22px-Flag of the United Kingdom  1980 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 8 of 14 in the 1980 Formula One season
Brands Hatch.svg
Date 13 July 1980
Official name XXXIII Marlboro British Grand Prix
Location Brands Hatch, Kent, Great Britain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.207 km (2.614 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 76 laps, 319.732 km (198.672 mi)</td></tr>
Pole position
Driver 22px-Flag of France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford
Time 1:11.004
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford
Time 1:12.368 on lap 54
First 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Second 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford
Third 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford

The 1980 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Brands Hatch on 13 July 1980. It was the eighth round of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was the 35th British Grand Prix and the ninth to be held at Brands Hatch. The race was held over 76 laps of the 4.207-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 320 kilometres.

The race was won by Australian driver, Alan Jones driving a Williams FW07B. The win was Jones' eighth Formula One Grand Prix victory and his fourth of the year. Including the non-championship Spanish Grand Prix it was Jones' third victory in a row as he built his charge towards becoming the 1980 World Drivers' Champion. Jones won by eleven seconds over the man becoming his arch-rival, Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet driving a Brabham BT49. Third, and the only other car to finish on the lead lap, was Jones' Williams team mate, Argentinian driver Carlos Reutemann. The race had been dominated in the early running by French Equipe Ligier drivers Didier Pironi and Jacques Laffite who between them led the first thirty laps of the race. Tyre troubles caused by cracking rims caught both cars, Pironi pitted for new rubber, charging back to fifth before getting another puncture. Laffite never made it back to the pits after his puncture.

The Tyrrell 010s of Irish driver Derek Daly and French driver Jean-Pierre Jarier finished fourth and fifth with Alain Prost (McLaren M29) completing the points finishers. Brabham has sacked Ricardo Zunino and new driver Hector Rebaque finished seventh in his first start with the team.

After the disappearance of the Shadow team, numbers were unaffected as leading British Formula One Series team RAM Racing entered with their Williams FW07s, although only Rupert Keegan qualified, Desiré Wilson missing out. This race proved to be winner of the 1978 Monaco Grand Prix and the 1979 Spanish Grand Prix, Patrick Depailler's final Grand Prix. He was killed weeks later testing his Alfa Romeo 179 at Hockenheim.

Jones expanded his lead out to six points over Piquet but more significantly 14 points ahead of René Arnoux and Pironi. For all their impressive speed, Renault were fading as the year progressed. Williams was now an impressive 18 points ahead of Ligier. Piquet's lone-hand performance at Brabham kept them in third place in the constructors' tally. After eight races, Scuderia Ferrari had scored only five points between both its drivers in what was fast becoming the worst championship defence in Formula One history.

Classification Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Williams-Ford 76 1:34:49.228 3 9
2 5 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 76 +11.007 secs 5 6
3 28 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 76 +13.285 secs 4 4
4 4 22px-Flag of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 75 +1 Lap 10 3
5 3 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 75 +1 Lap 11 2
6 8 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 75 +1 Lap 7 1
7 6 25px-Mexicoflag Hector Rebaque Brabham-Ford 74 +2 Laps 17
8 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 74 Engine 12
9 29 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 73 +3 Laps 21
10 1 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Jody Scheckter Ferrari 73 +3 Laps 23
11 50 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Williams*-Ford 73 +3 Laps 18
12 20 25px-Brazilflag Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 72 +4 Laps 22
13 30 Flag of Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 69 +7 Laps 24
NC 16 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux Renault 67 Not Classified 16
Ret 25 22px-Flag of France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 63 Tyre 1
Ret 9 20px-Flag of Switzerland Marc Surer ATS-Ford 59 Engine 15
Ret 11 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 57 Gearbox 9
Ret 23 22px-Flag of Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 42 Spun Off 6
Ret 2 25px-Canadaflag Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 35 Engine 19
Ret 26 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 30 Tyre 2
Ret 22 22px-Flag of France Patrick Depailler Alfa Romeo 27 Engine 8
Ret 31 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford 17 Suspension 20
Ret 12 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 16 Suspension 14
Ret 15 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 4 Engine 13
DNQ 14 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jan Lammers Ensign-Ford
DNQ 21 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford
DNQ 43 22px-Flag of South Africa 1928 svg Desiré Wilson Williams*-Ford

* Non-works Williams FW07 prepared by race team Brands Hatch Racing, potentially also known as RAM Racing[1]

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones 37
2 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet 31
3= 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux 23
3= 22px-Flag of France Didier Pironi 23
5 25px-ARGENntina Carlos Reutemann 20
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Ford 57
2 22px-Flag of France Ligier-Ford 39
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 31
4 22px-Flag of France Renault 23
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 11
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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