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The 1980 United States Grand Prix was the 14th and final round of the 1980 world championship. Alan Jones took the win ahead of Carlos Reutemann and Didier Pironi.


BackgroundEdit

With Alan Jones being crowned the world champion in Canada, and his team Williams being crowned constructor's champion some races before, the title chase was closed before the final race at Watkins Glen began. The entry list was much the same, however after Jean-Pierre Jabouille had suffered serious leg injuries in Canada, Renault opted to run only a single car. CART driver Kevin Cogan had signed for the RAM entered Williams for the US, however after his failure to qualify in Canada, Cogan had given up on the team. Instead the team replaced him with out of work F1 driver, Geoff Lees.

The United States Grand Prix would mark the retirement for two F1 world champions. After a dismal final season at Ferrari, Jody Scheckter had announced his retirement at the end of the season. Whilst still unannounced, Emerson Fittipaldi had made the decision to retire from Formula One at the end of the season, moving into the management of his Fittipaldi team alongside his brother Wilson Fittipaldi.   


Entry ListEdit

Below is the full entry list for the 1980 United States 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
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 Kingdom Geoff Lees United Kingdom RAM - Williams Grand Prix Engineering Williams FW07B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

The big surprise of qualifying was when Bruno Giacomelli dominated both the Friday and Saturday qualifying sessions to take Alfa Romeo's first pole since 1951. Nelson Piquet was second with Carlos Reutemann third whilst Elio de Angelis had done well to claim fourth for Lotus. The new world champion Alan Jones was in fifth position. 

Alain Prost had a nasty accident in qualifying when his suspension failed for the second week in a row. Prost suffered a nasty bang on the head and would not start the race. 

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 1:33.291
2 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 1:34.080 +0.789
3 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford 1:34.111 +0.820
4 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 1:34.185 +0.894
5 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford 1:34.216 +0.925
6 16 FranceRené Arnoux France Renault 1:34.839 +1.548
7 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford 1:34.971 +1.680
8 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 1:35.166 +1.875
9 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 1:35.202 +1.911
10 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Alfa Romeo 1:35.235 +1.944
11 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 1:35.343 +2.052
12 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford 1:35.421 +2.130
13 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 1:35.988 +2.697
14 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 1:36.332 +3.041
15 50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan United Kingdom Williams-Ford (RAM) 1:36.750 +3.459
16 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford 1:36.908 +3.617
17 9 Switzerland Marc Surer Germany ATS-Ford 1:37.001 +3.710
18 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 1:37.040 +3.749
19 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 1:37.088 +3.797
20 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 1:37.405 +4.114
21 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1:37.923 +4.632
22 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1:37.966 +4.675
23 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 1:38.149 +4.858
24 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 1:38.526 +5.235
DNQ 14 Netherlands Jan Lammers United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 1:38.532 +5.241
DNQ 43 New Zealand Mike Thackwell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1:51.102 +17.811
DNQ 51 United Kingdom Geoff Lees United Kingdom Williams-Ford (RAM) No time

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

Following his accident in qualifying, Alain Prost elected not to start the race due to head pains. His entry was taken by the fastest of the non-qualifiers, the Ensign of Jan Lammers

Alan Jones got a terrific start, climbing to second from fifth, however he outbraked himself going into the first corner and went wide and off the circuit where he dropped right down to the back of the grid. At the same time Andrea de Cesaris and René Arnoux also went wide and dropped down to the back of the pack as well. Bruno Giacomelli maintained his lead ahead of Nelson Piquet, Carlos Reutemann and Didier Pironi

De Cesaris became the first retirement when he spun out of the race on the second lap. The following lap Derek Daly suffered a suspension failure and was pitched off the circuit, Daly suffering one final accident before the end of the season. Jones who had went off the start was making a terrific comeback, climbing right through the midfield. 

Up the front Giacomelli began to extend his lead whilst behind him, Reutemann began to pressure Piquet. Piquet however blocked Reutemann's every move, the Argentine waving furiously at Piquet after being stuck behind the Brabham for a number of laps. This battle had allowed Pironi and Jones to climb up to the back of squabbling duo of Piquet and Reutemann. Eventually the pressure had become too much for Piquet and he spun off going into the first corner and was caught in the catchfencing. Piquet signalled the marshalls to give him a push-start and whilst he got the car going again, he was a lap down and simply trundled back to the pits and retired.

A couple of laps later, Jones had managed to take third place from Pironi. Jones then managed to catch up to the rear of teammate Reutemann and after a few laps, Jones was past Reutemann and into second. However Reutemann remained on Jones's tail and the two Williams cars continued to dice for second position. 

Giacomelli had control of the race, his Alfa Romeo 11 seconds ahead of Jones, however on lap 32 his car ground to a halt. The electrics on his Alfa had failed, denying Giacomelli a potential first Formula One win. It was then left for Jones to take a comfortable win ahead of Reutemann, Pironi, Elio de Angelis, Jacques Laffite and Mario Andretti, scoring at his home race. 

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford 59 1:34.36.05 5 9
2 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford 59 +4.21 3 6
3 25 France Didier Pironi France Ligier-Ford 59 +12.57 3 4
4 12 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 59 +29.69 4 3
5 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford 58 +1 lap 12 2
6 11 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 58 +1 lap 11 1
7 16 France René Arnoux France Renault 58 +1 lap 6
8 9 Switzerland Marc Surer Germany ATS-Ford 57 +2 laps 17
9 50 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan United Kingdom Williams-Ford (RAM) 57 +2 laps 15
10 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 57 +2 laps 14
11 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 56 +3 laps 23
NC 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 50 +9 laps 9
Ret 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 49  Accident 18
NC 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 40 +19 laps 22
Ret 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 36 Transmission 24
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 31 Electrical 1
Ret 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 25 Spun off 2
Ret 6 Mexico Héctor Rebaque United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 20 Engine 8
Ret 31 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Osella-Ford 20 Suspension 16
Ret 29 Brazil Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 16 Spun off 20
Ret 14 Netherlands Jan Lammers United Kingdom Ensign-Ford 16 Steering 25
Ret 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 15 Suspension 19
Ret 4 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 3 Suspension / Spun off 21
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Alfa Romeo 2 Accident 10
DNS 8 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 0 Injured 13
DNQ 43 New Zealand Mike Thackwell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
DNQ 51 United Kingdom Geoff Lees United Kingdom Williams-Ford (RAM)

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

        
Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Australia Alan Jones 67
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet 54
3 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 42
4 France Jacques Laffite 34
5 France Didier Pironi 32 ▲1
6 France René Arnoux 29 ▼1
7 Italy Elio de Angelis 13
8 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille 9
9 Italy Riccardo Patrese 7
10 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 6
11 United Kingdom John Watson 6
12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve 6
13 Finland Keke Rosberg 6
14 Ireland Derek Daly 6
15 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 5
16 France Alain Prost 5
17 Germany Jochen Mass 4
18 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 4
19 South Africa Jody Scheckter 2
20 United States Mario Andretti 2 ▲2
21 Mexico Héctor Rebaque 1 ▼1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Ford 120
2 France Ligier-Ford 66
3 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 55
4 France Renault 38
5 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 14 ▲4
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 12 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 11 ▼1
8 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 11 ▼1
9 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 11 ▼1
10 Italy Ferrari 8
11 Italy Alfa Romeo 4
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