Österrike GP 1971


Grosser Preis von Österreich 15 Augusti 1971, Österreichring

Ronnie Peterson med sin March 711 gör i Österrikes GP 1971 sin sjuttonde start i Formel 1 sammanhang.

Inför denna tävling är emellertid Ronnies motor "trött", den har körts de båda senaste racen och skulle ha mått bra av en översyn. Men det fanns ingen tid för detta och med en sådan motor är det inte lätt att åstadkomma bra träningstider. Ronnie får endast 11:e bästa kvaltid, emedan Siffert står främst med Stewart för omväxlingens skull som nummer två.

Under själva loppet lider Ronnie av svår understyrning, men lyckas ändock ta sig i mål som åtta. Betydligt bättre går det för Reine Wisell som blir fyra - efter att ha haft startpositionen omedelbart före Ronnie.

Vinner gör Jo Siffert, som leder loppet från start till mål och dessutom med den bästa varvtiden (1.38,47). Fittipaldi i en Lotus blir tvåa och Tim Schenken (Brabham) slutar trea. 

Summary in english

With Jackie Stewart having won five of the first seven races, the World Championship was almost over by the time the teams arrived at Zeltweg in mid-August. Stewart had 51 points to Jacky Ickx's 19 and with only four races to go, making any impact was going to be difficult. There were a few changes down through the order. Peter Gethin had been released by McLaren to join BRM, where he replaced Pedro Rodriguez, who had been killed in a sportscar race a few weeks earlier at the Norisring. McLaren had taken on Jack Oliver to replace him. For the Austrian event March had rented out a factory car to a new rising star Niki Lauda, while another Austrian Helmut Marko was running in a fourth BRM.

Qualifying saw something of an upset Jackie Stewart being outqualified by Jo Siffert's BRM. The Scotsman was second quickest and his ever-improving Tyrrell team mate Francois Cevert was third, just ahead of the Clay Regazzoni in the fastest of the Ferraris. Emerson Fittipaldi was on the third row in his Lotus with Ickx 's Ferrari alongside, while the Brabhams of Tim Schenken and Graham Hill were on the fourth row. The top 10 was completed by Denny Hulme (McLaren) and Reine Wisell (Lotus).

Siffert took the lead at the start and successfully held off Stewart's attacks with Regazzoni, Cevert, Ickx and Schenken chasing after them. Both Ferraris were soon in trouble, however, both dropping out of the action with engine trouble. This promoted Cevert to third place and Schenken to fourth. As the race progressed Siffert began to edge away at the front. Cevert was able to close up on Stewart, who was struggling with the handling of his car. On lap 23 Cevert was waved through into second place. On lap 36 Stewart's race ended with a broken rear axle. Four laps earlier Ickx had retired for good and so Stewart was the World Champion as Ronnie Peterson, the only man with a mathematical chance was running around in ninth place with serious handling problems. He was not going to win the race.

Cevert's charge came to an end on lap 43 when his engine failed and so Fittipaldi moved into second, having overtaken Schenken a few laps earlier. In the final laps Siffert suffered a deflating tire but he was so far ahead that he was able to nurse the car to the line, beating Fittipaldi by just over four seconds.

Grand Prix Österrike
Datum 15 Augusti 1971
Bana Osterreichring
Säsong 1971
Deltävling 8
Längd (km) 5.911
Varv 54
Tid 1:30:23.910
Placering Nr Förare Team Tid Grid
1 14 Jo Siffert BRM 1:30:23.910 1
2 2 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus 4.120 5
3 8 Tim Schenken Brabham 19.770 7
4 3 Reine Wisell Lotus 31.870 10
5 7 Graham Hill Brabham 48.430 8
6 25 Henri Pescarolo March 84.510 13
7 24 Rolf Stommelen Surtees 97.420 12
8 17 Ronnie Peterson March +1 varv 11
9 10 Jackie Oliver McLaren +1 varv 22
10 23 Peter Gethin BRM +2 varv 16
11 16 Helmut Marko BRM +2 varv 17
12 19 Nanni Galli March +3 varv 15
nc 27 Mike Beuttler March +7 varv 19
r 12 François Cevert Tyrrell +12 varv 3
r 11 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell +19 varv 2
r 4 Jacky Ickx Ferrari +23 varv 6
r 26 Niki Lauda March +34 varv 21
r 22 Johnny Surtees Surtees +42 varv 18
r 5 Clay Regazzoni Ferrari +46 varv 4
r 15 Howden Ganley BRM +48 varv 14
r 9 Denny Hulme McLaren +50 varv 9
ns 28 Jo Bonnier McLaren   20
NC=Not Classified NT=No time set in qualifying R=Retired
EX=Excluded from meeting W=Withdrawn DQ=Disqualified
NS=Did not start NQ=Did not qualify NPQ=Did not pre-qualify

Aktuell ställning

Position Förare Nation Poäng
1 Jackie Stewart GBR 51
2 Jacky Ickx BEL 19
3 Ronnie Peterson SWE 17
4 Emerson Fittipaldi BRA 16
5 Jo Siffert CH 13
6 Clay Regazzoni CH 12
" François Cevert FRA 12
" Mario Andretti USA 12

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