- 1976 Swedish Grand Prix
Formula One Swedish Grand Prixwas held at the Scandinavian Racewayon June 13, 1976.
It saw the first (and only) win of a 6-wheel car - the
Tyrrell P34. The theory was that its four tiny front wheels would increase mechanical front-end grip – with more rubber on the road – and thus eliminate understeerwhile at the same time improve cornering and braking.
When it was revealed it was the instant sensation of the 1976 season. The car was a photo opportunity on wheels – six of them, which was precisely why – and must have given Elf more free publicity in the 1976 pre-season and beyond than it garnered during the whole of 1974 and 1975.
Jody Schecktertook pole, with Patrick Depaillerin fourth. In the race the Tyrrells strode imperiously to a crushing one-two. The South African, who when later probed confided that he thought the six-wheeled concept ridiculous, was beaming on the podium.
However the Swedish walkover proved to be a fluke, and the P34 never won a race again.
Pole position: Jody Scheckter - 1:25.659cite book | last = Lang | first = Mike | title = Grand Prix! Vol 3 | publisher = Haynes Publishing Group | date = 1983 | pages = p126 | isbn = 0-85429-380-9]
Fastest lap: Mario Andretti - 1:28.002 on lap 11cite book | last = Lang | first = Mike | title = Grand Prix! Vol 3 | publisher = Haynes Publishing Group | date = 1983 | pages = p128 | isbn = 0-85429-380-9]
"Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from cite web | title = The Official Formula 1 website | url = http://www.formula1.com/results/season/1976/448/ | accessdate = 2007-06-16
F1 race report
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