1980 Argentine Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 1 of 14 in the 1980 Formula One season
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 15.svg
Date January 13, 1980
Official name XVI Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina
Location Autodromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.81 km (3.61 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.93 km (191.33 mi)
Weather Sunny, Very hot, Dry
Pole position
Driver Williams-Ford
Time 1:44.17
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:50.45 on lap 5
First Williams-Ford
Second Brabham-Ford
Third Fittipaldi-Ford

The 1980 Argentine Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 13 January 1980 at the Autodromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires in Argentina. It was the opening round of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was the 16th Argentine Grand Prix. It was the sixth to be held on the #15 variation of the Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez Circuit. The race was held over 53 laps of the 5.81-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 308 kilometres.

The race was won by Australian driver Alan Jones driving a Williams FW07. It was Jones' sixth World Championship victory. Jones won by 24 seconds over Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet driving a Brabham BT49. It was a prelude of the season to come as Jones, the rising star of 1979 and Piquet, the emerging talent of the newly competitive Brabham team, would fight out the 1980 season. Another future world champion, Finnish driver Keke Rosberg finished third driving a Fittipaldi F7, a career best finish for Rosberg to this point. It was Fittipaldi Automotive's best result since Emerson Fittipaldi finished second at the 1978 Brazilian Grand Prix.

This race was additionally notable for the drivers threatening to boycott the event because of the appalling state of the track, which was breaking up in many spots in the infield;[1] and a battle between Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T5), Alan Jones, Jacques Laffite (Ligier JS11/15) and Nelson Piquet, made even more exciting due to the break-up of the track surface. Piquet finished second, Laffite retired with a blown engine and Villeneuve crashed going through the fast Toboggan complex due to a front suspension failure.[2] Keke Rosberg scored his first ever podium, and future world champion Alain Prost (McLaren M29) scored a point on his Formula 1 début.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 53 1:43:24.38 1 9
2 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 53 +24.59 secs 4 6
3 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 53 +1:18.64 13 4
4 4 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 53 +1:23.48 22 3
5 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 52 +1 Lap 20 2
6 8 France Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 52 +1 Lap 12 1
7 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 51 +2 Laps 16
Ret 22 France Patrick Depailler Alfa Romeo 46 Engine 23
Ret 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 45 Engine 11
NC 14 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 44 Not Classified 15
NC 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 37 Not Classified 24
Ret 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 36 Suspension 8
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 30 Engine 2
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 27 Engine 7
Ret 9 Switzerland Marc Surer ATS-Ford 27 Fire 21
Ret 11 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 20 Fuel System 6
Ret 30 West Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 20 Gearbox 14
Ret 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 12 Engine 10
Ret 12 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 7 Suspension 5
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 5 Gearbox 17
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 3 Gearbox 9
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 2 Suspension 19
Ret 25 France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 1 Engine 3
Ret 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 1 Collision 18
DNQ 18 Republic of Ireland David Kennedy Shadow-Ford
DNQ 17 Sweden Stefan Johansson Shadow-Ford
DNQ 10 Netherlands Jan Lammers ATS-Ford
DNQ 31 United States Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford

Lap leaders[edit]

  • Alan Jones (41- 1-17, 30-53)
  • Jacques Laffite (12- 18-29)

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


  1. ^ "January 13 down the years: Local joy, local despair in Argentina". ESPN F1. ESPN EMEA Ltd. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  2. ^ "Grand Prix Results: Argentine GP, 1980". GP Encyclopedia. Inside F1, Inc. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  3. ^ "1980 Argentine Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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