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The 1979 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 30 September 1979 at the Circuit Île Notre-Dame, Montreal.

1979 Canadian Grand Prix
Race 14 of 15 in the 1979 Formula One season
Gilles Villeneuve Circuit Montreal (78-86).svg
Race details
Date 30 September 1979
Location Circuit Île Notre-Dame, Montreal
Course Semi-permanent racing facility
Course length 4.500 km (2.796 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 324.000 km (201.324 mi)
Weather Partially cloudy, mild and dry with temperatures reaching up to 21 °C (70 °F); wind speeds up to 18.3 kilometres per hour (11.4 mph)[1]
Pole position
Driver Williams-Ford
Time 1:29.892
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:31.272 on lap 65
Podium
First Williams-Ford
Second Ferrari
Third Williams-Ford

During practice Niki Lauda announced his retirement from Formula One. The Brabham team, who had replaced their Alfa Romeo-engined BT48 with the Cosworth DFV-engined BT49, recruited Argentine newcomer Ricardo Zunino as Lauda's replacement.

The organizers would not let the Alfa Romeo factory team compete unless they pre-qualified. They refused to do so but a compromise was reached where one of their drivers would be allowed to take part in practice. The other, Bruno Giacomelli, was not allowed to enter the race.

The race turned into a close duel between Alan Jones and Gilles Villeneuve that continued the entire race.

Contents

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 72 1:52:06.892 1 9
2 12   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 72 + 1.080 2 6
3 28   Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 72 + 1:13.656 3 4
4 11   Jody Scheckter Ferrari 71 + 1 Lap 9 3
5 3   Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 6 2
6 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 70 + 2 Laps 17 1
7 5   Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 68 + 4 Laps 19
8 14   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 67 + 5 Laps 15
9 17   Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford 67 + 5 Laps 21
10 1   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 66 Out of Fuel 10
Ret 6   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 61 Gearbox 4
Ret 36   Vittorio Brambilla Alfa Romeo 52 Fuel System 18
Ret 25   Jacky Ickx Ligier-Ford 47 Gearbox 16
Ret 4   Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 33 Engine 13
Ret 33   Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 28 Engine 24
Ret 31   Héctor Rebaque Rebaque-Ford 26 Chassis 22
Ret 15   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 24 Brakes 7
Ret 18   Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 24 Ignition 23
Ret 2   Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 23 Suspension 11
Ret 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 20 Spun Off 14
Ret 8   Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 19 Engine 20
Ret 16   René Arnoux Renault 14 Accident 8
Ret 9   Hans-Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford 14 Accident 12
Ret 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 10 Engine 5
DNQ 30   Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford
DNQ 22   Marc Surer Ensign-Ford
DNQ 20   Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford
DNQ 19   Alex Ribeiro Fittipaldi-Ford
DNQ 24   Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
WD 5   Niki Lauda Brabham-Ford Retired in Practice
Source:[2]

NotesEdit

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 4 results from the first 7 races and the best 4 results from the last 8 races counted towards the Drivers' Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weather information for the "1979 Canadian Grand Prix"". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  2. ^ "1979 Canadian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Canada 1979 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 March 2019.


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