1979 Alternate Formula One season

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1979 Formula One season
AlanJones.jpeg
Alan Jones won his first drivers' title, with Williams winning its first constructors' title.
Season
Races 17
Start date TBA
Start Event Flag of Argentina svg.png Argentine Grand Prix
End date TBA
End Event Flag of the United States svg.png Toyota United States Grand Prix
Awards
Driver's Champion Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones
Constructor's Champion Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Ford
Entrant's Champion Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Saudia Williams Racing Team
Seasons
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1978 1980
Regional Series
Tier 1 1979 British Formula One


The 1979 Formula One season was the 30th season of Formula One. Mario Andretti and Lotus entered the season as reigning champions; however, they would not enter the season together, as Andretti unexpectedly moved to Ferrari and swapped seats with his rival Jody Scheckter after one of the most chaotic off-seasons in Grand Prix history. The season would be remembered for tragedy and controversy. Formula One would suffer its first fatality since Niki Lauda in 1976, when Welshman Tom Pryce was killed in qualifying for the German Grand Prix. Furthermore, the tensions simmering between FISA and FOCA over control of Formula One escalated into full-blown conflict over the course of the year, to the point of the Dutch Grand Prix having to be cancelled and then hastily rearranged as a non-Championship event at the eleventh hour due to the late withdrawal of all FISA entrants owing to failed summit talks. Ultimately, Australian driver Alan Jones and the Williams team would prevail to take their first championships, wrapping up both titles with a race to spare at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Teams and drivers

Team Constructor Chassis Engine Tyres # Driver Rounds
Flag of Italy svg.png Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC [?] Ferrari Ferrari 312T4 Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 Goodyear Icon.png 1 Flag of the United States svg.png Mario Andretti 1-
2 Flag of Finland svg.png Keke Rosberg 1-
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Penthouse Team Tyrrell [?] Tyrrell-Ford Tyrrell 011 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Michelin Icon.png 3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tom Pryce 1-8, 11-12
Flag of Sweden svg.png Ronnie Peterson 9-10
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png John Watson 13-16
4 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Robert Kagan 1-
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Essex Team Lotus [?] Lotus-Ford Lotus 80 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Goodyear Icon.png 5 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Jody Scheckter 1-12, 15-16
Flag of Ireland svg.png Derek Daly 13-14
6 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Thomas Nurmester 1-
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Parmalat Racing Team [?] Brabham-Ford Brabham BT46C
Brabham BT47
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Goodyear Icon.png 7 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Hunt 1-
8 Flag of Brazil svg.png Nelson Piquet 1-
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png March Engineering [?] March-Ford March 791 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Dunlop Icon.png
Avon Icon.png
[?]
9 Flag of France svg.png Guillaume Gauthier 1-
10 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Harvey Jones 1-
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Marlboro Team McLaren [?] McLaren-Ford McLaren M28 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Dunlop Icon.png 11 Flag of Belgium svg.png Jacky Ickx 1-12
Flag of Switzerland svg.png Clay Regazzoni 13-
12 Flag of Japan svg.png Masahiro Hasemi 1-
Flag of France svg.png Équipe Renault Elf [?] Renault Renault RS10 Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6t Michelin Icon.png 14 Flag of France svg.png Jean-Pierre Jabouille 1-11
Flag of Sweden svg.png Ronnie Peterson 12-
15 Flag of France svg.png Didier Pironi 1-
Flag of Germany svg.png ATS Kauhsen Racing Team [?] ATS-Ford ATS WK2 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Goodyear Icon.png 16 Flag of Germany svg.png Jochen Mass 1-12
Flag of Germany svg.png Hans-Joachim Stuck 13-
17 Flag of Austria svg.png Harald Ertl 1-
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Warsteiner Arrows North Star Racing Team [?] Arrows-Ford Arrows A2 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Michelin Icon.png
Dunlop Icon.png
[?]
18 Flag of France svg.png René Arnoux 1-10
Flag of the Vatican City svg.png Valentino Nicchi 11-16
19 Flag of France svg.png Gabriel Château 1-
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Team Ensign [?] Ensign-Ford Ensign N179 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Michelin Icon.png 21 Flag of Sweden svg.png Ronnie Peterson 1-8, 11
Flag of Belgium svg.png Silvio Bachot 9-10, 12-
22 Flag of the Netherlands svg.png Jan Lammers 1-2, 4-16
Flag of Germany svg.png Timo Fuchs 3
Flag of Italy svg.png Scuderia Everest [?] Minardi-Ford Minardi M179 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Dunlop Icon.png 23 Flag of Italy svg.png Piercarlo Ghinzani 5-14
24 Flag of the United States svg.png Eddie Cheever 5-14
Flag of France svg.png Ligier Gitanes [?] Ligier-Matra Ligier JS11 Matra MS73 3.0 V12 Goodyear Icon.png 25 Flag of France svg.png Jacques Laffite 1-
26 Flag of Argentina svg.png Ricardo Zunino 1-5, 8, 12-13
Flag of France svg.png Patrick Tambay 6-7, 11
Flag of Italy svg.png Andrea de Cesaris 9-10
Flag of France svg.png Alain Prost 15
Flag of the United States svg.png Eddie Cheever 16
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Saudia Williams Racing Team [?] Williams-Ford Williams FW07 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Goodyear Icon.png 27 Flag of Canada svg.png Gilles Villeneuve 1-
28 Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones 1-
Flag of Italy svg.png Autodelta [?] Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 179 Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12 Pirelli Icon.png 30 Flag of Brazil svg.png Emerson Fittipaldi 1-
31 Flag of Italy svg.png Elio de Angelis 1-
Flag of the Netherlands svg.png HB Lola Bewaking Alarmsystemen [?] Lola-Ford Lola T400 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Pirelli Icon.png 32 Flag of the Netherlands svg.png Michael Bleekemolen 5-9, 11-12
Flag of France svg.png Jean-Pierre Jarier 10
Flag of France svg.png René Arnoux 13-14
33 Flag of Italy svg.png Vittorio Brambilla 5-13
Flag of the Netherlands svg.png Huub Rothengatter 14
Flag of Italy svg.png Dywa [?] Dywa-Renzo Dywa-002 Renzo BI-2 3.0 V8 Dunlop Icon.png 35 Flag of Italy svg.png Beppe Gabbiani 5-6
Flag of Italy svg.png Lena Troscchi 7
Flag of Italy svg.png Ottavia Cacciatori 7-9
Flag of Italy svg.png Enrico Uncini 11-13
36 Flag of Italy svg.png Arsenio Matarazzo 5-8
Flag of Italy svg.png Teo Fabi 9
Flag of Italy svg.png Guido Dacco 11-13
Renzo BI-3T 1.5 V8t 35 Flag of Italy svg.png Renzo Zorzi 14
36 Flag of Italy svg.png Ottavia Cacciatori 14
Flag of the United States svg.png Interscope Racing [?] Interscope-Ford Interscope IR4 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Dunlop Icon.png 37 Flag of the United States svg.png Danny Ongais 1-
38 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Marc Surer 1-
Flag of Italy svg.png Team Merzario [?] Merzario-Ford Merzario A1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Dunlop Icon.png 39 Flag of Italy svg.png Arturo Merzario 5-7, 9-14
Flag of Sweden svg.png Freddy Kottulinsky 8
40 Flag of Italy svg.png Renzo Zorzi 5-8
Flag of Italy svg.png Arsenio Matarazzo 9-14
Flag of Spain (1977 - 1981).svg.png Madom Formula 1 [?] March-Ford March 771 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Dunlop Icon.png 41 Flag of Spain (1977 - 1981).svg.png Emilio de Villota 5, 8, 11
42 Flag of Ireland svg.png David Kennedy 5, 8, 11
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png B&S Fabrications [?] Spartec-Ford Spartec G71A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Dunlop Icon.png 43 Flag of Sweden svg.png Freddy Kottulinsky 5-7, 10-13
Flag of Italy svg.png Luciano Sighinolfi 9, 14
Flag of Italy svg.png Lella Lombardi 8
44 5-7, 9-10, 12-14
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Rupert Keegan 8, 11
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Hesketh Racing [?] Hesketh-Ford Hesketh 308F Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Pirelli Icon.png 45 Flag of Italy svg.png Riccardo Patrese 1-
46 Flag of Italy svg.png Bruno Giacomelli 1-
Flag of Belgium svg.png VDS Racing [?] Martini-Ford Martini MK24B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Dunlop Icon.png 47 Flag of Belgium svg.png Teddy Pilette 6, 10-13
48 Flag of Belgium svg.png Bernard de Dryver 6
Flag of Belgium svg.png Claude Bourgoignie 10
Flag of Belgium svg.png Silvio Bachot 11
Flag of Belgium svg.png Hervé Regout 12-13
Flag of Belgium svg.png Pierre Dieudonné 14
Flag of Mexico svg.png Team Rebaque [?] Rebaque-Ford Rebaque HR102 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Pirelli Icon.png 49 Flag of Mexico svg.png Héctor Rebaque 5-14
50 Flag of the United States svg.png Brett Lunger 5-14
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png British Formula One Racing Team [?] March-Ford March 781B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Dunlop Icon.png 51 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Divina Galica 8
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Stephen South 11
52 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Hope Stever 8, 11
Flag of Brazil svg.png Jesus Saves Racing [?] March-Ford March 771 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Dunlop Icon.png 53 Flag of Brazil svg.png Alex Ribeiro 2
54 Flag of East Germany svg.png Duncan Idaho 2
Flag of the United States svg.png Whittington Brothers Racing [?] March March 781 None Dunlop Icon.png 53 Flag of the United States svg.png Don Whittington 4
54 Flag of the United States svg.png Bill Whittington 4
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Graham Eden Racing [?] Chevron-Ford Chevron B41 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Dunlop Icon.png 55 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tiff Needell 11
56 Flag of Italy svg.png Luciano Sighinolfi 11
Flag of Germany svg.png Gilden Kölsch Sachs Racing [?] Martini-Ford Martini MK24B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Dunlop Icon.png 57 Flag of Germany svg.png Klaus Ludwig 12
Flag of Germany svg.png Peter Krieg 13
58 Flag of Germany svg.png Timo Fuchs 12-13

Team Changes

Pre-season

  • Arrows and North Star Racing combined their efforts ahead of the 1979 season - with North Star's Sir Blake Clayton joining the management board at the newly-named Arrows North Star Racing team.
  • ATS merged with Kauhsen to form the ATS Kauhsen Racing Team.
  • Hesketh took over the resources of Shadow in the pre season after the latter had collapsed financially midway through 1978.

Driver Changes

Pre-season

  • Bobby Rahal and Tom Sneva both elected to leave Formula One and return to IndyCar for the 1979 season.
  • Clay Regazzoni was let go at McLaren after one season and replaced by Belgian veteran Jacky Ickx, whom McLaren had coaxed out of retirement. Masahiro Hasemi was retained by the for 1979 after replacing René Arnoux for the final three races of 1978.
  • Tom Pryce, having already done three races for Tyrrell in 1978 on loan from March to replace the injured Robert Kagan, signed full-time with Tyrrell for 1979 to replace Pironi. Pryce's seat at March would hence be taken by Harvey Jones, entering his first full season of Formula One after several bit parts in the previous three seasons.
  • Rookie Dutchman Jan Lammers was signed by Ensign to replace Bobby Rahal after his return to North America.
  • The revolving door that had characterised the #26 Ligier over the previous few seasons was now in the hands of well-funded Argentine driver Ricardo Zunino.

Mid-season

  • Rolf Stommelen found himself ousted from ATS before he had even had a chance to recover from his season-ending smash at the Canadian Grand Prix the previous year.
  • Jan Lammers was sacked by Ensign after the Brazilian Grand Prix for poor performance. He would be replaced by German driver Timo Fuchs at the South African Grand Prix. However, Fuchs' dismal qualifying performance at Kyalami, combined with Lammers' sacking causing title sponsor Samson to pull their funding led to Ensign promptly sacking Fuchs and bringing back Lammers for the next race at Long Beach. Fuchs later appeared in a privateer entry run by Sachs Racing, partnering Klaus Ludwig for three rounds.
  • Beppe Gabbiani was sacked by Dywa after the Belgian Grand Prix, with no apparent reason. His seat was to be filled at the Monaco Grand Prix by Italian-Yugoslavian driver Lena Troscchi, on her comeback from grave injuries in a Dywa GP race at Rouen the year before, but before she could take part in pre-qualifying, the ACM intervened, saying that allowing a known communist to race at Monaco would be bad for their image, and Troscchi was withdrawn from the race. Procar driver Ottavia Cacciatori would be called up at short notice to replace Troscchi.
  • The #25 Ligier once again became a revolving door, with Patrick Tambay, Andrea de Cesaris, Alain Prost and Eddie Cheever all driving it at some stage.
  • Tom Pryce was injured in a crash at the European Grand Prix, and missed the following two races. Ronnie Peterson was loaned by Ensign to Tyrrell to replace him for those races.
  • Silvio Bachot would stand in for Peterson while he was on loan to Tyrrell.
  • Following heavy criticism of his driving from the rest of the paddock, René Arnoux was benched by Arrows for the San Marino Grand Prix. Vaticano Valentino Nicchi, the 1977 350cc World Champion, would make his Grand Prix debut as a substitute, though ultimately Arnoux would be permitted to race.
  • Dywa replaced Arsenio Matarazzo with promising Italian youngster Teo Fabi for the San Marino Grand Prix; however, this would ultimately come to nought as the team was denied access to the paddock for that race. Ottavia Cacciatori, seeing no point in sticking around, promptly departed the team, and so did Fabi
  • Team Merzario was 'coerced' into replacing Renzo Zorzi with Arsenio Matarazzo at the San Marino Grand Prix, following his sacking by Dywa. Zorzi and Matarazzo had been teammates at Dywa the previous season.
  • Jean-Pierre Jarier, having performed admirably for Boro in his drives for the team in non-championship races, was given a drive by the team for his home Grand Prix at France, taking the place of Michael Bleekemolen for that one race.
  • Despite being meant to drive for Ligier at the French Grand Prix, Patrick Tambay did not show up to the venue, and so Andrea de Cesaris got a second round in the car.
  • Dywa, with nobody to drive their cars, skipped the French Grand Prix as they had no lineup. They returned for the British Grand Prix with an all-new lineup comprised of relative unknowns Enrico Uncini and Guido Dacco.

Calendar

Championship Grands Prix

Race Track Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Entrant Report
1 Flag of Argentina svg.png Argentine Grand Prix Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez 4 March Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Thomas Nurmester Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Saudia Williams Racing Team Report
2 Flag of Brazil svg.png Brazilian Grand Prix Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba 18 March Flag of France svg.png Jean-Pierre Jabouille Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Jody Scheckter Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Saudia Williams Racing Team Report
3 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Simba South African Grand Prix Kyalami 1 April Flag of Canada svg.png Gilles Villeneuve Flag of Canada svg.png Gilles Villeneuve Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Thomas Nurmester Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Lotus-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Essex Team Lotus Report
4 Flag of the United States svg.png Lubri Lon United States Grand Prix West Long Beach 15 April Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones Flag of the United States svg.png Mario Andretti Flag of the United States svg.png Mario Andretti Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari Flag of Italy svg.png Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Report
5 Flag of Spain (1977 - 1981).svg.png RACE Spanish Grand Prix Circuito del Jarama 29 April Flag of the United States svg.png Mario Andretti Flag of Canada svg.png Gilles Villeneuve Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Thomas Nurmester Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Lotus-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Essex Team Lotus Report
6 Flag of Belgium svg.png Marlboro Belgian Grand Prix Circuit Zolder 13 May Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones Flag of Canada svg.png Gilles Villeneuve Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Saudia Williams Racing Team Report
7 Flag of Monaco svg.png Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco 27 May Flag of the United States svg.png Mario Andretti Flag of Canada svg.png Gilles Villeneuve Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Thomas Nurmester Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Lotus-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Essex Team Lotus Report
8 Flag of Europe svg.png RAC European Grand Prix Brands Hatch 10 June Flag of the United States svg.png Mario Andretti Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Jody Scheckter Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Saudia Williams Racing Team Report
9 Flag of San Marino svg.png Agip San Marino Grand Prix Autodromo Dino Ferrari 24 June Flag of the United States svg.png Mario Andretti Flag of Finland svg.png Keke Rosberg Flag of Canada svg.png Gilles Villeneuve Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Saudia Williams Racing Team Report
10 Flag of France svg.png FFSA French Grand Prix Circuit Dijon-Prenois 8 July Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones Flag of France svg.png Didier Pironi Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Thomas Nurmester Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Lotus-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Essex Team Lotus Report
11 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Marlboro British Grand Prix Silverstone 15 July Flag of France svg.png Didier Pironi Flag of France svg.png Didier Pironi Flag of France svg.png Jean-Pierre Jabouille Flag of France svg.png Renault Flag of France svg.png Équipe Renault Elf Report
12 Flag of Germany svg.png AvD German Grand Prix Hockenheimring 29 July Flag of Sweden svg.png Ronnie Peterson Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones Flag of Canada svg.png Gilles Villeneuve Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Saudia Williams Racing Team Report
13 Flag of Austria svg.png Citizen Austrian Grand Prix Österreichring 12 August Flag of the United States svg.png Mario Andretti Flag of the United States svg.png Mario Andretti Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Saudia Williams Racing Team Report
14 Flag of the Netherlands svg.png ANWB Dutch Grand Prix Circuit Park Zandvoort 26 August Cancelled [1]
14 Flag of Italy svg.png Arexons Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza 2 September Flag of the United States svg.png Mario Andretti Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Jody Scheckter Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Jody Scheckter Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Lotus-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Essex Team Lotus Report
15 Flag of Canada svg.png Labatt's Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Île Notre-Dame 30 September Flag of Canada svg.png Gilles Villeneuve Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Saudia Williams Racing Team Report
16 Flag of the United States svg.png Toyota United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen 7 October Flag of Finland svg.png Keke Rosberg Flag of Canada svg.png Gilles Villeneuve 1 Flag of the United States svg.png Mario Andretti Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari Flag of Italy svg.png Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Report

1 Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi set the same time lap time during the race (1:19.567), but the fastest lap was awarded to the Canadian driver as he set the laptime first.

Non-Championship Events

Race Track Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Winning entrant Report
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png XXXI BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 20 May Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Jody Scheckter Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Hunt Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Thomas Nurmester Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Lotus-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Essex Team Lotus Report
2 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Race of Champions Brands Hatch 3 June Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Thomas Nurmester Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tom Pryce Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tom Pryce Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tyrrell-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Penthouse Team Tyrrell Report
3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tony Brise Memorial Trophy Silverstone 14 July Flag of Italy svg.png Elio de Angelis Flag of Italy svg.png Elio de Angelis Flag of the United States svg.png Danny Ongais Flag of the United States svg.png Interscope-Ford Flag of the United States svg.png Interscope Racing Report
4 Flag of Sweden svg.png Gunnar Nilsson Memorial Trophy Anderstorp 22 July Flag of Sweden svg.png Eje Elgh Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tom Pryce Flag of Switzerland svg.png Clay Regazzoni Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Marlboro Team McLaren Report
5 Flag of the Netherlands svg.png ANWB Dutch Grand Prix Circuit Park Zandvoort 26 August Flag of Canada svg.png Gilles Villeneuve Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Thomas Nurmester Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Lotus-Ford Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Essex Team Lotus Report
  • The Dutch Grand Prix was reclassified as a non-Championship event following the withdrawal of all FISA entries for the race. This followed the breakdown of summit talks that were being held at the event regarding ground-effect regulations and other issues.

Standings

Drivers' Championship

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Points 9 6 4 3 2 1

Only a driver's best 11 finishes counted towards the championship

Pos Driver ARG
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BRA
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RZA
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USW
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ESP
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BEL
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MON
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EUR
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SMR
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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AUT
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NED
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ITA
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CAN
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USA
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Pts
1 Flag of Australia svg.png Alan Jones 1 1 Ret 2 4 3 5 1 2 Ret Ret 2 1 C 4 1 Ret 73 (75)
2 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Thomas Nurmester 3 2 1 Ret 1 2 1 Ret Ret 1 3 3 13† C Ret Ret Ret 60
3 Flag of the United States svg.png Mario Andretti 2 Ret 3 1 Ret 5 2 4 Ret Ret 2 10 Ret C 2 8 1 51
4 Flag of Canada svg.png Gilles Villeneuve Ret Ret Ret Ret 3 1 4 Ret 1 16† 4 1 2 C Ret Ret 4 46
5 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Jody Scheckter Ret 4 Ret 14† 2 4 3 2 4 Ret Ret Ret INJ C 1 3 Ret 38
6 Flag of France svg.png Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ret 3 Ret 6 Ret 12 Ret Ret 5 2 1 22
7 Flag of Finland svg.png Keke Rosberg Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 3 7 17† Ret 12† C 11† Ret 2 17
8 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Clay Regazzoni 3 C 3 2 6 15
9 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Hunt 5 6 9 3 12† Ret 8 3 8 6 7 7 7 C 10 4 Ret 15
10 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Robert Kagan 4 5 7 Ret Ret 8 12 5 Ret 3 10 Ret 8 C 9 5 Ret 13
11 Flag of Brazil svg.png Nelson Piquet Ret 15† 11 Ret 6 7 7 Ret 9 5 Ret 5 5 C 14 6 5 10
12 Flag of France svg.png Didier Pironi Ret Ret Ret 13† Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 9 9† 4 Ret C Ret Ret 3 7
13 Flag of Belgium svg.png Jacky Ickx 8 Ret 4 4 Ret 14 9 Ret 7 8 6 Ret INJ 7
14 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Harvey Jones 15† 9 6 9 8 Ret Ret 10 Ret 4 5 Ret 10 C Ret 7 Ret 6
15 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tom Pryce Ret Ret 5 Ret 5 6 Ret Ret INJ INJ Ret DNQ 5
16 Flag of Ireland svg.png Derek Daly 4 C 3
17 Flag of Japan svg.png Masahiro Hasemi 6 7 14 8 Ret 16† Ret 7 Ret Ret 12 Ret 9 C 5 10 7 3
18 Flag of Germany svg.png Jochen Mass Ret Ret Ret 5 9 9 13 9 15 Ret Ret Ret INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ 2
19 Flag of France svg.png Jacques Laffite Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 14 6 6 18† 8 Ret Ret C Ret Ret Ret 2
20 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png John Watson 6 C 7 Ret Ret 1
21 Flag of Italy svg.png Elio de Angelis Ret 11 13 Ret Ret 17† 11 Ret Ret Ret DNPQ 8 Ret C 6 16† Ret 1
22 Flag of the Vatican City svg.png Valentino Nicchi Ret 6 Ret C Ret 11 Ret 1
Flag of France svg.png Gabriel Château 7 Ret DNPQ 7 Ret 11 DNQ 13 Ret 14 13 Ret Ret C 17† Ret 9 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Vittorio Brambilla 7 DNQ 15 11 DNPQ DNQ Ret DNPQ DNQ 13 0
Flag of France svg.png Guillaume Gauthier 12 8 12 Ret Ret Ret 10 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret C 18† 9 Ret 0
Flag of Brazil svg.png Emerson Fittipaldi 10 12 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 13 11 DNPQ Ret Ret C 12 DNQ Ret 0
Flag of Austria svg.png Harald Ertl 13 13 17 12 Ret 13 16 15 16 15† 15 Ret Ret C 15 13 8 0
Flag of Germany svg.png Hans-Joachim Stuck Ret C 8 Ret Ret 0
Flag of France svg.png René Arnoux 9 10 DNPQ Ret 11 10 Ret Ret 14 10 11 C 16 0
Flag of Argentina svg.png Ricardo Zunino 14 Ret 15 10 Ret DNQ 9 Ret C DNQ 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Riccardo Patrese 11 Ret Ret 11 10 Ret Ret Ret 18† 13 Ret 11 Ret C Ret 12 Ret 0
Flag of Sweden svg.png Ronnie Peterson DNQ 14 DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 10 17† DNQ Ret Ret C Ret Ret Ret 0
Flag of the United States svg.png Eddie Cheever DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ 10† 0
Flag of France svg.png Patrick Tambay Ret Ret WD 11 0
Flag of Switzerland svg.png Marc Surer DNPQ DNPQ 16 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 12 DNPQ C DNPQ DNQ Ret 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Andrea de Cesaris 12 Ret 0
Flag of France svg.png Alain Prost Ret 0
Flag of France svg.png Jean-Pierre Jarier 12 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Bruno Giacomelli Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 16 17 14 17 DNQ 14 Ret DNQ C DNQ 14 DNQ 0
Flag of the United States svg.png Danny Ongais DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ WD DNPQ C DNPQ 15 DNQ 0
Flag of the Netherlands svg.png Michael Bleekemolen DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ 16 DNPQ 0
Flag of the Netherlands svg.png Jan Lammers DNQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Flag of Belgium svg.png Silvio Bachot DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Flag of Germany svg.png Timo Fuchs DNQ DNPQ DNPQ C 0
Flag of the United States svg.png Brett Lunger DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ 0
Flag of Mexico svg.png Héctor Rebaque DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Piercarlo Ghinzani DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Arturo Merzario DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Arsenio Matarazzo DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Lella Lombardi DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ 0
Flag of Sweden svg.png Freddy Kottulinsky DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C 0
Flag of Belgium svg.png Teddy Pilette DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Renzo Zorzi DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ WD C DNPQ 0
Flag of Spain (1977 - 1981).svg.png Emilio de Villota DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Flag of Ireland svg.png David Kennedy DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Enrico Uncini DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Guido Dacco DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Ottavia Cacciatori DNPQ DNPQ EX C DNPQ 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Luciano Sighinolfi DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Beppe Gabbiani DNPQ DNPQ 0
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Hope Stever DNPQ DNPQ 0
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Rupert Keegan DNPQ DNPQ 0
Flag of Belgium svg.png Hervé Regout DNPQ DNPQ 0
Flag of Brazil svg.png Alex Ribeiro DNPQ 0
Flag of East Germany svg.png Duncan Idaho DNPQ 0
Flag of Belgium svg.png Bernard de Dryver DNPQ 0
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Divina Galica DNPQ 0
Flag of Belgium svg.png Claude Bourgoignie DNPQ 0
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Stephen South DNPQ 0
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tiff Needell DNPQ 0
Flag of Germany svg.png Klaus Ludwig DNPQ 0
Flag of Germany svg.png Peter Krieg DNPQ C 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Lena Troscchi WD 0
Flag of the United States svg.png Don Whittington EX 0
Flag of the United States svg.png Bill Whittington EX 0
Flag of Italy svg.png Teo Fabi EX 0

Constructor's Championship

Only a constructor's best placed two cars at each event counted for the championship. All results counted towards the championship

Pos Constructor # ARG
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BRA
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RZA
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USW
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ESP
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BEL
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MON
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EUR
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SMR
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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AUT
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NED
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ITA
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CAN
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USA
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Pts
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Ford 27 Ret Ret Ret Ret 3 1 4 Ret 1 16† 4 1 2 C Ret Ret 4 123
28 1 1 Ret 2 4 3 5 1 2 Ret Ret 2 1 C 4 1 Ret
2 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Lotus-Ford 5 Ret 4 Ret 14† 2 4 3 2 4 Ret Ret Ret 4 C 1 3 Ret 98
6 3 2 1 Ret 1 2 1 Ret Ret 1 3 3 13† C Ret Ret Ret
3 Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari 1 2 Ret 3 1 Ret 5 2 4 Ret Ret 2 10 Ret C 2 8 1 68
2 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 3 7 17† Ret 12† C 11† Ret 2
4 Flag of France svg.png Renault 14 Ret 3 Ret 6 Ret 12 Ret Ret 5 2 1 Ret Ret C Ret Ret Ret 29
15 Ret Ret Ret 13† Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 9 9† 4 Ret C Ret Ret 3
5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Ford 11 8 Ret 4 4 Ret 14 9 Ret 7 8 6 Ret 3 C 3 2 6 25
12 6 7 14 8 Ret 16† Ret 7 Ret Ret 12 Ret 9 C 5 10 7
6 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Brabham-Ford 7 5 6 9 3 12† Ret 8 3 8 6 7 7 7 C 10 4 Ret 25
8 Ret 15† 11 Ret 6 7 7 Ret 9 5 Ret 5 5 C 14 6 5
7 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tyrrell-Ford 3 Ret Ret 5 Ret 5 6 Ret Ret 10 17† Ret DNQ 6 C 7 Ret Ret 19
4 4 5 7 Ret Ret 8 12 5 Ret 3 10 Ret 8 C 9 5 Ret
8 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png March-Ford 9 12 8 12 Ret Ret Ret 10 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret C 18† 9 Ret 6
10 15† 9 6 9 8 Ret Ret 10 Ret 4 5 Ret 10 C Ret 7 Ret
41 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
42 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
51 DNPQ DNPQ
52 DNPQ DNPQ
53 DNPQ
54 DNPQ
9 Flag of Germany svg.png ATS-Ford 16 Ret Ret Ret 5 9 9 13 9 15 Ret Ret Ret Ret C 8 Ret Ret 2
17 13 13 17 12 Ret 13 16 15 16 15† 15 Ret Ret C 15 13 8
10 Flag of France svg.png Ligier-Matra 25 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 14 6 6 18† 8 Ret Ret C Ret Ret Ret 2
26 14 Ret 15 10 Ret Ret Ret DNQ 12 Ret 11 9 Ret C DNQ Ret 10†
11 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Arrows-Ford 18 9 10 DNPQ Ret 11 10 Ret Ret 14 10 10 6 Ret C Ret 11 Ret 1
19 7 Ret DNPQ 7 Ret 11 DNQ 13 Ret 14 13 Ret Ret C 17† Ret Ret
12 Flag of Italy svg.png Alfa Romeo 30 10 12 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 13 11 DNPQ Ret Ret C 12 DNQ Ret 1
31 Ret 11 13 Ret Ret 17† 11 Ret Ret Ret DNPQ 8 Ret C 6 16† Ret
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Lola-Ford 32 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ 12 16 DNPQ 11 C 16 0
33 7 DNQ 15 11 DNPQ DNQ Ret DNPQ DNQ C DNPQ
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Hesketh-Ford 45 11 Ret Ret 11 10 Ret Ret Ret 18† 13 Ret 11 Ret C Ret 12 Ret 0
46 Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 16 17 14 17 DNQ 14 Ret DNQ C DNQ 14 DNQ
Flag of the United States svg.png Interscope-Ford 37 DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ WD DNPQ C DNPQ 15 DNQ 0
38 DNPQ DNPQ 16 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 12 DNPQ C DNPQ DNQ Ret
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Ensign-Ford 21 DNQ 14 DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
22 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
Flag of Italy svg.png Minardi-Ford 23 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ 0
24 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Spartec-Ford 43 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ 0
44 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ
Flag of Mexico svg.png Rebaque-Ford 49 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ 0
50 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ
Flag of Italy svg.png Merzario-Ford 39 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ 0
40 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ
Flag of Italy svg.png Dywa-Renzo 35 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ EX DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ 0
36 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ EX DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C DNPQ
Flag of France svg.png Martini-Ford 47 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C 0
48 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ C
57 DNPQ DNPQ
58 DNPQ DNPQ
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Chevron-Ford 55 DNPQ 0
56 DNPQ
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png March 53 EX 0
54 EX
Formula One seasons
  • 1979


  1. FISA withdraw support for Dutch GP; race goes ahead as Non-Championship, Autosport (1979)