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The 1980 Argentine Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 13 January 1980 at the Autodromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires in Argentina. It was the opening round of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was the 16th Argentine Grand Prix and the sixth to be held on the #15 variation of the Buenos Aires circuit. The race was held over 53 laps of the 5.81-kilometre (3.61 mi) circuit for a total race distance of 308 kilometres (191 mi).

1980 Argentine Grand Prix
Race 1 of 14 in the 1980 Formula One season
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 15.svg
Race details
Date 13 January 1980
Official name XVI Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina
Location Autodromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.81 km (3.61 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.93 km (191.33 mi)
Weather Sunny, Very hot, Dry
Pole position
Driver Williams-Ford
Time 1:44.17
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:50.45 on lap 5
Podium
First Williams-Ford
Second Brabham-Ford
Third Fittipaldi-Ford

The race was won by Australian driver Alan Jones driving a Williams FW07. It was Jones' sixth World Championship victory. Jones won by 24 seconds over Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet driving a Brabham BT49. It was a prelude of the season to come, as Jones and Piquet would fight out the 1980 season. Another future world champion, Finnish driver Keke Rosberg, finished third driving a Fittipaldi F7.

This race was additionally notable for the drivers threatening to boycott the event because of the appalling state of the track, which was breaking up in many spots in the infield thanks to the intense heat of a Buenos Aires summer. The immense grip of the aerodynamic suction created by the ground effect technology and the cars' tyres [1] and a battle between Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T5), Alan Jones, Jacques Laffite (Ligier JS11/15) and Nelson Piquet, made even more exciting due to the break-up of the track surface. Piquet finished second, Laffite retired with a blown engine and Villeneuve crashed going through the fast Toboggan complex due to a front suspension failure, although this was most likely exacerbated by a number of times he went off the very slippery track onto the sometimes bumpy and grassy run off area and consistently riding up the apex curbs of the Buenos Aires Autodrome.

The grass took out home favorite Carlos Reutemann (who had jumped into 5th at the start from 10th) in his first drive with Williams, who attempted to pass Piquet going into the Ascari chicane after the 2 mile flat out section. Reutemann slid off the track onto the grass run-off area and the 2 radiators in Reutemann's Williams FW07 sucked in grass and were both blocked, and the engines (already running at higher temperatures than normal) were even more prone to blowing up there in Buenos Aires because of the hot weather- a common problem at the Argentine Grand Prix. Multiple drivers spun off the track in the infield section, including Reutemann's teammate Jones- but Jones was seemingly unaffected whilst soon Reutemann retired with a blown engine soon after his excursion onto the grass. The Argentinean was in fact so disconsolate that he sat motionless in his car for a few minutes, then got out of his car, sat on the track next to his car and burst into tears; the patriotic Reutemann had never won his home Grand Prix and would never do so. [2] Keke Rosberg scored his first ever podium, and future world champion Alain Prost (McLaren M29) scored a point on his Formula One début.

Contents

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 27   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:44.17 -
2 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 1:44.44 + 0.27
3 25   Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 1:44.640 + 0.47
4 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:45.02 + 0.85
5 12   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:45.46 + 1.29
6 11   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1:45.78 + 1.61
7 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:46.01 + 1.84
8 2   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:46.07 + 1.90
9 15   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 1:46.15 + 1.98
10 28   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:46.19 + 2.02
11 1   Jody Scheckter Ferrari 1:46.28 + 2.11
12 8   Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 1:46.75 + 2.58
13 21   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 1:46.97 + 2.80
14 30   Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 1:47.05 + 2.88
15 14   Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 1:47.18 + 3.01
16 6   Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 1:47.41 + 3.24
17 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:47.70 + 3.53
18 3   Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 1:47.83 + 3.66
19 16   René Arnoux Renault 1:48.24 + 4.07
20 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:48.44 + 4.27
21 9   Marc Surer ATS-Ford 1:48.86 + 4.69
22 4   Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 1:48.95 + 4.78
23 66   Patrick Depailler Alfa Romeo 1:49.20 + 5.03
24 20   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 1:49.42 + 5.25
25 18   David Kennedy Shadow-Ford 1:50.25 + 6.08
26 10   Jan Lammers ATS-Ford 1:51.39 + 7.21
27 17   Stefan Johansson Shadow-Ford 1:51.57 + 7.40
28 31   Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford 1:54.21 + 10.04
Source: [3]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 53 1:43:24.38 1 9
2 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 53 + 24.59 4 6
3 21   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 53 + 1:18.64 13 4
4 4   Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 53 + 1:23.48 22 3
5 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 52 + 1 Lap 20 2
6 8   Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 12 1
7 6   Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 51 + 2 Laps 16
Ret 22   Patrick Depailler Alfa Romeo 46 Engine 23
Ret 1   Jody Scheckter Ferrari 45 Engine 11
NC 14   Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 44 + 9 Laps 15
NC 20   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 37 + 16 Laps 24
Ret 2   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 36 Suspension 8
Ret 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 30 Engine 2
Ret 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 27 Engine 7
Ret 9   Marc Surer ATS-Ford 27 Fire 21
Ret 11   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 20 Fuel System 6
Ret 30   Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 20 Gearbox 14
Ret 28   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 12 Engine 10
Ret 12   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 7 Suspension 5
Ret 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 5 Gearbox 17
Ret 15   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 3 Gearbox 9
Ret 16   René Arnoux Renault 2 Suspension 19
Ret 25   Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 1 Engine 3
Ret 3   Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 1 Collision 18
DNQ 18   David Kennedy Shadow-Ford
DNQ 17   Stefan Johansson Shadow-Ford
DNQ 10   Jan Lammers ATS-Ford
DNQ 31   Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford
Source:[4]

Lap leadersEdit

Alan Jones 41 (1–17, 30–53), Jacques Laffite 12 (18–29).

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "January 13 down the years: Local joy, local despair in Argentina". ESPN F1. ESPN EMEA Ltd. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Grand Prix Results: Argentine GP, 1980". Grandprix.com. Inside F1, Inc. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  3. ^ "01/13/1980 race: Grand Prix of Argentina (F1) qualifying results - Racing-Reference.info". www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  4. ^ "1980 Argentine Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Argentina 1980 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 6 March 2019.


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