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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 1:40.750
DNPQ 36 West Germany Rolf Stommelen Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:40.930
DNPQ 34 Italy Alberto Colombo Merzario-Ford Cosworth 1:42.550
  • 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

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

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