1977 Argentine Grand Prix

The 1977 Argentine Grand Prix was Round 1 of the 1977 Formula 1 World Championship. The event was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Sunday, 9 January 1977. James Hunt started on pole position in the McLaren Ford and Jody Scheckter was the race winner in the Wolf Ford.

Having been the pioneers of aerodynamics with winged F1 cars in 1968, Team Lotus debuted the first ground effect car at this event. The Lotus 78 featured sidepod skirts, bodywork extensions which dropped to the track surface from the car’s edges. When lowered the lower air pressure created underneath the car gave them huge amounts of downforce without the drag that comes with wings.

1977 Argentine Grand Prix Race Result
Pos.No.DriverNationalityTeamTyreLapsTime/RetiredRace TimeGapIntervalBest LapLapStartedPoints
120Jody ScheckterSouth AfricaWolf FordGoodyear531:40:11.1901:40:11.190--1:52.10015119
28Carlos PaceBrazilBrabham Alfa RomeoGoodyear53+43.2401:40:54.430+43.240+43.2401:51.18014106
312Carlos ReutemannArgentinaFerrariGoodyear53+46.0201:40:57.210+46.020+2.7801:51.1803774
428Emerson FittipaldiBrazilFittipaldi FordGoodyear53+55.4801:41:06.670+55.480+9.4601:53.22019163
55Mario AndrettiUnited StatesLotus FordGoodyear51Wheel Bearing2 laps2 laps1:51.4901682
622Clay RegazzoniSwitzerlandEnsign FordGoodyear51+2 laps2 laps1:52.71015121
719Vittorio BrambillaItalySurtees FordGoodyear48Out of Fuel5 laps3 laps1:53.2001413
DNF10Ian ScheckterSouth AfricaMarch FordGoodyear45Electrical8 laps3 laps1:54.520817
NC16Tom PryceGreat BritainShadow FordGoodyear45+8 laps8 laps1:51.690369
DNF7John WatsonGreat BritainBrabham Alfa RomeoGoodyear41Suspension12 laps4 laps1:51.57032
DNF9Alex RibeiroBrazilMarch FordGoodyear39Transmission14 laps2 laps1:56.290920
NC26Jacques LaffiteFranceLigier MatraGoodyear37+16 laps16 laps2 laps1:52.7303515
DNF4Patrick DepaillerFranceTyrrell FordGoodyear32Overheating21 laps5 laps1:51.530243
DNF1James HuntGreat BritainMcLaren FordGoodyear31Suspension22 laps1 lap1:51.060211
DNF2Jochen MassGermanyMcLaren FordGoodyear28Spun Off25 laps3 laps1:51.450155
DNF3Ronnie PetersonSwedenTyrrell FordGoodyear28Spun Off25 laps1:52.5602314
DNF29Ingo HoffmannBrazilFittipaldi FordGoodyear22Engine31 laps6 laps1:57.2701919
DNF11Niki LaudaAustriaFerrariGoodyear20Fuel System33 laps2 laps1:52.020104
DNF18Hans BinderAustriaSurtees FordGoodyear18Accident35 laps2 laps1:55.960718
DNF17Renzo ZorziItalyShadow FordGoodyear2Gearbox51 laps16 laps2:00.730221
DNS6Gunnar NilssonSwedenLotus Ford53 laps2 laps