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The 1980 South African Grand Prix was the third race of the 1980 Formula One Season. René Arnoux took his second victory in a row ahead of the two Ligier cars of Jacques Laffite and Didier Pironi.


BackgroundEdit

Heading into the South African event, it was announced that Stefan Johansson, the young Swede who had competed in the South American events for Shadow would not continue to drive for the team. Johansson feeling still too inexperienced for Formula One, focusing on his Formula Three prospects for 1980.

ATS also announced that it would only compete with a single car for the remainder of the season, meaning Jan Lammers was dropped from the team. Marc Surer to be their only driver. 

The high altitude of the Kyalami circuit, was once again expected to benefit the Renault team and their turbo charged engines.



Entry ListEdit

Below is the full entry list for the 1980 South African 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 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 D4 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 United Kingdom Geoff Lees 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

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

As was expected, the Renault cars led the pace throughout qualifying. Jean-Pierre Jabouille took the pole position ahead of teammate René Arnoux. Nelson Piquet did well to put his Brabham into fourth position ahead of the two Ligier cars of Jacques Laffite and Didier Pironi

The qualifying session was marred by two serious accidents, firstly Alain Prost in the McLaren suffered a suspension failure, crashing heavily into the wall and breaking his wrist. Then even more seriously, Marc Surer in the ATS had a head-on collison with the barriers at Crowthorne corner. Surer, sustaining serious injuries to both his legs had to be cut out of the car by the marshalls before being taken to hospital. With Surer in no state to race, the team entered Jan Lammers, in an older chassis for the remainder of the event. Lammers was still serving in a reserve capacity, despite being made redundant following the team's decision to race only one car in 1980. He however failed to qualify for the event. 

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor
15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault
2 16 FranceRené Arnoux France Renault
3 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
4 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford
5 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford
6 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford
7 22 France Patrick Depailler Italy Alfa Romeo
8 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford
9 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari
10 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari
11 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
12 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo
13 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
14 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford
15 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford
16 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
17 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
18 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
19 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
20 14 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Ensign-Ford
21 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
22 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford
23 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford
24 17 United Kingdom Geoff Lees United Kingdom Shadow-Ford
DNQ 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
DNQ 9 Switzerland Marc Surer GermanyATS-Ford
DNQ 18 Ireland Dave Kennedy United Kingdom Shadow-Ford
DNQ 10 Netherlands Jan Lammers GermanyATS-Ford

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

As the cars left the grid, René Arnoux got the better start of the two Renault cars, however moving into the first corner he slowed to allow teammate and number one driver Jean-Pierre Jabouille to take the lead of the race. Arnoux slotted in behind Jabouille ahead of Alan Jones, who had made a terrific start from eighth on the grid, Jacques Laffite, Carlos Reutemann, Nelson Piquet and Gilles Villeneuve

Reigning world champion, Jody Scheckter made good progress in the opening laps. Overtaking teammate Villeneuve and Nelson Piquet's Brabham.  The two Renault's immediately sped off into the distance as Jones in third position began to be put under pressure by Laffite's Ligier. On lap eight, Jones was forced to concede eighth place to the faster French driver.

After running well in sixth place and challenging Reutemann's Williams ahead of him, Scheckter was forced to retire on lap fourteen due to engine failure. Around the same time, his Ferrari teammate Gilles Villeneuve was forced to pit for new tyres, the Canadian suffering from severe degradation. 

Didier Pironi who had made a poor start, had a strong late race resurgence overtaking both Piquet and Reutemann to move into fourth place. Reutemann began to slip back, falling behind Piquet as well as the Tyrrell of Jean-Pierre Jarier

Up front an exciting battle between Jones and Pironi occured for fourth place, the two driver's swapping positions constantly, both driver's seeking to hold the place. The battle was brought to a premature end when Jones retired on lap 34 with gearbox issues.

The Renault cars continued to dominate up front, however for the second race in succession, Jabouille was forced out of the race. On lap 61, he suffered a puncture bringing him into the pits and into the retirement. This meant for the second race running, Arnoux would inherit the lead continuing to dominate out front. 

In the final laps, Jochen Mass in the Arrows was able to overtake Jarier's Tyrrell to  take the final points position. Arnoux took the race win ahead of the two Ligier cars of Laffite and Pironi. Piquet took fourth place ahead of Reutemann and Mass.

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16 France René Arnoux France Renault 78 1:26.52.54 2 9
2 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford 78 +34.07s 4 6
3 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford 78 +52.49s 5 4
4 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 78 +1:01.02 3 3
5 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford 77 +1 lap 6 2
6 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 77 +1 lap 19 1
7 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 77 +1 lap 13
8 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 77 +1 lap 18
9 14 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 77 +1 lap 20
10 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 77 +1 lap 17
11 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 76 +2 laps 21
12 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 76 +2 laps 15
13 17 United Kingdom Geoff Lees United Kingdom Shadow-Ford 70 Suspension 24
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 69 Engine 12
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault 61 Puncture 1
Ret 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 61 Puncture 16
Ret 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 58 Accident 23
NC 22 France Patrick Depailler Italy Alfa Romeo 53 Not Classified 7
Ret 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford 34 Gearbox 8
Ret 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 31 Transmission 10
Ret 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 14 Engine 9
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 10 Spun Off 11
Ret 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford 8 Spun Off 22
Ret 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 1 Spun Off 14
DNQ 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Injury / Accident
DNQ 9 Switzerland Marc Surer Germany ATS-Ford Injury / Accident
DNQ 18 Ireland Dave Kennedy United Kingdom Shadow-Ford
DNQ 10 Netherlands Jan Lammers Germany ATS-Ford

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

  
Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 FranceRené Arnoux 18 ▲1
2 Australia Alan Jones 13 ▼1
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet 9
4 France Didier Pironi 7 ▲4
5 Italy Elio de Angelis 6 ▼1
6 France Jacques Laffite 6 ▲5
7 Finland Keke Rosberg 4 ▼1
8 France Alain Prost 3 ▼1
9 Ireland Derek Daly 3 ▼1
10 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 2 ▼1
11 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 2 ▲2
12 Italy Riccardo Patrese 1 ▼2
13 Germany Jochen Mass 1 ▲1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 France Renault 18 ▲1
2 United Kingdom Williams-Ford 15 ▼1
3 France Ligier-Ford 13 ▲5
4 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 9 ▼1
5 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 6 ▼1
6 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 4 ▼1
7 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 3 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 3 ▼1
9 Italy Alfa Romeo 2
10 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 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
V T E South Africa South Africa South African Grand Prix
Circuits Prince George Circuit (1934–1963), Kyalami Circuit (1965-1993)
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