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The 1978 Formula One season was the 29th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. Included was the F1 World Championship and one non-championship race. The season commenced on January 15, 1978 in Argentina, and ended on October 8 in Canada after sixteen races.

The World Drivers' Champion was American Mario Andretti, who drove for the Constructors' Champions, Lotus-Ford Cosworth. It would be Andretti's only title, and Lotus' last title.

The season was marred by the death of Andretti's teammate, Ronnie Peterson, at the Italian Grand Prix. Peterson finished second the Championship.


Teams and DriversEdit

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1978 Formula One Season is outlined below:

Constructor Chassis Tyre No. Driver Rounds
Team Engine
Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT45C
BT46
BT46B
G 1 Austria Niki Lauda All
United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Alfa Romeo 115-12 F12 3.0 2 United Kingdom John Watson All
66 Brazil Nelson Piquet 16
Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 008 G 3 France Didier Pironi All
United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 4 France Patrick Depailler All
Lotus-Ford Cosworth 78
79
G 5 United States Mario Andretti All
United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 6 Sweden John Watson 1–14
55 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 15–16
McLaren-Ford Cosworth M26 G 7 United Kingdom James Hunt All
United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 8 France Patrick Tambay 1–5, 7–16
33 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 6, 9–10, 13–14
ATS-Ford Cosworth HS1
D1
G 9 Germany Jochen Mass 1–13
Germany ATS Racing Team
Germany F&S Properties/ATS Racing Team
Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 9
10
Netherlands Michael Bleekemolen 13–16
10 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 1–5, 11
10 Italy Alberto Colombo 6–7
10 Finland Keke Rosberg 8–10, 15–16
10 Austria Hans Binder 12
10 Austria Harald Ertl 14
Ferrari 312T2
312T3
M 11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann All
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve All
Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth F5A G 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi All
Brazil Fittipaldi Automotive Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Renault RS01 M 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille 3–16
France Equipe Renault Elf Renault EF1 V6t 1.5
Shadow-Ford Cosworth DN8
DN9
G 16 Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck All
United Kingdom Shadow Racing Team Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni All
Surtees-Ford Cosworth TS19
TS20
G 18 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan 1–13
United Kingdom Team Surtees
United Kingdom Durex Team Surtees
United Kingdom Beta Team Surtees
Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 18 Italy Gimax 14
18 France René Arnoux 15–16
19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla 1–14
19 Italy Beppe Gabbiani 15–16
Wolf-Ford Cosworth WR1
WR3
WR4
WR5
WR6
G 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter All
Canada Walter Wolf Racing Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 21 United States Bobby Rahal 15–16
Ensign-Ford Cosworth N177 G 22 United States Danny Ongais 1–2
United Kingdom Team Tissot Ensign Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 22
23
Italy Lamberto Leoni 1–4
22 Belgium Jacky Ickx 5–8
22 Ireland Derek Daly 9–10, 12–16
22 Brazil Nelson Piquet 11
23 United States Brett Lunger 15
Ensign-Ford Cosworth N175 G 23 United Kingdom Geoff Lees 10
United Kingdom Mario Deliotti Racing Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Ensign-Ford Cosworth N177 G 23 Austria Harald Ertl 11–14
Germany Sachs Racing Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Hesketh-Ford Cosworth 308E G 24 United Kingdom Divina Galica 1–2
United Kingdom Olympus Cameras/Hesketh Racing Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 24 United States Eddie Cheever 3
24 Ireland Derek Daly 4–6
Lotus-Ford Cosworth 78 G 25 Mexico Héctor Rebaque All
Mexico Team Rebaque Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Ligier-Matra JS7
JS7/9
JS9
G 26 France Jacques Laffite All
France Ligier Gitanes Matra MS76 V12 3.0
Matra MS78 V12 3.0
Williams-Ford Cosworth FW06 G 27 Australia Alan Jones All
United Kingdom Williams Grand Prix Engineering Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
McLaren-Ford Cosworth M25* G 28 Spain Emilio de Villota 7
Spain Centro Asegurador Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
McLaren-Ford Cosworth M23
M26
G 29 Brazil Nelson Piquet 12–14
United Kingdom BS Fabrications
United Kingdom Liggett Group/BS Fabrications
Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 30 United States Brett Lunger 1–14
Martini-Ford Cosworth MK23 G 31 France René Arnoux 3, 5–6, 9–13
France Automobiles Martini Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
Theodore-Ford Cosworth
Wolf-Ford Cosworth
TR1
WR3
WR4
G 32 United States Eddie Cheever 1–2
Hong Kong Theodore Racing Hong Kong Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 32 Finland Keke Rosberg 3–7, 11–14
Merzario-Ford Cosworth A1 G 34 Italy Alberto Colombo 14
Italy Team Merzario Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 37 Italy Arturo Merzario All
Arrows-Ford Cosworth FA1
A1
G 35 Italy Riccardo Patrese 2–14, 16
United Kingdom Arrows Racing Team Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 36 Germany Rolf Stommelen 3–16
Shadow-Ford Cosworth DN9 G 39 United States Danny Ongais 4, 13
United States Interscope Racing Cosworth DFV V8 3.0
McLaren-Ford Cosworth M23 G 40 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer 10
United Kingdom Melchester Racing Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

CalendarEdit

World Championship ScheduleEdit

The full World Championship Schedule for 1978 is outlined below:

Round Grand Prix Date
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix 15 January
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 15
Official Title XIV Gran Premio de la República Argentina
Circuit Buenos Aires
Location Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lap distance 5.968 km (3.709 mi)
Race distance 310.336 km (192.875 mi)
Date 15 January Laps 52
2 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix 29 January
Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet
Official Title VII Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Circuit Jacarepaguá
Location Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lap distance 5.031 km (3.127 mi)
Race distance 316.953 km (196.988 mi)
Date 29 January Laps 63
3 South Africa South African Grand Prix 4 March
Kyalami 1968layout
Official Title XXIV Grand Prix of South Africa
Circuit Kyalami Circuit
Location South Africa Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
Lap distance 4.104 km (2.551 mi)
Race distance 320.112 km (198.951 mi)
Date 4 March Laps 78
4 United States United States Grand Prix West 2 April
Long Beach 1978
Official Title 3rd Long Beach Grand Prix
Circuit Long Beach Street Circuit
Location United States Long Beach, California, USA
Lap distance 3.251 km (2.021 mi)
Race distance 260.080 km (161.641 mi)
Date 2 April Laps 80
5 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix 7 May
Circuit de Monaco 1976
Official Title 36e Grand Prix de Monaco
Circuit Circuit de Monaco
Location Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco
Lap distance 3.312 km (2.058 mi)
Race distance 248.400 km (154.382 mi)
Date 7 May Laps 75
6 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 21 May
Zolder
Official Title XXXVI Grand Prix of Belgium
Circuit Circuit Zolder
Location Belgium Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
Lap distance 4.262 km (2.649 mi)
Race distance 298.340 km (185.42 mi)
Date 21 May Laps 70
7 Spain Spanish Grand Prix 4 June
Circuito Permanente del Jarama 1980
Official Title XXIV Gran Premio de España
Circuit Circuito del Jarama
Location Spain San Sebastián de los Reyes, Spain
Lap distance 3.404 km (2.116 mi)
Race distance 255.300 km (158.67 mi)
Date 4 June Laps 75
8 Sweden Swedish Grand Prix 17 June
Track map for Scandinavian Raceway in Anderstorp, Sweden
Official Title XIV Grand Prix of Sweden
Circuit Scandinavian Raceway
Location Sweden Anderstorp, Sweden
Lap distance 4.025 km (2.502 mi)
Race distance 281.750 km (175.109 mi)
Date 17 June Laps 70
9 France French Grand Prix 2 July
Circuit Paul Ricard Le Castellet 1970-1999
Official Title 64e Grand Prix de France
Circuit Circuit Paul Ricard
Location France Le Castellet, France
Lap distance 5.809 km (3.61 mi)
Race distance 313.686 km (194.957 mi)
Date 2 July Laps 54
10 United Kingdom British Grand Prix 16 July
Brands Hatch
Official Title XXXI John Player British Grand Prix
Circuit Brands Hatch
Location United Kingdom West Kingsdown, Kent, England
Lap distance 3.908 km (2.429 mi)
Race distance 297.008 km (184.592 mi)
Date 16 July Laps 76
11 Germany German Grand Prix 30 July
Circuit Hockenheimring-1970
Official Title XL Großer Preis von Deutschland
Circuit Hockenheimring
Location Germany Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Lap distance 6.789 km (4.219 mi)
Race distance 305.505 km (189.873 mi)
Date 30 July Laps 45
12 Austria Austrian Grand Prix 13 August
Österreichring1977
Official Title XL Großer Preis von Deutschland
Circuit Österreichring
Location Austria Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Lap distance 5.941 km (3.692 mi)
Race distance 320.814 km (199.387 mi)
Date 13 August Laps 54
13 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix 27 August
Circuit Park Zandvoort-1948
Official Title XXV Grand Prix van Nederland
Circuit Circuit Park Zandvoort
Location Netherlands Zandvoort, Netherlands
Lap distance 4.252 km (2.643 mi)
Race distance 318.900 km (198.198 mi)
Date 27 August Laps 75
14 Italy Italian Grand Prix 10 September
Monza 1976
Official Title 49° Gran Premio d'Italia
Circuit Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Location Italy Monza, Italy
Lap distance 5.800 km (3.605 mi)
Race distance 232.000 km (144.189 mi)
Date 10 September Laps 40*
15 United States United States Grand Prix 1 October
Watkins Glen 1975-1983
Official Title 23rd Toyota Grand Prix of the United States
Circuit Watkins Glen International
Location United States Watkins Glen, New York, USA
Lap distance 3.400 km (2.113 mi)
Race distance 200.600 km (124.674 mi)
Date 1 October Laps 59
16 Canada Canadian Grand Prix 8 October
Gilles Villeneuve Circuit Montreal (78-86)
Official Title XVII Grand Prix du Canada
Circuit Circuit Île Notre-Dame
Location Canada Watkins Glen, New York, USA
Lap distance 4.410 km (2.741 mi)
Race distance 308.700 km (191.858 mi)
Date 8 October Laps 70
  • * The race originally began with 52 laps, but the red flag appeared when the race was shorten to 40 laps after Peterson's fatal accident.

Non-Championship ScheduleEdit

The full Non-Championship Schedule for 1978 is outlined below:

Date Event Circuit Report
19th March United Kingdom XXX Daily Express International Trophy Silverstone Report

Season ReviewEdit

Pre-SeasonEdit

Race 1: Argentine Grand PrixEdit

Race 2: Brazilian Grand PrixEdit

Race 3: South African Grand PrixEdit

Race 4: Long Beach Grand PrixEdit

Race 5: Monaco Grand PrixEdit

Race 6: Belgian Grand PrixEdit

Race 7: Spanish Grand PrixEdit

Race 8: Swedish Grand PrixEdit

Race 9: French Grand PrixEdit

Race 10: Britsh Grand PrixEdit

Race 11: German Grand PrixEdit

Race 12: Austrian Grand PrixEdit

Race 13: Dutch Grand PrixEdit

Race 14: Italian Grand PrixEdit

Race 15: United States Grand PrixEdit

Race 16: Canadian Grand PrixEdit

Non-Championship RoundsEdit

ResultsEdit

World ChampionshipEdit

A run down of results for the 1978 FIA Formula One World Championship is shown below:

Round Event Report
Grid Result
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix Report
United States Mario Andretti
Lotus-Ford Cosworth
1 United States Mario Andretti
Lotus-Ford Cosworth
Fastest Lap
Argentina Carlos Reutemann
Ferrari
2 Austria Niki Lauda
Brabham-Alfa Romeo
Canada Gilles Villeneuve
Ferrari
Sweden Ronnie Peterson
Lotus-Ford Cosworth
3 France Patrick Depailler
Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
1:49.76 on Lap 3
2 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Report
Sweden Ronnie Peterson
Lotus-Ford Cosworth
1 Argentina Carlos Reutemann
Ferrari
Fastest Lap
United Kingdom James Hunt
McLaren-Ford Cosworth
2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth
Argentina Carlos Reutemann
Ferrari
United States Mario Andretti
Lotus-Ford Cosworth
3 Austria Niki Lauda
Brabham-Alfa Romeo
1:43.07 on Lap 35

Non-ChampionshipEdit

Final StandingsEdit

Drivers' World ChampionshipEdit

International Cup for ManufacturersEdit

See AlsoEdit


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