1979 Formula One season

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1979 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Jody Scheckter
Constructors' Champion: Ferrari
Previous: 1978 Next: 1980

The 1979 Formula One season was the 30th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1979 World Championship of F1 Drivers[1] and the 1979 International Cup for F1 Constructors[2] which were contested concurrently over a fifteen round series which commenced on 21 January 1979, and ended on 7 October. The season also included three non-championship Formula One races. Jody Scheckter of Scuderia Ferrari won the 1979 World Championship of F1 Drivers while Scuderia Ferrari won 1979 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

South African Jody Scheckter won the driver's championship, driving for Ferrari
Canadian Gilles Villeneuve placed second in the 1979 World Championship of F1 Drivers behind Ferrari teammate Jody Scheckter

The following drivers and constructors contested the 1979 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1979 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyres No Driver Rounds
United Kingdom Martini Racing Team Lotus Lotus-Ford 79
80
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 1 United States Mario Andretti All
2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann All
United Kingdom Team Tyrrell
United Kingdom Candy Team Tyrrell
Tyrrell-Ford 009 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 3 France Didier Pironi All
4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 1-9, 12-15
United Kingdom Geoff Lees 10
4/
33
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly 11, 14-15
United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT46
BT48
Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12
Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12
G 5 Austria Niki Lauda 1-13
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet 1-13
Brabham-Ford BT49 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 5 Argentina Ricardo Zunino 14-15
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet 14-15
United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren-Ford M26
M28
M28B
M28C
M29
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 7 United Kingdom John Watson All
8 France Patrick Tambay All
West Germany ATS Wheels ATS-Ford D2
D3
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 9 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck All
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T3
312T4
312T4B
Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 M 11 South Africa Jody Scheckter All
12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve All
Brazil Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi-Ford[3] F5A
F6
F6A
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi All
19 Brazil Alex Ribeiro 14-15
France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RS01
RS10
Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6t M 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille All
16 France René Arnoux All
United Kingdom Samson Shadow Racing Team
United Kingdom Interscope Shadow Racing Team
Shadow-Ford DN9 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 17 Netherlands Jan Lammers All
18 Italy Elio de Angelis All
United Kingdom Olympus Cameras Wolf Racing Wolf-Ford WR7-9 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 20 United Kingdom James Hunt 1-7
Finland Keke Rosberg 8-15
United Kingdom Team Ensign Ensign-Ford N177
N179
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 22 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly 1-7
France Patrick Gaillard 8-12
Switzerland Marc Surer 13-15
Italy Team Merzario Merzario-Ford A1B
A2
A4
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 24 Italy Arturo Merzario 1-6, 8-15
Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli 7
France Ligier Gitanes Ligier-Ford JS11 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 25 France Patrick Depailler 1-7
Belgium Jacky Ickx 8-15
26 France Jacques Laffite All
United Kingdom Albilad-Saudia Racing Team Williams-Ford FW06
FW07
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 27 Australia Alan Jones All
28 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni All
United Kingdom Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows-Ford A1B
A2
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese All
30 West Germany Jochen Mass All
Mexico Team Rebaque Lotus-Ford 79 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 31 Mexico Héctor Rebaque 1-6, 8-12
Rebaque-Ford HR100 13-15
Italy Autodelta Alfa Romeo 177
179
Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12
Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12
G 35 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 6, 8, 13, 15
36 Italy Vittorio Brambilla 13-15
Germany Willi Kauhsen Racing Team Kauhsen-Ford WK Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 36 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli 5-6

Race-by-Race[edit]

Race One: Argentina[edit]

Like in previous years, the opening race of the season was in Argentina at the Buenos Aires circuit located on the outskirts of the capital city. Most people expected the Lotus cars driven by defending champion Mario Andretti, and his new teammate Carlos Reutemann to dominate but, to many people's surprise, it was the Ligier team that dominated qualifying, with Jacques Laffite on pole ahead of Patrick Depailler, leaving Reutemann to qualify third. Laffite led at the start with Depailler following, but the two men starting on the third row, John Watson in the McLaren collided with Jody Scheckter's Ferrari creating chaos behind. Four other cars were collected and race was red-flagged, and none were injured.

The race restarted after the mess was cleared, and this time Depailler set off into the lead with Jean-Pierre Jarier's Tyrrell and Watson (in his spare car) following him. But soon Laffite was up to second, and a few laps later he took the lead from Depailler. The Ligiers drove away, whereas Jarier struggled and dropped down the order with engine troubles, leaving Watson third before he was passed a recovering Reutemann. Laffite went on and won comfortably, but teammate Depailler suffered a misfire and dropped to fourth, leaving Reutemann second and Watson third.

Race Two: Brazil[edit]

The drivers stayed in South America for the second round which was held in Brazil, returning to the 5-mile Interlagos circuit in São Paulo. The Ligiers were in top form again, Laffite taking pole comfortably with Depailler alongside, with the Lotuses led by Reutemann on the second row. This time, Laffite was able to lead right from the first corner with Reutemann taking second from Depailler, but Depailler regained the place soon after and Andretti also passed his teammate to take third. Andretti however soon retired with a misfire, and so Reutemann was back in third. Laffite dominated the race and again won easily, with Depailler making it a 1-2 for Ligier and Reutemann completing the podium.

Race Three: South Africa[edit]

There was a six-week break before the race in South Africa. At the high-altitude Kyalami circuit, Jean-Pierre Jabouille took pole in the turbocharged Renault and home hero Jody Scheckter put his Ferrari second on grid, just in front of teammate Gilles Villeneuve, and the Ligiers were only on the third row. Jabouille led at the start with Villeneuve and Scheckter following, but Villeneuve took the lead on second lap before the race was stopped by a rainshower.

When the race restarted, most drivers were on wets, but Scheckter and a few others opted for slicks. Villeneuve led at the restart and built up a gap, but the track dried and he had to pit for slicks along with most of the field. This left Scheckter leading comfortably, and he looked well set for a home win until he had to pit for new tyres, handing the lead back to Villeneuve and in behind, Patrick Tambay briefly ran third in his McLaren, until he was passed by Jarier. It was Villeneuve who won the race with Scheckter close behind, and Jarier taking the final spot on the podium.

Race Four: United States West[edit]

One month after the South Africa race, the field went to the Long Beach circuit in the US. Qualifying saw Villeneuve taking his first career pole position with Reutemann alongside him on the front row ahead of Scheckter. Before the race started, Reutemann suffered an electrical failure and had to start from the pits. After a string of failed attempts to start the race due to different reasons, the race finally started with Villeneuve leading Depailler and Scheckter, but soon Jarier was up to second. As Villeneuve set about building a gap, Jarier and Depailler battled for second but Scheckter passed both of them mid-race. Towards the end, Jarier began to drop back rapidly with a vibration, so Depailler finally got third but not for long as Alan Jones's Williams was past him. That was how the race finished, with Villeneuve winning ahead of Scheckter in another Ferrari 1-2, and Jones giving the Williams team their second ever podium with third.

Race Five: Spain[edit]

After another long break, this time for three weeks, the Spanish GP took place and here the Ligiers struck back at Ferrari, with Laffite on pole again with Depailler ensuring a front-row lockout leaving Villeneuve third. At the start, Depailler took the lead from Laffite, and Reutemann who has a brilliant start was up to third ahead of Villeneuve. The Ligers ran 1-2 comfortably until Laffite's engine blew up, leaving Reutemann second, and Andretti third after Villeneuve spun attempting to pass Reutemann. With his teammate out, Depailler was able to cruise to victory ahead of Reutemann and Andretti who ensured a double podium for Lotus.

Race Six: Belgium[edit]

The sixth race of the season was in Belgium, where Laffite surprised no one with pole, and Depailler surprised no one with second, but Nelson Piquet surprised many by qualifying his Brabham third. Once again, it was Depailler who got the best start, and led with Jones up to second ahead of Piquet with Laffite dropping down to fourth. In the early stages, Laffite was on the charge, as he passed first Piquet, then Jones and finally Depailler as he took the lead. As the race progressed, the Ligiers suffered from tyre trouble and so Jones took the lead until he retired with an electrical failure which handed the lead back to Depailler (who had repassed Laffite) until he crashed out, so Laffite inherited the lead until he was passed by Scheckter. Scheckter went on and took his first win for Ferrari ahead of Laffite, with Didier Pironi completing the podium in his Tyrrell.

Race Seven: Monaco[edit]

The next race was the illustrious Monaco GP, and in qualifying, it was Scheckter who was on pole with teammate Villeneuve alongside, restricting Depailler to the second row. At the start, Scheckter kept the lead with double world champion Niki Lauda featuring at the front for the first time this year by jumping up to second ahead of Villeneuve, but it took only 3 laps for Villeneuve to get past and follow his teammate in driving away from the field.

Lauda kept third until Pironi tried to pass him, which resulted in a collision and both retiring. This put Jones up to third until he retired with steering troubles which brielfy handed the place to Arrows driver Jochen Mass, but soon Jones's Wiliams teammate, Clay Regazzoni took the place, which became second when Villeneuve retired with a transmission failure. With Villeneuve out, Scheckter had no more challengers to his lead and won comfortably, with Regazzoni finishing second and Reutemann taking third.

Race Eight: France[edit]

With the Swedish GP cancelled due to a lack of funding, it was the French GP that was next up. The home fans did get an all-French front row, but instead of the usual Ligiers, it were the two turbocharged Renaults who were in dominant form, Jean-Pierre Jabouille on pole ahead of René Arnoux and Villeneuve. At the start, Villeneuve beat Jabouille into the first corner, with Scheckter third after Arnoux had a bad start. As the front two began to drive away from the field, Arnoux began a charge up the order, and by mid-race he was back in third. In the second half of the race, the two Renaults found another gear, and Jabouille drove past Villeneuve to take the lead, and Arnoux began to close him down and caught him with four laps left. Jabouille won much to the happiness of the fans, and they received much more entertainment behind as Villeneuve and Arnoux battled for second for four laps, banging wheels repeatedly, and ultimately it was Villeneuve who prevailed.

Race Nine: Great Britain[edit]

The second half of the year started in Britain, and now the Williams had found new speed, and Jones qualified it on pole ahead of Jabouille who was continuing his good form with Nelson Piquet again qualifying his Brabham third. Jones led into the first corner ahead of Jabouille, with Regazzoni up to third. The front three ran in the same order until Jabouille ran into tyre trouble and had to pit, leaving Regazzoni second and Arnoux third. Jones looked set to win but he had to retire with an overheating engine, so Regazzoni took the lead and went on to win, giving the Williams team their first ever F1 victory, with Arnoux second and Jean-Pierre Jarier third.

Race Ten: Germany[edit]

The tenth race of the year was held in Germany, and on the fast track, Jabouille took pole with Jones completing the front row, and Laffite next up. Jones got the jump on Jabouille at the start, which Scheckter briefly up to third until Laffite regained back the place. Jones held off intense pressure from Jabouille in the early stages of the race, until the latter tried too hard and spun off giving second to Laffite and third to Regazzoni. Regazzoni was soon past Laffite, and the two Williams cars dominated the rest of race, with Jones getting his first win of the season and Regazzoni completing the 1-2 leaving Laffite to take the final spot on the podium.

Race Eleven: Austria[edit]

The field went to the high-speed Österreichring circuit in Austria, and in qualifying once again the Renault turbo was the car to beat, Arnoux taking his first career pole, with Jones forcing Jabouille to settle for the second row. The race saw a sensational start from Villeneuve who jumped into the lead ahead of Jones, with Niki Lauda up to third after a bad start for the Renaults.

Villeneuve led for three laps before Jones passed him, and Arnoux was up to third after passing Lauda. Arnoux then took Villeneuve for second, before Jabouille set off on a charge and took second himself. The two Renaults set off after Jones, but Jabouille's gearbox failed. Arnoux continued to chase down Jones until he suffered fuel pressure problems and dropped down to sixth place, and handing second back to Villeneuve. With the Renault challenge finished, Jones was able to cruise to victory with Villeneuve second and Laffite completing the podium.

Season review[edit]

The following races counted towards the 1979 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1979 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

Rnd Race Date Location Pole Position Fastest Lap Race Winner Constructor Report
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix 21 January Buenos Aires France Jacques Laffite France Jacques Laffite France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford Report
2 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix 4 February Interlagos France Jacques Laffite France Jacques Laffite France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford Report
3 South Africa South African Grand Prix 3 March Kyalami France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Canada Gilles Villeneuve Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari Report
4 United States United States Grand Prix West 8 April Long Beach Canada Gilles Villeneuve Canada Gilles Villeneuve Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari Report
5 Spain Spanish Grand Prix 29 April Jarama France Jacques Laffite Canada Gilles Villeneuve France Patrick Depailler France Ligier-Ford Report
6 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 13 May Zolder France Jacques Laffite Canada Gilles Villeneuve South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari Report
7 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix 27 May Monaco South Africa Jody Scheckter France Patrick Depailler South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari Report
8 France French Grand Prix 1 July Dijon-Prenois France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France René Arnoux France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault Report
9 United Kingdom British Grand Prix 14 July Silverstone Australia Alan Jones Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
10 West Germany German Grand Prix 29 July Hockenheimring France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Canada Gilles Villeneuve Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
11 Austria Austrian Grand Prix 12 August Österreichring France René Arnoux France René Arnoux Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
12 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix 26 August Zandvoort France René Arnoux Canada Gilles Villeneuve Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
13 Italy Italian Grand Prix 9 September Monza France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Switzerland Clay Regazzoni South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari Report
14 Canada Canadian Grand Prix 30 September Île Notre-Dame Australia Alan Jones Australia Alan Jones Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
15 United States United States Grand Prix 7 October Watkins Glen Australia Alan Jones Brazil Nelson Piquet Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari Report

-The Swedish Grand Prix was supposed to be held at Anderstorp between the Monaco and French Grands Prix, but because of Swedish drivers Ronnie Peterson and Gunnar Nilsson's deaths in 1978, Swedish enthusiasm for the sport faded and as a result, there was no money for the race to be held and the race was promptly cancelled.

1979 World Championship of F1 Drivers - final standings[edit]

Points towards the 1979 World Championship of Drivers were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first six positions in each race.

Only the best four results from the first seven races and the best four results from the remaining eight races could be retained by each driver.

Pos Driver ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
ESP
Spain
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USE
United States
Pts[4]
1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ret (6) 2 2 (4) 1 1 7 (5) 4 4 2 1 (4) Ret 51 (60)
2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ret 5 1 1 7 7 Ret 2 14 8 2 Ret 2 (2) 1 47 (53)
3 Australia Alan Jones 9 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret (4) Ret 1 1 1 9 1 Ret 40 (43)
4 France Jacques Laffite 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 8 Ret 3 3 3 Ret Ret Ret 36
5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 10 15 9 Ret Ret Ret 2 (6) 1 2 (5) Ret 3 3 Ret 29 (32)
6 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 2 3 (5) Ret 2 (4) 3 13 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 20 (25)
7 France Patrick Depailler 4 2 Ret 5 1 Ret (5) 20 (22)
8 France René Arnoux Ret Ret Ret DNS 9 Ret Ret 3 2 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 2 17
9 United Kingdom John Watson 3 8 Ret Ret Ret 6 4 11 4 5 9 Ret Ret 6 6 15
10 France Didier Pironi Ret 4 Ret DSQ 6 3 Ret Ret 10 9 7 Ret 10 5 3 14
11 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ret Ret 3 6 5 11 Ret 5 3 Ret 6 Ret Ret 14
12 United States Mario Andretti 5 Ret 4 4 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 10 Ret 14
13 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ret 10 Ret DNS Ret Ret NC 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 9
14 Austria Niki Lauda Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 4
15 Italy Elio de Angelis 7 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret DNQ 16 12 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 3
16 Brazil Nelson Piquet Ret Ret 7 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 3
17 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ret 6 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 3
18 West Germany Jochen Mass 8 7 12 9 8 Ret 6 15 Ret 6 Ret 6 Ret DNQ DNQ 3
19 Italy Riccardo Patrese DNS 9 11 Ret 10 5 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 2
20 West Germany Hans Joachim Stuck DNS Ret Ret DSQ 14 8 Ret DNS DNQ Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 5 2
21 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 6 11 13 Ret 11 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 8 7 1
Mexico Hector Rebaque Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 9 Ret DNQ 7 DNQ Ret DNQ 0
France Patrick Tambay Ret Ret 10 Ret 13 DNQ DNQ 10 7 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Argentina Ricardo Zunino 7 Ret 0
United Kingdom Geoff Lees 7 0
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly 11 13 DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ 8 Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom James Hunt Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Netherlands Jan Lammers Ret 14 Ret Ret 12 10 DNQ 18 11 10 Ret Ret DNQ 9 DNQ 0
Finland Keke Rosberg 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret 0
Italy Vittorio Brambilla 12 Ret DNQ 0
France Patrick Gaillard DNQ 13 DNQ Ret DNQ 0
Italy Bruno Giacomelli Ret 17 Ret Ret 0
Italy Arturo Merzario Ret DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Switzerland Marc Surer DNQ DNQ Ret 0
Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli DNQ DNQ DNPQ 0
Brazil Alex Ribeiro DNQ DNQ 0
Pos Driver ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
ESP
Spain
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USE
United States
Pts

Here bold indicates a pole position while italic indicates a fastest lap.

Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

1979 International Cup for F1 Constructors - final standings[edit]

Pos Constructor Car
no.
ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
ESP
Spain
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USE
United States
Pts
1 Italy Ferrari 11 Ret 6 2 2 4 1 1 7 5 4 4 2 1 4 Ret 113
12 Ret 5 1 1 7 7 Ret 2 14 8 2 Ret 2 2 1
2 United Kingdom Williams-Ford 27 9 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 1 1 1 9 1 Ret 75
28 10 15 9 Ret Ret Ret 2 6 1 2 5 Ret 3 3 Ret
3 France Ligier-Ford 25 4 2 Ret 5 1 Ret 5 Ret 6 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 61
26 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 8 Ret 3 3 3 Ret Ret Ret
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 1 5 Ret 4 4 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 10 Ret 39
2 2 3 5 Ret 2 4 3 13 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret
31 Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 9 Ret DNQ 7
5 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 3 Ret 4 Ret DSQ 6 3 Ret Ret 10 9 7 Ret 10 5 3 28
4 Ret Ret 3 6 5 11 Ret 5 3 7 8 Ret 6 Ret Ret
33 Ret Ret
6 France Renault 15 Ret 10 Ret DNS Ret Ret NC 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 26
16 Ret Ret Ret DNS 9 Ret Ret 3 2 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 2
7 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 7 3 8 Ret Ret Ret 6 4 11 4 5 9 Ret Ret 6 6 15
8 Ret Ret 10 Ret 13 DNQ DNQ 10 7 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret
8 United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 5 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 7
6 Ret Ret 7 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 4 Ret
9 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 29 DNS 9 11 Ret 10 5 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 5
30 8 7 12 9 8 Ret 6 15 Ret 6 Ret 6 Ret DNQ DNQ
10 United Kingdom Shadow-Ford 17 Ret 14 Ret Ret 12 10 DNQ 18 11 10 Ret Ret DNQ 9 DNQ 3
18 7 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret DNQ 16 12 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4
11 West Germany ATS-Ford 9 DNS Ret Ret DSQ 14 8 Ret DNS DNQ Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 5 2
12 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford[3] 14 6 11 13 Ret 11 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 8 7 1
19 DNQ DNQ
United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 5 7 Ret 0
6 Ret Ret
United Kingdom Wolf-Ford 20 Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret 0
United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 22 11 13 DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 13 DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 0
Italy Alfa Romeo 35 Ret 17 Ret Ret 0
36 12 Ret DNQ
Italy Merzario-Ford 24 Ret DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Mexico Rebaque-Ford 31 DNQ Ret DNQ 0
West Germany Kauhsen-Ford 36 DNQ DNQ 0
Pos Constructor Car
no.
ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
ESP
Spain
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USE
United States
Pts

Non-Championship race results[edit]

Other Formula One races were also held in 1979, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
United Kingdom Marlboro / Daily Mail Race of Champions Brands Hatch 15 April Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom Gunnar Nilsson Memorial Trophy Donington Park 3 June Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth Report
Italy Dino Ferrari Grand Prix Imola 16 September Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo Report

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ FIA Yearbook 1980, Grey Section, page 84
  2. ^ FIA Yearbook 1980, Grey Section, page 85
  3. ^ a b Official records of the 1979 International Cup as published in the 1980 FIA Yearbook use the name "Copersucar" rather than "Fittipaldi"
  4. ^ 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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