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The 1979 French Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 1 July 1979 at Dijon.

It marked the first victory of a turbocharged car in Formula One, with Renault overcoming the reliability problems that had initially plagued their car. For Jean-Pierre Jabouille it was a victory on home soil, driving a French car (Renault), on French tyres (Michelin), powered by a French engine (Renault), burning French fuel (Elf).

The race is also remembered for one of the fiercest battles ever for second place, between Ferrari driver Gilles Villeneuve and Renault driver René Arnoux, who on several occasions during the final laps touched wheels and swapped positions. The fight is often cited as one of the most memorable pieces of racing in Formula One.[1] Villeneuve, who passed the finish line less than half a second ahead of Arnoux, later described the occasion as "my best memory of Grand Prix racing".[2].

Classification Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 80 1:35:20.42 1 9
2 12 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 80 +14.59 secs 3 6
3 16 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux Renault 80 +14.83 secs 2 4
4 27 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Williams-Ford 80 +36.61 secs 7 3
5 4 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 80 +1:04.51 10 2
6 28 20px-Flag of Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 80 +1:05.51 9 1
7 11 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter Ferrari 79 +1 Lap 5
8 26 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 79 +1 Lap 8
9 20 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford 79 +1 Lap 16
10 8 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 78 +2 Laps 20
11 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 78 +2 Laps 15
12 31 25px-Mexicoflag Hector Rebaque Lotus-Ford 78 +2 Laps 23
13 2 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 77 +3 Laps 13
14 29 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 77 +3 Laps 19
15 30 Flag of Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 75 +5 Laps 22
16 18 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 75 +5 Laps 24
17 35 22px-Flag of Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 75 +5 Laps 17
18 17 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford 73 +7 Laps 21
Ret 3 22px-Flag of France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 71 Suspension 11
Ret 14 25px-Brazilflag Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 53 Engine 18
Ret 6 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Brabham-Alfa Romeo 52 Accident 4
Ret 1 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 51 Brakes 12
Ret 25 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Jacky Ickx Ligier-Ford 45 Engine 14
Ret 5 22px-Flag of Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 23 Spun Off 6
DNS 9 Flag of Germany Hans Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford Tyre Dispute
DNQ 22 22px-Flag of France Patrick Gaillard Ensign-Ford
DNQ 24 22px-Flag of Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford

Notes Edit

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter 30 (34)
2 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve 26
3 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite 24
4 22px-Flag of France Patrick Depailler 20 (22)
5 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 20 (25)
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 60
2 22px-Flag of France Ligier-Ford 46
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 37
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 17
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Ford 14
  • 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 Edit

  1. "Autosport.com on the 1979 French Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. http://atlasf1.autosport.com/99/dec15/tytler.html. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  2. "Formula1.com on the 1979 French Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. http://www.formula1.com/news/features/2003/7/577.html. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 


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1979 Monaco Grand Prix
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1979 British Grand Prix
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