1979 Canadian Grand Prix

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Canada  1979 Canadian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 14 of 15 in the 1979 Formula One season
Montreal 1979.jpg
Date September 30, 1979
Location Circuit Île Notre-Dame, Montreal
Course Semi-permanent racing facility
4.5 km (2.796 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 324 km (200.592 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:29.892
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:31.272 on lap 65
Podium
First Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Second Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Third Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford

The 1979 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 30 September 1979 at Montreal.

During practice Niki Lauda announced his retirement from Formula One. Ricardo Zunino replaced him for the race. The organizers would not let the Alfa Romeo team compete unless they pre-qualified. They refused to do so but a compromise was reached where one of their drivers would be allowed to take part in practice. The other, Bruno Giacomelli, was not allowed to enter the race. The race turned into a close duel between Alan Jones and Gilles Villeneuve that continued the entire race.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 72 1:52:06.892 1 9
2 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 72 +1.080 secs 2 6
3 28 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 72 +1:13.656 3 4
4 11 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 71 +1 Lap 9 3
5 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 71 +1 Lap 6 2
6 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 70 +2 Laps 17 1
7 5 Argentina Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 68 +4 Laps 19
8 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 67 +5 Laps 15
9 17 Netherlands Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford 67 +5 Laps 21
10 1 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 66 Out of Fuel 10
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 61 Gearbox 4
Ret 36 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Alfa Romeo 52 Fuel System 18
Ret 25 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ligier-Ford 47 Gearbox 16
Ret 4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 33 Engine 13
Ret 33 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 28 Engine 24
Ret 31 Mexico Hector Rebaque Rebaque-Ford 26 Chassis 22
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 24 Brakes 7
Ret 18 Italy Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 24 Ignition 23
Ret 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 23 Suspension 11
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 20 Spun Off 14
Ret 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 19 Engine 20
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 14 Accident 8
Ret 9 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford 14 Accident 12
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 10 Engine 5
DNQ 30 Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford
DNQ 22 Switzerland Marc Surer Ensign-Ford
DNQ 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford
DNQ 19 Brazil Alex Ribeiro Fittipaldi-Ford
DNQ 24 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
WD 5 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Ford Retired in Practice

Notes[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 4 results from the first 7 races and the best 4 results from the last 8 races counted towards the Drivers' Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


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