|1976 Brazilian Grand Prix|
Race 1 of 16 in the 1976 Formula One season|
|Date||January 25, 1976|
|Official name||V Grande Prêmio do Brasil|
|Location||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||7.960 km (4.946 mi)|
|Distance||40 laps, 318.400 km (197.845 mi)|
|Time||2:35.07 on lap 31|
The 1976 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Interlagos in São Paulo, Brazil on 25 January 1976. It was the opening round of the 1976 Formula One season. The race was the fifth Brazilian Grand Prix and the fourth to be held for the World Drivers' Championship. The race was held over 40 laps of the 7.87-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 315 kilometres.
The race was won by defending world champion, Niki Lauda, driving a Ferrari 312T. The Austrian driver won his eighth Formula One Grand Prix by 28 seconds over French driver Patrick Depailler in a Tyrrell 007. Second place was Depailler's best finish in almost two years having finished second previously at the 1974 Swedish Grand Prix. Tom Pryce finished third in a Shadow DN5B in his second podium in six months. It would prove to be the season highlight for Pryce and for Shadow Racing Cars. It was their only podium for the season and Pryce would not stand on the podium again.
|10||Carlos Pace||Brabham-Alfa Romeo||2:34,54||10|
|15||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Alfa Romeo||2:35,97||15|
For the opening round of the season, James Hunt took his first Formula 1 pole position with reigning champion Niki Lauda alongside in his Ferrari. Emerson Fittipaldi qualified fifth on his debut for his brother Wilson's Copersucar team. Clay Regazzoni in the second Ferrari took the lead at the start. Lotus teammates Andretti and Peterson collided on the first lap, both retiring as a result. Lauda was still in the lead ahead of Hunt and Jarier. Hunt crashed out due to a sticking throttle, and Jarier did the same a lap later after driving on some oil in the track from Hunt's car. Fittipaldi's debut race for Copersucar failed to live up to its initial promise, the Brazilian double world champion ending up three laps down after various technical problems. Lauda thus started his title defence with victory, with Patrick Depailler second in the Tyrrell, and Tom Pryce completing the podium in the other Shadow.
|2||4||Patrick Depailler||Tyrrell-Ford||40||+ 21.47||9||6|
|3||16||Tom Pryce||Shadow-Ford||40||+ 23.84||12||4|
|4||34||Hans-Joachim Stuck||March-Ford||40||+ 1:28.17||14||3|
|5||3||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Ford||40||+ 1:56.46||13||2|
|6||12||Jochen Mass||McLaren-Ford||40||+ 1:58.27||6||1|
|7||2||Clay Regazzoni||Ferrari||40||+ 2:15.24||4|
|8||20||Jacky Ickx||Wolf-Williams-Ford||39||+ 1 lap||19|
|9||21||Renzo Zorzi||Wolf-Williams-Ford||39||+ 1 lap||17|
|10||8||Carlos Pace||Brabham-Alfa Romeo||39||+ 1 Lap||10|
|11||31||Ingo Hoffmann||Fittipaldi-Ford||39||+ 1 Lap||20|
|12||7||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Alfa Romeo||37||Out of Fuel||15|
|13||30||Emerson Fittipaldi||Fittipaldi-Ford||37||+ 3 Laps||5|
|14||10||Lella Lombardi||March-Ford||36||+ 4 Laps||22|
|Ret||9||Vittorio Brambilla||March-Ford||15||Oil Leak||7|
|Ret||28||John Watson||Penske-Ford||2||Fuel System||8|
|Ret||14||Ian Ashley||BRM||2||Oil Pump||21|
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "1976 Brazilian GP - Overview". www.chicanef1.com. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
- "Brazilian Grand Prix". MotorSport. March 1976. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
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- "1976 Brazilian GP - Fastest Laps". www.chicanef1.com. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
- "Lauda Easily Wins Opening Prix Race". Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. 26 January 1976. Retrieved 1 August 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Lauda's Ferrari Winner of Brazilian Grand Prix". The Los Angeles Times. 26 January 1976. Retrieved 1 August 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
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- "Brazil 1976 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
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