1980 Formula One season

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1980 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Alan Jones
Constructors' Champion: Williams-Ford
Previous: 1979 Next: 1981

The 1980 Formula One season was the 31st season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1980 World Championship of Drivers and the 1980 International Cup for F1 Constructors[1] which were contested concurrently from 13 January to 5 October over a fourteen race series.[2] The season also included one non-championship race, the 1980 Spanish Grand Prix.[3]

After the season got off to a bad start (the first 3 races were nearly boycotted; the first 2 due to safety concerns with both the Buenos Aires and Interlagos circuits and the third because of a dispute between FISA and FOCA), the Drivers' Championship was won by Australian Alan Jones in a Williams and Williams took the Constructors award, the first of many Formula One titles for the English team. The season was marred however by a number of accidents; veteran Clay Regazzoni was paralyzed from the waist down after a huge accident at Long Beach and never raced in Formula One again, Frenchman Patrick Depailler lost his life on August 1 while testing for Alfa Romeo at Hockenheim and Jean-Pierre Jabouille broke both legs after a head-on crash at Montreal and was out for the remainder of the season, to name a few.

Jones became the first (and so far as of 2014, the last) Australian to win the World Championship since Jack Brabham in 1966.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

Australian driver Alan Jones won the Drivers' Championship, driving for the Williams team
Nelson Piquet, driving for the Brabham team, finished second in the Drivers' Championship
Alan Jones's team mate Carlos Reutemann placed third in the Drivers' Championship

The following drivers and constructors contested the 1980 World Championship of Drivers and the 1980 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyres No Driver Rounds
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T5 Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 M 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter All
2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve All
United Kingdom Candy Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Ford 009
010
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier All
4 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly All
43 New Zealand Mike Thackwell 13–14
United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham-Ford BT49 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet All
6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino 1–7
Mexico Héctor Rebaque 8–14
United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren-Ford M29B
M29C
M30
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 7 United Kingdom John Watson All
8 France Alain Prost 1–3, 5–14
United Kingdom Stephen South 4
West Germany Team ATS ATS-Ford D3
D4
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 9 Switzerland Marc Surer 1–3, 7–14
Netherlands Jan Lammers 4–6
10 1–3
Austria Harald Ertl 9
United Kingdom Team Essex Lotus Lotus-Ford 81
81B
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 11 United States Mario Andretti All
12 Italy Elio de Angelis All
43 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 10–12
United Kingdom Unipart Racing Team Ensign-Ford N180 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 14 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 1–4
United Kingdom Tiff Needell 5–6
Netherlands Jan Lammers 7–14
41 United Kingdom Geoff Lees 11–12
France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE20 Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6t M 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille 1–13
16 France René Arnoux All
United Kingdom Theodore Shadow
United Kingdom Shadow Cars
Shadow-Ford DN11
DN12
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 17 Sweden Stefan Johansson 1–2
United Kingdom Geoff Lees 3–7
18 Republic of Ireland Dave Kennedy 1–7
Brazil Skol Fittipaldi Team Fittipaldi-Ford F7
F8
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi All
21 Finland Keke Rosberg All
Italy Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 179 Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12 G 22 France Patrick Depailler 1–8
Italy Vittorio Brambilla 11–12
Italy Andrea de Cesaris 13–14
23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli All
France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier-Ford JS11/15 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 25 France Didier Pironi All
26 France Jacques Laffite All
United Kingdom Albilad Williams Racing Team Williams-Ford FW07
FW07B
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 27 Australia Alan Jones All
28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann All
United Kingdom Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows-Ford A3 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese All
30 West Germany Jochen Mass 1–10, 13–14
New Zealand Mike Thackwell 11
West Germany Manfred Winkelhock 12
Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella-Ford FA1
FA1B
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 31 United States Eddie Cheever All
United Kingdom Brands Hatch Racing Williams-Ford FW07 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 43 South Africa Desiré Wilson 8
United Kingdom RAM – Penthouse Rizla Racing
United Kingdom RAM – Rainbow Jeans Racing
United Kingdom RAM Theodore – Rainbow Jeans Racing
Williams-Ford FW07 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan 8–14
51 United States Kevin Cogan 13
United Kingdom Geoff Lees 14

Championship review[edit]

Rnd Race Date Location Pole Position Fastest Lap Race Winner Constructor Report
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix 13 January Buenos Aires Australia Alan Jones Australia Alan Jones Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
2 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix 27 January Interlagos France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France René Arnoux France René Arnoux France Renault Report
3 South Africa South African Grand Prix 1 March Kyalami France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France René Arnoux France René Arnoux France Renault Report
4 United States United States Grand Prix West 30 March Long Beach Brazil Nelson Piquet Brazil Nelson Piquet Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Report
5 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 4 May Zolder Australia Alan Jones France Jacques Laffite France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford Report
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix 18 May Monaco France Didier Pironi Argentina Carlos Reutemann Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
7 France French Grand Prix 29 June Paul Ricard France Jacques Laffite Australia Alan Jones Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
8 United Kingdom British Grand Prix 13 July Brands Hatch France Didier Pironi France Didier Pironi Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
9 West Germany German Grand Prix 10 August Hockenheimring Australia Alan Jones Australia Alan Jones France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford Report
10 Austria Austrian Grand Prix 17 August Österreichring France René Arnoux France René Arnoux France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault Report
11 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix 31 August Zandvoort France René Arnoux France René Arnoux Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Report
12 Italy Italian Grand Prix 14 September Imola France René Arnoux Australia Alan Jones Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Report
13 Canada Canadian Grand Prix 28 September Île Notre-Dame Brazil Nelson Piquet France Didier Pironi Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
14 United States United States Grand Prix 5 October Watkins Glen Italy Bruno Giacomelli Australia Alan Jones Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report

-Because of the FISA-FOCA dispute concerning ground-effect aerodynamics, it was announced on Friday's practice for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama held on June 1 was not going to be held under FISA regulations, therefore, it would not be counted as a Formula One championship race. The race was won by Alan Jones.

1980 World Championship of Drivers – final standings[edit]

Points towards the 1980 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 five results from the first seven races and the best five results from the remaining seven races could be retained by each driver.

Pos Driver ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Pts[4]
1 Australia Alan Jones 1 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret 1 1 (3) 2 11 2 1 1 67 (71)
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet 2 Ret 4 1 Ret 3 4 2 4 5 1 1 Ret Ret 54
3 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ret Ret 5 Ret 3 1 6 3 2 3 (4) (3) 2 2 42 (49)
4 France Jacques Laffite Ret Ret 2 Ret 11 2 3 Ret 1 4 3 9 8 5 34
5 France Didier Pironi Ret 4 3 6 1 Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 3 3 32
6 France René Arnoux Ret 1 1 9 4 Ret 5 NC Ret 9 2 10 Ret 7 29
7 Italy Elio de Angelis Ret 2 Ret Ret 10 9 Ret Ret 16 6 Ret 4 10 4 13
8 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 9
9 Italy Riccardo Patrese Ret 6 Ret 2 Ret 8 9 9 9 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7
10 Finland Keke Rosberg 3 9 Ret Ret 7 DNQ Ret DNQ Ret 16 DNQ 5 9 10 6
11 United Kingdom John Watson Ret 11 11 4 NC DNQ 7 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 NC 6
12 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly 4 14 Ret 8 9 Ret 11 4 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6
13 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ret 12 7 Ret 5 Ret Ret 5 15 Ret 5 13 7 NC 6
14 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ret 16 Ret Ret 6 5 8 Ret 6 8 7 Ret 5 Ret 6
15 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi NC 15 8 3 Ret 6 Ret 12 Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5
16 France Alain Prost 6 5 DNS Ret Ret Ret 6 11 7 6 7 Ret DNS 5
17 West Germany Jochen Mass Ret 10 6 7 Ret 4 10 13 8 DNQ 11 Ret 4
18 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 5 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4
19 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ret Ret Ret 5 8 Ret 12 10 13 13 9 8 DNQ 11 2
20 United States Mario Andretti Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 7 Ret 8 Ret Ret 6 1
21 Mexico Héctor Rebaque 7 Ret 10 Ret Ret 6 Ret 1
Switzerland Marc Surer Ret 7 DNS Ret Ret 12 12 10 Ret DNQ 8 0
Argentina Ricardo Zunino 7 8 10 Ret Ret DNQ Ret 0
United Kingdom Rupert Keegan 11 DNQ 15 DNQ 11 DNQ 9 0
Switzerland Clay Regazzoni NC Ret 9 Ret 0
Netherlands Jan Lammers DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 12 NC DNQ DNQ 14 DNQ DNQ DNQ 12 Ret 0
United States Eddie Cheever DNQ DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Geoff Lees 13 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ 0
France Patrick Depailler Ret Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ret Ret DNQ 0
Italy Vittorio Brambilla Ret Ret 0
Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ret Ret 0
New Zealand Mike Thackwell DNQ Ret DNQ 0
United Kingdom Tiff Needell Ret DNQ 0
Republic of Ireland Dave Kennedy DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Sweden Stefan Johansson DNQ DNQ 0
United Kingdom Stephen South DNQ 0
South Africa Desiré Wilson DNQ 0
Austria Harald Ertl DNQ 0
Germany Manfred Winkelhock DNQ 0
United States Kevin Cogan DNQ 0
Pos Driver ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Pts
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)

1980 International Cup for F1 Constructors – final standings[edit]

Points for the 1980 International Cup for F1 Constructors were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first six positions in each race. All points received by a constructor were retained towards the final total.[5]

Pos Constructor Car
no.
ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Pts
1 United Kingdom Williams-Ford 27 1 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret 1 1 3 2 11 2 1 1 120
28 Ret Ret 5 Ret 3 1 6 3 2 3 4 3 2 2
43 DNQ
50 11 DNQ 15 DNQ 11 DNQ 9
51 DNQ DNQ
2 France Ligier-Ford 25 Ret 4 3 6 1 Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 3 3 66
26 Ret Ret 2 Ret 11 2 3 Ret 1 4 3 9 8 5
3 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 5 2 Ret 4 1 Ret 3 4 2 4 5 1 1 Ret Ret 55
6 7 8 10 Ret Ret DNQ Ret 7 Ret 10 Ret Ret 6 Ret
4 France Renault 15 Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 38
16 Ret 1 1 9 4 Ret 5 NC Ret 9 2 10 Ret 7
5 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 11 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 7 Ret 8 Ret Ret 6 14
12 Ret 2 Ret Ret 10 9 Ret Ret 16 6 Ret 4 10 4
43 Ret Ret DNQ
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 3 Ret 12 7 Ret 5 Ret Ret 5 15 Ret 5 13 7 NC 12
4 4 14 Ret 8 9 Ret 11 4 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret
43 Ret DNQ
7 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 29 Ret 6 Ret 2 Ret 8 9 9 9 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11
30 Ret 10 6 7 Ret 4 10 13 8 DNQ DNQ DNQ 11 Ret
8 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 20 NC 15 8 3 Ret 6 Ret 12 Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11
21 3 9 Ret Ret 7 DNQ Ret DNQ Ret 16 DNQ 5 9 10
9 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 7 Ret 11 11 4 NC DNQ 7 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 NC 11
8 6 5 DNS DNQ Ret Ret Ret 6 11 7 6 7 Ret DNS
10 Italy Ferrari 1 Ret Ret Ret 5 8 Ret 12 10 13 13 9 8 DNQ 11 8
2 Ret 16 Ret Ret 6 5 8 Ret 6 8 7 Ret 5 Ret
11 Italy Alfa Romeo 22 Ret Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4
23 5 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret
West Germany ATS-Ford 9 Ret 7 DNS Ret 12 NC Ret Ret 12 12 10 Ret DNQ 8 0
10 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 14 NC Ret 9 Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ 14 DNQ DNQ DNQ 12 Ret 0
41 Ret DNQ
Italy Osella-Ford 31 DNQ DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Shadow-Ford 17 DNQ DNQ 13 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
18 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Pos Constructor Car
no.
ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Pts

Non-Championship race results[edit]

The 1980 Formula One season also included one non-championship race.[3]

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jarama 1 June Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ 1980 FIA Yearbook, page 11
  2. ^ Motor Sport, January 1981, page 44
  3. ^ a b Motor Sport, January 1981, page 45
  4. ^ 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 from Championship points, total points scored are shown in parentheses.
  5. ^ Motor, February 1981, page 69

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