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1978 German Grand Prix

The 1978 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 30 July 1978 at Hockenheimring. This was the debut race of the future world champion Nelson Piquet.

1978 German Grand Prix
Race 11 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season
Circuit Hockenheimring-1970.svg
Race details
Date July 30, 1978
Official name XL Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Hockenheimring
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 6.789 km (4.218 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 305.505 km (189.81 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:51.90
Fastest lap
Driver Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford
Time 1:55.62 on lap 26
Podium
First Lotus-Ford
Second Wolf-Ford
Third Ligier-Matra

ReportEdit

There were no surprises in qualifying, with Mario Andretti on pole and Ronnie Peterson alongside him, with Niki 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 Jody Scheckter second and Jacques Laffite third.

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 45 1:28:00.90 1 9
2 20   Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 45 +15.35 secs 4 6
3 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 45 +28.01 secs 7 4
4 14   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 45 +36.88 secs 10 3
5 3   Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 45 +57.26 secs 16 2
6 25   Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford 45 +1:37.86 18 1
7 2   John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 45 +1:39.53 5
8 12   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 45 +1:56.87 15
9 35   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 44 +1 Lap 14
10 32   Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford 42 +3 Laps 19
11 23   Harald Ertl Ensign-Ford 41 Engine 17
DSQ 36   Rolf Stommelen Arrows-Ford 42 Illegal Pit Stop 23
Ret 6   Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 36 Gearbox 2
DSQ 7   James Hunt McLaren-Ford 34 Illegal Pit Stop 8
Ret 27   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 31 Fuel System 6
Ret 22   Nelson Piquet Ensign-Ford 31 Engine 21
Ret 19   Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 24 Fuel System 20
Ret 8   Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 16 Accident 11
Ret 11   Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 14 Fuel System 12
Ret 1   Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 11 Engine 3
Ret 15   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 5 Engine 9
Ret 9   Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 1 Accident 22
Ret 16   Hans-Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 1 Accident 24
Ret 4   Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 0 Accident 13
DNQ 17   Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford
DNQ 10   Jean-Pierre Jarier ATS-Ford
DNQ 18   Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford
DNQ 37   Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
DNPQ 31   René Arnoux Martini-Ford
DNPQ 30   Brett Lunger McLaren-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 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Germany 1978 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.


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