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1971 FIA Formula 1 Season (IMC)
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: Tyrrell Ford (GB,1,1)
Putative Constructor: Tyrrell Ford (GB)
Champion Driver: Jackie Stewart (GB,2,2)
Putative Driver: Jackie Stewart (GB)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 003, 2.99-liter, eight-cylinder vee DFV, aluminum engine, DOHC, fuel injection, five-speed, disc brakes, aluminum semi-monocoque chassis, double wishbone independent suspension, 455 horsepower (Derek Gardner).

Newly minted Tyrrell with its Model 003 entry and driver Jackie Stewart crushes the field in 1967 and picks up its maiden Formula 1 constructors' title. Firestone introduces slick non-grooved rubber into F1 for the first time in series history at Spain in April. Lotus takes an earnest go at the gas turbine engine concept with disappointing results at Zandvoort in June. F1 makes its inaugural visit at Paul Ricard in July. Future F1 champion Niki Lauda makes his debut at the Osterreichring in August. Departures: Joseph Siffert, 35, b. Fribourg, Switzerland 1936, d. World Championship Victory Race, Kent, England, October. New Racing Makes: British Argo.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Tyrrell Ford116     Stewart J88
Scuderia Ferrari56     Peterson R42
BRM52     Cevert34
March Ford42     Ickx27
Lotus Ford29     Siffert25
Matra Simca Matra11     Fittipaldi E20
McLaren Ford11     

Noteworthy 1971 Races

1971 V AA Grand Prix of South Africa Kyalami, South Africa1971 1971 V AA Grand Prix of South Africa At Kyalami for the South African Grand Prix (324 kilometers) in March, the race comes to an Italian Scuderia Ferrari 312B under Mario Andretti (US) in 1:47:35.5 (average 112.36 mph), under twenty-one seconds ahead of a Tyrrell entry. Andretti moves out front after race leader Denis Hulme in his McLaren drops a gearbox with only four laps remaining. Andretti snares a rare Yankee driving victory on the Grand Prix circuit, the first since Dan Gurney in 1967. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1971 XXIX Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1971 1971 XXIX Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (251.5 kilometers) in May, a British Tyrrell 003 Ford under Jackie Stewart (GB) takes race honors in 1:52:21.3 (record average 80.60 mph), under twenty-six seconds ahead of a March entry. Stewart, driving a recently repaired Tyrrell entry damaged in the International Trophy contest a fortnight prior, leads wire-to-wire and triumphs at Monte Carlo for the second time. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1971 XLII Gran Premio d'Italia Monza, Italy1971 1971 XLII Gran Premio d'Italia At Monza for the Italian Grand Prix (316 kilometers) in September, a British Yardley B.R.M. P160 under Peter Gethin (GB) takes the flag in 1:18:12.6 (record average 150.75 mph), under a second (.01) ahead of a March driven by Ronnie Petersen. Gethin moves out front after narrowly nosing out Peterson at the wire as the first four placing entries all finish within seven-tenths of a second. Gethin posts both the fastest race and the closest winning margin in arguably the most thrilling finish in Formula 1 history. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.