Monaco GP 1977

Monaco GP, 1977

Niki Lauda was fit again in time for the Monaco GP, having missed the Spanish event because of a rib problem. The major teams were unchanged although Renzo Zori had been dropped by Shadow because of a dispute over sponsorship and his place had been taken by a new 23-year-old Italian rising star called Riccardo Patrese. The Stanley BRM team had again disappeared while McLaren had decided against using the M26 and was back with the old M23 again.

The Brabham team had been involved in intensive testing before the race and John Watson showed that progress had been made by taking pole position ahead of Jody Scheckter's Wolf, Carlos Reutemann's Ferrari and Ronnie Peterson's Tyrrell. Then came the second Brabham of Hans Stuck, Lauda's Ferrari, Hunt's McLaren and Patrick Depailler in the second Tyrrell while Jochen Mass (McLaren) and Spanish GP winner Mario Andretti (Lotus) completed the top 10. Clay Regazzoni had troubles in the Ensign and decided to fly to the United States instead to qualify a Theodore McLaren for the Indianapolis 500 and so Jacky Ickx was given the Ensign drive and qualified on Saturday. Ian Scheckter crashed his March heavily and damaged his ribs and so did not qualify. It was a bad weekend for March with all four cars failing to make the race.

At the start Jody Scheckter made a better start and took the lead from Watson with Reutemann third, Stuck fourth and Peterson fifth. It was lead that the Wolf never lost. Watson's second place continued until the 45th lap when gearbox trouble dropped him behind Lauda who had worked his way to third in the early laps, passing Peterson and Reutemann and profiting from the retirement of Stuck. Reutemann finished third after a quiet race with Mass, Andretti and Alan Jones (Shadow) completing the scorers.

20 Jody Scheckter Wolf-Cosworth  76 1h57m52,770s  
11 Niki Lauda Ferrari  76 1h57m53.660s  
12 Carlos Reutemann Ferrari  76 1h58m25.570s  
Jochen Mass McLaren-Cosworth  76 1h58m25.370s  
Mario Andretti Lotus-Cosworth  76 1h5828.320s  10 
17 Alan Jones Shadow-Cosworth  76 1h58m29.380s  11 
26 Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra  76 1h58m57.210s  16 
19 Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Cosworth  76 1h59m01.410s  14 
16 Riccardo Patrese Shadow-Cosworth  75  15 
10 22 Jackie Ickx Ensign-Cosworth  75  17 
11 34 Jean-Pierre Jarier Penske-Cosworth  74  12 
12 24 Rupert Keegan Hesketh-Cosworth  73  20 
Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Cosworth  51 Gearbox 13 
John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo  48 Gearbox 
Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Cosworth  46 Brakes/gearbox 
18 Hans Binder Surtees-Cosworth  41 Fuel Injection 19 
28 Emerson Fittipaldi Copersucar-Cosworth  37 Engine 18 
James Hunt McLaren-Cosworth  25 Dropped Valve 
Hans-Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo  19 Electrics/fire 
Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Cosworth  10 Brakes 
nq 37 Arturo Merzario March-Cosworth    21 
nq 33 Boy (Johan Gerard) Hayje March-Cosworth    22 
nq 25 Harald Ertl Hesketh-Cosworth    23 
nq 22 Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Cosworth    24 
nq Alex-Dias Ribeiro March-Cosworth    25 
nq 10 Ian Scheckter March-Cosworth    26