Sunday 3rd October 1971
John Young ‘Jackie’ Stewart retained the World Drivers Championship driving a Tyrrell. He retired after clinching his third title in 1973, with a record 27 Grand Prix victories in his scintillating career. Of the 11 races in the season, Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, Jo Siffert, Peter Gethin and François Cevert won one race each, while Stewart won the other 6 races.Jo Siffert and Pedro Rodríguez, who had an intense rivalry driving for John Wyer’s Gulf-sponsored works Porsche endurance sportscar team both lost their lives racing in 1971. Rodriguez died driving a Ferrari 512 at an Interserie race at the Norisring, Germany in July; and Siffert died in a fiery crash at the World Championship Victory Race non-championship Formula One event at Brands Hatch in October. This was the first season where at least 22 cars started every race, except the Monaco Grand Prix, where 18 cars started.