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The 1980 Canadian Grand Prix was the thirteenth race of the 1980 Formula One World Championship. Alan Jones won the race and in doing so secured his one and only world title, becoming the second Australian after Jack Brabham to win the Formula One World Championship. Williams took an one-two finish in this race, with Jones' team-mate, Carlos Reutemann, finishing second. Didier Pironi of Ligier finished third.


BackgroundEdit

Heading into Canada, Brabham driver Nelson Piquet held a one point lead in the driver's championship over Alan Jones in the Williams

Vittorio Brambilla had retired from Formula One in Italy, so his place in the Alfa Romeo team was taken by a young debutant called Andrea de Cesaris. RAM had entered a second private Williams to partner Rupert Keegan, successful CART racer Kevin Cogan. Tyrrell had decided to enter a third car for their test driver Mike Thackwell. The 19 year old Thackwell had previously attempted to enter a race for Arrows in Holland. Jochen Mass returned to the cockpit of the Arrows following his neck injury in Austria, although the team had brought youngster Derek Warwick in case Mass was not up to the job. Lotus had also dropped their third car of Nigel Mansell for the North American races. 


Entry ListEdit

Below is the full entry list for the 1980 Canadian 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 010 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Candy Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 010 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 Mexico Héctor Rebaque 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 M29C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M30 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
9 Switzerland Marc Surer West Germany Team ATS ATS D4 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 Netherlands Jan Lammers 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
20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Skol Fittipaldi Team Fittipaldi F8 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Skol Fittipaldi Team Fittipaldi F8 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 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 FA1B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
43 New Zealand Mike Thackwell United Kingdom Candy Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 010 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan United Kingdom RAM - Penthouse Rizla Racing Williams FW07 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
51 United States Kevin Cogan United Kingdom RAM - Rainbow Jeans Racing Williams FW07B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
2 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford
3 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford
4 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo
5 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford
6 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
7 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
8 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Alfa Romeo
9 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford
10 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
11 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
12 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
13 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault
14 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford
15 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
16 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
17 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford
18 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford
19 14 Netherlands Jan Lammers United Kingdom Ensign-Ford
20 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
21 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
22 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari
23 16 France René Arnoux France Renault
24 43 New Zealand Mike Thackwell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
DNQ 9 Switzerland Marc Surer Germany ATS-Ford
DNQ 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari
DNQ 50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan United Kingdom Williams-Ford (RAM)
DNQ 51 United States Kevin Cogan United Kingdom Williams-Ford (RAM)

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

Nelson Piquet, from pole failed to get the best of starts, Didier Pironi moved up the outside of him in an attempt to take the position, however Alan Jones had stormed up the inside. Piquet, refusing to give away in the kink before the first corner saw the two championship rivals collide. Piquet went spinning into the wall, causing the mid-field to bunch up and cause a chain reaction of collisions. Alongside Piquet, Derek Daly, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Gilles Villeneuve, Emerson Fittipaldi, Keke Rosberg, Mario Andretti and Jochen Mass were all eliminated as a result of this incident. 

With eight cars blocking the run down to the first corner, the race was stopped as the driver's involved in the accident ran back to the pits for the spare cars. Whilst not involved in the accident, Mike Thackwell who was running the third Tyrrell was forced to give up his car to team leader Jarier. The second driver of Daly was forced to sit out the race, his race car too badly damaged to continue. All the other driver's involved in the crash were able to take the restart in the spare cars. 

On the second re-start, Pironi made a suspiciously strong start to overtake Piquet. Jones had also made a strong start taking Piquet as well to move into the lead of the race. The poor start would not deter Piquet and soon enough he was back in the lead moving ahead of both Pironi and Jones. Further down the field, Riccardo Patrese crashed out whilst a lap later Bruno Giacomelli ruined another chance for good results when he spun out of fourth place, damaging his car and forcing himself into retirement. With Giacomelli's retirement, this meant John Watson took fourth who was doing a solid job for McLaren

Piquet began to immediately open up a strong lead, championship rival Jones seemingly unable to match him. However on lap 24, Piquet's engine blew sending him out of the race. All Jones needed to do to win the title was to win the race, if he won the point's defict to Piquet would be too great for him to be overtaken at the final round at Watkins Glen. 

Jones, however was not unscathed following his collision with Piquet in the first start. The rear of his car was somewhat damaged which was allowing Pironi to close on the rear of him. As this occured, Alain Prost in the second McLaren was running a very strong race, he had overtaken Jacques Laffite early in the race and then on lap 25 he moved ahead of Carlos Reutemann to take fourth place, putting him behind teammate Watson. 

The same lap, there was a major disaster. Jean-Pierre Jabouille who was running well down the field, the Renault car not competitive around the Montreal circuit suffered a suspension failure pitching Jabouille into the barriers at full speed. Jabouille suffered serious leg injuries, breaking both his legs. The fire team had to cut the incapacitated Jabouille out of the car before he was rushed to hospital. 

Late in the race, a minute time penalty was handed to Pironi for jumping the start of the race. As a result Jones let Pironi through rather than risk further damaging his car in fighting the Ligier driver. Prost had meanwhile caught up to the rear of McLaren teammate Watson and was challenging for third place, however on lap 41 Prost suffered a suspension failure pitching him into the barriers and ending his terrific drive. In the closing laps Watson also spun, which resulted in him dropping behind Reutemann and back down into fourth place. 

Whilst Pironi took the chequered flag, his time penalty dropped him down to third behind the two Williams cars of Alan Jones, the new world champion and Carlos Reutemann. Watson finished fourth for McLaren ahead of Gilles Villeneuve and Héctor Rebaque

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford 70 1:45.45.53 2 9
2 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford 70 +15.54s 1 6
3 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford 70 +19.07s 3 4
4 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 70 +30.98s 7 3
5 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 70 +55.23s 22 2
6 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 69 +1 lap 10 1
7 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 69 +1 lap 15
8 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford 68 Out of fuel 9
9 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 68 +2 laps 6
10 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 67 +3 laps 17
11 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 67 +3 laps 21
12 14 Netherlands Jan Lammers United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 66 +4 laps 19
Ret 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 41 Suspension / Accident 12
Ret 16 France René Arnoux France Renault 39 Brakes / Gearbox 23
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault 25 Suspension / Accident 13
Ret 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 23 Engine 1
Ret 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 11 Engine 18
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Alfa Romeo 8 Engine 8
Ret 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford 8 Fuel system 14
Ret 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford8 8 Gearbox 16
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 7 Skirt 4
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 6 Accident 11
Ret 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 0 Accident 20
Ret 43 New Zealand Mike Thackwell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 0 Car taken by Jarier 24
DNQ 9 Switzerland Marc Surer Germany ATS-Ford
DNQ 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari
DNQ 50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan United Kingdom Williams-Ford (RAM)
DNQ 51 United States Kevin Cogan United Kingdom Williams-Ford (RAM)

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

       
Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Australia Alan Jones 62 ▲1
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet 54 ▼1
3 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 43
4 France Jacques Laffite 32
5 France René Arnoux 29
6 France Didier Pironi 28
7 Italy Elio de Angelis 10
8 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille 9
9 Italy Riccardo Patrese 7
10 Ireland Derek Daly 6
11 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 6
12 Finland Keke Rosberg 6
13 Canada Gilles Villeneuve 6 ▲3
14 United Kingdom John Watson 6 ▲4
15 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 5 ▼2
16 France Alain Prost 5 ▼2
17 Germany Jochen Mass 4 ▼2
18 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 4 ▼1
19 South Africa Jody Scheckter 2
20 Mexico Héctor Rebaque 1 ▲1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Ford 105
2 France Ligier-Ford 60
3 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 55
4 France Renault 38
5 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 12
6 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 11
7 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 11
8 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 11 ▲1
9 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 10 ▼1
10 Italy Ferrari 8
11 Italy Alfa Romeo 4

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