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The 1978 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 21 May 1978 at Zolder. It was the sixth race of the 1978 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1978 International Cup for F1 Constructors. The 70-lap race was won from pole position by Mario Andretti, driving the new Lotus 79. Teammate Ronnie Peterson was second in the older Lotus 78, with Carlos Reutemann third in a Ferrari.

1978 Belgian Grand Prix
Race 6 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season
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Race details
Date 21 May 1978
Location Circuit Zolder, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
Course length 4.262 km (2.648 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 298.340 km (185.380 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:20.90
Fastest lap
Driver Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford
Time 1:23.13 on lap 66
Podium
First Lotus-Ford
Second Lotus-Ford
Third Ferrari

Contents

ReportEdit

The main news before the Belgian Grand Prix was that the new Lotus 79 was now ready to race, and immediately Mario Andretti showed its pace by taking pole comfortably from Carlos Reutemann and Niki Lauda. He converted it to a first-corner lead, whereas Reutemann had a bad start and got swamped by the field, causing a chain reaction in which Lauda was hit by Jody Scheckter and had to retire. This left Gilles Villeneuve second and Ronnie Peterson third but neither could keep pace with Andretti who was able to drive away.

The first 40 laps went without incident until Villeneuve suffered a puncture and had to pit which dropped him back down to fifth, and a few laps later Peterson also pitted for new tyres leaving the charging Reutemann second ahead of Jacques Laffite's Ligier. Peterson on the new tyres was much quicker and was able to pass them both in the closing stages, and Laffite made an attempt to pass Reutemann on the last lap but they collided and Laffite was out. Andretti cruised to an untroubled victory, with Peterson making it a Lotus 1–2, and Reutemann completing the podium.

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 70 1:39:52.02 1 9
2 6   Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 70 + 9.90 7 6
3 11   Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 70 + 24.34 2 4
4 12   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 70 + 47.04 4 3
5 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 69 Accident 14 2
6 3   Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 23 1
7 30   Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 24
8 33   Bruno Giacomelli McLaren-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 21
9 31   René Arnoux Martini-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 19
10 27   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 11
11 9   Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 16
12 22   Jacky Ickx Ensign-Ford 64 + 6 Laps 22
13 19   Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 63 Engine 12
Ret 16   Hans-Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 56 Spun Off 10
NC 15   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 56 + 14 Laps 20
Ret 20   Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 53 Spun Off 5
Ret 4   Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 51 Gearbox 13
Ret 17   Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford 40 Transmission 18
Ret 35   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 31 Suspension 8
Ret 36   Rolf Stommelen Arrows-Ford 26 Spun Off 17
Ret 2   John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 18 Accident 9
Ret 1   Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 3
Ret 7   James Hunt McLaren-Ford 0 Accident 6
Ret 14   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 0 Accident 15
DNQ 18   Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford
DNQ 24   Derek Daly Hesketh-Ford
DNQ 32   Keke Rosberg Theodore-Ford
DNQ 10   Alberto Colombo ATS-Ford
DNPQ 25   Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford
DNPQ 37   Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
DNP 23   Bernard de Dryver Ensign-Ford
DNP 29   Patrick Nève March-Ford
Source:[1]

NotesEdit

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1978 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Belgium 1978 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 12 March 2019.


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