- 1976 Formula One season
Previous = 1975
Current = 1976
Next = 1977The 1976 Formula One season included the 27th
FIA Formula OneWorld Championship season, which commenced on January 25, 1976, and ended on October 24after sixteen races.
In an extraordinarily political season the world championship went to
James Huntby 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 Massand 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 Andrettiwon, 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.
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.
Non-Championship race results
Other Formula One races were also held in 1976, which did not count towards the World Championship.
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