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1977 FIA Formula 1 Season (ICC)
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,5,17)
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT)
Champion Driver: Niki Lauda (AT,2,2)
Putative Driver: Niki Lauda (AT)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 312T2, 2.99-liter, twelve-cylinder flat, light alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, five-speed, transverse gearbox, Brembo disc brakes, aluminum-composite body/aluminum monocoque chassis, double wishbone/upper arm-lower wishbone independent suspension, 505 horsepower (Mauro Forgheri).

Scuderia Ferrari with its 312T2 entry earns its third consecutive Formula 1 constructors' title in 1977 with Niki Lauda, who snares the drivers' crown despite walking away from the racing house in October over a dispute with management with only two races remaining on the slate. Renault introduces its new turbocharged RS01 entry at Silverstone in July. The FIA elects not to run at the Nürburgring in 1977 in the aftermath of Lauda and his death-defying shunt during the prior season. Departures: Thomas Pryce, 27, b. Ruthin, Wales 1949, d. GP South Africa, Midrand, March. J. Carlos Pace, 32, b. São Paulo, Brazil 1944, d. plane crash, Mairiporã, Brazil, March. Two spectators due to Gilles Villeneuve shunt, GP Japan, Shizuoka, October.

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.

Scuderia Ferrari146     Lauda96
Lotus Ford85     Scheckter73
McLaren Ford80     Andretti Mr69
Wolf Ford72     Hunt J59
Brabham Alfa Romeo33     Reutemann52
Tyrrell Ford32     Mass28

Noteworthy 1977 Races

1977 Grand Prix of Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina1977 1977 Grand Prix of Argentina At Oscar Galvez for the Argentine Grand Prix (316.5 kilometers) on a very warm day (100 degrees) in January, the race unexpectedly comes to a Canadian Wolf WR1 Cosworth under Jody Scheckter (ZA) in 1:40:11.2 (average 117.71 mph), under forty-four seconds ahead of a Brabham entry. Scheckter moves out front with six laps remaining after race leader Carlos Pace in his Brabham slows due to heat exhaustion, opening the door for Wolf to triumph in its maiden F1 start. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1977 United States Grand Prix West Long Beach, California1977 1977 United States Grand Prix West At Long Beach for the United States Grand Prix West (260 kilometers) on a very warm day (100 degrees) in April, a British Lotus 78 Ford under Mario Andretti (US) takes race honors in 1:51:35.5 (average 86.89 mph), under a second (.773) ahead of a Ferrari driven by Niki Lauda. Andretti moves out front after race leader Jody Scheckter in his Wolf drops a tire with only four laps remaining. Andretti afterwards describes his late race victory as ‘one of the greatest moments in my life. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1977 XXXV Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1977 1977 XXXV Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (251.5 kilometers) in May, a Canadian Wolf WR1 Ford under Jody Scheckter (ZA) takes the flag in 1:57:52.8 (average 79.62 mph), under a second (.09) ahead of a Ferrari driven by Niki Lauda. Scheckter bolts for the lead from the start, leads wire-to-wire across the distance, and holds off a late charge by Lauda for a comfortable victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1977 Grand Prix of Sweden Anderstorp, Sweden1977 1977 Grand Prix of Sweden At Scandinavian for the Swedish Grand Prix (289.5 kilometers) in June, a French Ligier JS7 Matra under Jacques Laffite (FR) notches a victory in 1:46:55.5 (average 100.87 mph), under nine seconds ahead of McLaren driven by Jochen Mass. Laffite moves out front after race leader Mario Andretti in his Lotus suffers a fuel feed problem with only three laps remaining. Laffite snares his maiden F1 victory and provides France with its first chassis-driver winning combination in modern F1 history. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1977 Grand Prix of France Fontains-les-Dijon, France 1977 1977 Grand Prix of France At Dijon-Prenois for the French Grand Prix (304 kilometers) in July, a British Lotus 78 Ford under Mario Andretti (US) crosses first in 1:39:40.1 (average 113.72 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Brabham driven by John Watson. Andretti moves out front after race leader Watson agonizingly exhausts his fuel supply on the final circuit. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1977 Grand Prix of Austria Knittelfeld, Austria1977 1977 Grand Prix of Austria At the Osterreichring for the Austrian Grand Prix (321 kilometers) in August, a British Shadow DN8 Ford under Alan Jones (AU) wins in 1:37:16.5 (average 122.99 mph), under twenty-one seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Jones moves out front after race leader James Hunt in his McLaren drops an engine with only eleven laps remaining. Jones earns a maiden F1 victory for both himself and constructor Shadow. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1977 Grand Prix of Canada Bowmanville, Ontario1977 1977 Grand Prix of Canada At Mosport for the Canadian Grand Prix (316.5 kilometers) in October, the race comes to a Canadian Wolf WR1 Ford under Jody Scheckter (ZA) in 1:40:00 (average 118.02 mph), under seven seconds ahead of a Tyrrell driven by Patrick Depailler. Scheckter moves out front after race leader Mario Andretti in his Lotus loses drive with only three laps remaining. Scheckter brings home the first Canadian constructor victory in F1 history. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.