNQ DNQ 10 DNQ Ret 10 13 Ret 0
NC Australia Larry Perkins 13 8 DNQ Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret Ret 0
NC France Henri Pescarolo DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 9 11 17 19 NC 0
NC Italy Arturo Merzario DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 14 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret 0
NC Italy Renzo Zorzi 9 0
NC Japan Noritake Takahara 9 0
NC France Michel Leclère 13 DNQ 10 11 11 Ret 13 0
NC United States Brett Lunger 11 DNQ DNQ Ret 15 16 Ret Ret 10 14 15 11 0
NC United Kingdom Bob Evans 10 DNQ 0
NC Italy Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi 14 11 DNQ 18 0
NC Brazil Ingo Hoffmann 11 DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
NC Japan Masahiro Hasemi 11 0
NC Switzerland Loris Kessel DNQ 12 Ret DNQ NC 0
NC Italy Lella Lombardi 14 DNQ DNQ 12 0
NC Brazil Alex Ribeiro 12 0
NC Australia Warwick Brown 14 0
NC United Kingdom Guy Edwards DNQ 17 Ret 15 DNS 20 0
NC Belgium Patrick Nève Ret 18 0
NC Austria Hans Binder Ret Ret 0
NC United Kingdom Ian Ashley Ret 0
NC South Africa Ian Scheckter Ret 0
NC Netherlands Boy Hayje Ret 0
NC Sweden Conny Andersson Ret 0
NC Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Ret 0
NC Austria Otto Stuppacher DNS DNQ DNQ 0
NC Spain Emilio de Villota DNQ 0
NC Spain Emilio Zapico DNQ 0
NC Denmark Jac Nelleman DNQ 0
NC United Kingdom Damien Magee DNQ 0
NC United Kingdom Mike Wilds DNQ 0
NC United Kingdom Divina Galica DNQ 0
NC United Kingdom Tony Trimmer DNQ 0
Pos Driver BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
ESP
Spain
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
JPN
Japan
Pts
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Non-Championship race results

Other Formula One races were also held in 1976, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
United Kingdom XI Race of Champions Brands Hatch March 14 United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Cosworth Report
United Kingdom XXVIII BRDC International Trophy Silverstone April 11 United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Cosworth Report

Notes

  1. ^ Only the best 7 results from the first 8 races and the best 7 results from the last 8 races counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
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Simple English

The 1976 Formula One season crowned James Hunt as champion.

Season review

The Driver's championship was won by James Hunt from Niki Lauda, who had to miss several races as a result of an injury sustained in a crash at the German Grand Prix.

Rnd Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Report
1 Brazilian Grand Prix January 25 Interlagos Niki Lauda Ferrari Report
2 South African Grand Prix March 6 Kyalami Niki Lauda Ferrari Report
3 United States Grand Prix West March 28 Long Beach Clay Regazzoni Ferrari Report
4 Spanish Grand Prix May 2 Jarama James Hunt McLaren-Ford Report
5 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian Grand Prix May 16 Zolder Niki Lauda Ferrari Report
6 Monaco Grand Prix May 30 Monaco Niki Lauda Ferrari Report
7 Swedish Grand Prix June 13 Scandinavian Raceway Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford Report
8 French Grand Prix July 4 Paul Ricard James Hunt McLaren-Ford Report
9 British Grand Prix July 18 Brands Hatch Niki Lauda Ferrari Report
10 German Grand Prix August 1 Nürburgring James Hunt McLaren-Ford Report
11 Austrian Grand Prix August 15 Österreichring John Watson Penske-Ford Report
12 Dutch Grand Prix August 29 Zandvoort James Hunt McLaren-Ford Report
13 Italian Grand Prix September 12 Monza Ronnie Peterson March-Ford Report
14 Canadian Grand Prix October 3 Mosport James Hunt McLaren-Ford Report
15 United States Grand Prix October 10 Watkins Glen James Hunt McLaren-Ford Report
16 Japanese Grand Prix October 24 Fuji Speedway Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Report

1976 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos Driver BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
BEL
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MON
SWE
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
CAN
USA
JPN
Pts
1 James Hunt Ret 2 Ret 1 Ret Ret 5 1 DSQ 1 4 1 Ret 1 1 3 69
2 Niki Lauda 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 Ret 1 Ret 4 8 3 Ret 68
3 Jody Scheckter 5 4 Ret Ret 4 2 1 6 2 2 Ret 5 5 4 2 Ret 49
4 Patrick Depailler 2 9 3 Ret Ret 3 2 2 Ret Ret Ret 7 6 2 Ret 2 39
5 Clay Regazzoni 7 Ret 1 11 2 14 6 Ret Ret 9 2 2 6 7 5 31
6 Mario Andretti Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 12 5 3 Ret 3 Ret 1 22
7 John Watson Ret 5 NC Ret 7 10 Ret 3 3 7 1 Ret 11 10 6 Ret 20
8 Jacques Laffite Ret Ret 4 12 3 12 4 14 Ret Ret 2 Ret 3 Ret Ret 7 20
9 Jochen Mass 6 3 5 Ret 6 5 11 15 Ret 3 7 9 Ret 5 4 Ret 19
10 Gunnar Nilsson Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 3 Ret 13 12 Ret 6 11
11 Ronnie Peterson Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 7 19 Ret Ret 6 Ret 1 9 Ret Ret 10
12 Tom Pryce 3 7 Ret 8 10 7 9 8 4 8 Ret 4 8 11 Ret Ret 10
13 Hans-Joachim Stuck 4 12 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 8
14 Carlos Pace 10 Ret 9 6 Ret 9 8 4 8 4 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 7
15 Alan Jones NC 9 5 Ret 13 Ret 5 10 Ret 8 12 16 8 4 7
16 Carlos Reutemann 12 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 3
17 Emerson Fittipaldi 13 17 6 Ret DNQ 6 Ret Ret 6 13 Ret Ret 15 Ret 9 Ret 3
18 Chris Amon 14 8 5 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 2
19 Vittorio Brambilla Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 7 14 Ret Ret 1
20 Rolf Stommelen 6 12 Ret 1
21 Harald Ertl 15 DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ Ret Ret 7 Ret 8 Ret 16 DNS 13 8 0
22 Jean-Pierre Jarier Ret Ret 7 Ret 9 8 12 12 9 11 Ret 10 19 18 10 10 0
23 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacky Ickx 8 16 DNQ 7 DNQ DNQ 10 DNQ Ret 10 13 Ret 0
24 Larry Perkins 13 8 DNQ Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret Ret 0
25 Henri Pescarolo DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 9 11 17 19 NC 0
26 Arturo Merzario DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 14 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret 0
27 Renzo Zorzi 9 0
28 Noritake Takahara 9 0
29 Michel Leclère 13 DNQ 10 11 11 Ret 13 0
30 Brett Lunger 11 DNQ DNQ Ret 15 16 Ret Ret 10 14 15 11 0
31 Bob Evans 10 DNQ 0
32 Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi 14 11 DNQ 18 0
33 Ingo Hoffman 11 DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
34 Masahiro Hasemi 11 0
35 Loris Kessel DNQ 12 Ret DNQ NC 0
36 Lella Lombardi 14 DNQ DNQ 12 0
37 Alex Ribeiro 12 0
38 Warwick Brown 14 0
39 Guy Edwards DNQ 17 Ret 15 DNS 20 0
40 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Patrick Nève Ret 18 0
Hans Binder Ret Ret 0
Ian Ashley Ret 0
Ian Scheckter Ret 0
Boy Hayje Ret 0
Conny Andersson Ret 0
Kazuyoshi Hoshino Ret 0
Otto Stuppacher DNS DNQ DNQ 0
Emilio de Villota DNQ 0
Emilio Zapico DNQ 0
Damien Magee DNQ 0
Mike Wilds DNQ 0
Divina Galica DNQ 0
Tony Trimmer DNQ 0
Pos Driver BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
BEL
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
MON
SWE
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
CAN
USA
JPN
Pts
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(starting in 2003)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

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