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The 1976 Formula One season included the 27th FIA Formula One World Championship season, which commenced on January 25, 1976, and ended on October 24 after sixteen races.

Season summary

In an extraordinarily political season the world championship went to James Hunt by one point from Niki Lauda, although Ferrari took the constructors' title. Controversy began in Spain where Hunt was initially disqualified from first place, giving the race to Lauda, only for the decision to be overturned on appeal months later. The six wheeled Tyrrell confounded the sceptics by winning in Sweden, with Lauda third and Hunt fifth.

Hunt won in France and, it seemed, in Britain, but the race had been restarted after a first lap pile-up and Hunt re-started in a spare car which was against the rules. He was eventually disqualified after an appeal from Ferrari, whose own driver, Regazzoni, had also re-started in a spare. Lauda became the official race winner.

Lauda then crashed heavily in Germany and appeared likely to die from his injuries. Hunt won the race and finished fourth to John Watson's Penske (the team's only win) in Austria. Miraculously, Lauda returned to finish fourth in Italy, where Hunt, Jochen Mass and Watson were relegated to the back of the grid for alleged infringements of the regulations.

Hunt won in Canada and in the USA but Lauda took third to lead Hunt by three points going into the final race. In appalling weather conditions Mario Andretti won, Lauda gave up because of the hazardous conditions, and Hunt eventually finished third to take the title.

Chris Amon, drove his last grand prix in Germany, failing to win a single championship race. The 1976 Wolf-Williams cars were originally Heskeths, and Williams had left the team by September. The Boro-Ford team was renamed Ensign-Ford.

Drivers and constructors

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine No Driver
Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 312T

312T2
Ferrari flat-12 1 Niki Lauda
2 Clay Regazzoni
35 Carlos Reutemann
Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 007

P34
Cosworth V8 3 Jody Scheckter
4 Patrick Depailler
John Player Team Lotus Lotus 77 Cosworth V8 5 Ronnie Peterson
Bob Evans
Mario Andretti
6
Gunnar Nilsson
Martini Racing Brabham BT45 Alfa Romeo Flat-12 7 Carlos Reutemann
Rolf Stommelen
Larry Perkins
8 Carlos Pace
77 Rolf Stommelen
Beta Team March
March Engineering
Ovoro Team March
Theodore Racing


March 761 Cosworth V8 9 Vittorio Brambilla
10 Lella Lombardi
Ronnie Peterson
34 Hans Joachim Stuck
35 Arturo Merzario
Marlboro Team McLarenmarker McLarenmarker M23

M26
Cosworth V8 11 James Hunt
12 Jochen Mass
Shellsport/Whiting Surtees TS16 Cosworth V8 13 Divina Galica
Stanley BRM BRM P201B BRM V12 14 Ian Ashley
Lexington Racing Tyrrell 007 Cosworth V8 15 Ian Scheckter
Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN5B

DN8
Cosworth V8 16 Tom Pryce
17 Jean-Pierre Jarier
Team Surtees
Durex Team Surtees
Surtees TS19 Cosworth V8 18 Brett Lunger
Conny Andersson
Noritake Takahara
19 Alan Jones
Walter Wolf Racing Williams FW05 Cosworth V8 20 Jacky Ickx
Arturo Merzario
21 Renzo Zorzi
Michel Leclère
Warwick Brown
Hans Binder
Team Ensign Ensign N174

N176
Cosworth V8 22 Chris Amon
Patrick Nève
Hans Binder
Jacky Ickx
Hesketh Racing
Penthouse Rizla Racing with Hesketh
Hesketh 308D Cosworth V8 24 Harald Ertl
25 Guy Edwards
Rolf Stommelen
Alex Ribeiro
Mapfre-Williams Williams FW04 Cosworth V8 Emilio Zapico
Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS5 Matra V12 26 Jacques Laffite
Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing Parnelli VPJ4B Cosworth V8 27 Mario Andretti
Citibank Team Penske Penske PC3

PC4
Cosworth V8 28 John Watson
Copersucar-Fittipaldi Fittipaldi FD04 Cosworth V8 30 Emerson Fittipaldi
31 Ingo Hoffmann
RAM Racing Brabham BT44B Cosworth V8 32 Loris Kessel
33 Emilio de Villota
Patrick Nève
Jac Nelleman
Damien Magee
Lella Lombardi
HB Bewaking Alarm Systems Boro N175 Cosworth V8 37 Larry Perkins
Scuderia Gulf Rondini Tyrrell 007 Cosworth V8 37 Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi
39
40
ÖASC Racing Team Tyrrell 007 Cosworth V8 39 Otto Stuppacher
40
Team P R Reilly Shadow DN3 Cosworth V8 40 Mike Wilds
Kojima Engineering Kojima KE007 Cosworth V8 51 Masahiro Hasemi
Heroes Racing Tyrrell 007 Cosworth V8 52 Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Maki Engineering Maki F102A Cosworth V8 54 Tony Trimmer


Season review

The Driver's championship was won by James Hunt from Niki Lauda, who had to miss several races as a result of an injury sustained in a crash at the German Grand Prix.

Rnd Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Report
1 Brazilian Grand Prixmarker January 25 Interlagosmarker Niki Lauda Ferrari Report
2 South African Grand Prix March 6 Kyalamimarker Niki Lauda Ferrari Report
3 United States Grand Prix Westmarker March 28 Long Beachmarker Clay Regazzoni Ferrari Report
4 Spanish Grand Prixmarker May 2 Jaramamarker James Hunt McLarenmarker-Ford Report
5 Belgian Grand Prixmarker May 16 Zoldermarker Niki Lauda Ferrari Report
6 Monaco Grand Prix May 30 Monacomarker Niki Lauda Ferrari Report
7 Swedish Grand Prix June 13 Scandinavian Racewaymarker Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford Report
8 French Grand Prixmarker July 4 Paul Ricardmarker James Hunt McLarenmarker-Ford Report
9 British Grand Prixmarker July 18 Brands Hatchmarker Niki Lauda Ferrari Report
10 German Grand Prixmarker August 1 Nürburgringmarker James Hunt McLarenmarker-Ford Report
11 Austrian Grand Prix August 15 Österreichringmarker John Watson Penske-Ford Report
12 Dutch Grand Prix August 29 Zandvoortmarker James Hunt McLarenmarker-Ford Report
13 Italian Grand Prixmarker September 12 Monzamarker Ronnie Peterson March-Ford Report
14 Canadian Grand Prixmarker October 3 Mosportmarker James Hunt McLarenmarker-Ford Report
15 United States Grand Prix October 10 Watkins Glenmarker James Hunt McLarenmarker-Ford Report
16 Japanese Grand Prix October 24 Fuji Speedwaymarker Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Report


1976 Constructors Championship final standings

Place Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Points Wins Podiums Poles
1 Ferrari 312T

312T2
Ferrari 015 83 6 13 4
2 McLarenmarker-Ford M23

M26
Ford Cosworth DFV 74 (75) 6 10 8
3 Tyrrell-Ford 007

P34
Ford Cosworth DFV 71 1 12 2
4 Lotus-Ford 77 Ford Cosworth DFV 29 1 5 1
5 Penske-Ford PC3

PC4
Ford Cosworth DFV 20 1 3
6 Ligier-Matra JS5 Matra MS73 20 3 1
7 March-Ford 761 Ford Cosworth DFV 19 1 1 1
8 Shadow-Ford DN5B

DN8
Ford Cosworth DFV 10 1
9 Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT45 Alfa Romeo 115-12 9
10 Surtees-Ford TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 7
11 Fittipaldi-Ford FD04 Ford Cosworth DFV 3
12 Ensign-Ford N174

N176
Ford Cosworth DFV 2
13 Parnelli-Ford VPJ4B Ford Cosworth DFV 1
14 Wolf-Williams-Ford FW05 Ford Cosworth DFV
15 Williams-Ford FW04 Ford Cosworth DFV
16 Kojima-Ford KE007 Ford Cosworth DFV
17 Hesketh-Ford 308D Ford Cosworth DFV
18 Maki-Ford F102A Ford Cosworth DFV
19 BRM P201B BRM P200
20 Brabham-Ford BT44B Ford Cosworth DFV
21 Boro-Ford 001 Ford Cosworth DFV


1976 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos Driver BRA

RSA

USW

ESP

BEL

MON

SWE

FRA

GBR

GER

AUT

NED

ITA

CAN

USA

JPN

Pts
1 James Hunt Ret 2 Ret 1 Ret Ret 5 1 DSQ 1 4 1 Ret 1 1 3 69
2 Niki Lauda 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 Ret 1 Ret INJ INJ 4 8 3 Ret 68
3 Jody Scheckter 5 4 Ret Ret 4 2 1 6 2 2 Ret 5 5 4 2 Ret 49
4 Patrick Depailler 2 9 3 Ret Ret 3 2 2 Ret Ret Ret 7 6 2 Ret 2 39
5 Clay Regazzoni 7 Ret 1 11 2 14 6 Ret Ret 9 2 2 6 7 5 31
6 Mario Andretti Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 12 5 3 Ret 3 Ret 1 22
7 John Watson Ret 5 NC Ret 7 10 Ret 3 3 7 1 Ret 11 10 6 Ret 20
8 Jacques Laffite Ret Ret 4 12 3 12 4 14 Ret Ret 2 Ret 3 Ret Ret 7 20
9 Jochen Mass 6 3 5 Ret 6 5 11 15 Ret 3 7 9 Ret 5 4 Ret 19
10 Gunnar Nilsson Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 3 Ret 13 12 Ret 6 11
11 Ronnie Peterson Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 7 19 Ret Ret 6 Ret 1 9 Ret Ret 10
12 Tom Pryce 3 7 Ret 8 10 7 9 8 4 8 Ret 4 8 11 Ret Ret 10
13 Hans-Joachim Stuck 4 12 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 8
14 Carlos Pace 10 Ret 9 6 Ret 9 8 4 8 4 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 7
15 Alan Jones NC 9 5 Ret 13 Ret 5 10 Ret 8 12 16 8 4 7
16 Carlos Reutemann 12 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 3
17 Emerson Fittipaldi 13 17 6 Ret DNQ 6 Ret Ret 6 13 Ret Ret 15 Ret 9 Ret 3
18 Chris Amon 14 8 5 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 2
19 Vittorio Brambilla Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 7 14 Ret Ret 1
20 Rolf Stommelen 6 12 Ret 1
NC Harald Ertl 15 DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ Ret Ret 7 Ret 8 Ret 16 DNS 13 8 0
NC Jean-Pierre Jarier Ret Ret 7 Ret 9 8 12 12 9 11 Ret 10 19 18 10 10 0
NC Jacky Ickx 8 16 DNQ 7 DNQ DNQ 10 DNQ Ret 10 13 Ret 0
NC Larry Perkins 13 8 DNQ Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret Ret 0
NC Henri Pescarolo DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 9 11 17 19 NC 0
NC Arturo Merzario DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 14 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret 0
NC Renzo Zorzi 9 0
NC Noritake Takahara 9 0
NC Michel Leclère 13 DNQ 10 11 11 Ret 13 0
NC Brett Lunger 11 DNQ DNQ Ret 15 16 Ret Ret 10 14 15 11 0
NC Bob Evans 10 DNQ 0
NC Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi 14 11 DNQ 18 0
NC Ingo Hoffmann 11 DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
NC Masahiro Hasemi 11 0
NC Loris Kessel DNQ 12 Ret DNQ NC 0
NC Lella Lombardi 14 DNQ DNQ 12 0
NC Alex Ribeiro 12 0
NC Warwick Brown 14 0
NC Guy Edwards DNQ 17 Ret 15 DNS 20 0
NC Patrick Nève Ret 18 0
NC Hans Binder Ret Ret 0
NC Ian Ashley Ret 0
NC Ian Scheckter Ret 0
NC Boy Hayje Ret 0
NC Conny Andersson Ret 0
NC Kazuyoshi Hoshino Ret 0
NC Otto Stuppacher DNS DNQ DNQ 0
NC Emilio de Villota DNQ 0
NC Emilio Zapico DNQ 0
NC Jac Nelleman DNQ 0
NC Damien Magee DNQ 0
NC Mike Wilds DNQ 0
NC Divina Galica DNQ 0
NC Tony Trimmer DNQ 0
Pos Driver BRA

RSA

USW

ESP

BEL

MON

SWE

FRA

GBR

GER

AUT

NED

ITA

CAN

USA

JPN

Pts




Non-Championship race results

Other Formula One races were also held in 1976, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
XI Race of Champions Brands Hatchmarker March 14 James Hunt McLarenmarker-Cosworth Report
XXVIII BRDC International Trophy Silverstonemarker April 11 James Hunt McLarenmarker-Cosworth Report


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