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1978 Formula One season
Drivers' Champion: Mario Andretti
Constructors' Champion: Lotus-Ford
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The 1978 Formula One season was the 32nd season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1978 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the International Cup for F1 Constructors,[1] contested concurrently over a sixteen race series[1] which commenced on 15 January and ended on 8 October. The season also included the non-championship BRDC International Trophy.

Mario Andretti won the Drivers' World Championship.[1] He remains the last American driver to win the World Championship, and his victory at the Dutch Grand Prix is also the last for an American driver. Ronnie Peterson was awarded second place in the Drivers' standings posthumously, having died from medical complications after an accident at Monza during the Italian Grand Prix. JPS-Lotus was awarded the International Cup for F1 Constructors.[1]

Championship defendants Niki Lauda and Ferrari had parted ways late in 1977 and both parties struggled to repeat the successes they had enjoyed the previous seasons. Carlos Reutemann finished third in the championship in the lead Ferrari, whilst Lauda finished fourth with Brabham. Apart from Peterson's death the year saw another tragedy when Peterson's Swedish compatriot Gunnar Nilsson died from cancer having been forced to cut his career short after the previous season because of the disease.

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Drivers and constructorsEdit

The following drivers and constructors contested the 1978 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the International Cup for F1 Constructors.

 
American Mario Andretti won the Drivers' Championship, driving for John Player Team Lotus.
 
Swede Ronnie Peterson posthumously finished runner-up in the Drivers' Championship to Lotus teammate Andretti.
 
Argentinian Carlos Reutemann finished third for Ferrari.
Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyres No Driver Rounds
  Parmalat Racing Team Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT45C
BT46
BT46B
BT46C
Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12 G 1   Niki Lauda All
2   John Watson All
66   Nelson Piquet 16
  Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Ford 008 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 3   Didier Pironi All
4   Patrick Depailler All
  John Player Team Lotus Lotus-Ford 78
79
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 5   Mario Andretti All
6   Ronnie Peterson 1–14
55   Jean-Pierre Jarier 15–16
  Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren-Ford M26 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 7   James Hunt All
8   Patrick Tambay 1–5, 7–16
33   Bruno Giacomelli 6, 9–10, 13–14
  ATS Racing Team
  F&S Properties/ATS Racing Team
ATS-Ford HS1
D1
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 9   Jochen Mass 1–13
  Michael Bleekemolen 14–16
10   Jean-Pierre Jarier 1–5, 11
  Alberto Colombo 6–7
  Keke Rosberg 8–10, 15–16
  Hans Binder 12
  Michael Bleekemolen 13
  Harald Ertl 14
  Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T2
312T3
Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 M 11   Carlos Reutemann All
12   Gilles Villeneuve All
  Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi-Ford F5A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 14   Emerson Fittipaldi All
  Equipe Renault Elf Renault RS01 Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6t M 15   Jean-Pierre Jabouille 3–16
  Shadow Racing Team Shadow-Ford DN8
DN9
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 16   Hans-Joachim Stuck All
17   Clay Regazzoni All
  Team Surtees
  Durex Team Surtees
  Beta Team Surtees
Surtees-Ford TS19
TS20
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 18   Rupert Keegan 1–13
  Brian Henton 12
  Gimax 14
  René Arnoux 15–16
19   Vittorio Brambilla 1–14
  Beppe Gabbiani 15–16
  Walter Wolf Racing Wolf-Ford WR1
WR3
WR5
WR6
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 20   Jody Scheckter All
21   Bobby Rahal 15–16
  Team Tissot Ensign Ensign-Ford N177 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 22   Danny Ongais 1–2
  Lamberto Leoni 4
  Jacky Ickx 5–8
  Derek Daly 9–10, 12–16
  Nelson Piquet 11
23   Lamberto Leoni 1–3
  Bernard de Dryver 6
  Brett Lunger 15
  Mario Deliotti Racing Ensign-Ford N175 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23   Geoff Lees 10
  Sachs Racing Ensign-Ford N177 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23   Harald Ertl 11–14
  Olympus Cameras/Hesketh Racing Hesketh-Ford 308E Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 24   Divina Galica 1–2
  Eddie Cheever 3
  Derek Daly 4–6
  Team Rebaque Lotus-Ford 78 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 25   Héctor Rebaque All
  Ligier Gitanes Ligier-Matra JS7
JS7/9
JS9
Matra MS76 3.0 V12
Matra MS78 3.0 V12
G 26   Jacques Laffite All
  Williams Grand Prix Engineering Williams-Ford FW06 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 27   Alan Jones All
  Centro Asegurador F1 McLaren-Ford M25/M23[N 1] Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 28   Emilio de Villota 7
  Patrick Nève March-Ford 781S Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 29   Patrick Nève 6
  BS Fabrications
  Liggett Group/BS Fabrications
McLaren-Ford M23
M26
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 29   Nelson Piquet 12–14
30   Brett Lunger 1–14
  Automobiles Martini Martini-Ford MK23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 31   René Arnoux 3, 5–6, 9–13
  Theodore Racing
  Theodore Racing Hong Kong
Theodore-Ford TR1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 32   Eddie Cheever 1–2
  Keke Rosberg 3–7
Wolf-Ford WR3
WR4
11–14
  Team Merzario Merzario-Ford A1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 34   Alberto Colombo 14
37   Arturo Merzario All
  Arrows Racing Team Arrows-Ford FA1
A1
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 35   Riccardo Patrese 2–14, 16
36   Rolf Stommelen 3–16
  Interscope Racing Shadow-Ford DN9 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 39   Danny Ongais 4, 13
  Melchester Racing McLaren-Ford M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 40   Tony Trimmer 10
  1. ^ De Villota originally entered a McLaren M25 in the Spanish Grand Prix, but reverted to the M23 after the M25 got damaged in a practice crash[2][3][4]

Season reportEdit

The 1978 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the International Cup for F1 Constructors were contested concurrently over a sixteen race series.

Race 1: ArgentinaEdit

The 1978 season started at the varied Parque Almirante Brown circuit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Mario Andretti took pole in his Lotus, with home favourite 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 due to tire problems, 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. This had been an unusual Argentine Grand Prix- although the summer weather had been usually hot (although not as hot as the previous year), the attrition rate hadn't been as high, nor had the polesitter retired.

Race 2: BrazilEdit

Brazil was the country where the drivers traveled to for the second round of the season, and Formula One made its first visit to the new Jacarepagua Autodrome in Rio de Janeiro, after 6 years at the very bumpy and demanding Interlagos circuit in São Paulo – the Jacarepagua circuit was one that was to be visited by Formula One for the rest of the next decade. The typically extreme weather during January in Rio meant that this race was run in oppressively hot and humid conditions. Peterson took pole with James Hunt driving for McLaren beating Andretti to second. At the start, it was Reutemann who beat the trio into the first corner, with Hunt and Andretti following, as Peterson got a bad start. Hunt ran second until he had to pit for tyres, as a result Andretti took the place until late in the race when he suffered gearbox issues. Reutemann was never headed at the front and went to win comfortably, with double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi in his brother's team finishing second, and Lauda third, with both overhauling an ailing Andretti towards the end.

Race 3: South AfricaEdit

After a long break, the season resumed at the Kyalami circuit in South Africa for the 300th World Championship Grand Prix, where defending champion Lauda took his first pole for Brabham with Andretti alongside and Hunt next. Andretti took the lead at the start, and set about building a gap, whereas Lauda dropped behind Jody Scheckter's Wolf. Young Italian Riccardo Patrese was on a charge in the Arrows, passing Lauda for third after 20 laps. As the race went on, both Andretti and Scheckter began to suffer from tyre issues and were passed by Patrese. Depailler was up to second ahead of Lauda, but the latter's engine failed handing third to Andretti. Patrese however, seemed to have the race in his pocket until his engine failed, and Depailler took the lead but his Tyrrell began to trail smoke. Andretti was up to second but he had to pit for fuel, and thus his teammate Peterson took the place before catching and passing Depailler on the last lap to win after some wheel-banging. Watson completed the podium.

Race 4: United States WestEdit

The next race was in the famous Long Beach circuit near Los Angeles in the American state of California, and the Ferraris dominated qualifying, with Reutemann taking pole ahead of teammate Gilles Villeneuve, with defending champion Lauda and home hero Andretti on the second row. When the race started, Watson in fifth late-braked all into turn one, through he ran wide and Villeneuve took the lead, whereas Reutemann dropped down to fourth behind Lauda. The Ferraris, with the two Brabhams in between ran together until Watson's engine failed. Alan Jones's Williams was up to fourth and closed in on the now lead trio, which became a duo when Lauda went out with an electrical failure. Villeneuve and Reutemann ran 1–2 with Jones putting both under pressure, before Villeneuve also retired after colliding with a backmarker. Jones then suffered from fuel pressure problems and began to drop back, handing second to Andretti to the fans delight. The rest of the race passed without incident, and with all challengers out of contention, Reutemann won comfortably ahead of Andretti and Depailler.

Race 5: MonacoEdit

Round Five took place in Monaco, taking place after an extended gap created by the Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit being cancelled. Once again Reutemann started on pole with the Brabham duo of Watson and Lauda second and third. Watson had a good start and led into the first corner, whereas Reutemann collided with Hunt and had to pit for repairs, which left Depailler and Lauda second and third. For the first half of the race, the top three remained the same until Watson had an off allowing Depailler and Lauda through, but the latter then suffered a puncture and had to pit for tyres before charging back up and retaking second from Watson towards the end of the race. At the front, Depailler took his first career victory with Lauda second, and Scheckter third after Watson made another mistake in the final laps.

Race 6: BelgiumEdit

The main news before the Belgian GP at Zolder was that the new Lotus 79 was ready to race, and immediately Andretti showed its pace by taking pole comfortably from Reutemann and 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 Scheckter and had to retire. This left Villeneuve second and 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.

Race 7: SpainEdit

The next race was at the tight and twisty Jarama circuit near Madrid in Spain, and once again the new Lotus 79 demonstrated its speed, with Andretti on pole again with Peterson alongside, and Reutemann having to settle for the second row. It was Hunt who got a great start, and he led into the first corner from Andretti and Reutemann, with Peterson dropping all the way back to ninth. Hunt led for seven laps before Andretti passed him and pulled away. Reutemann ran third until he had to pit for tyres, and so Watson inherited third until he was passed by Laffite, but soon the recovering Peterson passed both of them. Hunt now suffered from tyre problems and he also began to drop back, and so Peterson was able to take second and Laffite third. That was how it stayed to the end, Andretti winning from Peterson in another Lotus 1–2, and Laffite getting the final spot on the podium.

Race 8: SwedenEdit

Before the Swedish GP at the isolated Anderstorp circuit, the Brabham team had developed a new "fan car" much to the indignation of the other teams, but the FIA allowed it to race. However, it did not stop Andretti from continuing his run of poles, but it was able to get Watson to qualify second and Lauda third- while running on full fuel tanks. When the race started, Andretti led into the first corner, with Lauda getting second from his teammate. Riccardo Patrese got up to third in his Arrows until he was passed by home driver Peterson, but by then Andretti and Lauda had escaped. Peterson began to struggle with a slow puncture, whereas Andretti and Lauda battled with Andretti making a mistake just after mid-distance allowing Lauda to take the lead. Lauda went on to win the race, his first for Brabham after Andretti's challenge ended due to an engine failure, which left Patrese and Peterson to take second and third. This was the last Swedish Grand Prix to date- with the deaths of Ronnie Peterson and Gunnar Nilsson, Swedish interest faded in Formula One and there was no money for the race to be held.

Race 9: FranceEdit

Brabham were forced to revert to their previous car again, but it did not deter them, with Watson on pole and Lauda starting third behind Andretti. At the start, Watson led into the first corner, with Andretti following, and Patrick Tambay putting his McLaren in third, but that order did not remain for long as Andretti took the lead from Watson on the first lap. Lauda and Peterson were on the move as well, as they passed Watson and Tambay to jump into second and third, but Lauda suffered another engine failure. This left the two Lotus cars running 1–2 and they finished like that with Andretti taking his third win in four races, and the podium was completed by Hunt who passed Watson mid-race.

Race 10: Great BritainEdit

The field went to Britain for the next round, and this time it was Peterson who beat Andretti to pole, as Lotus took the front row, with Scheckter next up on the second row. Andretti took the lead at the start from Peterson, and the two Lotus cars quickly pulled out a gap until Peterson retired with an engine failure. Andretti had a big lead to Scheckter and continued to extend it until he had to pit with a puncture, and he eventually retired when his engine also failed. Scheckter inherited the lead, but Lauda put him under pressure and took the lead before Scheckter went out with gearbox problems. This put Reutemann up to second, and he then closed down and passed Lauda in the late stages of the race to win. Lauda had to settle for second, and his teammate Watson took a podium in his home race.

Race 11: West GermanyEdit

The West German race was next on the calendar, and there were no surprises in qualifying, with Andretti on pole and Peterson alongside him, with Lauda third. At the start, Peterson got off better and took the lead from Andretti, but he held it for only four laps before Andretti retook it. Lauda ran third in the early stages but he was passed by Alan Jones, and the duo battled until Lauda's engine failed yet again. The two Lotus cars were cruising at the front and Jones ran third comfortably until he retired with a fuel vaporization problem. Lotus's hopes of a 1–2 ended when Peterson's gearbox failed, but Andretti was unaffected by that and cruised to his fifth win of the season, with Scheckter second and Laffite third.

Race 12: AustriaEdit

The crowds for the Austrian GP were full of Lauda fans; but however for them Lauda qualified only 12th as the Lotus cars again took the front row, with Peterson on pole. The surprise in qualifying was Jean-Pierre Jabouille who qualified his turbocharged Renault third. The start saw Peterson lead into the first corner, with Reutemann snatching second from Andretti. Andretti tried to get the place back later in the lap, but the two collided and Andretti retired after his car spun into the barriers while Reutemann lost a couple of places to Patrick Depailler and Scheckter. On the fourth lap, a heavy rainshower hit the track and Reutemann spun off and was beached but the marshals push-started his car as it was in a dangerous position, while Scheckter crashed out, and the race was stopped.

The race restarted after the rain relented, and once again Peterson led followed by Depailler and Lauda. As the track began to dry, Peterson started to pull away, and behind, Reutemann was on a charge and passed Lauda for third but he was black-flagged for receiving outside assistance, and Lauda crashed out soon after, leaving Gilles Villeneuve third. The drivers changed to slicks but the top 3 remained the same and stayed so till the end; Peterson winning ahead of Depailler, with Villeneuve taking his first ever podium.

Race 13: The NetherlandsEdit

The drivers went to the Netherlands for the next race, and qualifying was as expected, Andretti taking pole with Peterson alongside in the all-Lotus front row, and Lauda heading the second row. At the start, Andretti led with Peterson following, whereas Lauda was challenged by Jacques Laffite. The Lotus cars quickly built up a good gap, while Laffite challenged Lauda early on but then began to drop down the order with tyre issues. The race was quite uneventful, and Andretti went to take victory, with Peterson completing another Lotus 1–2 leaving Lauda to take third.

Race 14: ItalyEdit

The Italian race was host to round fourteen, and as usual Andretti took pole with Gilles Villeneuve pleasing the Ferrari fans by qualifying second, ahead of Jabouille's turbocharged Renault. When the race started, Andretti and Villeneuve got away comfortably with Lauda and Jabouille following, but the rest of the field was bunched up.

Riccardo Patrese's Arrows overtook many of the cars on the right hand side of the circuit next to the pitlane since he got a rolling start when the starter Gianni Restelli started the race prematurely. He rejoined the other cars just in front of the blocked entrance to the old Monza banking and James Hunt got so surprised that he veered left and hit Peterson's Lotus 78 with his left front wheel. Peterson spun right and rammed the right armco barrier hard head on, the front end of his Lotus 78 was crushed during the impact. Seven other drivers were collected, including Carlos Reutemann, Hans Joachim Stuck, Patrick Depailler, Didier Pironi, Vittorio Brambilla and Clay Regazzoni. Peterson's car broke in two on impact with the barriers and caught fire, and Vittorio Brambilla who was in the Surtees was hit on the head by a flying wheel. Peterson and Brambilla were taken to hospital, the former with 27 fractures in his legs, and there was concern for the latter who was unconscious after being hit by the wheel. The rest of the drivers were uninjured, and most of them were able to take the restart.

The race restarted almost four hours after the original start. Again there was confusion as the front-row starters Andretti and Villeneuve went too early, but the rest of the field did not follow and both Andretti and Villeneuve were handed one-minute time penalties as a result. On the track, Villeneuve led ahead of Andretti and Jabouille, until Jabouille retired handing third place on the track to Lauda. His teammate Watson battled with Reutemann and Laffite, and eventually was able to pull away. The battle on the track was between Villeneuve and Andretti, with the Lotus driver passing Villeneuve with five laps left. Andretti crossed the line first, with Villeneuve close behind, but when their one-minute penalties were added, it was Lauda who emerged the victor ahead of Watson and Reutemann.

In hospital, Peterson had a clot forming in his blood stream after undergoing an operation on his legs, and slipped into a coma overnight, and died the next morning. This made Andretti the world champion, although he did not celebrate it, and mourned for Peterson along with his fellow drivers. Brambilla was able to recover from his injuries.

Race 15: United StatesEdit

The penultimate round of the season was at Watkins Glen in the US, and Lotus had hired Jean-Pierre Jarier to replace Peterson, and Patrese was unable to race because the Grand Prix Drivers Association had deemed him responsible for the accident which ultimately killed Peterson.

New World Champion and home hero Andretti was shaken up more than most drivers due to Peterson's death, but it did not stop him from romping to pole ahead of Reutemann, with Alan Jones's Williams heading the second row. Andretti kept the lead at the start, with Reutemann and Villeneuve following, ahead of Jones. Andretti however was suffering from an ill-handling car which also had brake troubles, and was soon passed by both Reutemann and Villeneuve, and later Jones. Reutemann and Villeneuve ran 1–2 for Ferrari, until Villeneuve's engine blew up. This left Jones second and Andretti third, but Andretti's engine blew up, handing third to Lauda until he too suffered the same fate, thus leaving Scheckter third before here was passed by a charging Jarier, however Jarier ran out of fuel with four laps left, giving the place back to Scheckter. Reutemann took a comfortable win from Jones, with Scheckter completing the podium.

Race 16: CanadaEdit

The season finished off in Canada, coming to the new île Notre-Dame circuit in Montreal; the Formula One circus left the previous Canadian GP location of Mosport Park due to safety issues with the Toronto circuit. In qualifying it was Jarier who starred, by qualifying on pole ahead of Scheckter and home hero Villeneuve. Jarier was able to easily lead into the first corner, with Jones jumping up to second after a brilliant start, also dropping Scheckter down to third. As Jarier began to pull away, Jones suffered a slow puncture, and dropped down the field as the race progressed, promoting Scheckter to second and Villeneuve to third, and then Villeneuve passed Scheckter mid-race to take second. Jarier continued to dominate until he retired with an oil leak, leaving Villeneuve to take his first career win in his home race ahead of Scheckter, with Reutemann taking third.

Results and standingsEdit

Grands PrixEdit

Rnd Race Date Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Race Winner Constructor Report
1   Argentine Grand Prix 15 January Buenos Aires   Mario Andretti   Gilles Villeneuve   Mario Andretti   Lotus-Ford Report
2   Brazilian Grand Prix 29 January Jacarepaguá   Ronnie Peterson   Carlos Reutemann   Carlos Reutemann   Ferrari Report
3   South African Grand Prix 4 March Kyalami   Niki Lauda   Mario Andretti   Ronnie Peterson   Lotus-Ford Report
4   United States Grand Prix West 2 April Long Beach   Carlos Reutemann   Alan Jones   Carlos Reutemann   Ferrari Report
5   Monaco Grand Prix 7 May Monaco   Carlos Reutemann   Niki Lauda   Patrick Depailler   Tyrrell-Ford Report
6   Belgian Grand Prix 21 May Zolder   Mario Andretti   Ronnie Peterson   Mario Andretti   Lotus-Ford Report
7   Spanish Grand Prix 4 June Jarama   Mario Andretti   Mario Andretti   Mario Andretti   Lotus-Ford Report
8   Swedish Grand Prix 17 June Anderstorp   Mario Andretti   Niki Lauda   Niki Lauda   Brabham-Alfa Romeo Report
9   French Grand Prix 2 July Paul Ricard   John Watson   Carlos Reutemann   Mario Andretti   Lotus-Ford Report
10   British Grand Prix 16 July Brands Hatch   Ronnie Peterson   Niki Lauda   Carlos Reutemann   Ferrari Report
11   German Grand Prix 30 July Hockenheimring   Mario Andretti   Ronnie Peterson   Mario Andretti   Lotus-Ford Report
12   Austrian Grand Prix 13 August Österreichring   Ronnie Peterson   Ronnie Peterson   Ronnie Peterson   Lotus-Ford Report
13   Dutch Grand Prix 27 August Zandvoort   Mario Andretti   Niki Lauda   Mario Andretti   Lotus-Ford Report
14   Italian Grand Prix 10 September Monza   Mario Andretti   Mario Andretti   Niki Lauda   Brabham-Alfa Romeo Report
15   United States Grand Prix 1 October Watkins Glen   Mario Andretti   Jean-Pierre Jarier   Carlos Reutemann   Ferrari Report
16   Canadian Grand Prix 8 October Île Notre-Dame   Jean-Pierre Jarier   Alan Jones   Gilles Villeneuve   Ferrari Report

Calendar changesEdit

  • There was originally supposed to be a Japanese Grand Prix at the Fuji Speedway for this season scheduled for April 16, between Long Beach and Monaco, but it was cancelled for unknown reasons.[5]

World Drivers' Championship – final standingsEdit

Pos Driver ARG
 
BRA
 
RSA
 
USW
 
MON
 
BEL
 
ESP
 
SWE
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
GER
 
AUT
 
NED
 
ITA
 
USA
 
CAN
 
Pts
1   Mario Andretti 1 4 7 2 11 1 1 Ret 1 Ret 1 Ret 1 6 Ret 10 64
2   Ronnie Peterson 5 Ret 1 4 Ret 2 2 3 2 Ret Ret 1 2 Ret 51
3   Carlos Reutemann 7 1 Ret 1 8 3 Ret 10 18 1 Ret DSQ 7 3 1 3 48
4   Niki Lauda 2 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 1 Ret 2 Ret Ret 3 1 Ret Ret 44
5   Patrick Depailler 3 Ret 2 3 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 2 Ret 11 Ret 5 34
6   John Watson Ret 8 3 Ret 4 Ret 5 Ret 4 3 7 7 4 2 Ret Ret 25
7   Jody Scheckter 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 4 Ret 6 Ret 2 Ret 12 12 3 2 24
8   Jacques Laffite 16 9 5 5 Ret 5 3 7 7 10 3 5 8 4 11 Ret 19
9   Gilles Villeneuve 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 10 9 12 Ret 8 3 6 7 Ret 1 17
=[6]   Emerson Fittipaldi 9 2 Ret 8 9 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 4 4 5 8 5 Ret 17
11   Alan Jones Ret 11 4 7 Ret 10 8 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 2 9 11
=[7]   Riccardo Patrese 10 Ret 6 6 Ret Ret 2 8 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 4 11
13   James Hunt 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 8 3 Ret DSQ Ret 10 Ret 7 Ret 8
=[8]   Patrick Tambay 6 Ret Ret 12 7 Ret 4 9 6 Ret Ret 9 5 6 8 8
15   Didier Pironi 14 6 6 Ret 5 6 12 Ret 10 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 7 7
16   Clay Regazzoni 15 5 DNQ 10 DNQ Ret 15 5 Ret Ret DNQ NC DNQ NC 14 DNQ 4
17   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ret Ret 10 NC 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 12 3
18   Hans-Joachim Stuck 17 Ret DNQ DNS Ret Ret Ret 11 11 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 2
19   Héctor Rebaque DNQ Ret 10 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret 12 DNQ Ret 6 Ret 11 DNQ Ret DNQ 1
=[9]   Vittorio Brambilla 18 DNQ 12 Ret DNQ 13 7 Ret 17 9 Ret 6 DSQ Ret 1
=[9]   Derek Daly DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ Ret DSQ Ret 10 8 6 1
  Brett Lunger 13 Ret 11 DNQ DNPQ 7 DNQ DNQ Ret 8 DNPQ 8 Ret Ret 13 0
  Bruno Giacomelli 8 Ret 7 Ret 14 0
  Jochen Mass 11 7 Ret Ret DNQ 11 9 13 13 NC Ret DNQ DNQ 0
  Jean-Pierre Jarier 12 DNS 8 11 DNQ DNQ 15 Ret 0
  René Arnoux DNQ DNPQ 9 14 DNPQ 9 Ret 9 Ret 0
  Rolf Stommelen 9 9 Ret Ret 14 14 15 DNQ DSQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 16 DNQ 0
  Nelson Piquet Ret Ret Ret 9 11 0
  Keke Rosberg Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ 15 16 Ret 10 NC Ret DNPQ Ret NC 0
  Rupert Keegan Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret DNQ 11 DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNS 0
  Harald Ertl 11 Ret DNPQ DNQ 0
  Jacky Ickx Ret 12 Ret DNQ 0
  Bobby Rahal 12 Ret 0
  Arturo Merzario Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNQ NC DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ Ret Ret Ret DNQ 0
  Lamberto Leoni Ret DNS DNQ DNQ 0
  Danny Ongais Ret Ret DNPQ DNPQ 0
  Michael Bleekemolen DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ 0
  Eddie Cheever DNQ DNQ Ret 0
  Alberto Colombo DNQ DNQ DNPQ 0
  Divina Galica DNQ DNQ 0
  Beppe Gabbiani DNQ DNQ 0
  Emilio de Villota DNQ 0
  Geoff Lees DNQ 0
  Tony Trimmer DNQ 0
  Hans Binder DNQ 0
  Gimax DNQ 0
  Patrick Nève DNP 0
  Bernard de Dryver DNP 0
  Brian Henton PO 0
Pos Driver ARG
 
BRA
 
RSA
 
USW
 
MON
 
BEL
 
ESP
 
SWE
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
GER
 
AUT
 
NED
 
ITA
 
USA
 
CAN
 
Pts
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Not classified, finished (NC)
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap

Drivers' Championship points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the top six finishers in each round. The best seven results from the first eight races and the best seven results from the remaining eight races were retained.[10]

International Cup for F1 Constructors – final standingsEdit

 
JPS-Lotus was awarded the 1978 International Cup for F1 Constructors.[1]
 
Ferrari placed second in the 1978 International Cup for F1 Constructors.[1]
 
Brabham-Alfa placed third in the 1978 International Cup for F1 Constructors.[1]
Pos Constructor ARG
 
BRA
 
RSA
 
USW
 
MON
 
BEL
 
ESP
 
SWE
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
GER
 
AUT
 
NED
 
ITA
 
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1   Lotus-Ford 1 4 1 2 11 1 1 3 1 Ret 1 1 1 6 15 10 86
2   Ferrari 7 1 Ret 1 8 3 10 9 12 1 8 3 6 3 1 1 58
3   Brabham-Alfa Romeo 2 3 3 Ret 2 Ret 5 1 4 2 7 7 3 1 Ret 11 53
4   Tyrrell-Ford 3 6 2 3 1 6 12 Ret 10 4 5 2 Ret 11 10 5 38
5   Wolf-Ford 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 4 Ret 6 Ret 2 NC 12 12 3 2 24
6   Ligier-Matra 16 9 5 5 Ret 5 3 7 7 10 3 5 8 4 11 Ret 19
7   Fittipaldi-Ford 9 2 Ret 8 9 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 4 4 5 8 5 Ret 17
8   McLaren-Ford 4 Ret 11 12 7 7 6 4 3 6 Ret 8 9 5 6 8 15
9   Williams-Ford Ret 11 4 7 Ret 10 8 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 2 9 11
=[12]   Arrows-Ford 10 9 6 6 Ret 14 2 8 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 16 4 11
11   Shadow-Ford 15 5 DNQ 10 Ret Ret 15 5 11 5 Ret NC Ret NC 14 Ret 6
12   Renault Ret Ret 10 NC 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 12 3
13   Surtees-Ford 18 Ret 12 Ret Ret 13 7 Ret 17 9 Ret 6 DSQ Ret 9 Ret 1
=[13]   Ensign-Ford Ret Ret DNQ DNQ Ret 12 Ret DNQ DNQ Ret 11 Ret Ret 10 8 6 1
  ATS-Ford 11 7 8 11 DNQ 11 9 13 13 NC Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret NC 0
  Martini-Ford DNQ DNPQ 9 WD 14 WD DNPQ 9 Ret 0
  Merzario-Ford Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNQ NC DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ Ret Ret Ret DNQ 0
  Theodore-Ford DNQ DNQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ 0
  Hesketh-Ford DNQ DNQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNQ 0
  March-Ford DNP 0
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Pts

Constructors points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the top six placegetters in each round with only the best placed car from each constructor eligible to score points. The best seven results from the first eight races and the best seven results from the remaining eight races were retained.[14]

Official FIA results for the 1978 International Cup for F1 Constructors listed the positions as (1) JPS-Lotus (2) Ferrari (3) Brabham-Alfa (4) Elf-Tyrrell (5) Wolf (6) Ligier-Matra (7) Copersucar (8) McLaren (9) Williams & Arrows (11) Shadow (12) Renault (13) Surtees & Ensign.[1]

Non-championship race resultsEdit

A single non-championship Formula One race was held in 1978: the BRDC International Trophy, staged at Silverstone. This was the last time that this event was run under Formula One regulations. The race was won by future World Champion Keke Rosberg, driving in only his second Formula One event.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
  XXX BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 19 March   Keke Rosberg   Theodore-Cosworth Report

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h World Championship of F1 Drivers 1978 & International Cup for F1 Constructors 1978, 1979 FIA Yearbook, Grey section, pages 86–87
  2. ^ "McLaren M25/1". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  3. ^ "1978 Spanish Grand Prix". Motorsport. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  4. ^ "The F5000 McLaren M25". Autosport.com. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  5. ^ "Looking back: F1's Phantom Races". Talking about F1. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  6. ^ Villeneuve and Fittipaldi placed equal ninth, as per World Championship of F1 Drivers 1978 results published in the 1979 FIA Yearbook, Grey section, page 86
  7. ^ Jones and Patrese placed equal eleventh, as per World Championship of F1 Drivers 1978 results published in the 1979 FIA Yearbook, Grey section, page 86
  8. ^ Hunt & Tambay placed equal 13th, as per World Championship of F1 Drivers 1978 results published in the 1979 FIA Yearbook, Grey section, page 86
  9. ^ a b Rebaque, Brambilla and Daly placed equal nineteenth, as per World Championship of F1 Drivers 1978 results published in the 1979 FIA Yearbook, Grey section, page 86
  10. ^ Mike Kettlewell, The Champion Book of World Championship Facts & Figures, 1982, Page 34
  11. ^ Automobile Year, 1978/79, Page 236
  12. ^ Williams and Arrows placed equal ninth, as per International Cup for F1 Constructors 1978 results published in the 1979 FIA Yearbook, Grey section, page 87
  13. ^ Surtees and Ensign placed equal 13th, as per International Cup for F1 Constructors 1978 results published in the 1979 FIA Yearbook, Grey section, page 87
  14. ^ Mike Kettlewell, The Champion Book of World Championship Facts & Figures, 1982, Page 40

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