1978 German Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 11 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season
Circuit Hockenheimring-1970.svg
Date July 30, 1978
Location Hockenheimring
Course Permanent racing facility
6.789 km (4.218 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 305.505 km (189.81 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:51.90
Fastest lap
Driver Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford
Time 1:55.62 on lap 26
Podium
First United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Second South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford
Third France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra

The 1978 German Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 30 July 1978 at Hockenheimring.

Report[edit]

There were no surprises in qualifying, with Mario Andretti on pole and Ronnie Peterson alongside him, with Niki Lauda third. At the start, Peterson got off better and took the lead from Andretti, but he held it for only four laps before Andretti retook it. Lauda ran third in the early stages, but he was passed by Alan Jones, and the duo battled until Lauda's engine failed yet again. The two Lotus cars were cruising at the front, and Jones ran third comfortably until he retired with a fuel vaporization problem. Lotus's hopes of a 1-2 ended when Peterson's gearbox failed, but Andretti was unaffected by that and cruised to his fifth win of the season, with Jody Scheckter second and Jacques Laffite third.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 45 1:28:00.90 1 9
2 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 45 +15.35 secs 4 6
3 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 45 +28.01 secs 7 4
4 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 45 +36.88 secs 10 3
5 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 45 +57.26 secs 16 2
6 25 Mexico Hector Rebaque Lotus-Ford 45 +1:37.86 18 1
7 2 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 45 +1:39.53 5
8 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 45 +1:56.87 15
9 35 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 44 +1 Lap 14
10 32 Finland Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford 42 +3 Laps 19
11 23 Austria Harald Ertl Ensign-Ford 41 Engine 17
DSQ 36 West Germany Rolf Stommelen Arrows-Ford 42 Disqualified 23
Ret 6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 36 Gearbox 2
DSQ 7 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 34 Disqualified 8
Ret 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 31 Fuel System 6
Ret 22 Brazil Nelson Piquet Ensign-Ford 31 Engine 21
Ret 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 24 Fuel System 20
Ret 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 16 Accident 11
Ret 11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 14 Fuel System 12
Ret 1 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 11 Engine 3
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 5 Engine 9
Ret 9 West Germany Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 1 Accident 22
Ret 16 West Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 1 Accident 24
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 0 Accident 13
DNQ 17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford
DNQ 10 France Jean-Pierre Jarier ATS-Ford
DNQ 18 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford
DNQ 37 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
DNPQ 31 France René Arnoux Martini-Ford
DNPQ 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-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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