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1979 Formula One season

1979 Formula One season

The 1979 Formula One season included the 30th FIA Formula One World Championship season, which commenced on January 21, 1979, and ended on October 7 after fifteen races.

Season summary

Drivers & Constructors

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyres No Driver
Martini Racing Team Lotus Lotus 79
80
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 1 Mario Andretti
2 Carlos Reutemann
Team Tyrrell
Candy Team Tyrrell
Tyrrell 009 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 3 Didier Pironi
4 Jean-Pierre Jarier
Geoff Lees
Derek Daly
33 Derek Daly
Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT46
BT48
BT49
Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12
Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
5 Niki Lauda
Ricardo Zunino
6 Nelson Piquet
Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M26
M28
M28B
M28C
M29
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 7 John Watson
8 Patrick Tambay
ATS Wheels ATS D2
D3
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 9 Hans-Joachim Stuck
Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T3
312T4
312T4B
Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 11 Jody Scheckter
12 Gilles Villeneuve
Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi F5A
F6
F6A
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 14 Emerson Fittipaldi
19 Alex Ribeiro
Equipe Renault Elf Renault RS01
RS10
Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6T 15 Jean-Pierre Jabouille
16 René Arnoux
Samson Shadow Racing Team
Interscope Shadow Racing Team
Shadow DN9 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 17 Jan Lammers
18 Elio de Angelis
Olympus Cameras Wolf Racing Wolf WR7-9 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 20 James Hunt
Keke Rosberg
Team Ensign Ensign N177
N179
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 22 Derek Daly
Patrick Gaillard
Marc Surer
Team Merzario Merzario A1B
A2
A4
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 24 Arturo Merzario
Gianfranco Brancatelli
Ligier Gitanes Ligier Ligier JS11 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 25 Patrick Depailler
Jacky Ickx
26 Jacques Laffite
Albilad-Saudia Racing Team Williams FW06
FW07
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 27 Alan Jones
28 Clay Regazzoni
Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows A1B
A2
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 29 Riccardo Patrese
30 Jochen Mass
Team Rebaque Lotus
Rebaque
79
HR100
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 31 Hector Rebaque
Autodelta Alfa Romeo 177
179
Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12
Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12
35 Bruno Giacomelli
36 Vittorio Brambilla
Willi Kauhsen Racing Team Kauhsen WK Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 36 Gianfranco Brancatelli

Season review

Rnd Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Report
1 Argentine Grand Prix January 21 Oscar Gálvez Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford Report
2 Brazilian Grand Prix February 4 Interlagos Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford Report
3 South African Grand Prix March 3 Kyalami Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari Report
4 United States Grand Prix West April 8 Long Beach Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari Report
5 Spanish Grand Prix April 29 Jarama Patrick Depailler Ligier-Ford Report
6 Belgian Grand Prix May 13 Zolder Jody Scheckter Ferrari Report
7 Monaco Grand Prix May 27 Monaco Jody Scheckter Ferrari Report
8 French Grand Prix July 1 Dijon-Prenois Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault Report
9 British Grand Prix July 14 Silverstone Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford Report
10 German Grand Prix July 29 Hockenheimring Alan Jones Williams-Ford Report
11 Austrian Grand Prix August 12 Österreichring Alan Jones Williams-Ford Report
12 Dutch Grand Prix August 26 Zandvoort Alan Jones Williams-Ford Report
13 Italian Grand Prix September 9 Monza Jody Scheckter Ferrari Report
14 Canadian Grand Prix September 30 Circuit Île Notre-Dame Alan Jones Williams-Ford Report
15 United States Grand Prix October 7 Watkins Glen Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari Report

1979 Constructors Championship final standings

Place Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Points Wins Podiums Poles
1 Ferrari 312T3
312T4
312T4B
Ferrari 015 113 6 13 2
2 Williams-Ford FW06
FW07
Ford Cosworth DFV 75 5 10 3
3 Ligier-Ford JS11 Ford Cosworth DFV 61 3 8 4
4 Lotus-Ford 79
80
Ford Cosworth DFV 39 5
5 Tyrrell-Ford 009 Ford Cosworth DFV 28 4
6 Renault RS01
RS10
Renault-Gordini EF1 26 1 4 6
7 McLaren-Ford M26
M28
M28B
M28C
M29
Ford Cosworth DFV 15 1
8 Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT46
BT48
Alfa Romeo 1260 7
9 Arrows-Ford A1B
A2
Ford Cosworth DFV 5
10 Shadow-Ford DN9 Ford Cosworth DFV 3
11 ATS-Ford D2
D3
Ford Cosworth DFV 2
12 Fittipaldi-Ford F5A
F6
F6A
Ford Cosworth DFV 1
13 Alfa Romeo 177
179
Alfa Romeo 115-12
Alfa Romeo 1260
14 Kauhsen-Ford WK Ford Cosworth DFV
15 Wolf-Ford WR7-9 Ford Cosworth DFV
16 Brabham-Ford BT49 Ford Cosworth DFV
17 Ensign-Ford N177
N179
Ford Cosworth DFV
18 Rebaque-Ford HR100 Ford Cosworth DFV
19 Merzario-Ford A1B
A2
Ford Cosworth DFV

1979 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos Driver ARG
BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
BEL
MON
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
CAN
USE
Pts
1 Jody Scheckter Ret 6 2 2 4 1 1 7 5 4 4 2 1 4 Ret 51 (60)
2 Gilles Villeneuve Ret 5 1 1 7 7 Ret 2 14 8 2 Ret 2 2 1 47 (53)
3 Alan Jones 9 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 1 1 1 9 1 Ret 40 (43)
4 Jacques Laffite 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 8 Ret 3 3 3 Ret Ret Ret 36
5 Clay Regazzoni 10 15 9 Ret Ret Ret 2 6 1 2 5 Ret 3 3 Ret 29 (32)
6 Carlos Reutemann 2 3 5 Ret 2 4 3 13 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 20 (25)
7 Patrick Depailler 4 2 Ret 5 1 Ret 5 20 (22)
8 René Arnoux Ret Ret Ret DNS 9 Ret Ret 3 2 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 2 17
9 John Watson 3 8 Ret Ret Ret 6 4 11 4 5 9 Ret Ret 6 6 15
10 Didier Pironi Ret 4 Ret DSQ 6 3 Ret Ret 10 9 7 Ret 10 5 3 14
11 Jean-Pierre Jarier Ret Ret 3 6 5 11 Ret 5 3 Ret 6 Ret Ret 14
12 Mario Andretti 5 Ret 4 4 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 10 Ret 14
13 Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ret 10 Ret DNS Ret Ret NC 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 9
14 Niki Lauda Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret WD 4 WD 4
15 Elio de Angelis 7 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret DNQ 16 12 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 3
16 Nelson Piquet Ret Ret 7 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 3
17 Jacky Ickx Ret 6 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 3
18 Jochen Mass 8 7 12 9 8 Ret 6 15 Ret 6 Ret 6 Ret DNQ DNQ 3
19 Riccardo Patrese DNS 9 11 Ret 10 5 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 2
20 Hans Joachim Stuck DNS Ret Ret DSQ 14 8 Ret DNS DNQ Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 5 2
21 Emerson Fittipaldi 6 11 13 Ret 11 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 8 7 1
22 Hector Rebaque Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 9 Ret DNQ 7 DNQ Ret DNQ 0
23 Patrick Tambay Ret Ret 10 Ret 13 DNQ DNQ 10 7 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
24 Ricardo Zunino 7 Ret 0
25 Geoff Lees 7 0
26 Derek Daly 11 13 DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ 8 Ret Ret 0
27 James Hunt Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
28 Jan Lammers Ret 14 Ret Ret 12 10 DNQ 18 11 10 Ret Ret DNQ 9 DNQ 0
29 Keke Rosberg 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret 0
30 Vittorio Brambilla 12 Ret DNQ 0
31 Patrick Gaillard DNQ 13 DNQ Ret DNQ 0
32 Bruno Giacomelli Ret 17 Ret Ret 0
Arturo Merzario Ret DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Marc Surer DNQ DNQ Ret 0
Gianfranco Brancatelli DNQ DNQ DNPQ 0
Alex Ribeiro DNQ DNQ 0
Pos Driver ARG
BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
BEL
MON
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
CAN
USE
Pts
Here bold indicates a pole position while italic indicates a fastest lap.

Non-Championship race results

Other Formula One races were also held in 1979, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
Marlboro / Daily Mail Race of Champions Brands Hatch April 15 Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari Report
Dino Ferrari Grand Prix Imola September 16 Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo Report

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