1979 Canadian Grand Prix
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1979 Canadian Grand Prix
1979 Canadian Grand Prix
Race 14 of 15 in the 1979 Formula One season
Gilles Villeneuve Circuit Montreal (78-86).svg
Race details
Date 30 September 1979
Location Circuit Île Notre-Dame, Montreal
Course Semi-permanent racing facility
Course length 4.500 km (2.796 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 324.000 km (201.324 mi)
Weather Partially cloudy, mild and dry with temperatures reaching up to 21 °C (70 °F); wind speeds up to 18.3 kilometres per hour (11.4 mph)[1]
Pole position
Driver Williams-Ford
Time 1:29.892
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:31.272 on lap 65
Podium
First Williams-Ford
Second Ferrari
Third Williams-Ford
Lap leaders

The 1979 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 30 September 1979 at the Circuit Île Notre-Dame, Montreal.

During practice Niki Lauda announced his retirement from Formula One. The Brabham team, who had replaced their Alfa Romeo-engined BT48 with the Cosworth DFV-engined BT49, recruited Argentine newcomer Ricardo Zunino as Lauda's replacement.

The organizers would not let the Alfa Romeo factory team compete unless they pre-qualified. They refused to do so but a compromise was reached where one of their drivers would be allowed to take part in practice. The other, Bruno Giacomelli, was not allowed to enter the race.

The race turned into a close duel between Alan Jones and Gilles Villeneuve that continued the entire race.

Qualifying

Qualifying classification

Pos. Driver Constructor Time No
1 Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:29,892 1
2 Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:30,554 2
3 Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 1:30,768 3
4 Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:30,775 4
5 Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 1:30,820 5
6 Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 1:31,941 6
7 Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 1:32,103 7
8 René Arnoux Renault 1:32,116 8
9 Jody Scheckter Ferrari 1:32,280 9
10 Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1:32,651 10
11 Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 1:32,682 11
12 Hans-Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford 1:32,858 12
13 Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 1:33,065 13
14 Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:33,090 14
15 Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 1:33,297 15
16 Jacky Ickx Ligier-Ford 1:33,355 16
17 John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:33,362 17
18 Vittorio Brambilla Alfa Romeo 1:33,378 18
19 Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 1:33,511 19
20 Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 1:33,603 20
21 Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford 1:34,102 21
22 Héctor Rebaque Rebaque-Ford 1:34,129 22
23 Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 1:34,256 23
24 Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 1:34,301 24
DNQ Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 1:34,365 --
DNQ Marc Surer Ensign-Ford 1:34,747 --
DNQ Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford 1:35,061 --
DNQ Alex Ribeiro Fittipaldi-Ford 1:36,901 --
DNQ Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford 1:37,590 --

Race

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 72 1:52:06.892 1 9
2 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 72 + 1.080 2 6
3 28 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 72 + 1:13.656 3 4
4 11 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 71 + 1 Lap 9 3
5 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 6 2
6 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 70 + 2 Laps 17 1
7 5 Argentina Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 68 + 4 Laps 19
8 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 67 + 5 Laps 15
9 17 Netherlands Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford 67 + 5 Laps 21
10 1 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 66 Out of Fuel 10
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 61 Gearbox 4
Ret 36 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Alfa Romeo 52 Fuel System 18
Ret 25 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ligier-Ford 47 Gearbox 16
Ret 4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 33 Engine 13
Ret 33 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 28 Engine 24
Ret 31 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Rebaque-Ford 26 Chassis 22
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 24 Brakes 7
Ret 18 Italy Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 24 Ignition 23
Ret 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 23 Suspension 11
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 20 Spun Off 14
Ret 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 19 Engine 20
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 14 Accident 8
Ret 9 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford 14 Accident 12
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 10 Engine 5
DNQ 30 West Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford
DNQ 22 Switzerland Marc Surer Ensign-Ford
DNQ 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford
DNQ 19 Brazil Alex Ribeiro Fittipaldi-Ford
DNQ 24 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
WD 5 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Ford Retired in Practice
Source:[2]

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 4 results from the first 7 races and the best 4 results from the last 8 races counted towards the Drivers' Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

References

  1. ^ "Weather information for the "1979 Canadian Grand Prix"". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "1979 Canadian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Canada 1979 - Championship o STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 2019.



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