1979 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Brazil  1979 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 15 in the 1979 Formula One season
Interlagos 1979.jpg
Date February 4, 1979
Location São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent race track
7.873 km (4.73 mi)
Distance 40 laps, 314.92 km (189.2 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford
Time 2:23.07
Fastest lap
Driver France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford
Time 2:28.76 on lap 23
Podium
First France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford
Second France Patrick Depailler Ligier-Ford
Third Argentina Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford

The 1979 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 4 February 1979 at Interlagos.

Race report[edit]

The Ligier team dominated the race weekend with their superior ground-effect JS11. Frenchman Jacques Laffite dominated the race weekend and made the most of his superbly set-up Ligier by taking pole position, smashing Jean-Pierre Jarier's 1975 pole time by 7 seconds, setting fastest lap and leading every lap of the race up to the finish. Laffite's teammate Patrick Depailler started and finished 2nd. Laffite and the Ligier team completed their domination of the South American fortnight, Laffite also dominantly won in Argentina.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 40 1:40:09.64 1 9
2 25 France Patrick Depailler Ligier-Ford 40 +5.28 secs 2 6
3 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 40 +44.14 secs 3 4
4 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 40 +1:25.88 8 3
5 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 39 +1 Lap 5 2
6 11 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 39 +1 Lap 6 1
7 30 Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 39 +1 Lap 19
8 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 39 +1 Lap 14
9 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 39 +1 Lap 16
10 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 39 +1 Lap 7
11 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 39 +1 Lap 9
12 18 Italy Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 39 +1 Lap 20
13 22 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Ensign-Ford 39 +1 Lap 23
14 17 Netherlands Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford 39 +1 Lap 21
15 28 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 38 +2 Laps 17
Ret 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 33 Fuel System 13
Ret 9 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford 31 Steering 24
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 28 Spun Off 11
Ret 20 United Kingdom James Hunt Wolf-Ford 7 Steering 10
Ret 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 7 Collision 18
Ret 5 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 5 Gearbox 12
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Alfa Romeo 5 Accident 22
Ret 1 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 2 Fuel Leak 4
Ret 4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 0 Electrical 15
DNQ 31 Mexico Hector Rebaque Lotus-Ford
DNQ 24 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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