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The 1980 German Grand Prix was the ninth race of the 1980 Formula One Season. The race was won by Jacques Laffite in his Ligier ahead of the two Williams cars of Carlos Reutemann and Alan Jones.


BackgroundEdit

A week before the Grand Prix was held at Hockenheim, a week of pre-race testing occured at the circuit in preparation for the event. Sadly this test session saw the death of Alfa Romeo driver, Patrick Depailler. Depailler was killed when his Alfa Romeo suffered a suspension failure at the highspeed Ostkurve, Depailler was pitched into the barriers at full speed, flipping his car upside down on top of the guardrail. The Alfa then proceeded to skid along the top of the guardrail before flipping back upright. Depailler suffered massive head injuries and was killed instantly. Following the death of Depailler, Alfa Romeo opted to only enter a single car into the German event for Bruno Giacomelli

Harald Ertl made his return to Formula One for the first time since the 1978 Italian Grand Prix. Ertl entered the grand prix in a one-off appearance in the second ATS car. 


Entry ListEdit

Below is the full entry list for the 1980 German 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 M29C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
9 Switzerland Marc Surer West Germany Team ATS ATS D4 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
10 Austria Harald Ertl 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
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
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
27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford
2 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault
3 16 France René Arnoux France Renault
4 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford
5 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford
6 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
7 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford
8 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
9 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford
10 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
11 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford
12 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
13 9 Switzerland Marc Surer Germany ATS-Ford
14 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
15 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
16 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari
17 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
18 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford
19 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo
20 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
21 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari
22 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
23 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
24 14 Netherlands Jan Lammers United Kingdom Ensign-Ford
DNQ 50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan United Kingdom Williams-Ford (RAM)
DNQ 10 Austria Harald Ertl Germany ATS-Ford

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

Alan Jones maintained his lead into the first corner with the two Renault's of Jean-Pierre Jabouille and René Arnoux on his tail. Nelson Piquet made a terrible start dropping down to twenty third position. As the cars entered the back half of the circuit, Jabouille moved through the inside of Jones to take the lead of the race. Jacques Laffite had meanwhile managed to overtake the second Williams of Carlos Reutemann for fourth place. Reutemann would drop further back as the second Ligier car of Didier Pironi managed to overtake him. 

Keke Rosberg in the new Fittipaldi car was doing well overtaking Reutemann for sixth. Rosberg's charge was brought to an end when he was forced into the pits with rear wing issues, the Fittipaldi driver would shortly after be forced to retire. The next of the front runners to retire was Didier Pironi's Ligier, the Frenchman pulling into the pits on lap 18 with transmission problems. 

The Renault cars of Jabouille and Arnoux who were running well in first and third, the turbo charged cars running well on the long straights of Hockenheim would soon see their luck dramatically turn. Arnoux was the first to retire, going out with engine trouble on the 26th lap. One lap later Jabouille's rotten luck struck again as he was forced to relinquish the lead and retire from the race with the exact same problem. 

After a poor start to the race, Reutemann now in third began to put pressure on Laffite in second position. Jones who was set for his fourth win in a row ( including the non-championship Spanish race ) suffered a puncture in his front left tyre. Jones was forced into the pits where he would drop to third behind Laffite and Reutemann. Jones exited the pits a long way ahead of the squabbling trio of Nelson Piquet ( who had climbed back to fourth from last ), Elio de Angelis and John Watson. Watson would pull into the pits to retire his McLaren with engine failure on lap 39. With two laps to go, De Angelis would also be forced to retire, wheel bearing issues being his downfall and sending him into the pits. 

This meant that Bruno Giacomelli, the sole Alfa Romeo competing following the tragic death of Patrick Depailler finished fifth ahead of Gilles Villeneuve scoring a lone point in Ferrari's dreadful 1980 season. Laffite took the race win, his luck changing following his near win in Brands Hatch ahead of the two Williams cars of Reutemann and Jones. Nelson Piquet did well to make a comeback to fourth place following his poor start. 

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford 45 1:23:59.735 5 9
2 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford 45 +3.19 4 6
3 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford 45 +43.53 1 4
4 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 45 +44.48 6 3
5 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 45 + 1:16.49 19 2
6 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 45 +1:28.72 16 1
7 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 45 +1:33.01 9
8 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 45 +1:47.75 17
9 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 44 +1 lap 10
10 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 44 +1 lap 22
11 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 44 +1 lap 14
12 9 Switzerland Marc Surer Germany ATS-Ford 44 +1 lap 13
13 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 44 +1 lap 21
14 14 Netherlands Jan Lammers United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 44 +1 lap 24
15 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 44 +1 lap 23
16 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 43 Wheel bearing 11
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 39 Engine 20
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault 27 Engine 2
Ret 16 France René Arnoux France Renault 26 Engine 3
Ret 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford 23 Gearbox 18
Ret 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford 18 Transmission 7
Ret 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 18 Brakes 12
Ret 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 8 Wheel bearing 8
Ret 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 4 Gearbox 15
DNQ 50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan United Kingdom Williams-Ford (RAM)
DNQ 10 Austria Harald Ertl Germany ATS-Ford

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

   
Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Australia Alan Jones 41
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet 34
3 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 26 ▲2
4 France Jacques Laffite 25 ▲2
5 France René Arnoux 23 ▼2
6 France Didier Pironi 23 ▼2
7 Italy Riccardo Patrese 7
8 Italy Elio de Angelis 6
9 Ireland Derek Daly 6
10 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 5
11 Finland Keke Rosberg 4
12 Germany Jochen Mass 4
13 France Alain Prost 4
14 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 4
15 Canada Gilles Villeneuve 4 ▲1
16 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 4 ▲1
17 United Kingdom John Watson 3 ▼2
18 South Africa Jody Scheckter 2
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Ford 67
2 France Ligier-Ford 48
3 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 34
4 France Renault 23
5 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 11
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 10
7 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 9
8 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 7
9 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 6
10 Italy Ferrari 6
11 Italy Alfa Romeo 4

External LinksEdit

V T E 1980 Formula One Season
Teams Alfa Romeo • Arrows • ATS • Brabham • Ensign • Ferrari • Fittipaldi • Ligier • Lotus • McLaren • Osella • Renault • Shadow • Tyrrell • Williams
Engines Alfa Romeo • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Renault
Drivers Andretti • de Angelis • Arnoux • Brambilla • de Cesaris • Cheever • Cogan • Daly • Depailler • Ertl&nbsp• Fittipaldi • Giacomelli • Johansson •Jabouille • Jarier • Jones • Keegan • Kennedy • Laffite • Lammers • Lees • Mansell • Mass • Needell • Patrese • Piquet • Pironi • Prost • Rebaque • Regazzoni • Reutemann • Rosberg • Scheckter • South • Surer • Thackwell • Villeneuve • Watson • Wilson • Winkelhock • Zunino
Cars Alfa Romeo 179 • Arrows A3 • ATS D3 • ATS D4 • Brabham BT49 • Ensign N180 • Ferrari 312T • Fittipaldi F7 • Fittipaldi F8 • Ligier JS11/15 • Lotus 81 • McLaren M29 • McLaren M30 • Renault RE20 • Shadow DN11 • Shadow DN12 • Tyrrell 009 • Tyrrell 010 • Williams FW07
Tyres Goodyear • Michelin
Races Argentina • Brazil • South Africa • United States West • Belgium • Monaco • France • Britain • Germany • Austria • Netherlands • Italy • Canada • United States
See also 1979 Formula One Season • 1981 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Germany German Grand Prix
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