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The 1980 Brazilian Grand Prix was the second race of the 1980 Formula One Season. It was won by René Arnoux ahead of Elio de Angelis and Alan Jones.


BackgroundEdit

Heading into the second round of the championship, Alan Jones and Williams held the initial advantage, however Ferrari had remained competitive in the previous round, poor reliability in the previous round in Argentina hindering their chances. Ligier and Brabham had also proved that they could be potential championship contenders in 1980.

The Brazilian race, taking two weeks after Argentina was believed to be a favourite for the Renault team. The high altitude of the Interlagos circuit would suit the Renault cars better than the normally aspirated engines of their competitors that would find it more difficult to operate in the high altitude. 


Entry ListEdit

Below is the full entry list for the 1980 Brazilian 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

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault 2:21.40
2 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford 2:21.65 +0.25
3 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 2:22.17 +0.77
4 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford 2:22.26 +0.86
5 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford 2:22.30 +0.90
6 16 FranceRené Arnoux France Renault 2:22.31 +0.91
7 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 2:22.40 +1.00
8 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 2:23.02 +1.62
9 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 2:23.16 +1.76
10 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford 2:23.38 +1.98
11 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 2:23.46 +2.06
12 7 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 2:24.85 +3.45
13 12 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 2:24.95 +3.55
14 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 2:25.06 +3.66
15 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 2:25.74 +4.34
16 29 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 2:25.75 +4.35
17 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 2:25.80 +4.40
18 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 2:26.53 +5.13
19 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 2:26.86 +5.46
20 9 Switzerland Marc Surer Germany ATS-Ford 2:27.10 +5.70
21 22 France Patrick Depailler Italy Alfa Romeo 2:27.11 +5.71
22 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 2:27.15 +5.75
23 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 2:27.29 +5.89
24 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 2:28.10 +6.70
DNQ 10 Netherlands Jan Lammers Germany ATS-Ford 2:29.54 +8.14
DNQ 18 Ireland Dave Kennedy United Kingdom Shadow-Ford 2:30.32 +8.92
DNQ 17 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Shadow-Ford 2:31.48 +10.08
DNQ 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford 2:34.52 +13.12

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

As the race got underway it was unsurprising to see pole sitter Jean-Pierre Jabouille drop down the field, his turbo charged Renault slow to get off the line. Jabouille dropping to fourth behind Gilles Villeneuve who took the lead from fourth and the two Ligier cars of Didier Pironi and Jacques Laffite. Going into turn three, Jabouille reclaimed third place from Laffite. Further down the field, Ricardo Zunino spun off the circuit after colliding with the back of John Watson's McLaren. Jabouille now up to speed managed to then retake second from Pironi on the second lap. A few corners later, Jabouille was back into the lead going past Villeneuve's Ferrari.

Carlos Reutemann had his second successive retirement, going out with drivershaft failure. Mario Andretti then spun out of the race on the second lap. Villeneuve then relinquished second position to Pironi.

Lap five saw Pironi and Villeneuve come into the pits for new tyres, the Interlagos circuit running heavy on the tyre degradation. The second Ferrari of Jody Scheckter suffering from engine trouble, relinquished sixth to Nelson Piquet before retiring from the race when his engine blew. Jacques Laffite then retired from the race whilst in second position, allowing René Arnoux into second place, meaning it was now a Renault one-two at the front. 

Lap eleven saw Piquet receive a left rear puncture forcing him to come into pits for new tyres. The puncture however had damaged his suspension and a few laps later a suspension failure sent him into the barriers. 

Pironi was making a comeback drive through the field, dicing with the Arrows of Riccardo Patrese for sixth position, finally getting past on lap 25. Race leader, Jabouille then pulled into the pits to retire, his turbo charger that had been troubling him throughout the weekend had failed. Jabouille furious to have lost the race, having wanted to start in the spare car but being prevented from doing so by team manager Jean Sage.

Alain Prost was doing well, competing for sixth position with Patrese's Arrows. Prost overtaking Patrese on lap 34, only for Patrese to retake the position from him. Prost eventually took the position from him to take sixth. With only four laps to go, Villeneuve whilst running in fourth was forced to retire when his car spun off the circuit when his throttle jammed open. 

René Arnoux therefore took a dominant first ever Formula One win, 21 seconds ahead of Elio de Angelis in second place. Alan Jones was third for Williams ahead of Pironi, Prost and Patrese.

Arnoux notably running out of fuel after crossing the finish line, hitching a ride back to the pits on Riccardo Patrese's Arrows.

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16 FranceRené Arnoux France Renault 40 1:40.01.33 6 9
2 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 40 +21.86s 7 6
3 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford 40 +1:06.11s 10 4
4 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford 40 +1:40.13s 22 3
5 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 40 +1:45.41s 13 2
6 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 39 +1 lap 14 1
7 9 Switzerland Marc Surer Germany ATS-Ford 39 +1 lap 20
8 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 39 +1 lap 18
9 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 39 +1 lap 15
10 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 39 +1 lap 16
11 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 39 +1 lap 23
12 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 39 +1 lap 22
13 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 39 +1 lap 17
14 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 38 +2 laps 24
15 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 38 +2 laps 19
16 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 36 Throttle 3
Ret 22 France Patrick Depailler Italy Alfa Romeo 33 Electrical 21
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault 25 Turbo 1
Ret 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 14 Suspension 9
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford 13 Electrical 5
Ret 14 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 13 Engine 12
Ret 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 10 Engine 8
Ret 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 1 Spun Off 11
Ret 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford 1 Halfshaft 4
DNQ 10 Netherlands Jan Lammers Germany ATS-Ford
DNQ 18 Ireland Dave Kennedy United Kingdom Shadow-Ford
DNQ 17 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Shadow-Ford
DNQ 31 United StatesEddie Cheever ItalyOsella-Ford

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

 
Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Australia Alan Jones 13
2 FranceRené Arnoux 9 ▲9
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet 6 ▼1
4 Italy Elio de Angelis 6 ▲7
5 Finland Keke Rosberg 4 ▼2
6 France Alain Prost 3
7 Ireland Derek Daly 3 ▼3
8 France Didier Pironi 3 ▲3
9 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 2 ▼4
10 Italy Riccardo Patrese 1 ▲1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Ford 13
2 France Renault 9 ▲9
3 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 6 ▼1
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 6 ▲7
5 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 4 ▼2
6 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 3
7 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 3 ▼3
8 France Ligier-Ford 3 ▲3
9 Italy Alfa Romeo 2 ▼4
10 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 1 ▲1

External LinksEdit

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