Qualifying was as expected, Mario Andretti taking pole with Ronnie Peterson alongside in the all-Lotus front row, and Niki Lauda heading the second row. At the start, Andretti led with Peterson following, whereas Lauda was challenged by Jacques Laffite. The Lotus cars quickly built up a good gap, while Laffite challenged Lauda early on but then began to drop down the order with tyre issues. The race was quite uneventful, and Andretti went to take victory, with Peterson completing another Lotus 1-2 leaving Lauda to take third.
- Lap Leaders: Mario Andretti 75 laps (1-75).
- Rupert Keegan would have qualified 25th but could not start due to driver injury. Arturo Merzario, who would have been a DNQ, moved up into the starting grid.
- This was Andretti's last GP win and the last GP won by an American driver.
Standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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