1978 Spanish Grand Prix

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1978 Spanish Grand Prix
Race 7 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season
Circuito Permanente del Jarama 1980.svg
Race details
Date 4 June 1978
Official name XXIV Gran Premio de España[1]
Location Jarama, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.404 km (2.115 mi)
Distance 75 laps, 255.3 km (158.625 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:16.39
Fastest lap
Driver United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford
Time 1:20.06 on lap 5
Podium
First Lotus-Ford
Second Lotus-Ford
Third Ligier-Matra

The 1978 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 4 June 1978 at Jarama. It was the seventh race of the 1978 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1978 International Cup for F1 Constructors. The 75-lap race was won from pole position by Mario Andretti, driving a Lotus-Ford, with teammate Ronnie Peterson second and Jacques Laffite third in a Ligier-Matra.

Report[edit]

Once again the new Lotus 79 demonstrated its speed, with Mario Andretti on pole and Ronnie Peterson alongside him on the front row, the Swede driving the 79 for the first time. Carlos Reutemann was third in his Ferrari, with James Hunt fourth in his McLaren.

On race day, Hunt made a fast start to lead into the first corner from Andretti and Reutemann, with Peterson dropping to ninth. Andretti re-passed Hunt on lap 6 and then started to pull away. Reutemann ran third until he had to pit for tyres, and so John Watson inherited third until he was passed by Jacques Laffite, but soon the recovering Peterson passed both of them. Hunt now suffered from tyre problems and he also began to drop back, and so Peterson moved into second with Laffite third. This was how it stayed to the end, Andretti winning from Peterson in another Lotus 1–2, and Laffite taking the final spot on the podium.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 75 1:41:47.06 1 9
2 6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 75 + 19.56 2 6
3 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 75 + 37.24 10 4
4 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 75 + 1:00.06 9 3
5 2 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 75 + 1:05.93 7 2
6 7 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 74 + 1 Lap 4 1
7 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 74 + 1 Lap 16
8 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 74 + 1 Lap 18
9 9 West Germany Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 74 + 1 Lap 17
10 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 74 + 1 Lap 5
11 18 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford 73 + 2 Laps 23
12 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 71 + 4 Laps 13
13 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 71 + 4 Laps 11
14 36 West Germany Rolf Stommelen Arrows-Ford 71 + 4 Laps 19
15 17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford 67 Fuel Pipe 22
Ret 22 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ensign-Ford 64 Engine 21
Ret 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 62 Throttle 15
Ret 11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 57 Accident 3
Ret 1 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 56 Engine 6
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 51 Engine 12
Ret 16 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 45 Suspension 24
Ret 35 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 21 Engine 8
Ret 25 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford 21 Exhaust 20
Ret 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 16 Spun Off 14
DNQ 37 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
DNQ 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford
DNQ 28 Spain Emilio de Villota McLaren-Ford
DNQ 10 Italy Alberto Colombo ATS-Ford
DNPQ 32 Finland Keke Rosberg Theodore-Ford
Source:[2]

Lap leaders[edit]

James Hunt 5 laps (1–5); Mario Andretti 70 laps (6–75).

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1978". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  2. ^ "1978 Spanish Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Spain 1978 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.


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