The 1979 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 9 September 1979 at Monza.

Monza was revamped for 1979, including a re-surfaced track; and run-off areas were added to the Curva Grande and the Lesmo Curves.

This race saw the return of Alfa Romeo to the World Championship, with a new 179 chassis for Bruno Giacomelli and the old 177 for Vittorio Brambilla; who was back in action for the first time since the crash at Monza the previous season. Ensign decided to give Formula 2 champion Marc Surer a run in its car in place of Patrick Gaillard, while Hector Rebaque had his HR100 chassis ready for the first time.

As expected the Renaults, powered by turbo engines, were quick in practice and took the front row of the grid with Jean-Pierre Jabouille ahead of René Arnoux. Then came Jody Scheckter, Alan Jones, Gilles Villeneuve and Clay Regazzoni. The top 10 was completed by Jacques Laffite, Nelson Piquet, Niki Lauda and Mario Andretti.

Equally as expected the Renaults were slow off the start line and so Scheckter grabbed the lead from Arnoux. Behind then Villeneuve grabbed third while Laffite made a good start to get into fourth place. Jones dropped to the back of the field. On the second lap Arnoux was able to pass Scheckter to take the lead and for the next few laps the five front-runners were nose-to-tail, while Regazzoni ran in a lonely sixth position. That lasted until lap 13 when Arnoux's car began to misfire and he retired leaving Scheckter, Villeneuve, Laffite and Jabouille by themselves. Later in the race Jabouille dropped away with engine trouble and Laffite stopped with a similar problem and so third place went to Regazzoni with Lauda, Andretti and Jean-Pierre Jarier (Tyrrell) picking up the other points.

A one-two Ferrari finish clinched the drivers title for Scheckter in Ferrari's "home race".


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter Ferrari 50 1:22:00.22 3 9
2 12 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 50 +0.46 secs 5 6
3 28 20px-Flag of Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 50 +4.78 secs 6 4
4 5 22px-Flag of Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 50 +54.40 secs 9 3
5 1 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 50 +59.70 secs 10 2
6 4 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 50 +1:01.55 16 1
7 2 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 50 +1:24.14 13
8 14 25px-Brazilflag Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 49 +1 Lap 20
9 27 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Williams-Ford 49 +1 Lap 4
10 3 22px-Flag of France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 49 +1 Lap 12
11 9 Flag of Germany Hans Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford 49 +1 Lap 15
12 36 22px-Flag of Italy Vittorio Brambilla Alfa Romeo 49 +1 Lap 22
13 29 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 47 +3 Laps 17
14 15 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 45 Engine 1
Ret 26 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 41 Engine 7
Ret 20 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford 41 Engine 23
Ret 25 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Jacky Ickx Ligier-Ford 40 Engine 11
Ret 18 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 33 Clutch 24
Ret 35 22px-Flag of Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 28 Spun Off 18
Ret 16 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux Renault 13 Engine 2
Ret 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 13 Accident 19
Ret 8 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 3 Engine 14
Ret 30 Flag of Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 3 Suspension 21
Ret 6 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1 Accident 8
DNQ 17 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford
DNQ 22 20px-Flag of Switzerland Marc Surer Ensign-Ford
DNQ 24 22px-Flag of Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
DNQ 31 25px-Mexicoflag Hector Rebaque Rebaque-Ford


  • Lap Leaders: Jody Scheckter 39 laps (1, 13-50); René Arnoux 11 laps (2-12)
  • This race was Jody Scheckter's tenth and last victory in F1
  • The Ferrari one-two guaranteed Scheckter the Driver's Championship with two races left.
  • The Ferrari one-two also guaranteed them the Constructor's Championship with two races left.

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter 51 (57)
2 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve 38
3 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite 36
4 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones 34
5 20px-Flag of Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 27 (28)
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 95
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Ford 62
3 22px-Flag of France Ligier-Ford 61
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 39
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 22
  • 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.

Previous race:
1979 Dutch Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1979 season
Next race:
1979 Canadian Grand Prix
Previous race:
1978 Italian Grand Prix
Italian Grand Prix Next race:
1980 Italian Grand Prix
Preceded by
1978 British Grand Prix
Formula One Promotional Trophy
for Race Promoter

Succeeded by
1980 Italian Grand Prix

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