1980 Monaco Grand Prix

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1980 Monaco Grand Prix
Race 6 of 14 in the 1980 Formula One season
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Race details
Date 18 May 1980
Location Circuit de Monaco
Course Street circuit
Course length 3.312 km (2.057 mi)
Distance 76 laps, 251.712 km (156.406 mi)
Weather Dry at the start, damp in the end
Pole position
Driver Ligier-Ford
Time 1:24.813
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford
Time 1:27.418 on lap 40
First Williams-Ford
Second Ligier-Ford
Third Brabham-Ford

The 1980 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monaco on 18 May 1980. It was the sixth round of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was the 38th Monaco Grand Prix. The race was held over 76 laps of the 3.34-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 254 kilometres.

It was won by Carlos Reutemann driving a Williams FW07B. The win was the Argentine Reutemann's tenth Formula One victory and his first since the 1978 United States Grand Prix. He also became the fifth winner in six races of the 1980 season. Reutemann won by 1 minute and 13 seconds over French driver Jacques Laffite driving Ligier JS11/15. Third was Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet driving a Brabham BT49. Piquet's third place moved him past René Arnoux and Alan Jones into the lead of the world championship for the first time.

The race however is remembered for a memorable and spectacular crash at the start of the race when Derek Daly collided with Bruno Giacomelli's Alfa Romeo 179, which sent Daly's Tyrrell 010 flying over Giacomelli and landing between teammate Jean-Pierre Jarier and Alain Prost's McLaren M29. All four drivers were out on the spot, but none suffered any serious injury. Jan Lammers also collected damage in his ATS D4 but was able to continue. The accident was particularly disappointing for McLaren after John Watson failed to qualify for Monaco's shortened 20 car grid.

Fourth was West German driver Jochen Mass driving an Arrows A3 one lap down on Reutemann ahead of Canadian Gilles Villeneuve in a Ferrari 312T5. A further lap down in sixth was dual-World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi in a Fittipaldi F7. For Mass and Fittipaldi it would be last world championship points they would collect.

Reutemann's win put Williams in the lead of the constructor's points race by five points over Ligier.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 76 1:55:34.365 2 9
2 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 76 +1:13.629 5 6
3 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 76 +1:17.726 4 4
4 30 West Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 75 +1 Lap 15 3
5 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 75 +1 Lap 6 2
6 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 74 +2 Laps 18 1
7 11 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 73 +3 Laps 19
8 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 73 +3 Laps 11
9 12 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 68 Accident 14
NC 9 Netherlands Jan Lammers ATS-Ford 64 Not Classified 13
Ret 25 France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 54 Accident 1
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 53 Accident 20
Ret 22 France Patrick Depailler Alfa Romeo 50 Engine 7
Ret 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 27 Handling 17
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 25 Gearbox 16
Ret 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 24 Differential 3
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 8
Ret 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 0 Collision 9
Ret 8 France Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 0 Collision 10
Ret 4 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 0 Collision 12
DNQ 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford
DNQ 31 United States Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford
DNQ 17 United Kingdom Geoff Lees Shadow-Ford
DNQ 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford
DNQ 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford
DNQ 14 United Kingdom Tiff Needell 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 Monaco Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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