1978 Spanish Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 7 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season
Circuito Permanente del Jarama 1980.svg
Date June 4, 1978
Location Jarama, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
3.404 km (2.115 mi)
Distance 75 laps, 255.3 km (158.625 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:16.39
Fastest lap
Driver United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:20.06 on lap 5
Podium
First United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Second Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford
Third France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra

The 1978 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 4 June 1978 at Jarama.

Report[edit]

Once again the new Lotus 79 demonstrated its speed, with Mario Andretti on pole again with Ronnie Peterson alongside (driving the 79 for the first time), and Carlos Reutemann having to settle for the second row. It was James Hunt who got a great start, and he led into the first corner from Andretti and Reutemann, with Peterson dropping all the way back to ninth. Hunt led for seven laps before Andretti passed him and pulled away. Reutemann ran third until he had to pit for tyres, and so John Watson inherited third until he was passed by Jacques Laffite, but soon the recovering Peterson passed both of them. Hunt now suffered from tyre problems and he also began to drop back, and so Peterson was able to take second and Laffite third. That was how it stayed to the end, Andretti winning from Peterson in another Lotus 1-2, and Laffite getting 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 75 1:41:47.06 1 9
2 6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 75 + 19.56 2 6
3 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 75 + 37.24 10 4
4 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 75 + 1:00.06 9 3
5 2 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 75 + 1:05.93 7 2
6 7 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 74 + 1 Lap 4 1
7 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 74 + 1 Lap 16
8 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 74 + 1 Lap 18
9 9 Germany Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 74 + 1 Lap 17
10 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 74 + 1 Lap 5
11 18 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford 73 + 2 Laps 23
12 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 71 + 4 Laps 13
13 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 71 + 4 Laps 11
14 36 Germany Rolf Stommelen Arrows-Ford 71 + 4 Laps 19
15 17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford 67 Fuel Pipe 22
Ret 22 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ensign-Ford 64 Engine 21
Ret 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 62 Throttle 15
Ret 11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 57 Accident 3
Ret 1 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 56 Engine 6
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 51 Engine 12
Ret 16 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 45 Suspension 24
Ret 35 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 21 Engine 8
Ret 25 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford 21 Exhaust 20
Ret 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 16 Spun Off 14
DNQ 37 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
DNQ 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford
DNQ 28 Spain Emilio de Villota McLaren-Ford
DNQ 10 Italy Alberto Colombo ATS-Ford
DNPQ 32 Finland Keke Rosberg Theodore-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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