1980 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 7 of 14 in the 1980 Formula One season
Circuit Paul Ricard Le Castellet 1970-1999.png
Date June 29, 1980
Location Paul Ricard Circuit
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.809 km (3.61 mi)
Distance 54 laps, 313.686 km (194.94 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Ligier-Ford
Time 1:38.88
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:41.45 on lap 48
First Williams-Ford
Second Ligier-Ford
Third Ligier-Ford

The 1980 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Paul Ricard on 29 June 1980. It was the seventh round of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was the 58th French Grand Prix, or the 66th Grand Prix de l'ACF and the sixth to be held at Paul Ricard. The race was held over 54 laps of the 5.809-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 314 kilometres.


Originally the race was the eighth round of the season but moved up the order after the Spanish Grand Prix was removed from the schedule as a consequence of the first major confrontation between FISA and FOCA.[citation needed] The controversy threatened to spill over into the French Grand Prix as well as the FISA aligned teams, primarily Ferrari, Renault and Alfa Romeo, had boycotted the Spanish race which later saw its results removed from championship considerations. The two camps came to an agreement in time for the French Grand Prix to not be affected.


The race was won by Alan Jones driving a Williams FW07B. The win was Jones' seventh Formula One Grand Prix victory and his third of the year. Jones was entering a period of good form having won the Spanish Grand Prix four weeks earlier. Jones won by four seconds over French driver Didier Pironi driving a Ligier JS11/15. Third was Pironi's French team mate Jacques Laffite. Laffite had led for much of the race until his tyres lost condition. The large French contingent had dominated proceedings with the all-French teams Renault and Ligier taking up four of the top six grid positions with only Jones and his Williams team mate Carlos Reutemann intervening. Jean-Pierre Jabouille's Renault RE20 broke its transmission at the start and Jones picked his way past Pironi then the second Renault of René Arnoux before finally catching Laffite on lap 34.

Arnoux faded to fifth behind Nelson Piquet (Brabham BT49) with throttle problems with Reutemann taking the final point in sixth. The win saw Jones move back into the championship lead passing Arnoux and Piquet. Jones now led Piquet by three points and Arnoux by five. Pironi was now equal with Arnoux.

Williams now led Ligier by five points, unchanged from Monaco thanks to the efforts of all four drivers and Brabham increased the gap over Renault in third and fourth.

Shadow Racing Cars[edit]

This race also saw the final appearance of Shadow Racing Cars. Geoff Lees and David Kennedy were 25th and 27th in qualifying in the Shadow DN12s meaning both drivers missed the 24-car grid. The team had been sold only two months previously to Macau-based businessman and motor racing team owner Teddy Yip. Yip's own race team Theodore Racing would emerge as a Formula One team in 1981.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 54 1:32:43.4 4 9
2 25 France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 54 +4.52 secs 3 6
3 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 54 +30.26 secs 1 4
4 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 54 +1:14.88 secs 8 3
5 16 France René Arnoux Renault 54 +1:16.15 secs 2 2
6 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 54 +1:16.74 secs 5 1
7 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 53 +1 Lap 13
8 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 53 +1 Lap 17
9 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 53 +1 Lap 18
10 30 West Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 53 +1 Lap 15
11 4 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 52 +2 Laps 20
12 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 52 +2 Laps 19
Ret 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 50 Engine 24
Ret 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 50 +4 Laps 16
Ret 31 United States Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford 43 Engine 21
Ret 9 Switzerland Marc Surer ATS-Ford 26 Gearbox 11
Ret 22 France Patrick Depailler Alfa Romeo 25 Handling 10
Ret 11 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 18 Gearbox 12
Ret 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 8 Spun Off 23
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 8 Handling 9
Ret 8 France Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 6 Transmission 7
Ret 12 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 3 Clutch 14
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 0 Transmission 6
Ret 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 0 Clutch 22
DNQ 17 United Kingdom Geoff Lees Shadow-Ford
DNQ 14 Netherlands Jan Lammers Ensign-Ford
DNQ 18 Republic of Ireland David Kennedy Shadow-Ford

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


  1. ^ "1980 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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