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Italy  1979 Italian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 13 of 15 in the 1979 Formula One season
Monza 1976.jpg
Date September 9, 1979
Official name L Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
Course Permanent racing facility
5.800 km (3,60 mi)
Distance 50 laps, 290.000 km (180.20 mi)
Weather Dry and sunny
Pole position
Driver France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault
Time 1:34.580
Fastest lap
Driver Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford
Time 1:35.60 on lap 46
First South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari
Second Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Third Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford

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

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; Alfa 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 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 50 1:22:00.22 3 9
2 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 50 +0.46 secs 5 6
3 28 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 50 +4.78 secs 6 4
4 5 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 50 +54.40 secs 9 3
5 1 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 50 +59.70 secs 10 2
6 4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 50 +1:01.55 16 1
7 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 50 +1:24.14 13
8 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 49 +1 Lap 20
9 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 49 +1 Lap 4
10 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 49 +1 Lap 12
11 9 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford 49 +1 Lap 15
12 36 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Alfa Romeo 49 +1 Lap 22
13 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 47 +3 Laps 17
14 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 45 Engine 1
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 41 Engine 7
Ret 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford 41 Engine 23
Ret 25 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ligier-Ford 40 Engine 11
Ret 18 Italy Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 33 Clutch 24
Ret 35 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 28 Spun Off 18
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 13 Engine 2
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 13 Accident 19
Ret 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 3 Engine 14
Ret 30 Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 3 Suspension 21
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1 Accident 8
DNQ 17 Netherlands Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford
DNQ 22 Switzerland Marc Surer Ensign-Ford
DNQ 24 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
DNQ 31 Mexico 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.
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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