1979 Formula One season

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1979 FIA Formula One
World Championship
Drivers' Champion: Jody Scheckter
Constructors' Champion: Ferrari
Previous: 1978 Next: 1980

The 1979 Formula One season was the 30th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1979 World Championship of F1 Drivers[1] and the 1979 International Cup for F1 Constructors[2] which were contested concurrently over a fifteen-round series which commenced on 21 January 1979, and ended on 7 October. The season also included three non-championship Formula One races. Jody Scheckter of Scuderia Ferrari won the 1979 World Championship of F1 Drivers while Scuderia Ferrari won 1979 International Cup for F1 Constructors. Gilles Villeneuve made it a 1-2 for Ferrari in the championship, concluding a successful second half of the 1970s for Ferrari (three drivers' and four constructors' titles). Alan Jones finished the season strongly for Williams, finishing third in the championship and with team mate Clay Regazzoni scoring Williams' first ever Grand Prix win as a constructor. Scheckter's title was Ferrari's last drivers' title for 21 years, before Michael Schumacher won five consecutive titles for the team between 2000 and 2004.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

South African Jody Scheckter won the Drivers' Championship, driving for Ferrari
Canadian Gilles Villeneuve placed second in the 1979 World Championship of F1 Drivers behind Ferrari teammate Jody Scheckter
Australian Alan Jones placed third (pictured in 1980)

The following drivers and constructors contested the 1979 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1979 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

Several high-profile changes happened among the leading teams for this season, as the death of Swedish driver Ronnie Peterson the previous October precipitated a merry-go-round of some of the most highly regarded drivers on the grid.

The dominant Lotus team signed Carlos Reutemann from Ferrari to replace Peterson. Ferrari took on Jody Scheckter to fill the gap, and the Wolf team hired James Hunt in his place. McLaren replaced Hunt with fellow British contender John Watson, whose place at Brabham was taken by the highly regarded but inexperienced Nelson Piquet, who had competed at the last race of the previous season in Canada.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyres No Driver Rounds
United Kingdom Martini Racing Team Lotus Lotus-Ford 79
80
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 1 United States Mario Andretti All
2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann All
United Kingdom Team Tyrrell
United Kingdom Candy Team Tyrrell
Tyrrell-Ford 009 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 3 France Didier Pironi All
4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 1–9, 12–15
United Kingdom Geoff Lees 10
4/
33
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly 11, 14–15
United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT46
BT48
Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12
Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12
G 5 Austria Niki Lauda 1–13
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet 1–13
Brabham-Ford BT49 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 5 Argentina Ricardo Zunino 14–15
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet 14–15
United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren-Ford M26
M28
M28B
M28C
M29
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 7 United Kingdom John Watson All
8 France Patrick Tambay All
West Germany ATS Wheels ATS-Ford D2
D3
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 9 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck All
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T3
312T4
312T4B
Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 M 11 South Africa Jody Scheckter All
12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve All
Brazil Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi-Ford[3] F5A
F6
F6A
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi All
19 Brazil Alex Ribeiro 14–15
France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RS01
RS10
Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6t M 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille All
16 France René Arnoux All
United Kingdom Samson Shadow Racing Team
United Kingdom Interscope Shadow Racing Team
Shadow-Ford DN9 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 17 Netherlands Jan Lammers All
18 Italy Elio de Angelis All
Canada Olympus Cameras Wolf Racing Wolf-Ford WR7
WR8
WR9
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 20 United Kingdom James Hunt 1–7
Finland Keke Rosberg 8–15
United Kingdom Team Ensign Ensign-Ford N177
N179
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 22 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly 1–7
France Patrick Gaillard 8–12
Switzerland Marc Surer 13–15
Italy Team Merzario Merzario-Ford A1B
A2
A4
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 24 Italy Arturo Merzario 1–6, 8–15
Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli 7
France Ligier Gitanes Ligier-Ford JS11 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 25 France Patrick Depailler 1–7
Belgium Jacky Ickx 8–15
26 France Jacques Laffite All
United Kingdom Albilad-Saudia Racing Team Williams-Ford FW06
FW07
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 27 Australia Alan Jones All
28 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni All
United Kingdom Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows-Ford A1B
A2
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese All
30 West Germany Jochen Mass All
Mexico Team Rebaque Lotus-Ford 79 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 31 Mexico Héctor Rebaque 1–6, 8–12
Rebaque-Ford HR100 13–15
Italy Autodelta Alfa Romeo 177
179
Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12
Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12
G 35 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 6, 8, 13, 15
36 Italy Vittorio Brambilla 13–15
Germany Willi Kauhsen Racing Team Kauhsen-Ford WK Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 36 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli 5–6

Season report[edit]

Race 1: Argentina[edit]

Like in previous years, the opening race of the season was in Argentina at the Buenos Aires circuit located on the outskirts of the capital city. Most people expected the Lotus cars driven by defending champion Mario Andretti, and his new teammate Carlos Reutemann to dominate but, to many people's surprise, it was the Ligier team that dominated qualifying, with Jacques Laffite on pole ahead of Patrick Depailler, leaving home favorite Reutemann to qualify third. Laffite led at the start with Depailler following, but the two men starting on the third row, John Watson in the McLaren collided with Jody Scheckter's Ferrari at the very fast first 2 corners, creating chaos behind. Four other cars were collected (including Andretti and Nelson Piquet, who was taken to hospital) and the race was red-flagged, and aside from Piquet's injury, no one else was injured.

The race restarted after the mess was cleared, and this time Depailler set off into the lead with Jean-Pierre Jarier's Tyrrell and Watson (in his spare car) following him. But soon Laffite was up to second, and a few laps later he took the lead from Depailler. The Ligiers drove away, whereas Jarier struggled and dropped down the order with engine troubles, leaving Watson third before he was passed a recovering Reutemann. Laffite went on and won comfortably, but teammate Depailler suffered a misfire and dropped to fourth, leaving Reutemann second and Watson third.

Race 2: Brazil[edit]

The drivers stayed in South America for the second round which was held in Brazil, returning to the 5-mile Interlagos circuit in São Paulo; the longest circuit on the calendar. The Ligiers were in top form again, Laffite taking pole comfortably with Depailler alongside, with the Lotuses led by Reutemann on the second row. This time, Laffite was able to lead right from the first corner with Reutemann taking second from Depailler, but Depailler regained the place soon after and Andretti also passed his teammate to take third. Andretti however soon retired with a misfire, and so Reutemann was back in third. Laffite dominated as he had in Buenos Aires, completing his clean sweep of the South American segment of this Formula One season, although he was pushed by Depailler all the way – Depailler finished 2nd to Laffite to complete a 1–2 for Ligier and Reutemann completing the podium.

Race 3: South Africa[edit]

External video
SOUTH AFRICAN GRAND PRIX, 1979. AP Archive - British Movietone News footage.

There was a four-week break between the Brazilian and South African GPs. At the high-altitude Kyalami circuit between Johannesburg and Pretoria, Jean-Pierre Jabouille took pole in the turbocharged Renault and home hero Jody Scheckter put his Ferrari second on grid, just in front of teammate Gilles Villeneuve, and the Ligiers were only on the third row. Jabouille led at the start with Villeneuve and Scheckter following, but Villeneuve took the lead on second lap before the race was stopped by a rainshower.

When the race restarted, most drivers were on wets, but Scheckter and a few others opted for slicks. Villeneuve led at the restart and built up a gap, but the track dried and he had to pit for slicks along with most of the field. This left Scheckter leading comfortably, and he looked well set for a home win until he had to pit for new tyres, handing the lead back to Villeneuve and in behind, Patrick Tambay briefly ran third in his McLaren, until he was passed by Jarier. It was Villeneuve who won the race with Scheckter close behind, and Jarier taking the final spot on the podium.

Race 4: United States West[edit]

Five weeks after the South African race, the field went to the United States to compete at the gruelling Long Beach street circuit near Los Angeles, California. Qualifying saw Villeneuve taking his first career pole position with Reutemann alongside him on the front row ahead of Scheckter. Before the race started, Reutemann suffered an electrical failure and had to start from the pits. After a string of failed attempts to start the race due to different reasons, the race finally started with Villeneuve leading Depailler and Scheckter, but soon Jarier was up to second. As Villeneuve set about building a gap, Jarier and Depailler battled for second but Scheckter passed both of them mid-race. Towards the end, Jarier began to drop back rapidly with a vibration, so Depailler finally got third but not for long as Alan Jones's Williams was past him. That was how the race finished, with Villeneuve winning ahead of Scheckter in another Ferrari 1–2, and Jones giving the Williams team their second ever podium with third.

Race 5: Spain[edit]

After another long break, this time for three weeks, the Spanish Grand Prix was next, at the tight and twisty Jarama circuit near the Spanish capital of Madrid took place, starting a trilogy of Grands Prix at tight and twisty circuits. Here, the Ligiers struck back at Ferrari, with Laffite on pole again with Depailler ensuring a front-row lockout leaving Villeneuve third. At the start, Depailler took the lead from Laffite, and Reutemann who has a brilliant start was up to third ahead of Villeneuve. The Ligiers ran 1–2 comfortably until Laffite's engine blew up, leaving Reutemann second, and Andretti third after Villeneuve spun attempting to pass Reutemann. With his teammate out, Depailler was able to cruise to victory ahead of Reutemann and Andretti who ensured a double podium for Lotus.

Race 6: Belgium[edit]

The sixth race of the season was in Belgium, where Laffite surprised no one with pole, and Depailler surprised no one with second, but Nelson Piquet surprised many by qualifying his Brabham third. Once again, it was Depailler who got the best start, and led with Jones up to second ahead of Piquet with Laffite dropping down to fourth. In the early stages, Laffite was on the charge, as he passed first Piquet, then Jones and finally Depailler as he took the lead. As the race progressed, the Ligiers suffered from tyre trouble and so Jones took the lead until he retired with an electrical failure which handed the lead back to Depailler (who had repassed Laffite) until he crashed out, so Laffite inherited the lead until he was passed by Scheckter. Scheckter went on and took his first win for Ferrari ahead of Laffite, with Didier Pironi completing the podium in his Tyrrell.

Race 7: Monaco[edit]

The next race was the illustrious Monaco GP, and in qualifying, it was Scheckter who was on pole with teammate Villeneuve alongside, restricting Depailler to the second row. At the start, Scheckter kept the lead with double world champion Niki Lauda featuring at the front for the first time this year by jumping up to second ahead of Villeneuve, but it took only 3 laps for Villeneuve to get past and follow his teammate in driving away from the field.

Lauda kept third until Pironi tried to pass him, which resulted in a collision and both retiring. This put Jones up to third until he retired with steering troubles which brielfy handed the place to Arrows driver Jochen Mass, but soon Jones's Wiliams teammate, Clay Regazzoni took the place, which became second when Villeneuve retired with a transmission failure. With Villeneuve out, Scheckter had no more challengers to his lead and won comfortably, with Regazzoni finishing second and Reutemann taking third.

Race 8: France[edit]

With the Swedish GP cancelled due to a lack of funding, there was a 5-week gap between the Monaco and French GP's. The French Grand Prix would kick off a tour of Grands Prix held at fast circuits; and this Grand Prix, held at the very fast Dijon-Prenois circuit in eastern France saw the home fans get an all-French front row, but instead of the usual Ligiers, it was the two turbocharged Renaults who were in dominant form, Jean-Pierre Jabouille on pole ahead of René Arnoux and Villeneuve. At the start, Villeneuve beat Jabouille into the first corner, with Scheckter third after Arnoux had a bad start. As the front two began to drive away from the field, Arnoux began a charge up the order, and by mid-race he was back in third. In the second half of the race, the two Renaults found another gear, and Jabouille drove past Villeneuve to take the lead, and Arnoux began to close him down and caught him with four laps left. Jabouille won much to the happiness of the fans, and they received much more entertainment behind as Villeneuve and Arnoux battled for second for four laps, banging wheels repeatedly, and ultimately it was Villeneuve who prevailed.

Race 9: Great Britain[edit]

The second half of the year started in Britain at the fastest circuit of the year, the airfield Silverstone circuit 90 minutes north of London. The Williams FW07 had found new speed with some modifications to correct aerodynamic leakage, and Jones qualified it on pole more than a second ahead of Jabouille who was continuing his good form with Nelson Piquet again qualifying his Brabham third. Jones led into the first corner ahead of Jabouille, with Regazzoni up to third. The front three ran in the same order until Jabouille ran into tyre trouble and had to pit, leaving Regazzoni second and Arnoux third. Jones looked set to win but he had to retire with an overheating engine, so Regazzoni took the lead and went on to win, giving the Williams team their first ever F1 victory, with Arnoux second and Jean-Pierre Jarier third.

Race 10: Germany[edit]

The tenth race of the year was held in Germany, and on the ultra-fast Hockenheim circuit, Jabouille took pole with Jones completing the front row, and Laffite next up. Jones got the jump on Jabouille at the start, which Scheckter briefly up to third until Laffite regained back the place. Jones held off intense pressure from Jabouille in the early stages of the race, until the latter tried too hard and spun off giving second to Laffite and third to Regazzoni. Regazzoni was soon past Laffite, and the two Williams cars dominated the rest of race, with Jones getting his first win of the season and Regazzoni completing the 1–2 leaving Laffite to take the final spot on the podium.

Race 11: Austria[edit]

The field went to the very high-speed Österreichring circuit in Austria, and in qualifying once again the Renault turbo was the car to beat, Arnoux taking his first career pole, with Jones forcing Jabouille to settle for the second row. The race saw a sensational start from Villeneuve who jumped into the lead ahead of Jones, with Niki Lauda up to third after a bad start for the Renaults.

Villeneuve led for three laps before Jones passed him, and Arnoux was up to third after passing Lauda. Arnoux then took Villeneuve for second, before Jabouille set off on a charge and took second himself. The two Renaults set off after Jones, but Jabouille's gearbox failed. Arnoux continued to chase down Jones until he suffered fuel pressure problems and dropped down to sixth place, and handing second back to Villeneuve. With the Renault challenge finished, Jones was able to cruise to victory with Villeneuve second and Laffite completing the podium.

Race 12: Holland[edit]

F1 arrived at the beach-side Zandvoort circuit near Amsterdam, and the fast Zandvoort circuit had been modified with an awkward chicane placed between both of the most dangerous parts of the track, the very fast Hondenvlak and Tunnel Oost corners. The chicane didn't slow down the cars much and the new corner proved to be more of a nuisance than a reduction in danger. Rene Arnoux in the ever-improving Renault took pole, with next to him Alan Jones in the Williams. The start proved to be rather shambolic: Arnoux and third starter Clay Regazzoni tangled and were eliminated at the start; Jones took the lead, with Villeneuve taking up the challenge by charging towards Jones. Jones and Villeneuve battled, and then the French Canadian spun at the new chicane after going wide. His Ferrari's rear suspension was damaged; and then Villeneuve then went off at Tarzan, and decided to drive around the circuit with shattered rear suspension and a punctured right front tire. He drove rather fast, showing outstanding car control, and was able to make it back with a very broken car. Jones ended up winning the race from Jody Scheckter and Jacques Laffite.

Race 13: Italy[edit]

The Italian Grand Prix at the fast Monza Autodrome near Milan was next, and the Milan Auto Club's response to driver's concerns about the safety and almost total lack of run off at the Monza circuit had been responded to, with huge improvements in safety added to the circuit, including new and expansive run off areas at the Lesmos and the Curva Grande, and a new track surface. This proved to be a memorable day for Ferrari- as Jody Scheckter and Gilles Villeneuve made it a Ferrari 1-2 after the Renaults locked out the front row with Monza being suited to the powerful turbo-charged French cars. With this victory, Scheckter won the driver's championship and Ferrari won the constructor's championship with a car that proved to have a 100% reliability record thus far; an incredible achievement in 1979. Laffite again finished 3rd.

Race 14: Canada[edit]

3 weeks after Ferrari's triumph on home soil, the teams went on to North America to complete the 2 remaining rounds there. The first was in Canada at the Ile-Notre Dame circuit in Montreal, near Villeneuve's home town. Villeneuve qualified 2nd behind Alan Jones, and they battled very hard throughout the race, as Villeneuve was 1 second behind Jones at the finish. The 2nd Williams driver Regazzoni finished 3rd.

Race 15: United States (East)[edit]

1 week after Canada, the teams traveled 5 hours south into the United States, to the spectacular, bumpy and fast Watkins Glen circuit in upstate New York, 4 hours from New York City and Philadelphia. The area was mostly soaked with rain, and this made conditions treacherous. On Saturday, during one of the periods when it stopped raining and the track dried out, Jones took pole again from Nelson Piquet in the new Brabham BT49 in his first ever visit to Watkins Glen. Come race day, it started to rain and become windy 20 minutes before the start of the race. At the start, Villeneuve, 3rd on the grid blasted through to take the lead at the first corner. Bruno Giacomelli crashed at Turn 9 and then Jacky Ickx, in his last ever F1 Grand Prix in a career stretching back to 1967 with 8 Grand Prix victories spun off on Lap 3 and his teammate Laffite compounded Ligier's misery by also spinning off on Lap 4 at the fast Turn 11. The race itself was another battle between Villeneuve and Jones, with the Canadian out in front. Once Jones came in to change to dry tires, Jones left the pit lane too fast before one of the mechanics had put the left rear tire on properly; he only made it between Turns 7 and 8 before the wheel came off and he had to retire. This left Villeneuve with no problems at all and he went on to win his 3rd GP of the year in front of Frenchmen Arnoux and Didier Pironi in a Tyrrell.

Results and standings[edit]

Grands Prix[edit]

The following races counted towards the 1979 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1979 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

Rnd Race Date Location Pole Position Fastest Lap Race Winner Constructor Report
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix 21 January Buenos Aires France Jacques Laffite France Jacques Laffite France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford Report
2 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix 4 February Interlagos France Jacques Laffite France Jacques Laffite France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford Report
3 South Africa South African Grand Prix 3 March Kyalami France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Canada Gilles Villeneuve Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari Report
4 United States United States Grand Prix West 8 April Long Beach Canada Gilles Villeneuve Canada Gilles Villeneuve Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari Report
5 Spain Spanish Grand Prix 29 April Jarama France Jacques Laffite Canada Gilles Villeneuve France Patrick Depailler France Ligier-Ford Report
6 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 13 May Zolder France Jacques Laffite Canada Gilles Villeneuve South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari Report
7 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix 27 May Monaco South Africa Jody Scheckter France Patrick Depailler South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari Report
8 France French Grand Prix 1 July Dijon-Prenois France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France René Arnoux France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault Report
9 United Kingdom British Grand Prix 14 July Silverstone Australia Alan Jones Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
10 West Germany German Grand Prix 29 July Hockenheimring France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Canada Gilles Villeneuve Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
11 Austria Austrian Grand Prix 12 August Österreichring France René Arnoux France René Arnoux Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
12 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix 26 August Zandvoort France René Arnoux Canada Gilles Villeneuve Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
13 Italy Italian Grand Prix 9 September Monza France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Switzerland Clay Regazzoni South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari Report
14 Canada Canadian Grand Prix 30 September Île Notre-Dame Australia Alan Jones Australia Alan Jones Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
15 United States United States Grand Prix 7 October Watkins Glen Australia Alan Jones Brazil Nelson Piquet Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari Report

Calendar changes[edit]

The Swedish Grand Prix was supposed to be held at Anderstorp between the Monaco and French Grands Prix, but because of Swedish drivers Ronnie Peterson and Gunnar Nilsson's deaths in 1978, Swedish enthusiasm for the sport faded and as a result, there was no money for the race to be held and the race was promptly cancelled.

World Driver's Championship final standings[edit]

Points towards the 1979 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 four results from the first seven races and the best four results from the remaining eight races could be retained by each driver.

Pos Driver ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
ESP
Spain
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 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ret (6) 2 2 (4) 1 1 7 (5) 4 4 2 1 (4) Ret 51 (60)
2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ret 5 1 1 7 7 Ret 2 14 8 2 Ret 2 (2) 1 47 (53)
3 Australia Alan Jones 9 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret (4) Ret 1 1 1 9 1 Ret 40 (43)
4 France Jacques Laffite 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 8 Ret 3 3 3 Ret Ret Ret 36
5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 10 15 9 Ret Ret Ret 2 (6) 1 2 (5) Ret 3 3 Ret 29 (32)
6 France Patrick Depailler 4 2 Ret 5 1 Ret (5) 20 (22)
7 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 2 3 (5) Ret 2 (4) 3 13 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 20 (25)
8 France René Arnoux Ret Ret Ret DNS 9 Ret Ret 3 2 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 2 17
9 United Kingdom John Watson 3 8 Ret Ret Ret 6 4 11 4 5 9 Ret Ret 6 6 15
10 France Didier Pironi Ret 4 Ret DSQ 6 3 Ret Ret 10 9 7 Ret 10 5 3 14
11 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ret Ret 3 6 5 11 Ret 5 3 Ret 6 Ret Ret 14
12 United States Mario Andretti 5 Ret 4 4 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 10 Ret 14
13 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ret 10 Ret DNS Ret Ret NC 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 9
14 Austria Niki Lauda Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 4
=15 [1] Italy Elio de Angelis 7 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret DNQ 16 12 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 3
=15 [1] Brazil Nelson Piquet Ret Ret 7 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 3
17 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ret 6 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 3
18 West Germany Jochen Mass 8 7 12 9 8 Ret 6 15 Ret 6 Ret 6 Ret DNQ DNQ 3
=19 [1] Italy Riccardo Patrese DNS 9 11 Ret 10 5 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 2
=19 [1] West Germany Hans Joachim Stuck DNS Ret Ret DSQ 14 8 Ret DNS DNQ Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 5 2
21 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 6 11 13 Ret 11 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 8 7 1
Mexico Héctor Rebaque Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 9 Ret DNQ 7 DNQ Ret DNQ 0
France Patrick Tambay Ret Ret 10 Ret 13 DNQ DNQ 10 7 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Argentina Ricardo Zunino 7 Ret 0
United Kingdom Geoff Lees 7 0
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly 11 13 DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ 8 Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom James Hunt Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Netherlands Jan Lammers Ret 14 Ret Ret 12 10 DNQ 18 11 10 Ret Ret DNQ 9 DNQ 0
Finland Keke Rosberg 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret 0
Italy Vittorio Brambilla 12 Ret DNQ 0
France Patrick Gaillard DNQ 13 DNQ Ret DNQ 0
Italy Bruno Giacomelli Ret 17 Ret Ret 0
Italy Arturo Merzario Ret DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Switzerland Marc Surer DNQ DNQ Ret 0
Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli DNQ DNQ DNPQ 0
Brazil Alex Ribeiro DNQ DNQ 0
Pos Driver ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
ESP
Spain
BEL
Belgium
MON
Monaco
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
Pts

Here bold indicates a pole position while italic indicates a fastest lap.

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)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)

International Cup for F1 Constructors final standings[edit]

Ferrari won the International Cup for F1 Constructors with its 312T3 and 312T4 (pictured) models
Williams placed second with its FW06 and FW07 (pictured) models
Ligier placed third with its JS11 model (pictured)
Pos Constructor Car
no.
ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
ESP
Spain
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 Italy Ferrari 11 Ret 6 2 2 4 1 1 7 5 4 4 2 1 4 Ret 113
12 Ret 5 1 1 7 7 Ret 2 14 8 2 Ret 2 2 1
2 United Kingdom Williams-Ford 27 9 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 1 1 1 9 1 Ret 75
28 10 15 9 Ret Ret Ret 2 6 1 2 5 Ret 3 3 Ret
3 France Ligier-Ford 25 4 2 Ret 5 1 Ret 5 Ret 6 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 61
26 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 8 Ret 3 3 3 Ret Ret Ret
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 1 5 Ret 4 4 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 10 Ret 39
2 2 3 5 Ret 2 4 3 13 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret
31 Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 9 Ret DNQ 7
5 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 3 Ret 4 Ret DSQ 6 3 Ret Ret 10 9 7 Ret 10 5 3 28
4 Ret Ret 3 6 5 11 Ret 5 3 7 8 Ret 6 Ret Ret
33 Ret Ret
6 France Renault 15 Ret 10 Ret DNS Ret Ret NC 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 26
16 Ret Ret Ret DNS 9 Ret Ret 3 2 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 2
7 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 7 3 8 Ret Ret Ret 6 4 11 4 5 9 Ret Ret 6 6 15
8 Ret Ret 10 Ret 13 DNQ DNQ 10 7 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret
8 United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 5 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 7
6 Ret Ret 7 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 4 Ret
9 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 29 DNS 9 11 Ret 10 5 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 5
30 8 7 12 9 8 Ret 6 15 Ret 6 Ret 6 Ret DNQ DNQ
10 United Kingdom Shadow-Ford 17 Ret 14 Ret Ret 12 10 DNQ 18 11 10 Ret Ret DNQ 9 DNQ 3
18 7 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret DNQ 16 12 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4
11 West Germany ATS-Ford 9 DNS Ret Ret DSQ 14 8 Ret DNS DNQ Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 5 2
12 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford[3] 14 6 11 13 Ret 11 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 8 7 1
19 DNQ DNQ
United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 5 7 Ret 0
6 Ret Ret
Canada Wolf-Ford 20 Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret 0
United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 22 11 13 DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 13 DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret 0
Italy Alfa Romeo 35 Ret 17 Ret Ret 0
36 12 Ret DNQ
Italy Merzario-Ford 24 Ret DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Mexico Rebaque-Ford 31 DNQ Ret DNQ 0
West Germany Kauhsen-Ford 36 DNQ DNQ 0
Pos Constructor Car
no.
ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
ESP
Spain
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 races results[edit]

Three other Formula One races, which did not count towards the World Championship of Drivers or the International Cup for F1 Constructors, were also held in 1979.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
United Kingdom Marlboro / Daily Mail Race of Champions Brands Hatch 15 April Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom Gunnar Nilsson Memorial Trophy Donington Park 3 June Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth Report
Italy Dino Ferrari Grand Prix Imola 16 September Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo Report

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e FIA Yearbook 1980, Grey Section, page 84
  2. ^ FIA Yearbook 1980, Grey Section, page 85
  3. ^ a b Official records of the 1979 International Cup as published in the 1980 FIA Yearbook use the name "Copersucar" rather than "Fittipaldi"
  4. ^ Only the best 4 results from the first 7 races and the best 4 results from the last 8 races counted towards the Drivers' Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

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