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The 1980 Dutch Grand Prix was the eleventh round of the 1980 Formula One Season. Nelson Piquet took the race win ahead of René Arnoux and Jacques Laffite.


BackgroundEdit

Alan Jones and Williams continued to increase their championship lead in Austria. Jones was now eleven points clear of Nelson Piquet in second whilst Williams had a massive lead in the constructors standings, 36 points clear of Ligier in second. 

Alfa Romeo had finally found a replacement for Patrick Depailler who was killed in testing during the lead-up to the German Grand Prix. Vittorio Brambilla, the now semi-retired Formula One veteran would make his return for the team. Brambilla had raced part-time for Alfa during 1979 and helped the team out in some of its testing duties throughout the current season. Brambilla would partner Bruno Giacomelli as a temporary replacement. 

Jochen Mass, who sustained a neck injury during qualifying for Austria and therefore could not participate in the race attempted to return for the Dutch race. Although he competed in practice, Mass felt the neck pain was too extreme and withdrew from the event. Arrows gained the permission of Tyrrell to use their test driver, the 19 year old New Zealander Mike Thackwell in the event. Thackwell would become the youngest driver to ever enter a Formula One race, despite his inexperience Thackwell was a well regarded Formula Two driver and a protege of current championship leader Alan Jones. 

Ensign also had brought a second car to the Dutch event, former Shadow driver Geoff Lees would make an appearance alongside regular driver Jan Lammers in the event. Nigel Mansell also continued to act as third driver in the Lotus team.


Entry ListEdit

Below is the full entry list for the 1980 Dutch 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 Vittorio Brambilla 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 New Zealand Mike Thackwell 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
41 United Kingdom Geoff Lees United Kingdom Unipart Racing Team Ensign N180 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
43 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Team Essex Lotus Lotus 81B 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

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
16 France René Arnoux France Renault 1:17.44
2 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault 1:17.74 +0.30
3 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford 1:17.81 +0.37
4 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford 1:17.82 +0.38
5 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 1:17.85 +0.41
6 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford 1:18.15 +0.71
7 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 1:18.4 +0.96
8 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 1:18.52 +1.08
9 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 1:18.53 +1.09
10 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 1:18.60 +1.16
11 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 1:18.74 +1.30
12 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 1:18.87 +1.43
13 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 1:18.89 +1.45
14 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 1:18.90 +1.46
15 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford 1:18.94 +1.50
16 43 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 1:18.97 +1.53
17 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1:18.98 +1.54
18 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 1:19.07 +1.63
19 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford 1:19.38 +1.94
20 9 Switzerland Marc Surer Germany ATS-Ford 1:19.44 +2.00
21 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 1:19.57 +2.13
22 22 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Italy Alfa Romeo 1:19.60 +2.16
23 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.68 +2.24
24 41 United Kingdom Geoff Lees United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 1:19.72 +2.28
DNQ 50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan United Kingdom Williams-Ford (RAM) 1:19.96 +2.52
DNQ 14 Netherlands Jan Lammers United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 1:20.11 +2.67
DNQ 30 New Zealand Mike Thackwell United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 1:20.22 +2.78
DNQ 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 1:20.53 +3.09
WD 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford No time

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

Arnoux at 1980 Dutch Grand Prix

René Arnoux ahead of Mario Andretti and Carlos Reutemann

Alan Jones got a flying start to move from fourth to first going into the first corner. Jacques Laffite did well to move up into third place behind René Arnoux. Jones immediately began to open up a lead, however on the second lap he went over a kerb a bit too aggressively and in the process damaged one of his skirts. The Williams driver immediately began to experience handling issues and began to drop behind the rest of the pack. Jones trawled back to the pits, his race effectively ruined after only two laps. His mechanics were able to repair the damage but he returned to the race several laps down and well out of the running. 

On the second lap, Didier Pironi and Elio de Angelis collided sending both drivers out of the race. Arnoux led the field ahead of Laffite, Carlos Reutemann, Jean-Pierre Jabouille, Nelson Piquet, Gilles Villeneuve and Bruno Giacomelli. However this order was not to remain, by the end of the third lap Laffite dived down the inside of Arnoux to take the lead of the race for Ligier.

Jabouille was then able to move ahead of Reutemann as Villeneuve overtook Piquet. Jabouille then began to suffer his customary mechanical problems and was forced into the pits. He was eventually able to get going again but soon retired with handling issues. 

Villeneuve then moved into fourth, going past Reutemann demonstrating a rare competitive form for Ferrari in 1980. Reutemann began to drop back, Piquet also moving ahead of the Williams driver. Piquet's Brabham now the fastest car on track overtook Villeneuve and by lap eleven had also overtaken Arnoux and set about hunting down race leader Laffite. 

Lap 13 saw Piquet take the lead from Laffite where the Brabham driver immediately began to open up a lead in the race. Villeneuve who was doing a good job in fourth place then began to suffer from tire trouble and began to drop down the order behind Giacomelli and Reutemann. 

Down in the lower end of the field, Geoff Lees and Vittorio Brambilla had a coming together on lap 21 sending both drivers out of the race. Arnoux, in third position had begun to suffer from brake problems and began to fall back into the clutches of the flying Giacomelli. Giacomelli moved ahead of the Renault driver and began to close on Laffite's Ligier. An over optimistic Giacomelli tried to overtake Laffite, succeeding only in spinning off the circuit and damaging his skirts. Giacomelli briefly returned to track before having to retire, wasting some much needed points for Alfa Romeo. 

On lap 61, for the second race in succession Derek Daly had a spectacular brake failure in his Tyrrell. Daly speared nose first into the tire barrier, hitting the barrier at such force that his car flipped over the top of the barrier. There was some scare when Daly failed to exit the car, the marshalls being forced to lift him out of his stricken Tyrrell. Daly however managed to walk away unscathed although he was badly shaken by his enormous accident. 

In the closing laps, Arnoux was able to find some pace and was able to overtake Laffite for second position. Piquet took a commanding victory ahead of Arnoux and Laffite. In the minor points placings, Reutemann was fourth ahead of Jean-Pierre Jarier and Alain Prost

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 72 1:38.13.83 5 9
2 16 France René Arnoux France Renault 72 +12.93s 1 6
3 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford 72 +13.43s 6 4
4 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford 72 +15.29s 3 3
5 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 72 + 1:00.02s 17 2
6 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 72 +1:22.62s 18 1
7 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 71 +1 lap 7
8 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 70 Out of fuel 10
9 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 70 +2 laps 12
10 9 Switzerland Marc Surer Germany ATS-Ford 69 +3 laps 20
11 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford 69 +3 laps 4
Ret 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 60 Brakes / Accident 23
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 58 Skirt 8
Ret 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford 38 Engine 19
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 29 Engine 14
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault 23 Handling 2
Ret 22 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Italy Alfa Romeo 21 Accident 22
Ret 41 United Kingdom Geoff Lees United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 21 Accident 24
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 18 Engine 9
Ret 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 16 Brakes 21
Ret 43 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 15 Brakes / Accident 16
Ret 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Accident 11
Ret 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford 2 Accident 15
Ret 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 1 Gearbox 13
DNQ 50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan United Kingdom Williams-Ford (RAM)
DNQ 14 Netherlands Jan Lammers United Kingdom Ensign-Ford
DNQ 30 New Zealand Mike Thackwell United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
DNQ 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
WD 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

     
Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Australia Alan Jones 47
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet 45
3 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 33
4 France Jacques Laffite 32
5 France René Arnoux 29
6 France Didier Pironi 23
7 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille 9
8 Italy Riccardo Patrese 7
9 Italy Elio de Angelis 7
10 Ireland Derek Daly 6
11 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 6 ▲4
12 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 5 ▼1
13 France Alain Prost 5 ▲1
14 Finland Keke Rosberg 4 ▼2
15 Germany Jochen Mass 4 ▼2
16 Canada Gilles Villeneuve 4
17 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 4
18 United Kingdom John Watson 3
19 South Africa Jody Scheckter 2
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Ford 80
2 France Ligier-Ford 55
3 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 45
4 France Renault 38
5 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 12 ▲1
6 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 11 ▼1
7 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 9
8 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 8
9 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 7
10 Italy Ferrari 6
11 Italy Alfa Romeo 4
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