1978 Argentine Grand Prix

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. This was the debut of multiple-time Constructors' Champions, Williams.

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 miles)
Distance 52 laps, 302.12 km (187.72 miles)
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
Lap leaders

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 ahead of James Hunt in the leading McLaren, Ronnie Peterson in the other Lotus and Patrick Tambay in the other McLaren.

ClassificationEdit

Qualifying classificationEdit

Pos. Driver Constructor Time No
1 Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1:47,75 1
2 Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 1:47.84 2
3 Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 1:48,39 3
4 John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:48,42 4
5 Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:48,70 5
6 James Hunt McLaren-Ford 1:48,72 6
7 Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:48,97 7
8 Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:49,13 8
9 Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 1:49,74 9
10 Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 1:49,69 10
11 Jean-Pierre Jarier ATS-Ford 1:49,77 11
12 Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 1:49,91 12
13 Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 1:50,06 13
14 Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:50,11 14
15 Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 1:50,35 15
16 Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford 1:50,45 16
17 Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 1:50,82 17
18 Hans-Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 1:51,16 18
19 Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford 1:51,42 19
20 Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford 1:51,68 20
21 Danny Ongais Ensign-Ford 1:51,71 21
22 Lamberto Leoni Ensign-Ford 1:51,94 22
23 Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 1:51,99 23
24 Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 1:52,27 24
25 Hector Rebaque Lotus-Ford 1:52,52 DNQ
26 Eddie Cheever Theodore-Ford 1:53,25 DNQ
27 Divina Galica Hesketh-Ford 1:56,69 DNQ

*Positions in red indicate entries that failed to qualify.

Race classificationEdit

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

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. ^ "1978 Argentine Grand Prix - Race Results & History - GP Archive". GPArchive.com. Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Argentina 1978 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 6 March 2019.


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