1980 Austrian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 10 of 14 in the 1980 Formula One season
The Österreichring Circuit (1977-1995)
The Österreichring Circuit (1977-1995)
Date August 17, 1980
Official name XIII Großer Preis von Osterreich
Location Österreichring, Spielberg, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.942 km (3.692 mi)
Distance 54 laps, 320.868 km (199.378 mi)
Weather Mild, Dry
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:30.27
Fastest lap
Driver France René Arnoux Renault
Time 1:32.53 on lap 50
First Renault
Second Williams-Ford
Third Williams-Ford

The 1980 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on August 17, 1980 at the Österreichring circuit in Austria. It was the tenth race of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was the 13th Austrian Grand Prix and the eleventh to be held at the Österreichring. The race was held over 54 laps of the 5.942-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 321 kilometres.

The race was won by French driver, Jean-Pierre Jabouille driving a Renault RE20. The win was Jabouille's second and last Formula One Grand Prix victory. It was also his first points finish in over a year since his previous victory at the 1979 French Grand Prix. It would also be the last points finish of his career. Jabouille won by eight-tenths of a second over Australian driver Alan Jones driving a Williams FW07B. Third was Jones' Williams Grand Prix Engineering team mate, Argentinian driver Carlos Reutemann.

At the high-altitude circuit the turbocharged Renaults dominated qualifying, with René Arnoux securing pole over Jabouille but Jones won the start, leading until Arnoux took over on lap 3. Arnoux pitted for tyres on lap 21 handing Jabouille a lead he only just kept and Jones fell just short as Jabouille limped home on wrecked tyres.

Behind Reutemann, French driver Jacques Laffite was fourth in his Ligier JS11/15 with Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet (Brabham BT49) and Italian driver Elio de Angelis (Lotus 81) completing the points finishers. Team Lotus ran a third car for debutant British driver Nigel Mansell. The future world champion retired with a broken engine after 40 laps and suffering burns after he raced in overalls soaked in fuel after a pre-race incident. West German driver Jochen Mass did not make the start, crashing and rolling his Arrows A3 and injuring himself in practice.

Jones now led Piquet by eleven points, Reutemann by 17 and Laffite by 19. Williams now led Ligier in the constructors' championship by 26 points and Brabham by 41.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 54 1:26:15.73 2 9
2 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 54 +0.82 secs 3 6
3 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 54 +19.36 secs 4 4
4 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 54 +42.02 secs 5 3
5 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 54 +1:02.81 secs 7 2
6 12 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 54 +1:14.97 secs 9 1
7 8 France Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 54 +1:33.41 secs 12  
8 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 53 +1 Lap 15  
9 16 France René Arnoux Renault 53 +1 Lap 1  
10 6 Mexico Hector Rebaque Brabham-Ford 53 +1 Lap 14  
11 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 53 +1 Lap 23  
12 9 Switzerland Marc Surer ATS-Ford 53 +1 Lap 16  
13 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 53 +1 Lap 22  
14 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 53 +1 Lap 18  
15 50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Williams-Ford 52 +2 Laps 20  
16 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 52 +2 Laps 11  
Ret 43 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 40 Engine 24  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 34 Engine 21  
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 28 Wheel 8  
Ret 25 France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 25 Handling 6  
Ret 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 25 Electrical 13  
Ret 31 United States Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford 23 Wheel Bearing 19  
Ret 4 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 12 Brakes 10  
Ret 11 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 6 Engine 17  
DNQ 14 Netherlands Jan Lammers Ensign-Ford        
DNQ 30 West Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford   Driver Injured    

Lap leaders[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

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


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