The 1977 Formula One Grand Prix series - and the start of the season with Sunday's (9 January) race in Buenos Aires; the Argentine Grand Prix.
The 1977 Formula One Grand Prix series - and the start of the season with Sunday's (9 January) race in Buenos Aires; the Argentine Grand Prix. Altogether 22 cars were entered for the race, which had been in doubt for some time because of a dispute over its organising.
SYNOPSIS: Among the leading drivers in Buenos Aires was the defending champion, James Hunt. He is driving the McLaren in which he won the title from Niki Lauda of Austria last season. Lauda is again driving a Ferrari.
South Africa's Jody Scheckter has switched from a six-wheeled Tyrrell to drive a Canadian Wolf, while Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil is again driving his own Copersucar.
On Thursday (6 January) the drivers had their first look at the San Martin Autodrome for an unofficial practice session. Lauda - badly injured last season - set a lap time of one minute 51.14 seconds for the 3.6 mile (6 kilometre) circuit, slightly faster than Hunt. John Watson in a Brabham set second fastest time at one-fifty point 49, while the fastest time in the session came from Patrick Depailler in his Tyrrell with a lap time of one minute 49.62 seconds.