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1978 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 1978 Formula One season included the 29th FIA Formula One World Championship which commenced on January 15, 1978, and ended on October 8 after sixteen races. Mario Andretti was the season Champion and the last American to date to win a Formula One race. There was also one non-Championship race in 1978, the XXX BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone, the last time that this formerly famous event was run to F1 rules. The race was won by future Champion Keke Rosberg, driving in only his second ever Formula 1 event. The season will also be remembered for the death of "Super Swede", Ronnie Peterson, who had a fatal accident at Monza during the Italian Grand Prix on the first lap of the race.

Contents

Drivers and constructors

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyres No Driver
United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT45C
BT46
BT46B "fan car"
BT46C
Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12 G 1 Austria Niki Lauda
2 United Kingdom John Watson
66 Brazil Nelson Piquet
United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 008 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 3 France Didier Pironi
4 France Patrick Depailler
United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 78
79
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 5 United States Mario Andretti
6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson
55 France Jean-Pierre Jarier
United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M26 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 7 United Kingdom James Hunt
8 France Patrick Tambay
33 Italy Bruno Giacomelli
Germany ATS Racing Team
Germany F&S Properties/ATS Racing Team
ATS HS1
D1
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 9 Germany Jochen Mass
Netherlands Michael Bleekemolen
10
France Jean-Pierre Jarier
Italy Alberto Colombo
Finland Keke Rosberg
Austria Hans Binder
Austria Harald Ertl
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T2
312T3
Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 M 11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann
12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve
Brazil Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi F5A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RS01 Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6T M 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille
United Kingdom Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN8 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 16 Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni
United Kingdom Team Surtees
United Kingdom Durex Team Surtees
United Kingdom Beta Team Surtees
Surtees TS19
TS20
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 18 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan
Italy Gimax
France René Arnoux
19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla
Italy Beppe Gabbiani
Canada Walter Wolf Racing Wolf WR1
WR3
WR5
WR6
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter
21 United States Bobby Rahal
United Kingdom Team Tissot Ensign Ensign N177 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 22 United States Danny Ongais
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly
Brazil Nelson Piquet
Italy Lamberto Leoni
23
United States Brett Lunger
United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Austria Harald Ertl
United Kingdom Olympus Cameras/Hesketh Racing Hesketh 308E Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 24 United Kingdom Divina Galica
United States Eddie Cheever
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly
Mexico Team Rebaque Lotus 78 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 25 Mexico Hector Rebaque
France Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS7
JS7/9
JS9
Matra MS76 3.0 V12
Matra MS78 3.0 V12
G 26 France Jacques Laffite
United Kingdom Williams Grand Prix Engineering Williams FW06 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 27 Australia Alan Jones
Spain Centro Asegurador F1 McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 28 Spain Emilio de Villota
United Kingdom BS Fabrications
United Kingdom Liggett Group/BS Fabrications
McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 29 Brazil Nelson Piquet
30 United States Brett Lunger
France Automobiles Martini Martini MK23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 31 France René Arnoux
United Kingdom Theodore Racing
Hong Kong Theodore Racing Hong Kong
Theodore TR1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 32 United States Eddie Cheever
Finland Keke Rosberg
Italy Team Merzario Merzario A1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 34 Italy Alberto Colombo
37 Italy Arturo Merzario
United Kingdom Arrows Racing Team Arrows FA1
A1
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 35 Italy Riccardo Patrese
36 Germany Rolf Stommelen
United States Interscope Racing Shadow DN9 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 39 United States Danny Ongais
United Kingdom Melchester Racing McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 40 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer

Season review

Rnd Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Report
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix January 15 Oscar Gálvez United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
2 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix January 29 Jacarepaguá Argentina Carlos Reutemann Italy Ferrari Report
3 South Africa South African Grand Prix March 4 Kyalami Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
4 United States United States Grand Prix West April 2 Long Beach Argentina Carlos Reutemann Italy Ferrari Report
5 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix May 7 Monaco France Patrick Depailler United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Report
6 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix May 21 Zolder United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
7 Spain Spanish Grand Prix June 4 Jarama United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
8 Sweden Swedish Grand Prix June 17 Scandinavian Raceway Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo Report
9 France French Grand Prix July 2 Paul Ricard United States Mario Andretti United KingdomLotus-Ford Report
10 United Kingdom British Grand Prix July 16 Brands Hatch Argentina Carlos Reutemann Italy Ferrari Report
11 West Germany German Grand Prix July 30 Hockenheimring United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
12 Austria Austrian Grand Prix August 13 Österreichring Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
13 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix August 27 Zandvoort United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Report
14 Italy Italian Grand Prix September 10 Monza Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo Report
15 United States United States Grand Prix October 1 Watkins Glen Argentina Carlos Reutemann Italy Ferrari Report
16 Canada Canadian Grand Prix October 8 Circuit Île Notre-Dame Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari Report

1978 Constructors Championship final standings

Place Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Points [1] Wins Podiums Poles
1 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 78
79
Ford Cosworth DFV G 86 8 14 12
2 Italy Ferrari 312T2
312T3
Ferrari 015 M 58 5 9 2
3 United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT46/B/C Alfa Romeo 115-12 G 53 2 10 2
4 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 008 Ford Cosworth DFV G 38 1 5
5 Canada Wolf-Ford WR1-4
WR5-6
Ford Cosworth DFV G 24 4
6 France Ligier-Matra JS7
JS7/9
JS9
Matra MS76
Matra MS78
G 19 2
7 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford F5A Ford Cosworth DFV G 17 1
8 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford M26 Ford Cosworth DFV G 15 1
9 United Kingdom Williams-Ford FW06 Ford Cosworth DFV G 11 1
10 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford FA1
A1
Ford Cosworth DFV G 11 1
11 United Kingdom Shadow-Ford DN8
DN9
Ford Cosworth DFV G 6
12 France Renault RS01 Renault-Gordini EF1 M 3
13 United Kingdom Surtees-Ford TS19
TS20
Ford Cosworth DFV G 1
14 United Kingdom Ensign-Ford N177 Ford Cosworth DFV G 1
15 France Martini-Ford MK23 Ford Cosworth DFV G
16 United Kingdom Hesketh-Ford 308E Ford Cosworth DFV G
17 Germany ATS-Ford HS1
D1
Ford Cosworth DFV G
18 Hong Kong Theodore-Ford TR1 Ford Cosworth DFV G
19 Italy Merzario-Ford A1 Ford Cosworth DFV G

Constructors points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six placegetters in each round with only the best placed car from each constructor eligible to score points. The best seven results from the first eight races and the best seven results from the remaining eight races were retained.[2]

1978 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos Driver ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
ESP
Spain
SWE
Sweden
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
CAN
Canada
Pts
1 United States Mario Andretti 1 4 7 2 11 1 1 Ret 1 Ret 1 Ret 1 6 Ret 10 64
2 Sweden Ronnie Peterson 5 Ret 1 4 Ret 2 2 3 2 Ret Ret 1 2 Ret 51
3 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 7 1 Ret 1 8 3 Ret 10 18 1 Ret DSQ 7 3 1 3 48
4 Austria Niki Lauda 2 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 1 Ret 2 Ret Ret 3 1 Ret Ret 44
5 France Patrick Depailler 3 Ret 2 3 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 2 Ret 11 Ret 5 34
6 United Kingdom John Watson Ret 8 3 Ret 4 Ret 5 Ret 4 3 7 7 4 2 Ret Ret 25
7 South Africa Jody Scheckter 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 4 Ret 6 Ret 2 Ret 12 12 3 2 24
8 France Jacques Laffite 16 9 5 5 Ret 5 3 7 7 10 3 5 8 4 11 Ret 19
9 Canada Gilles Villeneuve 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 10 9 12 Ret 8 3 6 7 Ret 1 17
10 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 9 2 Ret 8 9 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 4 4 5 8 5 Ret 17
11 Australia Alan Jones Ret 11 4 7 Ret 10 8 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 2 9 11
12 Italy Riccardo Patrese 10 Ret 6 6 Ret Ret 2 8 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 4 11
13 United Kingdom James Hunt 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 8 3 Ret DSQ Ret 10 Ret 7 Ret 8
14 France Patrick Tambay 6 Ret Ret 12 7 Ret 4 9 6 Ret Ret 9 5 6 8 8
15 France Didier Pironi 14 6 6 Ret 5 6 12 Ret 10 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 7 7
16 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 15 5 DNQ 10 DNQ Ret 15 5 Ret Ret DNQ NC DNQ NC 14 DNQ 4
17 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ret Ret 10 NC 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 12 3
18 West Germany Hans Joachim Stuck 17 Ret DNQ DNS Ret Ret Ret 11 11 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 2
19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla 18 DNQ 12 Ret DNQ 13 7 Ret 17 9 Ret 6 DSQ Ret 1
20 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ Ret DSQ Ret 10 8 6 1
21 Mexico Hector Rebaque DNQ Ret 10 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret 12 DNQ Ret 6 Ret 11 DNQ Ret DNQ 1
NC United States Brett Lunger 13 Ret 11 DNQ DNPQ 7 DNQ DNQ Ret 8 DNPQ 8 Ret Ret 13 0
NC Italy Bruno Giacomelli 8 Ret 7 Ret 14 0
NC West Germany Jochen Mass 11 7 Ret Ret DNQ 11 9 13 13 NC Ret DNQ DNQ 0
NC France Jean-Pierre Jarier 12 DNS 8 11 DNQ DNQ 15 Ret 0
NC France René Arnoux DNQ DNPQ 9 14 DNPQ 9 Ret 9 Ret 0
NC West Germany Rolf Stommelen 9 9 Ret Ret 14 14 15 DNQ DSQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 16 DNPQ 0
NC Brazil Nelson Piquet Ret Ret Ret 9 11 0
NC Finland Keke Rosberg Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ 15 16 Ret 10 NC Ret DNPQ Ret NC 0
NC United States Rupert Keegan Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret DNQ 11 DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNS 0
NC Austria Harald Ertl 11 Ret DNPQ DNQ 0
NC Belgium Jacky Ickx Ret 12 Ret DNQ 0
NC United States Bobby Rahal 12 Ret 0
NC Italy Arturo Merzario Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNQ NC DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ Ret Ret Ret DNQ 0
NC Italy Lamberto Leoni Ret Ret DNQ DNQ 0
NC United States Danny Ongais Ret Ret DNPQ DNPQ 0
NC Netherlands Michael Bleekemolen DNQ DNQ Ret DNPQ 0
NC United States Eddie Cheever DNQ DNQ Ret 0
NC Italy Alberto Colombo DNQ DNQ DNPQ 0
NC United Kingdom Divina Galica DNQ DNQ 0
NC Italy Beppe Gabbiani DNQ DNQ 0
NC Spain Emilio de Villota DNQ 0
NC United Kingdom Geoff Lees DNQ 0
NC United Kingdom Tony Trimmer DNQ 0
NC Austria Hans Binder DNQ 0
NC Italy Gimax DNQ 0
Pos Driver ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
ESP
Spain
SWE
Sweden
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
CAN
Canada
Pts
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Drivers Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six placegetters in each round. The best seven results from the first eight races and the best seven results from the remaining eight races were retained.[3]

Non-Championship race results

Another Formula One race was also held in 1978, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
United Kingdom XXX BRDC International Trophy Silverstone March 19 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Theodore-Cosworth Report

References

  1. ^ Automobile Year, 1978/79, Page 236
  2. ^ Mike Kettlewell, The Champion Book of World Championship Facts & Figures, 1982, Page 40
  3. ^ Mike Kettlewell, The Champion Book of World Championship Facts & Figures, 1982, Page 34

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Simple English

The 1978 Formula One season crowned as champion Mario Andretti.

Season review

Rnd Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Report
1 File:Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg Argentine Grand Prix January 15 Oscar Gálvez Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Report
2 Brazilian Grand Prix January 29 Jacarepaguá File:Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg Carlos Reutemann Ferrari Report
3 South African Grand Prix March 4 Kyalami Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Report
4 United States Grand Prix West April 2 Long Beach File:Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg Carlos Reutemann Ferrari Report
5 Monaco Grand Prix May 7 Monaco Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford Report
6 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian Grand Prix May 21 Zolder Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Report
7 Spanish Grand Prix June 4 Jarama Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Report
8 Swedish Grand Prix June 17 Scandinavian Raceway Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo Report
9 French Grand Prix July 2 Paul Ricard Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Report
10 British Grand Prix July 16 Brands Hatch File:Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg Carlos Reutemann Ferrari Report
11 German Grand Prix July 30 Hockenheimring Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Report
12 Austrian Grand Prix August 13 Österreichring Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Report
13 Dutch Grand Prix August 27 Zandvoort Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Report
14 Italian Grand Prix September 10 Monza Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo Report
15 United States Grand Prix October 1 Watkins Glen File:Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg Carlos Reutemann Ferrari Report
16 Canadian Grand Prix October 8 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari Report

1978 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos Driver ARG
File:Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg
BRA
RSA
USW
MON
BEL
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
ESP
SWE
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
USA
CAN
Pts
1 Mario Andretti 1 4 7 2 11 1 1 Ret 1 Ret 1 Ret 1 6 Ret 10 64
2 Ronnie Peterson 5 Ret 1 4 Ret 2 2 3 2 Ret Ret 1 2 Ret 51
3 File:Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg Carlos Reutemann 7 1 Ret 1 8 3 Ret 10 18 1 Ret DSQ 7 3 1 3 48
4 Niki Lauda 2 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 1 Ret 2 Ret Ret 3 1 Ret Ret 44
5 Patrick Depailler 3 Ret 2 3 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 2 Ret 11 Ret 5 34
6 John Watson Ret 8 3 Ret 4 Ret 5 Ret 4 3 7 7 4 2 Ret Ret 25
7 Jody Scheckter 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 4 Ret 6 Ret 2 Ret 12 12 3 2 24
8 Jacques Laffite 16 9 5 5 Ret 5 3 7 7 10 3 5 8 4 11 Ret 19
9 Gilles Villeneuve 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 10 9 12 Ret 8 3 6 7 Ret 1 17
10 Emerson Fittipaldi 9 2 Ret 8 9 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 4 4 5 8 5 Ret 17
11 Alan Jones Ret 11 4 7 Ret 10 8 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 2 9 11
12 Riccardo Patrese 10 Ret 6 6 Ret Ret 2 8 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 4 11
13 James Hunt 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 8 3 Ret DSQ Ret 10 Ret 7 Ret 8
14 Patrick Tambay 6 Ret Ret 12 7 Ret 4 9 6 Ret Ret 9 5 6 8 8
15 Didier Pironi 14 6 6 Ret 5 6 12 Ret 10 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 7 7
16 Clay Regazzoni 15 5 DNQ 10 DNQ Ret 15 5 Ret Ret DNQ NC DNQ NC 14 DNQ 4
17 Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ret Ret 10 NC 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 12 3
18 Hans Joachim Stuck 17 Ret DNQ DNS Ret Ret Ret 11 11 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 2
19 Vittorio Brambilla 18 DNQ 12 Ret DNQ 13 7 Ret 17 9 Ret 6 DSQ Ret 1
20 Derek Daly DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ Ret DSQ Ret 10 8 6 1
21 Hector Rebaque DNQ Ret 10 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret 12 DNQ Ret 6 Ret 11 DNQ Ret DNQ 1
22 Brett Lunger 13 Ret 11 DNQ DNPQ 7 DNQ DNQ Ret 8 DNPQ 8 Ret Ret 13 0
23 Bruno Giacomelli 8 Ret 7 Ret 14 0
24 Jochen Mass 11 7 Ret Ret DNQ 11 9 13 13 NC Ret DNQ DNQ 0
25 Jean-Pierre Jarier 12 DNS 8 11 DNQ DNQ 15 Ret 0
26 René Arnoux DNQ DNPQ 9 14 DNPQ 9 Ret 9 Ret 0
27 Rolf Stommelen 9 9 Ret Ret 14 14 15 DNQ DSQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 16 DNPQ 0
28 Nelson Piquet Ret Ret Ret 9 11 0
29 Keke Rosberg Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ 15 16 Ret 10 NC Ret DNPQ Ret NC 0
30 Rupert Keegan Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret DNQ 11 DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNS 0
31 Harald Ertl 11 Ret DNPQ DNQ 0
32 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacky Ickx Ret 12 Ret DNQ 0
33 Bobby Rahal 12 Ret 0
Arturo Merzario Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNQ NC DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ Ret Ret Ret DNQ 0
Lamberto Leoni Ret Ret DNQ DNQ 0
Danny Ongais Ret Ret DNPQ DNPQ 0
Michael Bleekemolen DNQ DNQ Ret DNPQ 0
Eddie Cheever DNQ DNQ Ret 0
Alberto Colombo DNQ DNQ DNPQ 0
Divina Galica DNQ DNQ 0
Beppe Gabbiani DNQ DNQ 0
Emilio de Villota DNQ 0
Geoff Lees DNQ 0
Tony Trimmer DNQ 0
Hans Binder DNQ 0
Gimax DNQ 0
Pos Driver ARG
File:Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg
BRA
RSA
USW
MON
BEL
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
ESP
SWE
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
USA
CAN
Pts


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