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The 1980 Monaco Grand Prix was the sixth round of the 1980 Formula One Season. In the wet conditions, Carlos Reutemann took the win ahead of Jacques Laffite and Nelson Piquet.


BackgroundEdit

Heading into the Monaco Grand Prix,  René Arnoux remained the driver's championship leader with a three point lead over Alan Jones. One point adrift of Jones was Nelson Piquet whilst following his Belgian win, Didier Pironi had brought himself into the championship fight being only four points off leader Arnoux. 

Similarly in the Constructor's championship, Williams was back in the lead of the championship with Ligier a close second, two points behind. Renault and Brabham were third and fourth.


Entry ListEdit

Below is the full entry list for the 1980 Monaco 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 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 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 Netherlands Jan Lammers 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 United Kingdom Tiff Needell 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 United Kingdom Geoff Lees United Kingdom Theodore Shadow Shadow DN12 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
18 Ireland David Kennedy United Kingdom Theodore Shadow 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
25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford
2 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford
3 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford
4 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
5 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford
6 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari
7 22 France Patrick Depailler Italy Alfa Romeo
8 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo
9 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
10 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
11 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
12 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
13 9 Netherlands Jan Lammers Germany ATS-Ford
14 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford
15 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
16 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault
17 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari
18 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
19 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford
20 16 France René Arnoux France Renault
DNQ 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
DNQ 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford
DNQ 17 United Kingdom Geoff Lees United Kingdom Shadow-Ford
DNQ 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
DNQ 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
DNQ 14 United Kingdom Tiff Needell United Kingdom Ensign-Ford
DNQ 18 Ireland Dave Kennedy United Kingdom Shadow-Ford

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

Didier Pironi maintained his lead into the first corner ahead of Carlos Reutemann, Alan Jones, Jacques Laffite, Patrick Depailler and Nelson Piquet. Down in the tail end of the field there was carnage into the first corner. The tight entry into turn 1 saw all the cars bunched together, Derek Daly was too late on the brakes and crashed into the back of Bruno Giacomelli. The Tyrrell driver was flung into the air, careering over the top of Alain Prost's and teammate Jean-Pierre Jarier's cars. All four drivers were out of the race, Jan Lammers and Riccardo Patrese also sustained damage but were able to limp back to the pits for repairs. Despite the severity of the accident, all the drivers emerged unscathed.

On the second lap, Jones was able to overtake teammate Reutemann for second position. The first several laps saw the Williams and Ligier cars break away from the rest of the field. Pironi led with Jones, Reutemann and Laffite hot on his heels. On lap 12, Gilles Villeneuve had to pit for new tyres, the Ferrari driver running well in seventh had to pit following severe degradation, effectively ruining his race.

In the lead battle, Reutemann and Laffite began to drop back as Pironi and Jones continued to battle for the lead. However as the duo met the backmarkers, Pironi was able to get through the traffic much more effectively than Jones, the Williams driver slowly dropping back. To further add to the Australian's misery, on lap 24 Jones pulled into the pits to retire with differential failure. 

Villeneuve, who had dropped back due to his pit-stop early in the race was making a comeback through the field, overtaking both René Arnoux and Riccardo Patrese in an highly aggressive manner to move into ninth place by the middle stages of the race.

After a strong drive, Patrick Depailler was forced to retire from fourth position due to an engine failure, the Frenchman stopping at the Loewes hairpin. By this time a light rain had hit the circuit. The first driver to be caught out by the rain was Arnoux's Renault who crashed into the barriers. Didier Pironi who seemed to be comfortably leading at the front and set to take his second victory in a row clapped the barriers at the Casino corner. Pironi's front left wheel was all askew and he came to a stop, parking his car down the escape road at Mirabeau. 

This meant that Carlos Reutemann inherited the lead, enjoying an enormous lead over Jacques Laffite. Reutemann was left to take a comfortable first win of the season. In the final laps, Nelson Piquet had began to apply heavy pressure to Laffite in second. On the last corner of the last lap, Piquet nearly overtook Laffite however the Ligier driver was just able to cling on to second when crossing the finishing line.

Jochen Mass drove a stong consistent race to finish fourth for Arrows whilst Gilles Villeneuve had managed to overtake Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi in the closing laps to take fifth place completing a well driven comeback drive. Fittipaldi rounded out the final points position.

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford 76 1:55.34.365 2 9
2 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford 76 +1:13.639 5 6
3 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 76 +1:17.726 4 4
4 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 75 +1 lap 15 3
5 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 75 +1 lap 6 2
6 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 74 +2 laps 18 1
7 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 73 +3 laps 19
8 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 73 +3 laps 11
9 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 68 Accident 14
NC 9 Netherlands Jan Lammers Germany ATS-Ford 64 Not classified 13
Ret 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford 54 Accident 1
Ret 16 France René Arnoux France Renault 53 Accident 20
Ret 22 France Patrick Depailler Italy Alfa Romeo 50 Engine 7
Ret 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 27 Handling 17
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault 25 Gearbox 16
Ret 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford 24 Differential 3
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 8
Ret 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 0 Collision 9
Ret 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 0 Collision 10
Ret 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 0 Collision 12
DNQ 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 
DNQ 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford
DNQ 17 United Kingdom Geoff Lees United Kingdom Shadow-Ford
DNQ 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
DNQ 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
DNQ 14 United Kingdom Tiff Needell United Kingdom Ensign-Ford
DNQ 18 Ireland Dave Kennedy United Kingdom Shadow-Ford

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet 22 ▲2
2 France René Arnoux 21 ▼1
3 Australia Alan Jones 19 ▼1
4 France Didier Pironi 17
5 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 15 ▲1
6 France Jacques Laffite 12 ▲2
7 Italy Riccardo Patrese 7 ▼2
8 Italy Elio de Angelis 6 ▼1
9 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 5 ▲1
10 Finland Keke Rosberg 4 ▼1
11 Germany Jochen Mass 4 ▲6
12 France Alain Prost 3 ▼1
13 Ireland Derek Daly 3 ▼1
14 United Kingdom John Watson 3 ▼1
15 Canada Gilles Villeneuve 3 ▲3
16 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 2 ▼2
17 South Africa Jody Scheckter 2 ▼2
18 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 2 ▼2
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Ford 34
2 France Ligier-Ford 29
3 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 22 ▲1
4 France Renault 21 ▼1
5 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 11
6 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 9
7 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 6
8 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 6
9 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 5
10 Italy Ferrari 5
11 Italy Alfa Romeo 2

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
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