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Berlin 1976 - chronology

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chronology of race weekend

FriJean Behraretired - accident
2Stirling Mossretired - gearbox
3Cliff Allisonretired - clutch
8Innes Irelandretired - gearbox
11Graham Hillretired - gearbox
16Jack Brabhamretired - clutch
24Masten Gregoryretired - engine
37Bruce McLarenretired - clutch
37Hans Herrmannretired - accident
50Harry Schellretired - clutch
One killed for the cold war
The rather boring "AVUS" (Auto Verkehrs und Übungs Strecke: Car Traffic and Practice Track), which is only two corners and two straights, is chosen for political reasons: It lies in Berlin, a very important spot during the cold war. Spectators from the eastern part of the town could also watch the race (the Berlin Wall wasn't built yet) and could pay with worthless eastern Marks, which was financed with tax money by the Maire of West-Berlin, Willy Brandt.

To avoid tyre problems, the race was split up in 2 runs with 30 laps each. (which also never happened before in Formula 1)

During practice, Jean Behra has a fatal accident in the Nordschleife, which is made out of bricks and has almost 45° is the most dangerous part of the track.

Out of 15 starters there are just 9 left for the second part of the race and only 7 finish it.

3 Ferraris win the race, Tony Brooks in front of Dan Gurney and Phil Hill.

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