Tyrrell 008

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Tyrrell 008
Tyrrell 008 2008 Silverstone Classic.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Tyrrell Racing Organisation
Designer(s) Maurice Phillippe
Predecessor P34
Successor 009
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Axle track Front: 1,702 mm (67.0 in)
Rear: 1,600 mm (63 in)
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (110 in)
Engine Cosworth DFV V8 NA
Transmission Hewland FGA 400 5-speed manual
Weight 590 kg (1,300 lb)
Fuel Elf
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable drivers France Didier Pironi
France Patrick Depailler
Debut 1978 Argentine Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
16 1 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Tyrrell 008 was a Formula One car manufactured and raced by the Tyrrell Racing Organisation team during the 1978 season. Driven by Didier Pironi and Patrick Depailler, it achieved several podium finishes including a win at the 1978 Monaco Grand Prix.

Development[edit]

The Tyrrell 008 was designed by Maurice Phillipp to replace the six-wheeler Tyrrell P34 used the previous two seasons. It used an aluminum monocoque in front of a V8 Cosworth DFV.[2]

Racing history[edit]

For 1978, Tyrrell brought in Didier Pironi to drive alongside Patrick Depailler.[2] The 008 made its debut in the season opening Argentine Grand Prix, where Depailler qualified 10th and finished in third. Although he retired from the following Brazilian Grand Prix, he recorded consecutive podiums at the next three events; a second in South Africa, a third in the United States and his maiden win in Monaco, where he achieved his best qualifying of the year, fifth. He scored three more points finishes during the remainder of the season, the best of these second in the Austrian Grand Prix. Reliability was an issue for he only finished eight races.[1]

Pironi was 23rd on the grid in Argentina and brought his car home in 14th place. He scored a point for sixth place at the next race in Brazil, the first of his five point finishes for 1978. His best placing was 5th, achieved twice, in Monaco and Germany. His best qualifying was ninth, in Austria, one of only two races where he out-qualified Depailler.[1]

The team finished in fourth place in the Constructor's Championship with a total of 38 points. Depailler was fifth in the Driver's Championship with 34 points while Pironi was 15th with seven points.[3]


Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant(s) Chassis Engine(s) Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1978 Elf Team Tyrrell 008 Ford V8 G ARG BRA RSA USW MON BEL ESP SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN 38 4th
Didier Pironi 14 6 6 Ret 5 6 12 Ret 10 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 7
Patrick Depailler 3 Ret 2 3 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 2 Ret 11 Ret 5

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stats F1. "Tyrrell 008". Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Nye, 1985, p. 239
  3. ^ Stats F1. "1978 season". Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

References[edit]

  • Nye, Doug (1985). Autocourse History of the Grand Prix Car 1966 – 1985. Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom: Hazelton Publishing. ISBN 0905138376.