1980 German Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 9 of 14 in the 1980 Formula One season
Hockenheim in 1980
Hockenheim in 1980
Date August 10, 1980
Official name XLII Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 6.789 km (4.218 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 305.505 km (189.81 mi)
Weather Overcast, Dry
Pole position
Driver Williams-Ford
Time 1:45.85
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:48.49 on lap 43
First Ligier-Ford
Second Williams-Ford
Third Williams-Ford

The 1980 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Hockenheimring on 10 August 1980. It was the ninth round of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was the 42nd German Grand Prix and the fifth to be held at Hockenheim. The race was held over 45 laps of the 6.823-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 307 kilometres.

The race was won by Jacques Laffite driving a Ligier JS11/15. The win was Laffite's fourth Formula One Grand Prix victory and his first in over a year having previously won the 1979 Brazilian Grand Prix. Laffite won by three seconds over Carlos Reutemann driving a Williams FW07B. Third was Reutemann's Williams Grand Prix Engineering teammate Alan Jones.


The lead up to the race was saddened by the death of Alfa Romeo driver Patrick Depailler. The two-time Grand Prix winner was killed when his Alfa Romeo 179 crashed at the Hockenheim in pre-event testing.

In qualifying, Jones managed to beat Renault RE20 driver Jean-Pierre Jabouille to the pole by four-hundredths of a second. Both drivers averaged 231 km/h (143.5 mph) around the circuit. They were followed by René Arnoux in the other Renault, Jones's Argentine teammate Carlos Reutemann, French driver Jacques Laffite, Brazilian Nelson Piquet (Brabham BT49), Frenchman Didier Pironi (Ligier JS11/15), and Finn Keke Rosberg in a Fittipaldi F8.

The very high speed Hockenheimring favored more powerful turbocharged engines, and was expected to be a Renault circuit. Jean-Pierre Jabouille led early with Arnoux third behind Jones. Both engines in the Renault RE20s failed within a lap of each other leaving Jones to lead until he stopped after he punctured a tyre after the second chicane, dropping behind Laffite and Reutemann.

Nelson Piquet finished fourth in his Brabham BT49 ahead of the only Alfa Romeo entered, that of Bruno Giacomelli. Canadian Gilles Villeneuve collected just his fourth point for the year in the blighted Ferrari 312T5. In his 100th race start, West German driver Jochen Mass finished eighth in his Arrows A3, behind Mario Andretti (Lotus 81).

Jones expanded his points lead over Piquet to seven. Reutemann was up to third, 15 points behind and Laffite was up to fourth, 16 points down on Jones. The Renault drivers had faded and Ferrari drivers were completely out of the picture. Williams' lead over Ligier in the Constructors' Championship was now 19 points, with the rest over 30 points behind.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 45 1:23:59.73 5 9
2 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 45 +3.19 secs 4 6
3 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 45 +43.53 secs 1 4
4 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 45 +44.48 secs 6 3
5 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 45 +1:16.49 secs 19 2
6 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 45 +1:28.72 secs 16 1
7 11 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 45 +1:33.01 secs 9
8 30 West Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 45 +1:47.75 sec 17
9 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 44 +1 Lap 10
10 4 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 44 +1 Lap 22
11 8 France Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 44 +1 Lap 14
12 9 Switzerland Marc Surer ATS-Ford 44 +1 Lap 13
13 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 44 +1 Lap 21
14 14 Netherlands Jan Lammers Ensign-Ford 44 +1 Lap 24
15 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 44 +1 Lap 23
16 12 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 43 Wheel Bearing 11
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 39 Engine 20
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 27 Engine 2
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 26 Engine 3
Ret 31 United States Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford 23 Gearbox 18
Ret 25 France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 18 Transmission 7
Ret 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 18 Brakes 12
Ret 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 8 Wheel Bearing 8
Ret 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 4 Gearbox 15
DNQ 50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Williams-Ford
DNQ 10 Austria Harald Ertl ATS-Ford

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


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