The United States Grand Prix, the second-last in the 1976 Formula One world championships, was held at Watkins Glen, New York, on Sunday (10 October).
U.S. Grand Prix - SV PULL BACK TO GV Austria's Niki Lauda gets into Ferrari, No.1
SVs Britain's James Hunt seated in MacLaren No.11 (2 shots)
SV Jody Scheckter of South Africa in Elf Tyrrell, No.3
SV Lauda round bend followed by others (2 shots)
SV Hunt around bend followed by others (2 shots)
SV PAN Hunt passes camera
SV Jean Paul Jarier (Car No.17) passes Brett Lunger (Car No.18)
GV Scheckter leading Hunt round bend (2 shots)
SV Hunt followed by Scheckter and others (2 shots)
GV Hunt pulls into pit at end of race followed by Scheckter
SV Hunt with trophy and champagne poured into cup (2 shots)
Hunt could move up to level with Lauda in the championship standings as a result of a meeting of the International Sporting Commission (CSI) in Paris, France, on Tuesday (12 October). The CSI is scheduled to consider a British complaint over the handling of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza last month. If the complaint is upheld, the points awarded for the Italian race could be taken off the championship. The Japanese Grand Prix will be held on 24 October.
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Background: The United States Grand Prix, the second-last in the 1976 Formula One world championships, was held at Watkins Glen, New York, on Sunday (10 October).
SYNOPSIS: The current world driving champion, Niki Lauda, had a disappointing series of practice sessions and only qualified in his Ferrari for fifth position on the starting grid. Lauda, from Austria, was also leading the points table for he world driving the points table for the world driving championship in the current season.
Lauda's closest rival, James Hunt of Britain, held pole position, qualifying more than half a second faster than Lauda. Jody Scheckter of South Africa started second in his six-wheeled Tyrrell.
Lauda had to win the United States race outright to make sure of winning the world championship for the second successive year, while Hunt had to win to say in the battle for the title. Hunt had greatly improved his title hopes after winning the Canadian Grand Prix the previous weekend. Lauda could only finish in eighth position in the Canadian race, thus scoring no championship points.
Sunday's race was led for the first half by Jody Scheckter in his Tyrrell, with Hunt a close second in a McLaren. Hunt passed Scheckter on the 36th lap, but Scheckter regained the lead shortly after. Hunt again overtook Scheckter and led to the end of the race.
Hunt earned nine championship points, while Lauda, who finished third, gained four. Hunt has now closed to within three points of Lauda, and the championship will be decided by the season's last race, the Japanese Grand Prix.