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The 1978 Argentine Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 15 January 1978 at Buenos Aires. It was the first race of the 1978 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1978 International Cup for F1 Constructors. The 52-lap race was won from pole position by American driver Mario Andretti, driving a Lotus-Ford, with Austrian Niki Lauda second in a Brabham-Alfa Romeo and Frenchman Patrick Depailler third in a Tyrrell-Ford.

1978 Argentine Grand Prix
Race 1 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 15.svg
Race details
Date 15 January 1978
Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Course Permanent road course
Course length 5.81 km (3.61 mi)
Distance 52 laps, 302.12 km (187.72 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:47.75
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Time 1:49.76 on lap 3
Podium
First Lotus-Ford
Second Brabham-Alfa Romeo
Third Tyrrell-Ford

Contents

OverviewEdit

Mario Andretti took pole in his Lotus, with Carlos Reutemann's Ferrari joining him on the front row and Ronnie Peterson in the other Lotus third on the grid. The start was uneventful, with Andretti and Reutemann easily keeping first and second, with John Watson in the Brabham taking third from Peterson. Watson took second from Reutemann on the seventh lap, but Andretti was uncatchable. Reutemann ran third for a while, but then began to drop down the order, and so reigning world champion Niki Lauda took third in his Brabham, which became second with ten laps left when Watson's engine blew up. Andretti motored on to a crushing victory, with Lauda second and Patrick Depailler's Tyrrell taking the final spot on the podium.

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 52 1:37:04.47 1 9
2 1   Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 52 + 13.21 5 6
3 4   Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 52 + 13.64 10 4
4 7   James Hunt McLaren-Ford 52 + 16.05 6 3
5 6   Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 52 + 1:14.85 3 2
6 8   Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 52 + 1:19.90 9 1
7 11   Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 52 + 1:22.60 2
8 12   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 52 + 1:38.88 7
9 14   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 52 + 1:40.60 17
10 20   Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 52 + 1:43.50 15
11 9   Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 52 + 1:49.07 13
12 10   Jean-Pierre Jarier ATS-Ford 51 + 1 Lap 11
13 30   Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 51 + 1 Lap 24
14 3   Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 51 + 1 Lap 23
15 17   Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford 51 + 1 Lap 16
16 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 50 Engine 8
17 16   Hans-Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 50 + 2 Laps 18
18 19   Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 50 + 2 Laps 12
Ret 2   John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 41 Engine 4
Ret 27   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 36 Fuel System 14
Ret 22   Danny Ongais Ensign-Ford 35 Distributor 21
Ret 23   Lamberto Leoni Ensign-Ford 28 Engine 22
Ret 37   Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford 9 Differential 20
Ret 18   Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford 4 Overheating 19
DNQ 25   Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford
DNQ 32   Eddie Cheever Theodore-Ford
DNQ 24   Divina Galica Hesketh-Ford
Source:[1]

Lap leadersEdit

Mario Andretti 52 laps (1–52).

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1978 Argentine Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Argentina 1978 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 6 March 2019.


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