Gran Premio di Roma

Vallelunga, 10 Oct 1971

1 Ronnie Peterson March 712M [7] - Cosworth FVA
#1 March Engineering
156.352 kph
2 Dieter Quester March 712M [14] - BMW M12/2
#5 Eifelland Wohnwagenbau (see note 1)
3 Carlos Reutemann Brabham BT36 [6] - Cosworth FVA
#2 Automovil Club, Argentina (see note 2)
4 Mike Beuttler March 712M [5] - Cosworth FVA
5 Gerry Birrell Lotus 69 [71/69.3.F2] - Cosworth FVA
#10 J&J Stanton
6 John Watson Brabham BT30 [11] - Cosworth FVA
#13 (see note 3)
7 Niki Lauda March 712M [9B as '9'] - Cosworth FVA
#8 March Engineering
8 John Cannon March 712M [15] - Cosworth FVA
#12 (see note 4)
9 Carlos Ruesch Brabham BT36 [7] - Cosworth FVA
#25 Automovil Club, Argentina (see note 5)
10 Claudio Francisci Tecno TF70 [T00806] - Cosworth FVA
#29 Racing Team IRIS
11 Giovanni Salvati March 712M [19] - Cosworth FVA
#28 Scuderia Ala d'Oro
12 Fredy Link March 712M [16] - Cosworth FVA
#22 Jolly Club
13 Carlos Pace March 712M [20] - Cosworth FVA
#26 Frank Williams Racing
14 Silvio Moser Brabham BT36 [11] - Cosworth FVA
#14 (see note 6)
15 Peter Westbury Brabham BT36 [5] - Cosworth FVA
#11 FIRST (see note 7)
66 retired heat 2
16 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud March 712M [11] - Cosworth FVA
#7 Shell-Arnold
63 retired heat 2
17 Henri Pescarolo March 712M [4] - Cosworth FVA
#38 Frank Williams Racing
61 retired heat 2
18 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus 69 [69/71.5.F2] - Cosworth FVA
#36 Team Bardahl
33 retired heat 2
NC Wilson Fittipaldi March 712M [17] - Cosworth FVA
#6 Team Bardahl (see note 8)
11 retired heat 1; DNS heat 2
NC François Cevert Tecno TF71 [T00722] - Ford BDA
#4 Équipe ELF Tecno
6 retired heat 1; DNS heat 2
NC Tim Schenken Brabham BT36 [1] - Cosworth FVA
#3 Rondel Racing (see note 9)
6 accident heat 1; DNS heat 2
NC Derek Bell March 712M [2] - Cosworth FVA
#39 Frank Williams Racing
3 retired heat 1; DNS heat 2
DNQ Jean-Pierre Jarier March 712M [9A as '10'] - Cosworth FVA
#9 Shell-Arnold
Did not qualify
DNQ Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla March 712M [18] - Cosworth FVA
#32 Scuderia Ala d'Oro
Did not qualify
DNQ François Mazet Chevron B18 [18.71.3] - Cosworth FVA
#15 Siffert Racing Team (see note 10)
Did not qualify
DNQ Luigi Fontanesi Tecno TF70 [T00808] - Cosworth FVA
#30 Racing Team IRIS
Did not qualify
DNQ Giancarlo Gagliardi March 712M [1] - Cosworth FVA
#27 Scuderia Ala d'Oro
Did not qualify
DNQ Helmut Gall Tecno TF70 [T00804] - Cosworth FVA
#24 Autofunk Racing Team
Did not qualify
DNQ Adam Potocki Lotus 69 [69.F2.3] - Cosworth FVA
#18 GTE Racing Cars
Did not qualify
DNA Lionel Noghès Brabham BT30 [9] - Cosworth FVA
#16 Écurie Monaco (see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Jeremy Richardson Brabham BT30 [16] - Cosworth FVA
#17 Paul Watson Racing Organisation
(see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA John Pollock Lotus 69 [71/69.2.F2] - Cosworth FVA
#19 Gerry Kinnane
Did not arrive
DNA Hannelore Werner March 712M [3] - Cosworth FVA
#20 Eifelland Wohnwagenbau
Did not arrive
DNA Patrick Dal Bo Pygmée MDB16 [MDB16-271] - Cosworth FVA
#21 Constructions Mech Pygmée (see note 13)
Did not arrive
DNA Bernd Terbeck Brabham BT36 [3] - Cosworth FVA
#23 (see note 14)
Did not arrive
DNA Vittorio Brambilla March 712M [1] - Cosworth FVA
#31 Scuderia Ala d'Oro
Did not arrive
DNA Reine Wisell Lotus 69 [71/69.8.FB] - Cosworth FVA
Did not arrive
DNA Jean Blanc Tecno TF70 [T00 740] - Cosworth FVA
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F2 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Emerson Fittipaldi350.42.48.8156.956 kph
2Ronnie Peterson0.43.00.9
3Dieter Quester0.43.06.0
4Jean-Pierre Jaussaud0.43.07.8
5Carlos Reutemann0.43.21.2
6Henri Pescarolo0.43.25.5
7Mike Beuttler0.43.26.2
8Gerry Birrell0.43.36.9
9John Watson0.43.37.9
10Claudio Francisci0.43.38.8
11Niki Lauda0.43.49.6
12John Cannon0.43.50.7
13Carlos Ruesch350.43.56.9
14Peter Westbury0.44.00.9
15Giovanni Salvati0.44.03.2
16Fredy Link34
17Silvio Moser33
18Carlos Pace33
Wilson Fittipaldi11Driveshaft
François Cevert6Radiator header tank
Tim Schenken6Accident avoiding slowing Cevert
Derek Bell3Engine
Jean-Pierre JarierDid not qualify
Ernesto "Tino" BrambillaDid not qualify
François MazetDid not qualify
Luigi FontanesiDid not qualify
Giancarlo GagliardiDid not qualify
Helmut GallDid not qualify
Adam PotockiDid not qualify
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Ronnie Peterson350.42.56.3156.463 kph
2Dieter Quester0.43.01.0
3Carlos Reutemann0.43.17.7
4Mike Beuttler0.43.25.0
5Niki Lauda0.43.25.7
6Gerry Birrell0.43.30.8
7Carlos Pace0.43.31.2
8John Watson0.43.32.1
9Carlos Ruesch0.43.48.0
10John Cannon0.43.49.8
11Fredy Link34
12Giovanni Salvati34
13Claudio Francisci34
14Silvio Moser34
Peter Westbury31Engine
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud28Fuel pump
Henri Pescarolo26Driveshaft
Emerson Fittipaldi2Throttle cable
Tim SchenkenDid not start
Wilson FittipaldiDid not start
Derek BellDid not start
François CevertDid not start
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 712M [14] (Dieter Quester): Thanks to Dieter Quester's BMW connections, he was able to acquire BMW engines for a new March 712M in 1971 and was highly successful, winning at Monza in June and taking a further five second places that season. The next time the 712M emerged was as the basis of Kurt Bergmann's Kaimann F2 car, equipped with an Apfelbeck-developed 2-litre Opel engine. The car was used with some success in Austrian hillclimbs but the engine failed in practice when it appeared for its one F2 race, at Hockenheim in April 1974 (see Autosport 8 Apr 1976 p2). The F1 Register then reports the presence of a similarly specified car in the hands of Kurt Rieder at the Salzburg race in June (F1R Volume 10 p63).
  2. Brabham BT36 [6] (Carlos Reutemann): 1971 Automovil Club Argentina for Carlos Reutemann in F2
    1972 April 20th A/S reports sent to Argentina as a race school car.
    1974 BT36-6 & 7 driven by Esteban Fernandino and Pablo Brea
    2008 Automovil Club Argentino Museum, Argentina
  3. Brabham BT30 [11] (John Watson): Sold to John Watson (Craigavad, County Down, Northern Ireland) for F2 in 1970, replacing a Lola T100 that Watson had used with great success in Irish libre. Retained for F2 in 1971, during which time it was partly updated to BT36 specification. To Bob Howlings (Congleton, Cheshire) for libre 1972 and fitted with a 1800cc Cosworth FVC mid-season. Sold to Tony Dean (Leeds, West Yorkshire) in August so he would have a car for the Rothmans 50,000. To Phillip Guerola (Bickley, Kent) 1973 and raced in libre until the end of 1976. Advertised ("ex-Watson") as a rolling chassis from an Aylesbury number in January 1978 and bought by Barrie Dutnall (Medway, Kent) in 1979 or 1980 but not used. Advertised by Dutnall as a rolling chassis in June 1981. Said to have been owned by Jon Bradburn, David Rishworth (Leamington, Warwickshire) and Kelvin Lambeth before bought by David McLaughlin in or before 2003. To David Brown (Ashford, Kent) 2003. To Ian Gray (Mansfield, Nottinghamshire) 2004.
  4. March 712M [15] (John Cannon): John Cannon generally ran his March 712M in Formula 2 but took it to the US in September for the Lime Rock Formula 5000 race fitted with an FVC (MN 3 Feb 1972 p18). In 1972, the car was converted to Formula B specification with a Hart twin cam and raced by Warren G. Ogden III (North Andover, MA) in SCCA events. He advertised the car in Feb 1973 but it may have been the basis of the March 73B that he drove at Virginia International Raceway on 8 Apr 1973.
  5. Brabham BT36 [7] (Carlos Ruesch): 1971 Automovil Club Argentina for Carlos Ruesch in F2
    1972 April 20th A/S reports sent to Argentina as a race school car.
    1974 BT36-6 & 7 driven by Esteban Fernandino and Pablo Brea
    2008 Museo Juan Manuel Fangio, Balcarce, Argentina
  6. Brabham BT36 [11] (Silvio Moser): New in July 1971 to Silvio Moser to replace his BT30. According to Moser's former mechanic, the car was "probably" sold to Hans Obrist at the ends of 1971 or early 1972 so would be the BT36 used by Hans Obrist (Schinznach, Switzerland) in Swiss national events in 1972. Last known when run by Obrist at the Lorentzweiler hillclimb in Luxembourg in April 1973. Then unknown from 1973 to 1977 but likely to be one of the as-yet unidentified Brabhams running in European hillclimbs. This is probably the car run in French hillclimbs by Michel Salvi (Malbuisson, France, very close to the Swiss border) in 1977, when it still had its 1600cc Cosworth FVA engine. Sold by Salvi in 1978 to Jacky Dalloz (Champagnole, France, not far from Malbuisson) and again used in French hillclimbs. Dalloz is believed to have crashed the Brabham some time around 1980, damaging the front of the car. The next owners were J Plante (Carcassonne, France, in the south of the country), then Alain Filhol (France) 1988 who had it restored by Simon Hadfield. Then to Ermanno Ronchi (Italy) 1992. It failed to sell at a Brooks auction in 2000 and next emerged with Andy Newall (UK) in 2003, having been rebuilt with a new Sid Hoole chassis, the original being retained. Sold to James Murray 2003 and rebuilt with the original chassis in 2006, the new chassis then being sold to Cornwall for a rebuild of a BT35. The BT36 was sold to Josef 'Sepp' Mayer (Heitersheim, Germany) 2008. To Luciano Arnold (Zurich, Switzerland) 2011.
  7. Brabham BT36 [5] (Peter Westbury): New to F.I.R.S.T. for Peter Westbury to drive in F2 in 1971. Retained by Westbury early 1972 and then sold to Neckel 'Nick' Koob (Bettborn, Luxembourg) for French, Belgian and Luxembourg hill climbs from 1972 to 1974. To Johny Krier (Luxembourg) 1975 for French, Belgian and Luxembourg hillclimbs.
    1977 Roger Hennebert (Belgium)
    1978 Marcel Tarrès?
    1979 Guy Verraux (Charleville, France)
    1980 - 1981 Claude Bargellini (Longwy, France)
    1981 - 1984 Francois Wille, Longwy, (Martini bodywork but with chassis plate)
    1986 Yves Bole (Venissieux, France)
    1993 John Beasley (Shrewsbury, Shropshire)
    1998 Abba Kogan and rebuilt on a new chassis
    2007 Sold by RM Auctions (agent Annette Abaci) to Thomas Steinke (Hamburg, Germany). Neither Abaci or Steinke were the aware of the car having a new chassis. The original chassis was later sold via Bonhams in 2008 and its current whereabouts are unknown. Meanwhile, the continuous entity of BT36-5 was raced by Steinke in European Historic F2 in 2008 and 2009 and sold to Francesco Molino (Pescara, Italy) in 2012. Then to Günter Türk (Freiburg, Germany) in 2013.
  8. March 712M [17] (Wilson Fittipaldi): New to Wilson Fittipaldi in May 1971, replacing the Lotus 69 with which he had started the European F2 season. Raced by Fittipaldi for the rest of the season as part of Team Bardahl. Retained for one F2 race in early 1972, then sold to Tate of Leeds (Racing) and converted to Formula Atlantic for Chris Meek to race in the British championship. Loaned to Sonny Rajah for the Brands Hatch Boxing Day race. Retained by Tate of Leeds for Malcolm Wayne in early 1973, then sold to visiting American Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA) who took it back to the US. Entered by Karlberg for Monique Proulx at Watkins Glen in October 1974 and also taken to Trinidad for Formula Caribbean events where it was sold. By 1978 it was owned by David Kerr but it was "totally destroyed" in a towing incident at the "Love Bird International" meeting at Vernamfield Motorsport Park, Jamaica, in December 1978.
  9. Brabham BT36 [1] (Tim Schenken): 1971 Rondel Racing for Tim Schenken in F2
    1972 Bobby Howlings in libre (March)
    1972 Leased by Tate of Leeds/Titan Properties to Graham Hill, F2 with BDE
    1972 Tate of Leeds/Malcolm Wayne in libre (and Atlantic?)
    then via Bob Howlings to
    1972-3 Arthur Moore
    1975 Possibly Cheshire Sports Cars for sale
    1976 Bob Howlings sold to
    1976-8 John Tait
    1978? Eddy D'Hoe, Belgium, with FVA & FT200
    1980 Regis Jumez, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
    1984 Bob Howlings, then to Anthony Mayman
    1986 John Harper (via Ted Walker) sold to;
    1989 Peter Williams
    2002 Andrew Fellowes
    2009 Ian Rimmer
  10. Chevron B18 [18.71.3] (François Mazet): New to Chevron's European agent Jo Siffert and raced by him in the F2 races at Bogotá in February 1971. Driven by Siffert in some European F2 races later in 1971, but more usually by François Mazet, who finished fourth at Pau but otherwise had a difficult season. Raced by José Dolhem at the final race of the year. It appears the Chevron was returned to Bolton after 1971 and found its way into the hands of Roger Hire, who was also running a Chevron B21 with Peter Hanson. The car was then leased to Willie Green and fitted with a 1.9 Alan Smith Cosworth FVC for the Rothmans 50,000 libre race in August 1972. Then unknown until July 1982, when "chassis no. 3 ex Siffert" was advertised from Manton in Leicestershire. Unknown again until 1989, when Robert Campbell raced his red "ex-Jo Siffert F2 Chevron B18-71/3" in HSCC events. A car with this chassis number was auctioned by H&H in May 2002 but did not sell. Next seen in 2014, when a red B18 was advertised by Lutziger Classic Cars, showing the 1990 HSCC papers and a "71/3" chassis plate.
  11. Brabham BT30 [9] (Lionel Noghès): Sold new to Rodney Bloor's Sports Motors (Manchester) Ltd and run for François Mazet in F2 in 1970. Raced also by Gerry Birrell once at the end of the season. Then to Monegasque Lionel Noghès and raced under the Écurie Monaco banner in F2 in 1971. Last mentioned in June 1972 when the gearbox was stolen from the car while it was in storage at Lenham Hurst (Folkestone, Kent). Subsequent history unknown. The Noghès family are closely connected to the ruling family of Monaco and it is possible that the car has remained in the principality as part of The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III.
  12. Brabham BT30 [16] (Jeremy Richardson): New to Tom Wheatcroft and entered for Derek Bell to race in F2 in 1970. To Jeremy Richardson and raced in F2 and libre during 1971. Then to Alex Seldon (Ripley, Surrey) and raced in libre through 1972 and 1973. Advertised by Seldon in February 1974 and next owner unknown but the FVA was removed and the car stored in a dry barn until 1984 when Ted Walker bought it via John Harper. Sold to Lincoln Small in 1986 and used for many years in historic racing.
  13. Pygmée MDB16 [MDB16-271] (Patrick Dal Bo): According to the research of Gérard Gamand, Editor of Autodiva, the ex-Beltoise 'châssis MDB16#271' went to Richard Daniel for 1972. Daniel raced the car in courses de côte until the end of 1972 but its next owner is currently unknown.
  14. Brabham BT36 [3] (Bernd Terbeck): 1971 Bernd Terbeck in F2
    1972 Bernd Terbeck in F2
    Accident at Hockenheim 16th April and returned to England for repairs.
    1972 August 10th A/S car for sale by Kaydon Racing at Cobham *2
    Returned to Bernd Terbeck who sold to Heinz Stemmer, Münster
    then to Karl-Heinz Kühn,
    1984 Hans Peter
    2003 Willy Markwalder
    2006 Heinz Rolf Wisskirchen


The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' orginal results.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.

Individual sources for this event

The only chassis number given is Cevert's 00722 (Motoring News 14 Oct 1971 p12) - he also has 00714 as a spare used in Saturday practice.