1978 French Grand Prix
|Race 9 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season|
|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)|
|Driver||John Watson||Brabham-Alfa Romeo|
|Time||1:48.56 on lap 48|
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.
- Lap Leaders: Mario Andretti 54 laps (1-54).
Final podium: James Hunt
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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