1978 Brazilian Grand Prix
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1978 Brazilian Grand Prix
1978 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race 2 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season
Circuit Jacarepagua.png
Race details
Date January 29, 1978
Location Jacarepagua, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.031 km (3.126 mi)
Distance 63 laps, 316.953 km (196.945 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:40.45
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari
Time 1:43.07 on lap 35
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Fittipaldi-Ford
Third Brabham-Alfa Romeo
Lap leaders

The 1978 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 29 January 1978 at Jacarepagua. The race was won by Argentine driver Carlos Reutemann driving a Ferrari 312T2 in a flag-to-flag performance. The win also represented the first win for tyre manufacturer Michelin. Local driver Emerson Fittipaldi was second, scoring the first podium finish for the Fittipaldi team with Austrian Brabham driver Niki Lauda finishing third. French driver Didier Pironi took his first points in Formula One, finishing sixth, while Arrows made its F1 debut with Riccardo Patrese finishing tenth, four laps down.

Qualifying

Qualifying classification

Pos. Driver Constructor Time No
1 Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 1:40.45 1
2 James Hunt McLaren-Ford 1:40.53 2
3 Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1:40.62 3
4 Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 1:40.73 4
5 Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 1:40.94 5
6 Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:40.97 6
7 Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 1:41.50 7
8 Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:41.87 8
9 Hans-Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 1:42.07 9
10 Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:42.08 10
11 Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 1:42.10 11
12 Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 1:42.11 12
13 Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 1:42.65 13
14 Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:42.71 14
15 Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford 1:42.80 15
16 Jean-Pierre Jarier ATS-Ford 1:42.91 16
17 Lamberto Leoni Ensign-Ford 1:43.17 19
18 Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:43.19 18
19 Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 1:43.55 19
20 Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 1:43.74 20
21 John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:43.75 21
22 Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford 1:43.86 22
23 Danny Ongais Ensign-Ford 1:43.94 23
24 Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford 1:44.20 24
25 Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford 1:44.20 DNQ
26 Eddie Cheever Theodore-Ford 1:44.28 DNQ
27 Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 1:44.66 DNQ
28 Divina Galica Hesketh-Ford 1:46.79 DNQ

*Positions in red indicate entries that failed to qualify.

Race

Report

The first Formula One race held at Jacarepagua was held in typically extreme weather conditions of January in Rio, meaning the race was held in both hot and humid conditions. Ronnie Peterson took the pole position in the leading Lotus ahead of James Hunt in the leading McLaren, teammate Mario Andretti in the other Lotus, Carlos Reutemann in the leading Ferrari, Patrick Tambay in the second McLaren and Gilles Villeneuve in the other Ferrari.

Peterson got off to a poor start from the pole and dropped back to 4th, whilst into the first corner it was Reutemann from 4th on the grid who got the best start and lead the first lap for Ferrari ahead of Hunt, Andretti, Peterson, Tambay and Villeneuve. Hunt in the leading McLaren and Andretti in the leading Lotus were running 2nd and 3rd behind Reutemann, until Hunt was forced to pit for tyres whilst Andretti soon started to suffer from gearbox problems and dropped to 4th, handing their 2nd and 3rd places over to home favourite Emerson Fittipaldi and reigning world-champion Niki Lauda respectively. Peterson eventually retired after a collision by lap 16. The hot and humid conditions had eventually caused Hunt, Tambay and Villeneuve in the other Ferrari to all spin off and crash by lap 36. Reutemann meanwhile had no challengers for the lead all race long, and won by a comfortable margin ahead of former double world-champion Fittipaldi, Lauda, Andretti in the remaining Lotus, Clay Regazzoni in the Shadow and Didier Pironi in the Tyrrell.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 63 1:49:59.86 4 9
2 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 63 +49.13 secs 7 6
3 1 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 63 +57.02 secs 10 4
4 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 63 +1:33.12 3 3
5 17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford 62 +1 Lap 15 2
6 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 62 +1 Lap 19 1
7 9 West Germany Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 62 +1 Lap 20
8 2 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 61 +2 Laps 21
9 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 61 +2 Laps 14
10 36 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 59 +4 Laps 18
11 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 58 +5 Laps 8
Ret 25 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford 40 Physical 22
Ret 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 35 Spun Off 6
Ret 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 34 Spun Off 5
Ret 7 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 25 Spun Off 2
Ret 16 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 25 Fuel System 9
Ret 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 16 Accident 12
Ret 6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 15 Collision 1
Ret 22 United States Danny Ongais Ensign-Ford 13 Brakes 23
Ret 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 11 Overheating 13
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 8 Accident 11
Ret 18 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford 5 Accident 24
DNS 23 Italy Lamberto Leoni Ensign-Ford 0 Transmission 17
DNS 10 France Jean-Pierre Jarier ATS-Ford Mass Drove Car 16
DNQ 37 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
DNQ 32 United States Eddie Cheever Theodore-Ford
DNQ 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford
DNQ 24 United Kingdom Divina Galica Hesketh-Ford
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the race

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

References

  1. ^ "1978 Brazilian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Brazil 1978 - Championship o STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 2019.



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