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The 1980 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zolder on 4 May 1980. It was the fifth round of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was the 38th Belgian Grand Prix and the seventh to be held at Zolder. The race was held over 72 laps of the 4.262-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 307 kilometres.

1980 Belgian Grand Prix
Race 5 of 14 in the 1980 Formula One season
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Race details
Date May 4, 1980
Location Circuit Zolder, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
Course length 4.262 km (2.648 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 306.864 km (190.066 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Williams-Ford
Time 1:19.12
Fastest lap
Driver France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford
Time 1:20.88 on lap 57
Podium
First Ligier-Ford
Second Williams-Ford
Third Williams-Ford

The race was won by French driver Didier Pironi driving a Ligier JS11/15. It was Pironi's debut World Championship victory and he was the fourth driver to win in the first five races of the season. Pironi won by 47 seconds over Australian driver and eventual 1980 champion, Alan Jones driving a Williams FW07B. Third was Jones' Williams teammate Argentinian driver, Carlos Reutemann. It was the first of three wins in Pironi's accident-shortened Formula One career. Jones' second place allowed him to close to within two points of series leader René Arnoux who had collected three points for finishing fourth in his Renault RE20. Piquet was one point behind Jones with Pironi just one point further behind.

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ClassificationEdit

Qualifying[1]Edit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 27   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:19.12 -
2 25   Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 1:19.35 + 0.23
3 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 1:19.69 + 0.57
4 28   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:19.79 + 0.67
5 15   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 1:19.89 + 0.77
6 16   René Arnoux Renault 1:19.89 + 0.77
7 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:20.23 + 1.11
8 12   Elio De Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:20.96 + 1.84
9 3   Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 1:21.36 + 2.24
10 66   Patrick Depailler Alfa Romeo 1:21.45 + 2.33
11 4   Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 1:21.51 + 2.39
12 2   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:21.54 + 2.42
13 30   Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 1:21.55 + 2.43
14 1   Jody Scheckter Ferrari 1:21.58 + 2.46
15 10   Jan Lammers ATS-Ford 1:21.72 + 2.60
16 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:21.75 + 2.63
17 11   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1:22.07 + 2.95
18 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:22.20 + 3.08
19 8   Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 1:22.26 + 3.14
20 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:22.57 + 3.45
21 21   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 1:22.97 + 3.85
22 6   Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 1:23.18 + 4.06
23 14   Tiff Needell Ensign-Ford 1:23.50 + 4.38
24 20   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 1:24.22 + 5.10
25 17   Geoff Lees Shadow-Ford 1:24.37 + 5.25
26 18   David Kennedy Shadow-Ford 1:24.64 + 5.52
27 31   Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford 1:40.06 + 20.94

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 25   Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 72 1:38:47.4 2 9
2 27   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 72 +47.37 secs 1 6
3 28   Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 72 +84.12 secs 4 4
4 16   René Arnoux Renault 71 +1 Lap 6 3
5 3   Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 71 +1 Lap 9 2
6 2   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 71 +1 Lap 12 1
7 21   Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 71 +1 Lap 21
8 1   Jody Scheckter Ferrari 70 +2 Laps 14
9 4   Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 70 +2 Laps 11
10 12   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 69 Spun Off 8
11 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 68 +4 Laps 3
12 9   Jan Lammers ATS-Ford 64 Engine 15
NC 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 61 Not Classified 20
Ret 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 58 Spun Off 16
Ret 11   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 41 Gearbox 17
Ret 22   Patrick Depailler Alfa Romeo 38 Exhaust 10
Ret 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 32 Spun Off 7
Ret 8   Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 29 Transmission 19
Ret 20   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 16 Electrical 24
Ret 14   Tiff Needell Ensign-Ford 12 Engine 23
Ret 23   Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 11 Suspension 18
Ret 6   Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 5 Gearbox 22
Ret 30   Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 1 Spun Off 13
Ret 15   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 1 Clutch 5
DNQ 17   Geoff Lees Shadow-Ford
DNQ 18   David Kennedy Shadow-Ford
DNQ 31   Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford
Source:[2]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1980 Belgian Grand Prix | Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motor Sport Magazine. 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  2. ^ "1980 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.


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