1979 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 8 of 15 in the 1979 Formula One season
Dijon-Prenois.svg
Date July 1, 1979
Location Dijon
Course
3.801 km (2.361 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 304.08 km (188.88 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault
Time 1:07.19
Fastest lap
Driver France René Arnoux Renault
Time 1:09.16 on lap 71
Podium
First France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault
Second Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Third France René Arnoux Renault

The 1979 French Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 1 July 1979 at Dijon.

It marked the first victory of a turbocharged car in Formula One, with Renault overcoming the reliability problems that had initially plagued their car. For Jean-Pierre Jabouille it was a victory on home soil, driving a French car (Renault), on French tyres (Michelin), powered by a French engine (Renault), burning French fuel (Elf). Jabouille was the first Frenchman to win the French Grand Prix since Jean-Pierre Wimille in 1948.

The race is perhaps best remembered for one of the fiercest battles ever for second place, between Ferrari driver Gilles Villeneuve and Renault driver René Arnoux, who on several occasions during the final laps touched wheels and swapped positions. The fight is often cited as one of the most memorable pieces of racing in Formula One.[1] Villeneuve, who passed the finish line less than a quarter of a second ahead of Arnoux, later described the occasion as "my best memory of Grand Prix racing".[2]

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 80 1:35:20.42 1 9
2 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 80 + 14.59 3 6
3 16 France René Arnoux Renault 80 + 14.83 2 4
4 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 80 + 36.61 7 3
5 4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 80 + 1:04.51 10 2
6 28 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 80 + 1:05.51 9 1
7 11 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 79 + 1 Lap 5
8 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 8
9 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 16
10 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 20
11 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 15
12 31 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 23
13 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 13
14 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 19
15 30 Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 75 + 5 Laps 22
16 18 Italy Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 75 + 5 Laps 24
17 35 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 75 + 5 Laps 17
18 17 Netherlands Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford 73 + 7 Laps 21
Ret 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 71 Suspension 11
Ret 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 53 Engine 18
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Alfa Romeo 52 Accident 4
Ret 1 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 51 Brakes 12
Ret 25 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ligier-Ford 45 Engine 14
Ret 5 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 23 Spun Off 6
DNS 9 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford Tyre Dispute
DNQ 22 France Patrick Gaillard Ensign-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. 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Autosport.com on the 1979 French Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Formula1.com on the 1979 French Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
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