1979 Belgian Grand Prix

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1979 Belgian Grand Prix
Race 6 of 15 in the 1979 Formula One season
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Race details
Date 13 May 1979
Location Circuit Zolder
Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
Course length 4.262 km (2.648 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 298.340 km (185.380 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Ligier-Ford
Time 1:21.13
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Time 1:23.09 on lap 63
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ligier-Ford
Third Tyrrell-Ford

The 1979 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 13 May 1979 at Zolder. It was the sixth race of the 1979 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1979 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

The 70-lap race was won by Jody Scheckter, driving a Ferrari. Scheckter collided with Clay Regazzoni's Williams-Ford on the second lap, but recovered to take his first victory of the season. Jacques Laffite finished second in a Ligier-Ford, having started from pole position, while Didier Pironi achieved his first podium finish with third in a Tyrrell-Ford.

The race also saw the first appearance of Alfa Romeo as a works team since 1951. Driving the Alfa Romeo 177, Bruno Giacomelli qualified 14th, ahead of both Renaults and both McLarens, before retiring following a collision with Elio de Angelis in the Shadow-Ford.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 70 1:39:59.53 7 9
2 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 70 + 15.36 1 6
3 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 70 + 35.17 12 4
4 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 70 + 46.49 10 3
5 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 70 + 1:04.31 16 2
6 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 70 + 1:05.85 19 1
7 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 69 + 1 Lap 6
8 9 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 20
9 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 23
10 17 Netherlands Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 21
11 4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 67 + 3 Laps 11
Ret 25 France Patrick Depailler Ligier-Ford 46 Accident 2
Ret 20 United Kingdom James Hunt Wolf-Ford 40 Accident 9
Ret 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 39 Electrical 4
Ret 1 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 27 Brakes 5
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Alfa Romeo 23 Engine 3
Ret 5 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 23 Engine 13
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 22 Turbo 18
Ret 35 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 21 Collision 14
Ret 18 Italy Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 21 Collision 24
Ret 30 West Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 17 Spun Off 22
Ret 31 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford 13 Transmission 15
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 13 Turbo 17
Ret 28 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 1 Collision 8
DNQ 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford
DNQ 24 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
DNQ 22 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Ensign-Ford
DNQ 36 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli Kauhsen-Ford
Source:[1]

Lap leaders

Patrick Depailler 25 laps (1–18, 40–46); Jacques Laffite 12 laps (19–23, 47–53); Alan Jones 16 laps (24–39); Jody Scheckter 17 laps (54–70).

Championship standings after the race

  • 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.

References

  1. ^ "1979 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.


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