Scheckter’s and Wolf’s momentous result in Argentina was no flash-in-the-pan. The duo won again in Monaco and Canada, with six other podium finishes to add to a remarkable strike rate from their first season. The reward was second in the Drivers’ Championship for Scheckter and fourth (with only one car, remember) in the Constructors’ battle for Wolf.
They couldn’t repeat the feat in 1978, with four podiums but no wins. However, Scheckter had done enough in the handsome black-and-gold machine over the course of the two seasons to earn himself a Ferrari ride for 1979 – a move that would land him the Drivers’ World Championship in year one.
Argentinian GP, 1977
1. Jody Scheckter (ZA) – Wolf WR1-Cosworth, 53 laps
2. Carlos Pace (BR) – Brabham BT45-Alfa Romeo, 53 laps
3. Carlos Reutemann (RA) – Ferrari 312T2, 53 laps
4. Emerson Fittipaldi (BR) – Fittipaldi FD04-Cosworth, 53 laps
5. Mario Andretti (USA) – Lotus 78-Cosworth, 51 laps
6. Clay Regazzoni (CH) – Ensign N177-Cosworth, 48 laps
Photographs courtesy of LAT