1980 Canadian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 13 of 14 in the 1980 Formula One season
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Date September 28, 1980
Official name XIX Grand Prix Labatt du Canada
Location Circuit Île Notre-Dame, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Course Permanent racing facility
4.410 km (2.740 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 308.700 km (191.817 mi)
Weather Cold, Dry
Pole position
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford
Time 1:27.328
Fastest lap
Driver France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford
Time 1:28.769 on lap 62
Podium
First Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Second Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford
Third France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford

The 1980 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on September 28, 1980, at the Circuit Île Notre-Dame in Montreal, Canada. It was the thirteenth and penultimate race of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was the 19th Canadian Grand Prix and the third to be held in Montreal. The race was held over 70 laps of the 4.41-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 309 kilometres.

Australian driver Alan Jones, driving a Williams FW07B, won his second consecutive Canadian Grand Prix, and coupled with the retirement of the Brabham BT49 of Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet due to the failure of its Cosworth DFV engine, this allowed Jones to secure the 1980 World Drivers' Championship. Jones became only the second Australian to claim the world championship, a title last won by Jack Brabham in 1966. It was also the first World Drivers' Championship for Williams Grand Prix Engineering, adding to their first Constructors' Championship, achieved two weeks earlier at the Italian Grand Prix.

The brief comeback of Vittorio Brambilla had come to an end with the Italian veteran retiring from Formula One. Alfa Romeo replaced him with someone younger and Andrea de Cesaris made his Grand Prix debut, as did teenage New Zealander Mike Thackwell. Thackwell stepped aboard a third Tyrrell 010 breaking the record as the youngest ever driver to start a Grand Prix, a record held for 19 years by the late Mexican teenager Ricardo Rodríguez. The record would stand for 29 years until broken by Jaime Alguersuari in 2009.

Piquet qualified on pole from Jones but used a car in fragile qualifying specification to do it. At the start Jones outlaunched Piquet but the pair refused to compromise at the first turn and the two touched,[1][2] triggering a multi-car pile-up. The collision involved Jean-Pierre Jarier (Tyrrell 010), Derek Daly (Tyrrell 010), Emerson Fittipaldi (Fittipaldi F8), Keke Rosberg (Fittipaldi F8), Mario Andretti (Lotus 81), Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T5) and Jochen Mass (Arrows A3). Piquet, Fittipaldi, Villeneuve, Andretti and Mass restarted in spare cars, in Piquet's case his fragile qualifying car and Rosberg had his car repaired. Daly was out as was Thackwell as Jarier commandeered his Tyrrell 010. At the restart Jones led before a storming Piquet took the lead until his qualifying specification Cosworth DFV inevitably failed.[3] Two laps later and Jean-Pierre Jabouille crashed his Renault RE20 heavily, seriously injuring his legs. Jabouille had to be cut from the car.

Jones took up the lead again until Pironi forced his way into a lead which was clouded over a jumped start for which he was eventually assigned a 60 second penalty. Pironi took the chequer but would be classified third behind Jones and Reutemann. Alain Prost could have been third or even second until a suspension failure saw his McLaren M30 crash. Watson was ahead of Reutemann as well when he spun and finished fourth in his McLaren. Local hero Villeneuve claimed fifth for Ferrari on a dismal weekend that saw outgoing World Champion Jody Scheckter fail to qualify his Ferrari 312T5. The final point was claimed by Hector Rebaque in his Brabham BT49 as Jacques Laffite ran out of fuel in his Ligier JS11/15 in the closing stages.[4]

First and second in the championship were decided with the 1980 United States Grand Prix still to come, but third was theoretically open with Laffite eight points behind Reutemann. Second place in the constructors' championship was still open with Brabham just five points behind Ligier.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 70 1:46:45.53 2 9
2 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 70 +15.54 secs 5 6
3 25 France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 70 +19.07 secs 3 4
4 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 70 +30.98 secs 7 3
5 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 70 +55.23 secs 22 2
6 6 Mexico Hector Rebaque Brabham-Ford 69 +1 Lap 10 1
7 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 69 +1 Lap 15
8 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 68 Out of fuel 9
9 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 68 +2 Laps 6
10 12 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 68 +2 Laps 17
11 30 West Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 67 +3 Laps 21
12 14 Netherlands Jan Lammers Ensign-Ford 66 +4 Laps 19
Ret 8 France Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 41 Suspension 12
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 39 Brakes 23
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 25 Suspension/Accident 13
Ret 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 23 Engine 1
Ret 11 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 11 Engine 18
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 8 Engine 8
Ret 31 United States Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford 8 Fuel System 14
Ret 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 8 Gearbox 16
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 7 Chassis 4
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 6 Accident 11
Ret 4 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 0 Accident 20
Ret 43 New Zealand Mike Thackwell Tyrrell-Ford 0 Car commandeered by Jarier 24
DNQ 9 Switzerland Marc Surer ATS-Ford
DNQ 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari
DNQ 50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Williams-Ford
DNQ 51 United States Kevin Cogan Williams-Ford

Lap leaders[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 5 results from the first 7 races and the best 5 results from the last 7 races counted towards the Drivers' Championship. If different to Championship points, total points scored are shown in parentheses.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://grandprix.com/gpe/rr341.html
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDc3DbUISS0
  3. ^ Jones, Bruce (1998). "The 1980s". The Complete Encyclopedia of Formula One (First ed.). London: Carlton Books. p. 52. ISBN 1 85868 515 X. 
  4. ^ "Grand Prix Results: Canadian GP, 1980". GP Encyclopedia. Inside F1, Inc. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 


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