Monaco GP 1971

MAY 23, 1971

Monaco GP, 1971

There was a five week break between the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix which featured the International Trophy at Silverstone, which featured Formula 1 cars against the Chevrolet-engined Formula 5000 machines. Jackie Stewart (the winner in Spain) won the first heat but retired from the second when his throttle stuck open and he crashed at the first corner. This gave Graham Hill victory in his Brabham.

The Monaco organizers decided to allow 18 cars to start rather than the usual 16 and to do away with the complicated system of guaranteed places on the grid. It was simply a question of the fastest 18 cars and there were 23 present. Mario Andretti was unlucky as rain wiped out the Thursday qualifying and on Friday he suffered immediate mechanical trouble and so failed to qualify. Also out were the private March of Skip Barber, the factory March-Alfa Romeo of Nanni Galli and the factory March-Cosworth of Alex Soler-Roig and the third BRM of Howden Ganley (this being an old car).

At the front end of the grid Stewart was dominant, taking pole by 1.2secs from Jacky Ickx's Ferrari. The second row featured Jo Siffert's BRM and Chris Amon's Matra and the third row had Pedro Rodriguez (BRM) alongside Denny Hulme's McLaren. The top 10 was completed by Jean-Pierre Beltoise (Matra), Ronnie Peterson (March), Graham Hill (Brabham) and John Surtees (Surtees). Team Lotus had a terrible time with Reine Wisell 11th and Emerson Fittipaldi 17th. Amon had problems before the start so Ickx and Stewart were left to fight for the first corner with Siffert, who managed to slip ahead of the Ferrari and take second place behind Stewart. Monaco ace Graham Hill made a mistake on this occasion and crashed on the second lap and his Brabham teammate Tim Schenken hit a barrier two laps later while swerving to avoid Francois Cevert's Tyrrell when the Frenchman's engine cut. Both men got going again but Cevert crashed two laps later when the engine cut again. Stewart gradually increased his lead but the man making the most impact was Peterson who climbed up to second place in the mid-race, passing both Ickx and Siffert. Siffert later went out with an engine failure and so fourth place went to Hulme.

11 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Cosworth 003 80 1h52m21.300s  
17 Ronnie Peterson March-Cosworth 711 80 1h52m46.900s  
Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312B2 80 1h53m14.600s  
Denny Hulme McLaren-Cosworth M19A 80 1h53m28.000s  
Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Cosworth 72D 79  17 
24 Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Cosworth TS9 79  16 
22 John Surtees Surtees-Cosworth TS9 79  10 
27 Henri Pescarolo March-Cosworth 711 77  13 
15 Pedro Rodriguez BRM P160 76  
10 Tim Schenken Brabham-Cosworth BT33 76  18 
14 Jo Siffert BRM-Cosworth P160 58 Mechanical 
21 Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra Simca-Matra MS120B 47 Transmission 
20 Chris Amon Matra Simca-Matra MS120B 45 Transmission 
Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 312B2 24 Accident 11 
10 Peter Gethin McLaren-Cosworth M14A 22 Accident 14 
Reine Wisell Lotus-Cosworth 72C 21 Mechanical 12 
12 Francois Cevert Tyrrell-Cosworth 002 Suspension/ Accident 15 
Graham Hill Brabham-Cosworth BT34 Accident 
nq 16 Howden Ganley BRM P153   19 
nq Mario Andretti Ferrari 312B   20 
nq 19 Giovanni Galli March-Alfa Romeo 711   21 
nq 18 Alex Soler-Roig March-Cosworth 711   22 
nq 28 Skip Barber March-Cosworth 711   23