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The 1980 Argentine Grand Prix was the first race of the 1980 season, it was won by the Williams driver Alan Jones ahead of Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg.


BackgroundEdit

Jody Scheckter and Ferrari were the reigning World Champions heading into the start of the 1980 season. However although the champions, all eyes were on the Williams team and Alan Jones. Jones had dominated the second half of the season in 1979, poor reliability had been all that prevented him taking the title in the previous year. Despite Ferrari having a power advantage in the engine compared to most of its rivals who used the Ford Cosworth DFV unit, aerodynamics was where the team had lost out to Williams and the other rivals. Ferrari had a lot of work to do over the winter in order for their car to be as aerodynamically efficient as the Williams.

Ferrari maintained the same driver line-up from 1979, with the fiery Gilles Villeneuve alongside the new world champion. Alan Jones was joined by new teammate in the Williams, Argentine Carlos Reutemann. The ever improving Ligier team saw its veteran driver Jacques Laffite joined by former Tyrrell man, Didier Pironi.

Lotus had a poor season in 1979, their former world champion was joined by young Italian driver Elio de Angelis for the new season. At Tyrrell Jean-Pierre Jarier was joined by young driver, Derek Daly.

The ever improving turbo charged Renault team kept the same line-up as 1979 with René Arnoux and Jean-Pierre Jabouille piloting their cars. 

McLaren had a dismal year in 1979, prompting change within the management in order to get them back to winning ways. McLaren had merged with Ron Dennis's Project Four Formula Two team, meaning for joint leadership in the team between Dennis and Teddy Mayer. Dennis had recruited successful IndyCar designer John Barnard to join the team in 1980. John Watson remained as lead driver whilst he was joined by debutant, Alain Prost, the reigning Formula 3 champion.

Brabham had also had a poor 1979, however it maintained its line-up of Nelson Piquet and Ricardo Zunino heading into the new season. The team no longer using the Alfa Romeo engines following the works team entering F1 at the end of the season. Brabham hoping the reliable Ford Cosworth engine would improve their fortunes in 1980. Arrows also kept its 1979 line-up of Riccardo Patrese and Jochen Mass.

Shadow had a brand new line-up for 1980, bringing two new driver's Stefan Johansson and Dave Kennedy into the team for their first season in Formula One. Template:ATS-CON had expanded to two drivers for 1980, Jan Lammers joining the team alongside Marc Surer.

Fittipaldi continued to run Emerson Fittipaldi alongside new teammate Keke Rosberg. Ensign saw Clay Regazzoni return to the team as their one and only driver.

Template:Alfa-Romeo-CON had competed in Formula One sporadically throughout 1979. 1980 would see them return to the grid full time as a works team for the first time since 1951. The team signed veteran driver Patrick Depailler to lead the second incarnation of their team in 1980. 

There was one new team to the grid for 1980, the Osella team. After success in Formula Two, the team graduated into Formula One for 1980. The team signed Eddie Cheever its former Formula Two driver in 1979.

Entry ListEdit

Below is the full entry list for the 1980 Argentine Grand Prix:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T5 Ferrari 015 F12 3.0 M
2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T5 Ferrari 015 F12 3.0 M
3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Candy Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 009 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Candy Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 009 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT49 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT49 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M29B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M29B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
9 Switzerland Marc Surer West Germany Team ATS ATS D3 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
10 Netherlands Jan Lammers West Germany Team ATS ATS D3 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Team Essex Lotus Lotus 81 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Team Essex Lotus Lotus 81 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
14 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Unipart Racing Team Ensign N180 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE20 Renault EF1 V6t 1.5 M
16 France René Arnoux France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE20 Renault EF1 V6t 1.5 M
17 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Shadow Cars Shadow DN11 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
18 Ireland David Kennedy United Kingdom Shadow Cars Shadow DN11 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Skol Fittipaldi Team Fittipaldi F7 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Skol Fittipaldi Team Fittipaldi F7 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
22 France Patrick Depailler Italy Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 179 Alfa Romeo 1260 V12 3.0 G
23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 179 Alfa Romeo 1260 V12 3.0 G
25 France Didier Pironi France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS11/15 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
26 France Jacques Laffite France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS11/15 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Albilad Williams Racing Team Williams FW07B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Albilad Williams Racing Team Williams FW07B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows A3 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
30 West Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows A3 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella Squadra Course Osella FA1 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G

PracticeEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor
27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford
2 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford
3 21 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford
4 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
5 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford
6 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford
7 29 ItalyRiccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
8 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari
9 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault
10 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford
11 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari
12 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
13 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
14 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
15 14 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Ensign-Ford
16 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
17 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
18 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
19 16 France René Arnoux France Renault
20 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo
21 9 Switzerland Marc Surer GermanyATS-Ford
22 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
23 22 France Patrick Depailler United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
24 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
DNQ 18 Ireland Dave Kennedy United Kingdom Shadow-Ford
DNQ 17 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Shadow-Ford
DNQ 10 Netherlands Jan Lammers GermanyATS-Ford
DNQ 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

Before the race began, there was significant debate amongst the driver's whether the race should be held. In the hot sunshine, the tarmac was disintegrating something that was being noticed by driver's throughout practice. Ultimately, although the track was notably coming apart in places creating a lot of marbles and gravel off the racing line. This made the track extremely slippery and difficult, ultimately having an adverse effect on the race later in the day. René Arnoux failed to take his position on the grid, following suspension issue meaning he would start the race from the pit-lane. Although the mechanics were able to repair his car, Arnoux would start the race some places down on the rest of the field.

Alan Jones would maintain his lead ahead of the two Ligier cars of Jacques Laffite and Didier Pironi. Nelson Piquet was then able to overtake Pironi going into turn three. Gilles Villeneuve who had made a strong start to climb to fifth from eighth, then spun off at turn three the moment Piquet overtook Pironi. 

Pironi then lost another two places to Mario Andretti's Template:Lotus-CON and Carlos Reutemann's Williams. It then became evident why Pironi was losing pace, his engine had blown forcing him out of the race. The end of the first lap also saw Jean-Pierre Jarier retire following collision damage on the first lap.  After his troublesome Renault struggled to get out of the pits due to suspension issues, the second lap saw René Arnoux  spear off the circuit when the suspension failed sending him into the barriers.

A lap later, Arnoux's teammate Jean-Pierre Jabouille retired with engine troubles, ending Renault's day early. 

Ricardo Patrese and Elio de Angelis then had a coming together, the incident put the Lotus driver of De Angelis out of the race whilst Patrese had to pit for repairs.

The end of the second lap saw Mario Andretti coming into the pits, for a very early first pit-stop.  Lap six saw Jacques Laffite reclaim second position from Piquet's Brabham. However only a few corners later, Piquet retook second position as Carlos Reutemann closed in on the pair. One lap later Laffite went back into second position, the Ligier driver quicker in the corners however Piquet's Brabham held the straight line speed allowing him to close up on Laffite in the long straights of the circuit. 

Reutemann then took a dive around the outside of Piquet going into turn two, however ran wide and onto the grass losing time to the two cars ahead. Reutemann's car had caught a lot of dust and dirt in his radiators forcing him to come into the pits to allow his mechanics to clean it out.

Behind the top four, Villeneuve had managed to regain the positions he had lost at the start running in fifth ahead of Ferrari teammate Jody Scheckter and Keke Rosberg's Fittipaldi who had done well to climb to seventh from thirteenth on the grid. 

Lap twelve saw Reutemann retire from fourth with a blown engine. Reutemann sat down next to his car with his head in his hand, distraught at retiring from his home grand prix.

Out front, Reutemann's teammate Alan Jones had got a plastic bag stuck in his radiators forcing him to come into the pits on lap 17 to clear out the bag. Jones rejoined the race in fourth place behind Villeneuve's Ferrari. . 

Meanwhile Villeneuve had been closing in on Piquet's second position. Villeneuve made a small mistake whilst chasing down the Brabham allowing Jones's Williams to close onto the rear of the Ferrari driver. Jones was then able to overtake Villeneuve going into turn two, however only a few corners later Jones ran wide onto the marbles spinning his car and allowing Villeneuve back through into third position. However only a couple of laps later, Villeneuve made a mistake going off the circuit and allowing Jones back into third. 

Jones, the fastest car on track then caught and overtook Piquet for second position on track. Piquet losing ground then lost a position to Gilles Villeneuve. Jones then went wide again onto the dusty part of the circuit, losing time and allowing Villeneuve and Piquet to close. 

Lap 27 saw Patrese, who had climbed back up to sixth position after his crash earlier in the race retire with engine failure. A couple of laps later, Jones had reclaimed the lead from Laffitte going into turn four. 

Villeneuve then managed to close onto the rear of Laffitte, however Villeneuve's Ferrari did not have the straight line speed to catch Laffite down the long straights of the circuit. Luckily for Villeneuve, Laffite suffered an engine failure on lap 30 allowing Villeneuve into second position.

Villeneuve who had begun to put pressure on Jones then suffered a steering failure sending him straight on in a corner, through the catch fencing and slamming into the barriers. Ten laps later, Jody Scheckter who was running in third place suffered an engine failure which had allowed Keke Rosberg in the Fittipaldi to move into third position. Rosberg had been battling with Derek Daly's Tyrrell who was running well after starting twenty second on the grid. 

Jones therefore took a dominant win, 24 seconds ahead of Piquet in second place. Rosberg took his first podium finish in Formula One, his team's first since 1978. Daly took a commendable fourth ahead of Bruno Giacomelli who claimed Alfa Romeo's first points upon their return to Formula One and Alain Prost's McLaren who had scored points on his F1 debut.

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford 53 1:43.24.48 1 9
2 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 53 +24.59s 3 6
3 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 53 +1:18.64 13 4
4 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 53 +1:23.48 22 3
5 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 52 +1 lap 20 2
6 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 52 +1 lap 12 1
7 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 51 +2 laps 16
Ret 22 France Patrick Depailler Italy Alfa Romeo 46 Engine 23
Ret 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 45 Engine 11
NC 14 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 44 Not Classified 15
NC 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 37 Not Classified 24
Ret 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 36 Steering / Accident 8
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford 30 Engine 2
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 27 Engine 7
Ret 9 Switzerland Marc Surer Germany ATS-Ford 27 Fire 21
Ret 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 20 Fuel System 6
Ret 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 20 Gearbox 14
Ret 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford 12 Engine 10
Ret 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 7 Suspension 5
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 5 Gearbox 17
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault 3 Gearbox 9
Ret 16 France René Arnoux France Renault 2 Suspension 19
Ret 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford 1 Engine 3
Ret 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1 Collision 18
DNQ 18 Ireland Dave Kennedy United Kingdom Shadow-Ford
DNQ 17 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Shadow-Ford
DNQ 10 Netherlands Jan Lammers Germany ATS-Ford
DNQ 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford

TriviaEdit

  • Five time World Champion, Juan Manuel Fangio waved the chequered flag at the end of the race, for his home event in Argentina.

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Australia Alan Jones 9
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet 6
3 Finland Keke Rosberg 4
4 Ireland Derek Daly 3
5 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 2
6 France Alain Prost 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Ford 9
2 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 6
3 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 4
4 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 3
5 Italy Alfa Romeo 2
6 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 1

NotesEdit

Template:1980

Argentina Argentine Grand Prix
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