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The 1976 Formula One Swedish Grand Prix was held at the Scandinavian Raceway on June 13, 1976.

the Tyrrell P34 being driven by Jody Scheckter at the 1976 German GP at Nurburgring Nordschleife. The '76 Swedish GP was its only win, and Scheckter won this race from the pole.

It saw the first (and only) win of a 6-wheel car - the Tyrrell P34. The theory was that its four tiny front wheels would increase mechanical front-end grip – with more rubber on the road – and thus eliminate understeer while at the same time improve cornering and braking.

When it was revealed it was the instant sensation of the 1976 season. The car was a photo opportunity on wheels – six of them, which was precisely why – and must have given Elf more free publicity in the 1976 pre-season and beyond than it garnered during the whole of 1974 and 1975.

Tyrrell's Jody Scheckter took pole, with Patrick Depailler in fourth. In the race the Tyrrells strode imperiously to a crushing one-two. The South African, who when later probed confided that he thought the six-wheeled concept ridiculous, was beaming on the podium.

However the Swedish walkover proved to be a fluke, and the P34 never won a race again.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 72 1:46:53.729 1 9
2 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 72 + 19.766 4 6
3 1 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 72 + 33.866 5 4
4 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 72 + 55.819 7 3
5 11 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 72 + 59.483 8 2
6 2 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 72 + 1:00.366 11 1
7 10 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 72 + 1:03.493 9  
8 8 Brazil Carlos Pace Brabham-Alfa Romeo 72 + 1:11.613 10  
9 16 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 71 + 1 lap 12  
10 9 Italy Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 15  
11 12 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 13  
12 17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 14  
13 19 Australia Alan Jones Surtees-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 18  
14 35 Italy Arturo Merzario March-Ford 70 Engine 19  
15 18 United States Brett Lunger Surtees-Ford 70 + 2 Laps 24  
Ret 24 Austria Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford 54 Spun Off 23  
Ret 34 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck March-Ford 52 Engine 20  
Ret 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 45 Engine 2  
Ret 22 New Zealand Chris Amon Ensign-Ford 38 Accident 3  
Ret 21 France Michel Leclère Wolf-Williams-Ford 20 Engine 25  
Ret 37 Australia Larry Perkins Boro-Ford 18 Engine 22  
Ret 30 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 10 Handling 21  
Ret 32 Switzerland Loris Kessel Brabham-Ford 5 Accident 26  
Ret 6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 2 Accident 6  
Ret 7 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Alfa Romeo 2 Engine 16  
Ret 28 United Kingdom John Watson Penske-Ford 0 Accident 17  
DNQ 33 Denmark Jac Nelleman Brabham-Ford  

Notes

References

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 126. ISBN 0-85429-380-9.  
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 128. ISBN 0-85429-380-9.  

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". http://www.formula1.com/results/season/1976/448/. Retrieved 2007-06-16.  

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