1977 German Grand Prix

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1977 German Grand Prix
Race 11 of 17 in the 1977 Formula One season
Circuit Hockenheimring-1970.svg
Race details
Date 31 July 1977
Official name XXXIX Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Hockenheimring
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 6.789 km (4.218 mi)
Distance 47 laps, 319.083 km (198.246 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Wolf-Ford
Time 1:53.07
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari
Time 1:55.99 on lap 28
First Ferrari
Second Wolf-Ford
Third Brabham-Alfa Romeo

The 1977 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Hockenheimring on 31 July 1977. It was the eleventh race of the 1977 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1977 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

The German Grand Prix was moved to Hockenheim following Niki Lauda's near-fatal accident at the dangerous Nürburgring in 1976. This was the second time the race was held at Hockenheim, the first being in 1970.

The 47-lap race was won by Lauda, driving a Ferrari. Jody Scheckter finished second in a Wolf-Ford, having started from pole position, while Hans-Joachim Stuck was third in a Brabham-Alfa Romeo.


In qualifying, Jody Scheckter took his first pole of the season, ahead of John Watson and then Niki Lauda who headed the second row. Scheckter kept the lead at the first corner with both Watson and Lauda keeping their positions. Watson put pressure on Scheckter until his engine failed on the eighth lap, giving second to Lauda who passed Scheckter soon after and began to pull away. Scheckter battled for second with James Hunt until the defending champion retired with an engine failure, giving third to Watson's teammate and home driver Hans-Joachim Stuck. That was how it stayed to the end; Lauda winning from Scheckter and Stuck.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 47 1:31:49.3 3 9
2 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 47 + 14.33 1 6
3 8 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 47 + 20.90 5 4
4 12 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 47 + 1:00.27 8 3
5 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 47 + 1:27.37 10 2
6 23 France Patrick Tambay Ensign-Ford 47 + 1:29.81 11 1
7 18 Australia Vern Schuppan Surtees-Ford 46 + 1 Lap 19  
8 9 Brazil Alex Ribeiro March-Ford 46 + 1 Lap 20  
9 3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 42 Engine 14  
10 16 Italy Riccardo Patrese Shadow-Ford 42 Wheel 16  
Ret 24 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Hesketh-Ford 40 Accident 23  
Ret 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 34 Engine 7  
Ret 1 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 32 Fuel Pump 4  
Ret 6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 31 Engine 9  
Ret 2 West Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 26 Gearbox 13  
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 22 Engine 15  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 21 Engine 6  
Ret 25 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Hesketh-Ford 20 Engine 24  
Ret 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 14 Accident 21  
Ret 10 South Africa Ian Scheckter March-Ford 9 Clutch 19  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 8 Engine 2  
Ret 34 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Penske-Ford 5 Transmission 12  
Ret 17 Australia Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 0 Accident 17  
Ret 22 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 0 Accident 22  
DSQ 35 West Germany Hans Heyer Penske-Ford 9 Gear Linkage,
took part illegally
DNQ 27 Belgium Patrick Nève March-Ford        
DNQ 36 Spain Emilio de Villota McLaren-Ford        
DNQ 28 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford        
DNQ 37 Italy Arturo Merzario March-Ford        
DNQ 40 Belgium Teddy Pilette BRM        


  • German Hans Heyer did not qualify, but started anyway from the pit lane, only to retire with a mechanical failure. He was later disqualified.[2]
  • This was the 100th World Championship race victory for tyre manufacturer Goodyear.[3]

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 8 results from the first 9 races and the best 7 results from the remaining 8 races were retained. Numbers without parentheses are retained points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


  1. ^ "1977 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Strange but true: F1's weirdest and most amazing records". formula1.com. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  3. ^ "1977: Consistency secures Niki Lauda a second title". ESPN. Retrieved 8 October 2017.

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