1980 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 5 of 14 in the 1980 Formula One season
Circuit zolder.png
Date May 4, 1980
Location Zolder, Belgium
Course
4.262 km (2.648 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 306.864 km (190.066 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:19.12
Fastest lap
Driver France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford
Time 1:20.88 on lap 57
Podium
First France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford
Second Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Third Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford

The 1980 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zolder on May 4, 1980. It was the fifth round of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was the 38th Belgian Grand Prix and the seventh to be held at Zolder. The race was held over 72 laps of the 4.262-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 307 kilometres.

The race was won by French driver Didier Pironi driving a Ligier JS11/15. It was Pironi's debut World Championship victory and he was the fourth driver to win in the first five races of the season. Pironi won by 47 seconds over Australian driver and eventual 1980 champion, Alan Jones driving a Williams FW07B. Third was Jones' Williams team mate Argentinian driver, Carlos Reutemann. It was the first of three wins in Pironi's accident-shortened Formula One career. Jones' second place allowed him to close to within two points of series leader René Arnoux who had collected three points for finishing fourth in his Renault RE20. Piquet was one point behind Jones with Pironi just one point further behind.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 25 France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 72 1:38:47.4 2 9
2 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 72 +47.37 secs 1 6
3 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 72 +84.12 secs 4 4
4 16 France René Arnoux Renault 71 +1 Lap 6 3
5 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 71 +1 Lap 9 2
6 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 71 +1 Lap 12 1
7 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 71 +1 lap 21
8 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 70 +2 Laps 14
9 4 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 70 +2 Laps 11
10 12 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 69 Spun Off 8
11 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 68 +4 Laps 3
12 9 Netherlands Jan Lammers ATS-Ford 64 Engine 15
NC 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 61 Not Classified 20
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 58 Spun Off 16
Ret 11 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 41 Gearbox 17
Ret 22 France Patrick Depailler Alfa Romeo 38 Exhaust 10
Ret 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 32 Spun Off 7
Ret 8 France Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 29 Transmission 19
Ret 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 16 Electrical 24
Ret 14 United Kingdom Tiff Needell Ensign-Ford 12 Engine 23
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 11 Suspension 18
Ret 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 5 Gearbox 22
Ret 30 West Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 1 Spun Off 13
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 1 Clutch 5
DNQ 17 United Kingdom Geoff Lees Shadow-Ford
DNQ 18 Republic of Ireland Dave Kennedy Shadow-Ford
DNQ 31 United States Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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