1978 Dutch Grand Prix

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1978 Dutch Grand Prix
Race 13 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season
Circuit Park Zandvoort-1973.svg
Race details
Date 27 August 1978
Location Zandvoort
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.252 km (2.642 mi)
Distance 75 laps, 318.9 km (198.15 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:16.36
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo
Time 1:19.57 on lap 57
First Lotus-Ford
Second Lotus-Ford
Third Brabham-Alfa Romeo

The 1978 Dutch Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zandvoort on 27 August 1978. It was the 13th race of the 1978 Formula One season.


For the fourth consecutive race, the Lotuses came 1–2 in qualifying with Mario Andretti ahead of Ronnie Peterson. Niki Lauda was third in the Brabham, ahead of the Ferraris of Carlos Reutemann and Gilles Villeneuve. The top ten was completed by Jacques Laffite in the Ligier, James Hunt in the McLaren, John Watson in the second Brabham, Jean-Pierre Jabouille in the Renault, and Emerson Fittipaldi in the Fittipaldi.

At the start of the race, Andretti led from Peterson with Laffite charging up to third, while at the second corner Didier Pironi's Tyrrell collided with Riccardo Patrese's Arrows. Thereafter, the race was relatively uneventful, Peterson dutifully following Andretti while Laffite fell back down the order, enabling Lauda to reclaim third. At the end, Andretti was just over three-tenths of a second ahead of Peterson, with Lauda a further 12 seconds back; the minor points went to Watson, Fittipaldi and Villeneuve.

This fourth 1–2 finish of the season for Lotus meant that, with three races left to run, only Andretti or Peterson could take the Drivers' Championship. It would go to Andretti in the next race at Monza, when Peterson crashed fatally.

Andretti (front) and Peterson at the 1978 Dutch Grand Prix


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 75 1:41:04.23 1 9
2 6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 75 + 0.32 2 6
3 1 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 75 + 12.21 3 4
4 2 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 75 + 20.92 8 3
5 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 75 + 21.50 10 2
6 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 75 + 45.95 5 1
7 11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 75 + 1:00.52 4
8 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 74 + 1 Lap 6
9 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 74 + 1 Lap 14
10 7 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 74 + 1 Lap 7
11 25 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford 74 + 1 Lap 20
12 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 73 + 2 Laps 15
Ret 33 Italy Bruno Giacomelli McLaren-Ford 60 Spun Off 19
Ret 16 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 56 Transmission 18
Ret 31 France René Arnoux Martini-Ford 40 Chassis 23
Ret 37 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford 40 Engine 26
DSQ 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 37 Pushed At Start 22
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 35 Engine 9
Ret 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 35 Engine 21
Ret 32 Finland Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford 21 Accident 24
Ret 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 17 Throttle 11
Ret 29 Brazil Nelson Piquet McLaren-Ford 16 Transmission 25
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 13 Engine 12
Ret 22 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Ensign-Ford 10 Transmission 16
Ret 35 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 0 Accident 13
Ret 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 0 Accident 17
DNS 18 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford Injury
DNQ 17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford
DNQ 10 Netherlands Michael Bleekemolen ATS-Ford
DNQ 9 West Germany Jochen Mass ATS-Ford
DNPQ 23 Austria Harald Ertl Ensign-Ford
DNPQ 39 United States Danny Ongais Shadow-Ford
DNPQ 36 West Germany Rolf Stommelen Arrows-Ford


  • Lap leaders: Mario Andretti 75 laps (1–75).
  • Rupert Keegan qualified 25th, but was unable to start after crashing his Surtees in the Sunday warm-up and injuring his hand. This promoted non-qualifier Arturo Merzario to the starting grid.
  • This was Andretti's last GP win and, as of 2018, the last Grand Prix to have been won by an American driver.
  • This was also the last race in which Lotus came 1–2 in qualifying until the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix, and the last to date in which the team came 1–2 in the race.
  • This was also the final podium, points, and race finish for Ronnie Peterson before he was killed at the next race.

Championship standings after the race

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


  1. ^ "1978 Dutch Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.

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