1978 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 6 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season
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Date May 21, 1978
Location Zolder, Belgium
Course
4.011 km (2.492 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 280.77 km (174.44 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:20.90
Fastest lap
Driver Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford
Time 1:23.13 on lap 66
Podium
First United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Second Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford
Third Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari

The 1978 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 21 May 1978 at Zolder.

Report[edit]

The main news before the Belgian Grand Prix was that the new Lotus 79 was now ready to race, and immediately Mario Andretti showed its pace by taking pole comfortably from Carlos Reutemann and Niki Lauda. He converted it to a first-corner lead, whereas Reutemann had a bad start and got swamped by the field, causing a chain reaction in which Lauda was hit by Jody Scheckter and had to retire. This left Gilles Villeneuve second and Ronnie Peterson third but neither could keep pace with Andretti who was able to drive away.

The first 40 laps went without incident until Villeneuve suffered a puncture and had to pit which dropped him back down to fifth, and a few laps later Peterson also pitted for new tyres leaving the charging Reutemann second ahead of Jacques Laffite's Ligier. Peterson on the new tyres was much quicker and was able to pass them both in the closing stages, and Laffite made an attempt to pass Reutemann on the last lap but they collided and Laffite was out. Andretti cruised to an untroubled victory, with Peterson making it a Lotus 1-2, and Reutemann completing the podium.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 70 1:39:52.02 1 9
2 6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 70 + 9.90 7 6
3 11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 70 + 24.34 2 4
4 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 70 + 47.04 4 3
5 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 69 Accident 14 2
6 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 23 1
7 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 24
8 33 Italy Bruno Giacomelli McLaren-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 21
9 31 France René Arnoux Martini-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 19
10 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 11
11 9 Germany Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 16
12 22 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ensign-Ford 64 + 6 Laps 22
13 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 63 Engine 12
Ret 16 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 56 Spun Off 10
NC 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 56 + 14 Laps 20
Ret 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 53 Spun Off 5
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 51 Gearbox 13
Ret 17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford 40 Transmission 18
Ret 35 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 31 Suspension 8
Ret 36 Germany Rolf Stommelen Arrows-Ford 26 Spun Off 17
Ret 2 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 18 Accident 9
Ret 1 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 3
Ret 7 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 0 Accident 6
Ret 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 0 Accident 15
DNQ 18 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford
DNQ 24 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Hesketh-Ford
DNQ 32 Finland Keke Rosberg Theodore-Ford
DNQ 10 Italy Alberto Colombo ATS-Ford
DNPQ 25 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford
DNPQ 37 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-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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