1978 Brazilian Grand Prix

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.

1978 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race 2 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season
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Race details
Date January 29, 1978
Location Jacarepagua, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.031 km (3.126 miles)
Distance 63 laps, 316.953 km (196.945 miles)
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

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying classificationEdit

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.

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

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.

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Tyre Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11   Carlos Reutemann Ferrari M 63 1:49:59.86 4 9
2 14   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford G 63 +49.13 secs 7 6
3 1   Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo G 63 +57.02 secs 10 4
4 5   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford G 63 +1:33.12 3 3
5 17   Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford G 62 +1 Lap 15 2
6 3   Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford G 62 +1 Lap 19 1
7 9   Jochen Mass ATS-Ford G 62 +1 Lap 20
8 2   John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo G 61 +2 Laps 21
9 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra G 61 +2 Laps 14
10 36   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford G 59 +4 Laps 18
11 27   Alan Jones Williams-Ford G 58 +5 Laps 8
Ret 25   Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford G 40 Physical 22
Ret 12   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari M 35 Spun Off 6
Ret 8   Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford G 34 Spun Off 5
Ret 7   James Hunt McLaren-Ford G 25 Spun Off 2
Ret 16   Hans-Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford G 25 Fuel System 9
Ret 20   Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford G 16 Accident 12
Ret 6   Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford G 15 Collision 1
Ret 22   Danny Ongais Ensign-Ford G 13 Brakes 23
Ret 30   Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford G 11 Overheating 13
Ret 4   Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford G 8 Accident 11
Ret 18   Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford G 5 Accident 24
DNS 23   Lamberto Leoni Ensign-Ford G 0 Transmission 17
DNS 10   Jean-Pierre Jarier ATS-Ford G Mass Drove Car 16
DNQ 37   Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford G
DNQ 32   Eddie Cheever Theodore-Ford G
DNQ 19   Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-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 Brazilian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ "1978 Brazilian Grand Prix - Race Results & History - GP Archive". GPArchive.com. Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Brazil 1978 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.


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