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The 1978 Italian Grand Prix was held on September 10 at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Marred by a huge accident on the first start, which ultimately cost the life of Ronnie Peterson, the race was awarded to Niki Lauda in a Brabham-Alfa Romeo, after Mario Andretti and Gilles Villeneuve were both assessed one minute penalties for jumping the start. Lauda's teammate John Watson was second, ahead of Carlos Reutemann in a Ferrari. Andretti and Villeneuve were classified sixth and seventh respectively after the time penalties.

The accident occurred less than 10 seconds after the start, as the cars approached the first chicane. Riccardo Patrese had been forced to the right of the 'official' track just after the start by a swerving James Hunt, and in merging back onto the track touched Hunt's car. Hunt in turn bumped Peterson's right rear tire, pitching him straight into the barrier. The ensuing accident involved 10 cars, five of which did not restart the race. Both Peterson and Vittorio Brambilla had suffered severe injuries, with Peterson succumbing the next morning.

BackgroundEdit


Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1978 Italian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entreat Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT46 Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12 G
2 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT46 Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12 G
3 France Didier Pironi United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 008 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
4 France Patrick Depailler United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 008 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
5 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 79 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 79 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
7 United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M26 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
8 France Patrick Tambay United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M26 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
9 Netherlands Michael Bleekemolen West Germany F&S Properties/ATS Racing Team ATS HS1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
10* Austria Harald Ertl West Germany F&S Properties/ATS Racing Team ATS HS1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T3 Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 M
12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T3 Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 M
14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi F5A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RS01 Renault EF1 1.5 V6t M
16 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck United Kingdom Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN9 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN9 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
18 Italy Gimax United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees TS20 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla United Kingdom Beta Team Surtees Surtees TS20 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Canada Walter Wolf Racing Wolf WR5 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
22 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Team Tissot Ensign Ensign N177 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
23* Austria Harald Ertl Germany Sachs Racing Ensign N177 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
25 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Mexico Team Rebaque Lotus 78 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS9 Matra MS78 3.0 V12 G
27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams Grand Prix Engineering Williams FW06 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
29 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom BS Fabrications McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
30 United States Brett Lunger United Kingdom Liggett Group/BS Fabrications McLaren M26 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
32 Finland Keke Rosberg Hong Kong Theodore Racing Hong Kong Wolf WR4 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
33 Italy Bruno Giacomelli United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M26 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
34 Italy Alberto Colombo Italy Team Merzario Merzario A1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
35 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows Racing Team Arrows A1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
36 West Germany Rolf Stommelen United Kingdom Arrows Racing Team Arrows A1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
37 Italy Arturo Merzario Italy Team Merzario Merzario A1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
  • *Ertl drove two cars, Ensign (pre-qualifying) and ATS (qualifying).

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1978 Italian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:37.780 1:38.401 1:37.520
2 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:39.046 1:38.513 1:37.866 +0.346s
3 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 1:38.439 1:39.242 1:37.930 +0.410s
4 1 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:39.378 1:39.092 1:38.215 +0.695s
5 6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:38.256 1:40.518 1:38.634 +0.736s
6 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:39.181 1:39.143 1:38.271 +0.751s
7 2 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:38.610 1:39.376 1:38.611 +1.090s
8 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:39.195 1:40.370 1:38.917 +1.397s
9 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford Cosworth 1:39.170 1:39.017 1:38.937 +1.417s
10 7 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:39.475 1:39.166 1:38.938 +1.418s
11 11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 1:39.395 1:38.959 1:38.969 +1.439s
12 35 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:40.264 1:39.831 1:39.179 +1.659s
13 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1:40.170 1:40.665 1:39.421 +1.901s
14 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:41.223 1:41.465 1:39.531 +2.011s
15 17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford Cosworth 1:39.621 1:39.675 1:40.880 +2.101s
16 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:40.934 1:40.774 1:39.630 +2.110s
17 16 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford Cosworth 1:39.701 1:40.550 1:39.882 +2.181s
18 22 Ireland Derek Daly Ensign-Ford Cosworth 1:40.075 1:40.674 1:40.382 +2.555s
19 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:40.290 1:41.202 1:40.163 +2.643s
20 33 Italy Bruno Giacomelli McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:40.715 1:41.483 1:40.199 +2.679s
21 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:52.164 1:44.285 1:40.302 +2.782s
22 37 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford Cosworth 1:41.561 1:45.963 1:40.702 +3.182s
23 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford Cosworth 1:40.805 1:41.088 1:40.860 +3.285s
24 29 Brazil Nelson Piquet McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:40.846 1:41.548 1:41.080 +3.326s
DNQ 25 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:41.260 1:41.063 1:41.116 +3.543s
DNQ* 10 Austria Harald Ertl ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:43.538 1:43.351 1:41.185 +3.665s
DNQ 9 Netherlands Michael Bleekemolen ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:41.677 1:42.432 1:41.814 +4.157s
DNQ 18 Italy Gimax Surtees-Ford Cosworth 1:49.914 1:46.080 1:44.408 +6.888s
DNPQ* 23 Austria Harald Ertl Ensign-Ford Cosworth 1:40.270
DNPQ 32 Finland Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford Cosworth 1:40.751
DNPQ 36 West Germany Rolf Stommelen Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:40.935
DNPQ 34 Italy Alberto Colombo Merzario-Ford Cosworth 1:42.558
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
  • *Ertl failed to qualify in both qualifying sessions.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Mario Andretti 2
______________ Gilles Villeneuve
Row 2 3 ______________
Jean-Pierre Jabouille 4
______________ Niki Lauda
Row 3 5 ______________
Ronnie Peterson 6
______________ Alan Jones
Row 4 7 ______________
John Watson 8
______________ Jacques Laffite
Row 5 9 ______________
Jody Scheckter 10
______________ James Hunt
Row 6 11 ______________
Carlos Reutemann 12
______________ Riccardo Patrese
Row 7 13 ______________
Emerson Fittipaldi 14
______________ Didier Pironi
Row 8 15 ______________
Clay Regazzoni 16
______________ Patrick Depailler
Row 9 17 ______________
Hans-Joachim Stuck 18
______________ Derek Daly
Row 10 19 ______________
Patrick Tambay 20
______________ Bruno Giacomelli
Row 11 21 ______________
Brett Lunger 22
______________ Arturo Merzario
Row 12 23 ______________
Vittorio Brambilla 24
______________ Nelson Piquet

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

1978 Italian Grand Prix accident

First start accident




ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1978 Italian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 40 1:07:04.54 4 9
2 2 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 40 +1.48s 7 6
3 11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 40 +20.47s 11 4
4 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 40 +37.53s 8 3
5 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford Cosworth 40 +40.39s 19 2
6* 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Cosworth 40 +46.33s 1 1
7* 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 40 +48.48s 2
8 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 40 +55.24s 13
9 29 Brazil Nelson Piquet McLaren-Ford Cosworth 40 +1:06.83 24
10 22 Ireland Derek Daly Ensign-Ford Cosworth 40 +1:09.11 18
11 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 40 +1:16.57 16
12 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford Cosworth 39 +1 lap 9
13 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford Cosworth 39 +1 lap 6
14 33 Italy Bruno Giacomelli McLaren-Ford Cosworth 39 +1 lap 20
NC** 17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford Cosworth 33 +7 laps 15
Ret 35 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford Cosworth 29 Engine 12
Ret 7 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford Cosworth 19 Distributor 10
Ret 37 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford Cosworth 14 Engine 22
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 6 Valve 3
Ret 6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Cosworth 0 Fatal accident 5
Ret 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford Cosworth 0 Accident 23
Ret 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford Cosworth 0 Accident 21
Ret 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 0 Accident 14
Ret 16 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford Cosworth 0 Accident 17
DNQ 25 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 10 Austria Harald Ertl ATS-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 9 Netherlands Michael Bleekemolen ATS-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 18 Italy Gimax Surtees-Ford Cosworth
DNPQ 23 Austria Harald Ertl Ensign-Ford Cosworth
DNPQ 32 Finland Keke Rosberg Wolf-Ford Cosworth
DNPQ 36 West Germany Rolf Stommelen Arrows-Ford Cosworth
DNPQ 34 Italy Alberto Colombo Merzario-Ford Cosworth

The race was shortened to 40 laps due to encroaching darkness.

  • *Andretti and Villeneuve were both penalized 60 seconds for jumping the start. Without the penalty they would have finished 1-2.
     
  • **Regazzoni couldn't be classified as he had failed to complete 90% of the race distance.

MilestonesEdit

Standings after the raceEdit

External LinksEdit

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