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1977 Monaco Grand Prix

Grand Prix de Monaco

Sunday, May 22, 1977
Warm, dry and sunny
Fastest Lap:
J Scheckter, 1m31.07
1977 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive

Another win for Wolf
Monte Carlo, May 22nd

The Annual frolic round the streets of Monte Carlo when drivers and spectators alike can indulge in flagrant law-breaking by the standards of most “civilised” countries, was its usual popular self. Many of the professionals within the Formula one “circus” will explain at great length why the Monaco Grand Prix is an anomaly in ! The modern world of Formula One racing…” but few will define what they mean by “modern world”. None will miss the opportunity of taking part in the manifestation, whatever their connection with motor racing, and the annual gathering in the tiny, overcrowded Principality brings out more people who had long since retired from the game, than any other event. You do not have to take it too seriously; in fact if you do you are liable to become disenchanted and bitter. But take it as it is presented and it is an event not to be missed. I would not go as far as one media source wrote in their pre-race blurb, that “Monaco is THE race to win”, unless you are a social-climber and value the opportunity of shaking hands with a real, live Prince and Princess on the winner’s rostrum. Like the Le Mans 24-hour race and Indianapolis, the Monaco Grand Prix has become something of a winner’s rostrum. Like the Le Mans 23-hour race and Indianapolis, the Monaco Grand Prix has become something of an institution, even if it does not fit into the driver/businessman’s idea of how Formula One should be moulded to suit his profession.

There was no shortage of entries, no boycotts by drivers, no reluctance to take part and the chosen Top Twenty, with two spares were all ready to go by mid-week. Practice was arranged for Thursday morning and afternoon; Friday was restricted to Formula Three and Renault racing practice while Saturday morning saw the Formula One teams wasting 1 ½ hours on “testing” without official timing, and for an all-too-short one hour on Saturday afternoon everyone had a final chance to establish their position on the starting grid. The positions were very critical, for in the interests of something or other, the grid at Monte Carlo is lined up in two staggered rows, with all those on the left about two car lengths ahead of those on the right, making an effective 1 x 1 grid formation, so the car on pole position had two-lengths start over the second fastest and so on.