1978 Argentine Grand Prix

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Argentina  1978 Argentine Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 15.svg
Date January 15, 1978
Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Course Permanent road course
5.81 km (3.61 mi)
Distance 52 laps, 302.12 km (187.72 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:47.75
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Time 1:49.76 on lap 3
Podium
First United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Second Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo
Third France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford

The 1978 Argentine Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 15 January 1978 at Buenos Aires.

Report[edit]

Mario Andretti took pole in his Lotus, with Carlos Reutemann's Ferrari joining him on the front row and Ronnie Peterson in the other Lotus third on the grid. The start was uneventful, with Andretti and Reutemann easily keeping first and second, with John Watson in the Brabham taking third from Peterson. Watson took second from Reutemann on the seventh lap, but Andretti was uncatchable. Reutemann ran third for a while, but then began to drop down the order, and so reigning world champion Niki Lauda took third in his Brabham, which became second with ten laps left when Watson's engine blew up. Andretti motored on to a crushing victory, with Lauda second and Patrick Depailler's Tyrrell taking the final spot on the podium.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 52 1:37:04.47 1 9
2 1 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 52 +13.21 secs 5 6
3 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 52 +13.64 secs 10 4
4 7 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 52 +16.05 secs 6 3
5 6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 52 +1:14.85 3 2
6 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 52 +1:19.90 9 1
7 11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 52 +1:22.60 2
8 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 52 +1:38.88 7
9 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 52 +1:40.60 17
10 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 52 +1:43.50 15
11 9 Germany Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 52 +1:49.07 13
12 10 France Jean-Pierre Jarier ATS-Ford 51 +1 Lap 11
13 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 51 +1 Lap 24
14 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 51 +1 Lap 23
15 17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford 51 +1 Lap 16
16 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 50 Engine 8
17 16 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 50 +2 Laps 18
18 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 50 +2 Laps 12
Ret 2 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 41 Engine 4
Ret 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 36 Fuel System 14
Ret 22 United States Danny Ongais Ensign-Ford 35 Distributor 21
Ret 23 Italy Lamberto Leoni Ensign-Ford 28 Engine 22
Ret 37 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford 9 Differential 20
Ret 18 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford 4 Overheating 19
DNQ 25 Mexico Hector Rebaque Lotus-Ford
DNQ 32 United States Eddie Cheever Theodore-Ford
DNQ 24 United Kingdom Divina Galica Hesketh-Ford

Notes[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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