1980 Italian Grand Prix

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1980 Italian Grand Prix
Race 12 of 14 in the 1980 Formula One season
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Race details
Date 14 September 1980
Official name 51o Gran Premio d'Italia[1]
Location Autodromo Dino Ferrari
Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.000 km (3.107 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 300.000 km (186.411 mi)
Weather Sunny, Mild, Dry
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:33.988
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:36.089 on lap 47
First Brabham-Ford
Second Williams-Ford
Third Williams-Ford

The 1980 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 14 September 1980 at the Autodromo Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy. It was the twelfth race of the 1980 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1980 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

This was the first Formula One World Championship race to be held at Imola (the circuit having hosted the non-championship Dino Ferrari Grand Prix the previous year). It was the first Italian Grand Prix since 1948 not to be held at Monza, which was undergoing refurbishment at the time. The event would return to Monza in 1981, but Imola would remain on the F1 calendar until 2006, hosting the San Marino Grand Prix.

The race was held over 60 laps of the 5-kilometre (3.1 mi) circuit for a total race distance of 300 kilometres (186.4 mi).

The race was won by Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet, driving a Brabham-Ford. Piquet won by nearly half a minute from Australian driver Alan Jones, driving a Williams-Ford, with Jones' Argentinian team-mate Carlos Reutemann third. The win was Piquet's third of the season and second in succession, and it gave him the lead of the Drivers' Championship by one point from Jones.

Manfred Winkelhock made his debut, substituting for the injured Jochen Mass at Arrows. A collision with Nigel Mansell's Lotus during qualifying resulted in both drivers failing to make the grid. Ferrari debuted their first turbo car, the 126C, but Gilles Villeneuve started the race in his regular 312T5. Regardless, after a heavy crash in practice at the flat-out right hander before Tosa, reigning World Champion Jody Scheckter announced his retirement from the sport.

The front row of the grid was occupied by the Renaults of René Arnoux and Jean-Pierre Jabouille, although Piquet led by lap 4 and was never headed. On lap 6, Villeneuve crashed his Ferrari heavily at the corner which now bears his name, following a puncture. Villeneuve escaped unhurt, but the incident also caused the retirement of Bruno Giacomelli, who ran over some of the debris in his Alfa Romeo. Jones moved up to second on lap 29 after running as low as seventh. Behind Reutemann, Elio de Angelis finished fourth in his Lotus, with Keke Rosberg fifth in his Fittipaldi and Didier Pironi sixth in his Ligier.

Jones' and Reutemann's podium finishes enabled the Williams team to secure their first Constructors' Championship with two races remaining.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 60 1:38:07.52 5 9
2 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 60 + 28.93 6 6
3 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 60 + 1:13.67 3 4
4 12 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 59 + 1 Lap 18 3
5 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 59 + 1 Lap 11 2
6 25 France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 59 + 1 Lap 13 1
7 8 France Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 59 + 1 Lap 24
8 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 59 + 1 Lap 16
9 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 59 + 1 Lap 20
10 16 France René Arnoux Renault 58 + 2 Laps 1
11 50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Williams-Ford 58 + 2 Laps 21
12 31 United States Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford 57 + 3 Laps 17
13 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 54 Brakes 12
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 53 Gearbox 2
Ret 9 Switzerland Marc Surer ATS-Ford 45 Engine 23
Ret 11 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 40 Engine 10
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 38 Engine 7
Ret 4 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 33 Accident 22
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 20 Wheel Bearing 14
Ret 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Brabham-Ford 18 Suspension 9
Ret 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 17 Accident 15
Ret 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 5 Puncture 8
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 5 Puncture 4
Ret 22 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Alfa Romeo 4 Spun Off 19
DNQ 43 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford
DNQ 30 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock Arrows-Ford
DNQ 14 Netherlands Jan Lammers Ensign-Ford
DNQ 41 United Kingdom Geoff Lees Ensign-Ford

Lap leaders[edit]

René Arnoux 2 laps (1–2), Jean-Pierre Jabouille 1 lap (3), Nelson Piquet 57 laps (4–60).

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1980". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 26 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "1980 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 15 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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Preceded by
1979 Italian Grand Prix
Formula One Promotional Trophy
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Succeeded by
1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix