1978 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 9 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season
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Date July 2, 1978
Location Paul Ricard Circuit
Course Permanent racing facility
5.809 km (3.61 mi)
Distance 54 laps, 313.686 km (194.94 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo
Time 1:44.41
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari
Time 1:48.56 on lap 48
Podium
First United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Second Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford
Third United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford

The 1978 French Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 2 July 1978 at Paul Ricard.

Report[edit]

Following the banning of the "fan car", Brabham were forced to revert to their previous car again, but it did not deter them, with John Watson on pole and Niki Lauda starting third behind Mario Andretti's Lotus. At the start, Watson led into the first corner, with Andretti following, and Patrick Tambay putting his McLaren in third, but that order did not remain for long as Andretti took the lead from Watson on the first lap. Lauda and Ronnie Peterson were on the move as well, as they passed Watson and Tambay to jump into second and third, but Lauda suffered another engine failure. This left the two Lotus cars running 1-2 and they finished like that with Andretti taking his third win in four races, and the podium was completed by James Hunt who passed Watson mid-race.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 54 1:38:51.92 2 9
2 6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 54 + 2.93 5 6
3 7 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 54 + 19.80 4 4
4 2 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 54 + 36.88 1 3
5 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 54 + 41.81 14 2
6 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 54 + 54.53 7 1
7 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 54 + 54.74 10
8 35 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 54 + 1:24.88 12
9 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 54 + 1:27.06 6
10 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 54 + 1:29.98 16
11 16 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 20
12 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 53 + 1 Lap 9
13 9 Germany Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 25
14 31 France René Arnoux Martini-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 18
15 36 Germany Rolf Stommelen Arrows-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 21
16 10 Finland Keke Rosberg ATS-Ford 52 + 2 Laps 26
17 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 52 + 2 Laps 19
18 11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 49 + 5 Laps 8
Ret 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 45 Engine 24
Ret 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 43 Suspension 15
Ret 18 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford 40 Engine 23
Ret 33 Italy Bruno Giacomelli McLaren-Ford 28 Engine 22
Ret 1 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 10 Engine 3
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 10 Engine 13
Ret 17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford 4 Electrical 17
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 1 Engine 11
DNQ 37 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
DNQ 22 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Ensign-Ford
DNQ 25 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford

Notes[edit]

Final podium: James Hunt

Standings after the race[edit]

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


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