F1 1978 WORLD CHAMPION
Mario Andretti - Lotus


THE ENTIRE 1978 F1 FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX SEASON ON DVD

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NameDateCountryCircuit
XIVo Gran Premio de la Republica ArgentinaJanuary 15th 1978Argentina ArgentinaAutodromo Oscar Alferedo Galvez
7o Grande Premio do BrasilJanuary 29th 1978Brazil BrazilJacarepagua
XXIVth South African Grand PrixMarch 4th 1978South Africa South AfricaKyalami Grand Prix Circuit
IIIrd United States Grand Prix-WestApril 2nd 1978USA USALong Beach / USA West
XXXVIe Grand Prix de MonacoMay 7th 1978Monaco MonacoCircuit de Monaco
XXXVI Grote Prijs van BelgieMay 21st 1978Belgium BelgiumCircuit Zolder, Omloop Terlamen Zolder
XXIVo Gran Premio de EspanaJune 4th 1978Spain SpainCircuito Permanente del Jarama
IXth Swedish Grand PrixJune 17th 1978Sweden SwedenScandinavian Raceway Anderstorp
LXIVo Grand Prix de FranceJuly 2nd 1978France FranceASA Circuit Paul Ricard, Circuit du Castellet
XXXIst British Grand PrixJuly 16th 1978Great-Britain Great-BritainBrands Hatch
XL Grosser Preis von DeutschlandJuly 30th 1978Germany GermanyHockenheimring
XVI Grosser Preis von OsterreichAugust 13th 1978Austria AustriaOsterreichring
XXVI Grote Prijs van NederlandAugust 27th 1978The Netherlands The NetherlandsCircuit Park Zandvoort
XLIXo Gran Premio d'ItaliaSeptember 10th 1978Italy ItalyAutodromo Nazionale di Monza
20th Toyota Grand Prix of the United StatesOctober 1st 1978USA USAWatkins Glen International
XVIIth Canadian Grand PrixOctober 8th 1978Canada CanadaCircuit Gilles Villeneuve


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 01 - Argentina Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 02 - Brasil Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 03 - South Africa Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 04 - USA West Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 05 - Monaco Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 06 - Belgium Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 07 - Spain Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 08 - Sweden Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 09 - France Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 10 - Britain Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 11 - Germany Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 12 - Austria Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 13 - Holland Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 14 - Italy Grand Prix


Formula 1 - 1978 Round 15 - USA East Grand Prix





1978 Formula One season






The 1978 Formula One season included the 29th FIA Formula One World Championship which commenced on January 15, 1978, and ended on October 8 after sixteen races. Mario Andretti was the season Champion and the last American to date to win a Formula One race. There was also one non-Championship race in 1978, the XXX BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone, the last time that this formerly famous event was run to F1 rules. The race was won by future Champion Keke Rosberg, driving in only his second ever Formula 1 event. The season will also be remembered for the death of Ronnie "Super Swede" Peterson, who would finish second in the Championship standings despite a fatal first lap accident at Monza during the Italian Grand Prix.

Contents


Drivers and constructors

EntrantConstructorChassisEngineTyresNoDriverRounds
United Kingdom Parmalat Racing TeamBrabhamBT45C
BT46
BT46B "fan car"
BT46C
Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12G1Austria Niki LaudaAll
2United Kingdom John WatsonAll
66Brazil Nelson Piquet16
United Kingdom Elf Team TyrrellTyrrell008Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G3France Didier PironiAll
4France Patrick DepaillerAll
United Kingdom John Player Team LotusLotus78
79
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G5United States Mario AndrettiAll
6Sweden Ronnie Peterson1-14
55France Jean-Pierre Jarier15-16
United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLarenMcLarenM26Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G7United Kingdom James HuntAll
8France Patrick Tambay1-5, 7-16
33Italy Bruno Giacomelli6, 9-10, 13-14
Germany ATS Racing Team
Germany F&S Properties/ATS Racing Team
ATSHS1
D1
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G9Germany Jochen Mass1-13
Netherlands Michael Bleekemolen14-16
10France Jean-Pierre Jarier1-5, 11
Italy Alberto Colombo6-7
Finland Keke Rosberg8-10, 15-16
Austria Hans Binder12
Netherlands Michael Bleekemolen13
Austria Harald Ertl14
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFACFerrari312T2
312T3
Ferrari 015 3.0 F12M11Argentina Carlos ReutemannAll
12Canada Gilles VilleneuveAll
Brazil Fittipaldi AutomotiveFittipaldiF5AFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G14Brazil Emerson FittipaldiAll
France Equipe Renault ElfRenaultRS01Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6tM15France Jean-Pierre Jabouille3-16
United Kingdom Shadow Racing TeamShadowDN8Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G16Germany Hans-Joachim StuckAll
17Switzerland Clay RegazzoniAll
United Kingdom Team Surtees
United Kingdom Durex Team Surtees
United Kingdom Beta Team Surtees
SurteesTS19
TS20
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G18United Kingdom Rupert Keegan1-13
Italy Gimax14
France René Arnoux15-16
19Italy Vittorio Brambilla1-14
Italy Beppe Gabbiani15-16
Canada Walter Wolf RacingWolfWR1
WR3
WR5
WR6
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G20South Africa Jody ScheckterAll
21United States Bobby Rahal15-16
United Kingdom Team Tissot EnsignEnsignN177Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G22United States Danny Ongais1-2
Italy Lamberto Leoni4
Belgium Jacky Ickx5-8
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly9-10, 12-16
Brazil Nelson Piquet11
23Italy Lamberto Leoni1-3
United Kingdom Geoff Lees10
Austria Harald Ertl11-13
United States Brett Lunger15
United Kingdom Olympus Cameras/Hesketh RacingHesketh308EFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G24United Kingdom Divina Galica1-2
United States Eddie Cheever3
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly4-6
Mexico Team RebaqueLotus78Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G25Mexico Héctor RebaqueAll
France Ligier GitanesLigierJS7
JS7/9
JS9
Matra MS76 3.0 V12
Matra MS78 3.0 V12
G26France Jacques LaffiteAll
United Kingdom Williams Grand Prix EngineeringWilliamsFW06Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G27Australia Alan JonesAll
Spain Centro Asegurador F1McLarenM23Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G28Spain Emilio de Villota7
United Kingdom BS Fabrications
United Kingdom Liggett Group/BS Fabrications
McLarenM23Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G29Brazil Nelson Piquet12-14
30United States Brett Lunger1-14
France Automobiles MartiniMartiniMK23Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G31France René Arnoux3, 5-6, 9-13
United Kingdom Theodore Racing
Hong Kong Theodore Racing Hong Kong
Theodore
Wolf
TR1
WR3
WR4
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G32United States Eddie Cheever1-2
Finland Keke Rosberg3-7, 11-14
Italy Team MerzarioMerzarioA1Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G34Italy Alberto Colombo14
37Italy Arturo MerzarioAll
United Kingdom Arrows Racing TeamArrowsFA1
A1
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G35Italy Riccardo Patrese2-14, 16
36Germany Rolf Stommelen3-16
United States Interscope RacingShadowDN9Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G39United States Danny Ongais4, 13
United Kingdom Melchester RacingMcLarenM23Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8G40United Kingdom Tony Trimmer10

Race-by-Race

Race One: Argentina

The 1978 season started in Argentina, where Mario Andretti took pole in his Lotus, with Carlos Reutemann's Ferrari joining him on the front row and Ronnie Peterson in the other Lotus third on the grid. The start was uneventful, with Andretti and Reutemann easily keeping first and second, with John Watson in the Brabham taking third from Peterson. Watson took second from Reutemann on the seventh lap, but Andretti was uncatchable. Reutemann ran third for a while, but then began to drop down the order, and so reigning world champion Niki Lauda took third in his Brabham, which became second with ten laps left when Watson's engine blew up. Andretti motored on to a crushing victory, with Lauda second and Patrick Depailler's Tyrrell taking the final spot on the podium.

Race Two: Brazil

Brazil was the country where the drivers traveled to for the second round of the season, and it was Peterson on pole with James Hunt driving for McLaren beating Andretti to second. At the start, it was Reutemann who beat the trio into the first corner, with Hunt and Andretti following, as Peterson got a bad start. Hunt ran second until he had to pit for tyres, as a result Andretti took the place until late in the race when he suffered gearbox issues. Reutemann was never headed at the front and went to win comfortably, with double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi in his brother's team finishing second, and Lauda third, with both overhauling an ailing Andretti towards the end.

Race Three: South Africa

After a long break, the season resumed in South Africa, where defending champion Lauda took his first pole for Brabham with Andretti alongside and Hunt next. Andretti took the lead at the start, and set about building a gap, whereas Lauda dropped behind Jody Scheckter's Wolf. Young Italian Riccardo Patrese was on a charge in the Arrows, passing Lauda for third after 20 laps. As the race went on, both Andretti and Scheckter began to suffer from tyre issues and were passed by Patrese. Depailler was up to second ahead of Lauda, but the latter's engine failed handing third to Andretti. Patrese however, seemed to have the race in his pocket until his engine failed, and Depailler took the lead but his Tyrrell began to trail smoke. Andretti was up to second but he had to pit for fuel, and thus his teammate Peterson took the place before catching and passing Depailler on the last lap to win after some wheel-banging. Watson completed the podium.

Race Four: United States West

The next race was in the famous Long Beach circuit in the US, and the Ferraris dominated qualifying, with Reutemann taking pole ahead of teammate Gilles Villeneuve, with defending champion Lauda and home hero Andretti on the second row. When the race started, Watson in fifth late-braked all into turn one, through he ran wide and Villeneuve took the lead, whereas Reutemann dropped down to fourth behind Lauda. The Ferraris, with the two Brabhams in between ran together until Watson's engine failed. Alan Jones's Williams was up to fourth and closed in on the now lead trio, which became a duo when Lauda went out with an electrical failure. Villeneuve and Reutemann ran 1-2 with Jones putting both under pressure, before Villeneuve also retired after colliding with a backmarker. Jones then suffered from fuel pressure problems and began to drop back, handing second to Andretti to the fans delight. The rest of the race passed without incident, and with all challengers out of contention, Reutemann won comfortably ahead of Andretti and Depailler.

Race Five: Monaco

Round five took place in Monaco, and once again Reutemann started on pole with the Brabham duo of Watson and Lauda second and third. Watson had a good start and led into the first corner, whereas Reutemann collided with Hunt and had to pit for repairs, which left Depailler and Lauda second and third. For the first half of the race, the top three remained the same until Watson had an off allowing Depailler and Lauda through, but the latter then suffered a puncture and had to pit for tyres before charging back up and retaking second from Watson towards the end of the race. At the front, Depailler took his first career victory with Lauda second, and Scheckter third after Watson made another mistake in the final laps.

Race Six: Belgium

The main news before the Belgian GP was that the new Lotus 79 is now ready to race, and immediately Andretti showed its pace by taking pole comfortably from Reutemann and Lauda. He converted it to a first-corner lead, whereas Reutemann had a bad start and got swamped by the field, causing a chain reaction in which Lauda was hit by Scheckter and had to retire. This left Villeneuve second and Peterson third but neither could keep pace with Andretti who was able to drive away.

The first 40 laps went without incident until Villeneuve suffered a puncture and had to pit which dropped him back down to fifth, and a few laps later Peterson also pitted for new tyres leaving the charging Reutemann second ahead of Jacques Laffite's Ligier. Peterson on the new tyres was much quicker and was able to pass them both in the closing stages, and Laffite made an attempt to pass Reutemann on the last lap but they collided and Laffite was out. Andretti cruised to an untroubled victory, with Peterson making it a Lotus 1-2, and Reutemann completing the podium.

Race Seven: Spain

The next race was in Spain and once again the new Lotus 79 demonstrated its speed, with Andretti on pole again with Peterson alongside, and Reutemann having to settle for the second row. It was Hunt who got a great start, and he led into the first corner from Andretti and Reutemann, with Peterson dropping all the way back to ninth. Hunt led for seven laps before Andretti passed him and pulled away. Reutemann ran third until he had to pit for tyres, and so Watson inherited third until he was passed by Laffite, but soon the recovering Peterson passed both of them. Hunt now suffered from tyre problems and he also began to drop back, and so Peterson was able to take second and Laffite third. That was how it stayed to the end, Andretti winning from Peterson in another Lotus 1-2, and Laffite getting the final spot on the podium.

Race Eight: Sweden

Before the Swedish GP, the Brabham team had developed a new "fan car" much to the indignancy of the other teams, but the FIA allowed it to race. However, it did not stop Andretti from continuing his run of poles, but it was able to get Watson to qualify second and Lauda third. When the race started, Andretti led into the first corner, with Lauda getting second from his teammate. Riccardo Patrese got up to third in his Arrows until he was passed by home driver Peterson, but by then Andretti and Lauda had escaped. Peterson began to struggle with a slow puncture, whereas Andretti and Lauda battled with Andretti making a mistake just after mid-distance allowing Lauda to take the lead. Lauda went on to win the race, his first for Brabham after Andretti's challenge ended due to an engine failure, which left Patrese and Peterson to take second and third.

After the race, the "fan car" was declared illegal, but since Brabham were allowed to race with it for Sweden, Lauda's win stood but they had to revert back to their previous car from the next race onwards.

Race Nine: France

Brabham were forced to revert back to their previous car again, but it did not deter them, with Watson on pole and Lauda starting third behind Andretti. At the start, Watson led into the first corner, with Andretti following, and Patrick Tambay putting his McLaren in third, but that order did not remain for long as Andretti took the lead from Watson on the first lap. Lauda and Peterson were on the move as well, as they passed Watson and Tambay to jump into second and third, but Lauda suffered another engine failure. This left the two Lotus cars running 1-2 and they finished like that with Andretti taking his third win in four races, and the podium was completed by Hunt who passed Watson mid-race.

Race Ten: Great Britain

The field went to Britain for the next round, and this time it was Peterson who beat Andretti to pole, as Lotus took the front row, with Scheckter next up on the second row. Andretti took the lead at the start from Peterson, and the two Lotus cars quickly pulled out a gap until Peterson retired with an engine failure. Andretti had a big lead to Scheckter and continued to extend it until he had to pit with a puncture, and he eventually retired when his engine also failed. Scheckter inherited the lead, but Lauda put him under pressure and took the lead before Scheckter went out with gearbox problems. This put Reutemann up to second, and he then closed down and passed Lauda in the late stages of the race to win. Lauda had to settle for second, and his teammate Watson took a podium in his home race.

Race Eleven: Germany

The German race was next on the calender, and there were no surprises in qualifying, with Andretti on pole and Peterson alongside him, with Lauda third. At the start, Peterson got off better and took the lead from Andretti, but he held it for only four laps before Andretti retook it. Lauda ran third in the early stages but he was passed by Alan Jones, and the duo battled until Lauda's engine failed yet again. The two Lotus cars were cruising at the front and Jones ran third comfortably until he retired with a fuel vaporization problem. Lotus's hopes of a 1-2 ended when Peterson's gearbox failed, but Andretti was unaffected by that and cruised to his fifth win of the season, with Scheckter second and Laffite third.

Race Twelve: Austria

The crowds for the Austrian GP were full of Lauda fans; but however for them Lauda qualified only 12th as the Lotus cars again took the front row, with Peterson on pole. The surprise in qualifying was Jean-Pierre Jabouille who qualified his turbocharged Renault third. The start saw Peterson lead into the first corner, with Reutemann snatching second from Andretti. Andretti tried to get the place back later in the lap, but the two collided and Andretti retired after his car spun into the barriers while Reutemann lost a couple of places to Patrick Depailler and Scheckter. On the fourth lap, a heavy rainshower hit the track and Reutemann spun off and was beached but the marshals push-started his car as it was in a dangerous position, while Scheckter crashed out, and the race was stopped.

The race restarted after the rain relented, and once again Peterson led followed by Depailler and Lauda. As the track began to dry, Peterson started to pull away, and behind, Reutemann was on a charge and passed Lauda for third but he was black-flagged for receiving outside assistance, and Lauda crashed out soon after, leaving Gilles Villeneuve third. The drivers changed to slicks but the top 3 remained the same and stayed so till the end; Peterson winning ahead of Depailler, with Villeneuve taking his first ever podium.

Race Thirteen: Holland

The drivers went to the Netherlands for the next race, and qualifying was as expected, Andretti taking pole with Peterson alongside in the all-Lotus front row, and Lauda heading the second row. At the start, Andretti led with Peterson following, whereas Lauda was challenged by Jacques Laffite. The Lotus cars quickly built up a good gap, while Laffite challenged Lauda early on but then began to drop down the order with tyre issues. The race was quite uneventful, and Andretti went to take victory, with Peterson completing another Lotus 1-2 leaving Lauda to take third.

Race Fourteen: Italy

The Italian race was host to round fourteen, and as usual Andretti took pole with Gilles Villeneuve pleasing the Ferrari fans by qualifying second, ahead of Jabouille's turbocharged Renault. When the race started, Andretti and Villeneuve got away comfortably with Lauda and Jabouille following, but the rest of the field was bunched up.

Riccardo Patrese's Arrows was pushed to the grass, and as he rejoined, James Hunt veered left and hit Peterson, who spun off into the barriers, whereas up to seven other cars were collected, including Reutemann, Depailler, and Clay Regazzoni. Peterson's car broke in two on impact with the barriers and caught fire, and Vittorio Brambilla who was in the Surtees was hit on the head by a flying wheel. Peterson and Brambilla were taken to hospital, the former with a broken leg, and there was concern for the latter who was unconscious after being hit by the wheel. The rest of the drivers were uninjured, and most of them were able to take the restart.

The race restarted almost four hours after the original start. Again there was confusion as the front-row starters Andretti and Villeneue went too early, but the rest of the field did not follow and both Andretti and Villeneuve were handed one minute time penalties as a result. On the track, Villeneuve led ahead of Andretti and Jabouille, until Jabouille retired handing third place on the track to Lauda. His teammate Watson battled with Reutemann and Laffite, and eventually was able to pull away. The battle on the track was between Villeneuve and Andretti, with the Lotus driver passing Villeneuve with five laps left. Andretti crossed the line first, with Villeneuve close behind, but when their one-minute penalties were added, it was Lauda who emerged the victor ahead of Watson and Reutemann.

In hospital, Peterson had a clot forming in his blood stream after undergoing an operation on his legs, and slipped into a coma overnight, and died the next morning. This made Andretti the world champion, although he did not celebrate it, and mourned for Peterson along with his fellow drivers. Brambilla was able to recover from his injuries.

Race Fifteen: United States

The penultimate round of the season was in the US, and Lotus had hired Jean-Pierre Jarier to replace Peterson, and Patrese was unable to race because the Grand Prix Drivers Association had deemed him responsible for the accident which ultimately killed Peterson.

New World Champion and home hero Andretti was shaken up more than most drivers due to Peterson's death, but it did not stop him from romping to pole ahead of Reutemann, with Alan Jones's Williams heading the second row. Andretti kept the lead at the start, with Reutemann and Villeneuve following, ahead of Jones. Andretti however was suffering from an ill-handling car which also had brake troubles, and was soon passed by both Reutemann and Villeneuve, and later Jones. Reutemann and Villeneuve ran 1-2 for Ferrari, until Villeneuve's engine blew up. This left Jones second and Andretti third, but Andretti's engine blew up, handing third to Lauda until he too suffered the same fate, thus leaving Scheckter third before here was passed by a charging Jarier, however Jarier ran out of fuel with four laps left, giving the place back to Scheckter. Reutemann took a comfortable win from Jones, with Scheckter completing the podium.

Race Sixteen: Canada

The season finished off in Canada, and in qualifying it was Jarier who starred, by qualifying on pole ahead of Scheckter and home hero Villeneuve. Jarier was able to easily lead into the first corner, with Jones jumping up to second after a brilliant start, also dropping Scheckter down to third. As Jarier began to pull away, Jones suffered a slow puncture, and dropped down the field as the race progressed, promoting Scheckter to second and Villeneuve to third, and then Villeneuve passed Scheckter mid-race to take second. Jarier continued to dominate until he retired with an oil leak, leaving Villeneuve to take his first career win in his home race ahead of Scheckter, with Reutemann taking third.

Season review

Rnd↓Race↓Date↓Location↓Pole Position↓Fastest Lap↓Race Winner↓Constructor↓Report↓
1Argentina Argentine Grand PrixJanuary 15Oscar GálvezUnited States Mario AndrettiCanada Gilles VilleneuveUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited Kingdom Lotus-FordReport
2Brazil Brazilian Grand PrixJanuary 29JacarepaguáSweden Ronnie PetersonArgentina Carlos ReutemannArgentina Carlos ReutemannItaly FerrariReport
3South Africa South African Grand PrixMarch 4KyalamiAustria Niki LaudaUnited States Mario AndrettiSweden Ronnie PetersonUnited Kingdom Lotus-FordReport
4United States United States Grand Prix WestApril 2Long BeachArgentina Carlos ReutemannAustralia Alan JonesArgentina Carlos ReutemannItaly FerrariReport
5Monaco Monaco Grand PrixMay 7MonacoArgentina Carlos ReutemannAustria Niki LaudaFrance Patrick DepaillerUnited Kingdom Tyrrell-FordReport
6Belgium Belgian Grand PrixMay 21ZolderUnited States Mario AndrettiSweden Ronnie PetersonUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited Kingdom Lotus-FordReport
7Spain Spanish Grand PrixJune 4JaramaUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited Kingdom Lotus-FordReport
8Sweden Swedish Grand PrixJune 17Scandinavian RacewayUnited States Mario AndrettiAustria Niki LaudaAustria Niki LaudaUnited Kingdom Brabham-Alfa RomeoReport
9France French Grand PrixJuly 2Paul RicardUnited Kingdom John WatsonArgentina Carlos ReutemannUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited Kingdom Lotus-FordReport
10United Kingdom British Grand PrixJuly 16Brands HatchSweden Ronnie PetersonAustria Niki LaudaArgentina Carlos ReutemannItaly FerrariReport
11West Germany German Grand PrixJuly 30HockenheimringUnited States Mario AndrettiSweden Ronnie PetersonUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited Kingdom Lotus-FordReport
12Austria Austrian Grand PrixAugust 13ÖsterreichringSweden Ronnie PetersonSweden Ronnie PetersonSweden Ronnie PetersonUnited Kingdom Lotus-FordReport
13Netherlands Dutch Grand PrixAugust 27ZandvoortUnited States Mario AndrettiAustria Niki LaudaUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited Kingdom Lotus-FordReport
14Italy Italian Grand PrixSeptember 10MonzaUnited States Mario AndrettiUnited States Mario AndrettiAustria Niki LaudaUnited Kingdom Brabham-Alfa RomeoReport
15United States United States Grand PrixOctober 1Watkins GlenUnited States Mario AndrettiFrance Jean-Pierre JarierArgentina Carlos ReutemannItaly FerrariReport
16Canada Canadian Grand PrixOctober 8Circuit Île Notre-DameFrance Jean-Pierre JarierAustralia Alan JonesCanada Gilles VilleneuveItaly FerrariReport

1978 Drivers Championship final standings

PosDriverARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
ESP
Spain
SWE
Sweden
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
CAN
Canada
Pts
1United States Mario Andretti14721111Ret1Ret1Ret16Ret1064
2Sweden Ronnie Peterson5Ret14Ret2232RetRet12Ret

51
3Argentina Carlos Reutemann71Ret183Ret10181RetDSQ731348
4Austria Niki Lauda23RetRet2RetRet1Ret2RetRet31RetRet44
5France Patrick Depailler3Ret231RetRetRetRet4Ret2Ret11Ret534
6United Kingdom John WatsonRet83Ret4Ret5Ret437742RetRet25
7South Africa Jody Scheckter10RetRetRet3Ret4Ret6Ret2Ret12123224
8France Jacques Laffite16955Ret537710358411Ret19
9Canada Gilles Villeneuve8RetRetRetRet410912Ret8367Ret117
10Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi92Ret89RetRet6RetRet44585Ret17
11Australia Alan JonesRet1147Ret108Ret5RetRetRetRet132911
12Italy Riccardo Patrese
10Ret66RetRet28Ret9RetRetRet
411
13United Kingdom James Hunt4RetRetRetRetRet683RetDSQRet10Ret7Ret8
14France Patrick Tambay6RetRet127
Ret496RetRet95688
15France Didier Pironi1466Ret5612Ret10Ret5RetRetRet1077
16Switzerland Clay Regazzoni155DNQ10DNQRet155RetRetDNQNCDNQNC14DNQ4
17France Jean-Pierre Jabouille

RetRet10NC13RetRetRetRetRetRetRet4123
18West Germany Hans Joachim Stuck17RetDNQDNSRetRetRet11115RetRetRetRetRetRet2
19Italy Vittorio Brambilla18DNQ12RetDNQ137Ret179Ret6DSQRet

1
20Republic of Ireland Derek Daly


DNPQDNPQDNQ

DNQRet
DSQRet10861
21Mexico Hector RebaqueDNQRet10DNPQDNPQDNPQRet12DNQRet6Ret11DNQRetDNQ1
United States Brett Lunger13Ret11DNQDNPQ7DNQDNQRet8DNPQ8RetRet13
0
Italy Bruno Giacomelli




8

Ret7

Ret14

0
West Germany Jochen Mass117RetRetDNQ1191313NCRetDNQDNQ


0
France Jean-Pierre Jarier12DNS811DNQ




DNQ


15Ret0
France René Arnoux

DNQ
DNPQ9

14
DNPQ9Ret
9Ret0
West Germany Rolf Stommelen

99RetRet141415DNQDSQDNPQDNPQDNPQ16DNPQ0
Brazil Nelson Piquet









RetRetRet9
110
Finland Keke Rosberg

RetDNPQDNPQDNQDNPQ1516Ret10NCRetDNPQRetNC0
United Kingdom Rupert KeeganRetRetRetDNSRetDNQ11DNQRetDNQDNQDNQDNS


0
Austria Harald Ertl









11RetDNPQDNQ

0
Belgium Jacky Ickx



Ret12RetDNQ







0
United States Bobby Rahal













12Ret0
Italy Arturo MerzarioRetDNQRetRetDNPQDNPQDNQNCDNQRetDNQDNQRetRetRetDNQ0
Italy Lamberto LeoniRetDNSDNQDNQ











0
United States Danny OngaisRetRet
DNPQ







DNPQ


0
Netherlands Michael Bleekemolen











DNQDNQRetDNPQ0
United States Eddie CheeverDNQDNQRet












0
Italy Alberto Colombo




DNQDNQ





DNPQ

0
United Kingdom Divina GalicaDNQDNQ













0
Italy Beppe Gabbiani













DNQDNQ0
Spain Emilio de Villota





DNQ








0
United Kingdom Geoff Lees








DNQ





0
United Kingdom Tony Trimmer








DNQ





0
Austria Hans Binder










DNQ



0
Italy Gimax












DNQ

0
PosDriverARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
ESP
Spain
SWE
Sweden
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
CAN
Canada
Pts
Key
ColourResult
GoldWinner
Silver2nd place
Bronze3rd place
GreenPoints finish
BlueNon-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
PurpleDid not finish (Ret)
RedDid not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
BlackDisqualified (DSQ)
WhiteDid not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light bluePracticed only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
BlankDid not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Drivers Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six placegetters in each round. The best seven results from the first eight races and the best seven results from the remaining eight races were retained.[1]

1978 Constructors Championship final standings

PosConstructorCar
no.
ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
ESP
Spain
SWE
Sweden
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
CAN
Canada
Pts[2]
1United Kingdom Lotus-Ford514721111Ret1Ret1Ret16Ret1086
65Ret14Ret2232RetRet12Ret

55













15Ret
25DNQRet10DNPQDNPQDNPQRet12DNQRet6Ret11DNQRetDNQ
2Italy Ferrari1171Ret183Ret10181RetDSQ731358
128RetRetRetRet410912Ret8367Ret1
3United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo123RetRet2RetRet1Ret2RetRet31RetRet53
2Ret83Ret4Ret5Ret437742RetRet
4United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford33Ret231RetRetRetRet4Ret2Ret11Ret538
41466Ret5612Ret10Ret5RetRetRet107
5Canada Wolf-Ford2010RetRetRet3Ret4Ret6Ret2Ret12123224
21













12Ret
32









10NCRetDNPQ

6France Ligier-Matra2616955Ret537710358411Ret19
7Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford1492Ret89RetRet6RetRet44585Ret17
8United Kingdom McLaren-Ford74RetRetRetRetRet683RetDSQRet10Ret7Ret15
86RetRet127
Ret496RetRet9568
33




8
Ret7

Ret14


28





DNQ








29










RetRet9

3013Ret11DNQDNPQ7DNQDNQRet8DNPQ8RetRet

40








DNQ





9United Kingdom Williams-Ford27Ret1147Ret108Ret5RetRetRetRet132911
10United Kingdom Arrows-Ford35
10Ret66RetRet28Ret9RetRetRet
411
36

99RetRet141415DNQDSQDNPQDNPQDNPQ16DNPQ
11United Kingdom Shadow-Ford1617RetDNQDNSRetRetRet11115RetRetRetRetRetRet6
17155DNQ10DNQRet155RetRetDNQNCDNQNC14DNQ
39


DNPQ







DNPQ


12France Renault15

RetRet10NC13RetRetRetRetRetRetRet4123
13United Kingdom Surtees-Ford18RetRetRetDNSRetDNQ11DNQRetDNQDNQDNQDNSDNQ9Ret1
1918DNQ12RetDNQ137Ret179Ret6DSQRetDNQDNQ
14United Kingdom Ensign-Ford22RetRet
DNQRet12RetDNQDNQRetRetDSQRet10861
23RetDNSDNQ





DNQ11RetDNPQ
13
Germany ATS-Ford9117RetRetDNQ1191313NCRetDNQDNQDNQRetDNPQ0
1012DNS811DNQDNQDNQ1516RetDNQDNQDNQDNQRetNC
France Martini-Ford31

DNQ
DNPQ9WD
14WDDNPQ9Ret


0
Italy Merzario-Ford37RetDNQRetRetDNPQDNPQDNQNCDNQRetDNQDNQRetRetRetDNQ0
34












DNPQ

Hong Kong Theodore-Ford32DNQDNQRetDNQDNPQDNQDNPQ








0
United Kingdom Hesketh-Ford24DNQDNQRetDNPQDNPQDNQ









0
PosConstructorCar
no.
ARG
Argentina
BRA
Brazil
RSA
South Africa
USW
United States
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
ESP
Spain
SWE
Sweden
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
CAN
Canada
Pts

Constructors points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six placegetters in each round with only the best placed car from each constructor eligible to score points. The best seven results from the first eight races and the best seven results from the remaining eight races were retained.[3]

Non-Championship race results

Another Formula One race was also held in 1978, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race NameCircuitDateWinning driverConstructorReport
United Kingdom XXX BRDC International TrophySilverstoneMarch 19Finland Keke RosbergUnited Kingdom Theodore-CosworthReport

   
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