1980 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Brazil  1980 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 17 in the 1980 Formula One season
Interlagos 1979.jpg
Date January 27, 1980
Official name IX Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Location Interlagos, São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
7.873 km (4.920 mi)
Distance 40 laps, 314.920 km (196.825 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault
Time 2:21.40
Fastest lap
Driver France René Arnoux Renault
Time 2:27.31 on lap 22
Podium
First France René Arnoux Renault
Second Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford
Third Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford

The 1980 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on January 27, 1980 at the Interlagos circuit in the Interlagos neighborhood of São Paulo. It was the second round of the 1980 Formula One season, and it was also the ninth Brazilian Grand Prix. It was the eighth to be held at Interlagos and would be the last until the circuit was substantially redeveloped for the 1990 Brazilian Grand Prix. The race was held over 40 laps of the 7.87-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 315 kilometres.

Before the race, a number of drivers including world champion Jody Scheckter, wanted to boycott the event due to safety concerns with the Interlagos circuit. The circuit was extremely bumpy (which the circuit was well known for) and the catch-fencing and barriers surrounding the circuit were not perceived to be adequate enough to protect the drivers from the embankments and ditches around the circuit. Although Scheckter and the other concerned drivers nearly succeeded in stopping the race, it went ahead.

The race was won by French driver René Arnoux driving a Renault RE20. It was Arnoux's first World Championship victory and Equipe Renault's second and the second for a turbocharged car. Arnoux won by 21 seconds over Italian driver Elio de Angelis driving a Lotus 81. Championship points leader, Australian driver Alan Jones finished third in his Williams FW07B.

Thanks to the high altitude of the Interlagos circuit, the turbocharged Renaults of Jean-Pierre Jabouille and René Arnoux were dominant, running 1-2 for much of the race until Jabouille's turbo failed on lap 25. Pole-sitter Jabouille had made a poor start and dropped to fourth, with both Ligier JS11/15s and Gilles Villeneuve in his Ferrari 312T5 getting past; however, Jabouille's horsepower advantage on the high-altitude circuit meant that he passed both Ligiers; Jacques Laffite immediately on the Retao straight, Didier Pironi at Arquibacanas at the end of the first lap and took the lead from Villeneuve at the end of Reta Oposta into Curva do Sol. Arnoux had gotten up to 2nd, and when Jabouille retired Arnoux took the lead over and kept it until the checkered flag.

Alain Prost (McLaren M29) and Riccardo Patrese (Arrows A3) battled for much of the second half of the race for fifth place, with Prost having the advantage through the corners while Patrese was quicker in the straights. Ricardo Zunino (Brabham BT49) bumped into John Watson (McLaren M29) at Curva 3 and spun off; however, he was able to recover and finish the race.

Pironi had to make an early pit stop, and he rejoined near the back of the field, however he began a charge and he was able to finish 4th. This effort was enough for Enzo Ferrari to take an interest in Pironi's services; which he secured for the 1981 season.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 2:21.40 -
2 25 France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 2:21.65 + 0.25
3 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 2:22.17 + 0.77
4 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 2:22.26 + 0.86
5 25 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 2:22.30 + 0.90
6 16 France René Arnoux Renault 2:22.31 + 0.91
7 12 Italy Elio De Angelis Lotus-Ford 2:22.40 + 1.00
8 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 2:23.02 + 1.62
9 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 2:23.16 + 1.76
10 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 2:23.38 + 1.98
11 11 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 2:23.46 + 2.06
12 7 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 2:24.85 + 3.45
13 12 France Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 2:24.95 + 3.55
14 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 2:25.06 + 3.66
15 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 2:25.74 + 4.34
16 29 Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 2:25.75 + 4.35
17 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 2:25.80 + 4.40
18 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 2:26.53 + 5.13
19 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 2:26.86 + 5.46
20 9 Switzerland Marc Surer ATS-Ford 2:27.10 + 5.70
21 22 France Patrick Depailler Alfa Romeo 2:27.11 + 5.71
22 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 2:27.15 + 5.75
23 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 2:27.29 + 5.89
24 2 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 2:28.10 + 6.70
DNQ 10 Netherlands Jan Lammers ATS-Ford 2:29.54 + 8.14
DNQ 18 Republic of Ireland Dave Kennedy Shadow-Ford 2:30.52 + 9.12
DNQ 17 Sweden Stefan Johansson Shadow-Ford 2:31.48 +10.08
DNQ 31 United States Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford 2:34.52 +13.12

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16 France René Arnoux Renault 40 1:40:01.33 6 9
2 12 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 40 +21.86 secs 7 6
3 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 40 +1:06.11 secs 10 4
4 25 France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 40 +1:40.13 secs 2 3
5 8 France Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 40 +1:45.41 secs 13 2
6 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 39 +1 Lap 14 1
7 9 Switzerland Marc Surer ATS-Ford 39 +1 Lap 20
8 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 39 +1 Lap 18
9 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 39 +1 Lap 15
10 30 West Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 39 +1 Lap 16
11 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 39 +1 Lap 23
12 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 39 +1 Lap 22
13 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 39 +1 Lap 17
14 4 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 38 +2 Laps 24
15 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 38 +2 Laps 19
16 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 36 Throttle 3
Ret 22 France Patrick Depailler Alfa Romeo 33 Electrical 21
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 25 Turbo 1
Ret 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 14 Suspension 9
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 13 Electrical 5
Ret 14 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 13 Engine 12
Ret 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 10 Engine 8
Ret 11 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1 Spun Off 11
Ret 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1 Halfshaft 4
DNQ 10 Netherlands Jan Lammers ATS-Ford
DNQ 18 Republic of Ireland Dave Kennedy Shadow-Ford
DNQ 17 Sweden Stefan Johansson Shadow-Ford
DNQ 31 United States Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford

Lap leaders[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

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


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