The 1971 Austrian Grand Prix was the eighth race of the 1971 Formula One season, and was held at the Österreichring on August 15, 1971. Jo Siffert absolutely dominated the weekend, broke Jackie Stewart's three race winning streak, and scored a Grand Chelem. Even though he retired from the race, Stewart clinched the 1971 World Championship.
Background[edit | edit source]
- Brabham: The cars were restored to their normal suspensions after modifications for Nürburgring. Tim Schenken's car ran with the full width nose seen in practice at Germany.
- BRM: After his release from McLaren, Peter Gethin had been signed as a replacement for Pedro Rodríguez. Howden Ganley had finally received a new P160, after patiently using an old P153 all season, and this car was in turn rented for the race by Helmut Marko. Jo Siffert tried an experimental short-stroke version of BRM's V-12 in practice.
- Ferrari: Once again, Mario Andretti was at a conflicting USAC event. The cars were unchanged from Germany.
- Lotus: the only changes were slight modifications to the rear driveshafts, trying to alleviate wheel vibration.
- March: No changes to the cars, but Niki Lauda made his Formula One debut as a rental driver.
- Matra: The team skipped this race to concentrate on badly needed development work.
- McLaren: Peter Gethin had been released from his contract, after increasing acrimony on both sides. Jackie Oliver was the new second driver, and as an experiment, his car had been modified with M14-design rear suspension.
- There were no changes to the Jo Bonnier entry.
- Surtees: John Surtees drove the newest car. Rolf Stommelen had been unhappy with the handling of his car at Nürburgring, so Surtees gave Stommelen his old car, and Stommelen's old car became the spare.
- Tyrrell: On Friday the team had modified Jackie Stewart's car with a 9 cm spacer between the engine and gearbox, to alter the weight distribution and polar moment of inertia, and aid in handling on longer radius corners. The team gathered a large amount of data before reverting to normal specifications for Saturday practice and the race. Otherwise the cars were unchanged.
Entry list[edit | edit source]
The full entry list for the 1971 Austrian Grand Prix is outlined below:
Practice Overview[edit | edit source]
Qualifying[edit | edit source]
Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]
|15||19||Nanni Galli||March-Alfa Romeo||1:39.54||+2.10|
Grid[edit | edit source]
Race[edit | edit source]
Results[edit | edit source]
|8||17||Ronnie Peterson||March-Ford||53||+1 Lap||11|
|9||10||Jackie Oliver||McLaren-Ford||53||+1 Lap||22|
|10||23||Peter Gethin||BRM||52||+2 Laps||16|
|11||16||Helmut Marko||BRM||52||+2 Laps||17|
|12||19||Nanni Galli||March-Alfa Romeo||51||+3 Laps||15|
|NC||27||Mike Beuttler||March-Ford||44||+10 Laps||19|
|DNS||28||Jo Bonnier||McLaren-Ford||0||Fuel leak||20|
Milestones[edit | edit source]
- Jackie Stewart clinched his second World Championship.
- Final victory and only Grand Chelem for Jo Siffert.
- Debut race for Niki Lauda.
Standings after race[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Pritchard, Anthony (1972). The Motor Racing Year No3. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.. pp. 86-93. ISBN 0-393-08502-3.
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