1979 French Grand Prix

The 1979 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 1 July 1979 at Dijon.

1979 French Grand Prix
Race 8 of 15 in the 1979 Formula One season
Dijon-Prenois Circuit.svg
Race details
Date July 1, 1979
Location Dijon
Course length 3.801 km (2.361 miles)
Distance 80 laps, 304.08 km (188.88 miles)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:07.19
Fastest lap
Driver France René Arnoux Renault
Time 1:09.16 on lap 71
Podium
First Renault
Second Ferrari
Third Renault
Lap leaders

It marked not just the first victory of a forced-induction car in Formula One since the Alfa Romeo 159's victory at the Spanish Grand Prix in 1951, but also the first victory of a turbocharged car in Formula One, with Renault overcoming the reliability problems that had initially plagued their car. For Jean-Pierre Jabouille it was a victory on home soil, driving a French car (Renault), on French tyres (Michelin), powered by a French engine (Renault), burning French fuel (Elf). Jabouille was the first Frenchman to win the French Grand Prix since Jean-Pierre Wimille in 1948.

The race featured one of the fiercest battles ever for second place, between Ferrari driver Gilles Villeneuve and Renault driver René Arnoux, who on several occasions during the final laps touched wheels and swapped positions. The fight is often cited as one of the most memorable pieces of racing in Formula One.[1] Villeneuve, who passed the finish line less than a quarter of a second ahead of Arnoux, later described the occasion as "my best memory of Grand Prix racing".[2]

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying classificationEdit

Pos. Driver Constructor Time No
1 Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 1:07,19 1
2 René Arnoux Renault 1:07,45 2
3 Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:07,65 3
4 Nelson Piquet Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:08,13 4
5 Jody Scheckter Ferrari 1:08,15 5
6 Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:08,20 6
7 Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:08,23 7
8 Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 1:08,55 8
9 Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 1:08,65 9
10 Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 1:08,80 10
11 Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 1:08,95 11
12 Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1:09,35 12
13 Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 1:09,36 13
14 Jacky Ickx Ligier-Ford 1:09,68 14
15 John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:09,97 15
16 Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford 1:10,15 16
17 Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:10,59 17
18 Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 1:10,61 18
19 Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:10,70 19
20 Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 1:10,92 20
21 Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford 1:11,14 21
22 Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 1:11,40 22
23 Hans-Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford 1:11,75 DNS
24 Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford 1:11,97 23
25 Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 1:12,23 24
DNQ Patrick Gaillard Ensign-Ford 1:13,00
DNQ Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford 1:14,95

RaceEdit

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Tyre Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault M 80 1:35:20.42 1 9
2 12   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari M 80 + 14.59 3 6
3 16   René Arnoux Renault M 80 + 14.83 2 4
4 27   Alan Jones Williams-Ford G 80 + 36.61 7 3
5 4   Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford G 80 + 1:04.51 10 2
6 28   Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford G 80 + 1:05.51 9 1
7 11   Jody Scheckter Ferrari M 79 + 1 Lap 5
8 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford G 79 + 1 Lap 8
9 20   Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford G 79 + 1 Lap 16
10 8   Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford G 78 + 2 Laps 20
11 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford G 78 + 2 Laps 15
12 31   Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford G 78 + 2 Laps 23
13 2   Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford G 77 + 3 Laps 13
14 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford G 77 + 3 Laps 19
15 30   Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford G 75 + 5 Laps 22
16 18   Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford G 75 + 5 Laps 24
17 35   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo G 75 + 5 Laps 17
18 17   Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford G 73 + 7 Laps 21
Ret 3   Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford G 71 Suspension 11
Ret 14   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford G 53 Engine 18
Ret 6   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Alfa Romeo G 52 Accident 4
Ret 1   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford G 51 Brakes 12
Ret 25   Jacky Ickx Ligier-Ford G 45 Engine 14
Ret 5   Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo G 23 Spun Off 6
DNS 9   Hans-Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford G Tyre Dispute
DNQ 22   Patrick Gaillard Ensign-Ford G
DNQ 24   Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford G
Source:[3][4]

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. ^ "Autosport.com on the 1979 French Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  2. ^ "Formula1.com on the 1979 French Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  3. ^ "1979 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 17 January 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ "1979 French Grand Prix - Race Results & History - GP Archive". GPArchive.com. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  5. ^ a b "France 1979 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 17 March 2019.


Previous race:
1979 Monaco Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1979 season
Next race:
1979 British Grand Prix
Previous race:
1978 French Grand Prix
French Grand Prix Next race:
1980 French Grand Prix