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The I Gran Premio di Dino Ferrari, otherwise known as the 1979 Dino Ferrari Grand Prix, was a non-Championship FIA Formula One race, staged at the Autodromo Dino Ferrari on the 16 September 1979.[1] The race would be the last for Niki Lauda with Brabham, with the Austrian double World Champion signing off with victory.[1]

Qualifying would see the two Ferraris duel for pole position a week after they had swept to victory in Monza, with Gilles Villeneuve emerging ahead by 0.33s.[1] Newly crowned Champion Jody Scheckter therefore started second, while Lauda would share the second row with Carlos Reutemann.[1]

It was grid order as the field pulled away at the start, with Villeneuve sweeping into Tamburello ahead of Scheckter, while Reutemann kept Lauda at bay.[1] Those four proceeded to pull clear over the opening tour, leaving Riccardo Patrese to lead the rest of the field in his Arrows.[1]

The top four would run nose-to-tail throughout the early stages, until Reutemann's Lotus picked up a bad vibration.[1] Lauda duly took up the anti-Ferrari charge as the Argentine dropped back, and would soon elbow his way past Scheckter and into second as the South African hit tyre trouble.[1]

Villeneuve was also suffering with his Michelin tyres, although he was far more robust in his defence, leading to an epic duel for the lead.[1] They would fight for three laps until Villeneuve finally made a mistake, punting the Brabham up the back after misjudging the amount of grip he had.[1]

Miraculously Lauda would scramble through without damage or major loss of time, while Villeneuve had to limp back to the pits with his nose out of joint.[1] He rejoined in tenth and a lap down, but soon came charging back through the field to challenge for the top six late on.[1]

With that the race was run, with Lauda eventually limping home with a broken exhaust some seven seconds clear of Reutemann.[1] Indeed, the Argentine had been able to sneak ahead of Scheckter when the South African hit tyre trouble, and only the shortened 40 lap race distance prevented Patrese challenging for third late on.[1] Jean-Pierre Jarier was next ahead of Keke Rosberg, while Villeneuve ultimately had to settle for seventh having set a new lap record.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Formula One reached an interesting impasse during the late 1970s surrounding its oldest events, with the loss of several traditional venues across the decade, most notably the Nürburgring, prompting a lot of either investment or speculation.[1] In 1979 the Autodromo Dino Ferrari near Imola, Italy, made its bid to replace one such venue, intending to take the Italian Grand Prix from its traditional home of Monza.[1] The FIA had given initial approval for the change to be made for the 1980 season, although the Imola circuit had to host an F1 or equivalent race to prove it met the organisations increasingly effective safety standards.[1]

The I Gran Premio di Dino Ferrari was the result of the FIA's demand, which would see F1 equipment run competitively at the Imola circuit for the first time since it was modified in 1974.[1] The circuit itself was a mix of sweeping bends and tight, narrow, chicanes, which had been added to the old circuit to slow cars down.[1] Otherwise the circuit was unchanged from its only other F1 race, staged in 1963 and won by Jim Clark in a Lotus-Climax.[1]

In terms of an entry list sixteen drivers would be given the chance to compete, with over half the field heralding from Italy.[1] Indeed, Alfa Romeo were keen to impress, and so sent both Vittorio Brambilla and Bruno Giacomelli to the race with new cars, while the highly rated Riccardo Patrese convinced Arrows to let him race the British squad's spare A1B.[1] Shadow, meanwhile, gave reserve driver to Beppe Gabbiani a run-out alongside Elio de Angelis, Arturo Merzario brought his self-built creation along, while Giacomo Agostini entered two ex-factory Williams FW06s for himself and Carlo "Gimax" Franchi.[1]

However, the undoubted fan favourites for victory were the two Ferrari factory drivers with Gilles Villeneuve and Jody Scheckter both using the cars that had swept to a one-two victory in Monza a week earlier.[1] Furthermore, with neither the factory Williams squad, Ligier or the Renault team bothering to compete, the Scuderia had an almost clean run to victory on pace alone.[1] Indeed, only the increasing tension between Villeneuve and Scheckter looked likely to threaten their likely one-two, with Villeneuve free to race the new World Champion for the rest of the season.[1]

Other regulars from the 1979 F1 circus included a lone Tyrrell for Jean-Pierre Jarier, as well as a single Lotus for Carlos Reutemann.[1] Keke Rosberg also made the trip with his Wolf, Niki Lauda would give his Alfa engined Brabham a final run, while Patrick Tambay was sent to represent McLaren, albeit in the un-competitive M28.[1] Completing the entry would be Alex Ribeiro, who took over Emerson Fittipaldi's #14 Fittipaldi as the Brazilian squad assessed whether they should run a second car in the final two rounds in North America.[1]

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1979 Dino Ferrari Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Martini Racing Team Lotus Lotus 79 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell Team Tyrrell 009 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
5 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT48 Alfa Romeo 1260 V12 3.0 G
8 France Patrick Tambay United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M28 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
11 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T4 Ferrari 015 F12 3.0 M
12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T4 Ferrari 015 F12 3.0 M
14 Brazil Alex Ribeiro Brazil Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi F5A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
18 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Interscope Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
19 Italy Beppe Gabbiani United Kingdom Interscope Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
20 Finland Keke Rosberg Canada Olympus Cameras Wolf Racing Wolf WR9 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
24 Italy Arturo Merzario Italy Team Merzario Merzario A1B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows A1B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
35 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Autodelta Alfa Romeo 179 Alfa Romeo 1260 V12 3.0 G
36 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Italy Autodelta Alfa Romeo 177 Alfa Romeo 1260 V12 3.0 G
39 Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy Team Agostini Marlboro Williams FW06 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
40 Italy Gimax Italy Team Agostini Marlboro Williams FW06 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
Source:[1]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying for the inaugural Dino Ferrari Grand Prix was staged across a single session after practice on the Saturday before the race, with all sixteen entries set to qualify for the grid.[1] Conditions were ideal for the single two hour session, with no reference time for drivers to aim for, being the first F1 event to take place at the circuit for sixteen years.[1]

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying would, ultimately, be dominated by the two Ferraris, with Gilles Villeneuve and Jody Scheckter exchanging fastest times throughout the session.[1] Ultimately, it was Villeneuve who emerged as the quickest, dipping into the 1:32.00s with a 1:32.91 to claim pole towards the end of the day, with Scheckter unable to respond.[1] Regardless, the South African World Champion would start from a very safe second, with only one other driver in the 1:33.00s.[1]

That driver was ex-Ferrari racer Carlos Reutemann in the lone Lotus, who fended off tifosi traitor Niki Lauda by almost a full second.[1] They were followed by Riccardo Patrese in the Arrows, before the first of the Alfa Romeo factory cars appeared in the form of Vittorio Brambilla.[1] Elsewhere Patrick Tambay failed to set a time as his McLaren had some major dramas, while Beppe Gabbiani was forced to withdraw entirely after destroying two Ford Cosworth engines in his Shadow.[1]

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1979 Dino Ferrari Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 1:32.91
2 11 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 1:33.23 +0.32s
3 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:33.94 +1.03s
4 5 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:34.80 +1.89s
5 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:35.26 +2.35s
6 36 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Italy Alfa Romeo 1:35.37 +2.46s
7 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Canada Wolf-Ford Cosworth 1:35.68 +2.77s
8 4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:35.92 +3.01s
9 14 Brazil Alex Ribeiro Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1:37.28 +4.37s
10 39 Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:38.55 +5.64s
11 35 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 1:39.08T +6.17s
12 40 Italy Gimax Italy Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:40.06 +7.15s
13 24 Italy Arturo Merzario Italy Merzario-Ford Cosworth 1:41.86 +8.95s
14 18 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Shadow-Ford Cosworth 1:58.62 +25.71s
NC* 8 France Patrick Tambay United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth
DNS 19 Italy Beppe Gabbiani United Kingdom Shadow-Ford Cosworth
Source:[1][2]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • * Tambay failed to set a time but was allowed to start at the back of the grid.
  • Gabbiani failed to set a time due to an engine failure, and subsequently failed to make the start.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Gilles Villeneuve 2
______________ Jody Scheckter
Row 2 3 ______________
Carlos Reutemann 4
______________ Niki Lauda
Row 3 5 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 6
______________ Vittorio Brambilla
Row 4 7 ______________
Keke Rosberg 8
______________ Jean-Pierre Jarier
Row 5 9 ______________
Alex Ribeiro 10
______________ Giacomo Agostini
Row 6 11 ______________
Bruno Giacomelli 12
______________ Gimax
Row 7 13 ______________
Arturo Merzario 14
______________ Elio de Angelis
Row 8 15 ______________
Patrick Tambay 16
______________
Row 9 17 ______________
18
______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1979 Dino Ferrari Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 5 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 40 1:03:55.89 4
2 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 40 +8.09s 3
3 11 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 40 +26.22s 2
4 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 40 +39.76s 5
5 4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 40 +47.40s 8
6 20 Finland Keke Rosberg Canada Wolf-Ford Cosworth 40 +1:08.33 7
7 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 40 +1:14.38 1
8 8 France Patrick Tambay United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 39 +1 Lap 15
9 36 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Italy Alfa Romeo 39 +1 Lap 6
10 39 Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy Williams-Ford Cosworth 39 +1 Lap 10
11 24 Italy Arturo Merzario Italy Merzario-Ford Cosworth 38 +2 Laps 13
Ret 40 Italy Gimax Italy Williams-Ford Cosworth 32 Clutch 12
Ret 14 Brazil Alex Ribeiro Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 26 Gearbox 9
Ret 18 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Shadow-Ford Cosworth 17 Spin 11
Ret 35T Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 4 Engine 11
DNS 19 Italy Beppe Gabbiani United Kingdom Shadow-Ford Cosworth
Source:[3]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 D.S.J., 'Gran Premio Dino Ferrari di Formula One: Lauda quits Brabham on a winning note', motorsportmagazine.com, (Motor Sport Magazine, 01/10/1979), https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/archive/article/october-1979/48/gran-premio-dino-ferrari-di-formula-one, (Accessed 20/01/2019)
  2. '1979 Dino Ferrari GP', statsf1.com, (Chicane F1, 2016), http://www.chicanef1.com/race.pl?year=1979&gp=Dino%20Ferrari%20GP&r=1&type=qual, (Accessed 20/01/2019)
  3. '1979 Dino Ferrari GP: Classification', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/race.pl?year=1979&gp=Dino%20Ferrari%20GP&r=1&type=res, (Accessed 20/01/2019)
  4. 4.0 4.1 '1979 Dino Ferrari GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1979&gp=Dino%20Ferrari%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 20/01/2019)
V T E 1979 Formula One Season
Teams Alfa Romeo • Arrows • ATS • Brabham • Ensign • Ferrari • Fittipaldi • Kauhsen • Ligier • Lotus • McLaren • Merzario • Rebaque • Renault • Shadow • Tyrrell • Williams • Wolf
Engines Alfa Romeo • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Renault
Drivers Andretti • de Angelis • Arnoux • Brambilla • Brancatelli • Daly • Depailler • Fittipaldi • Gaillard • Giacomelli • Hunt • Ickx • Jabouille • Jarier • Jones • Laffite • Lammers • Lauda • Lees • Mass • Merzario • Patrese • Piquet • Pironi • Rebaque • Regazzoni • Reutemann • Ribeiro • Rosberg • Scheckter • Stuck • Surer • Tambay • Villeneuve • Watson • Zunino
Cars Alfa Romeo 177 • Alfa Romeo 179 • Arrows A1 • Arrows A2 • ATS D2 • ATS D3 • Brabham BT46 • Brabham BT48 • Brabham BT49 • Ensign N177 • Ensign N179 • Ferrari 312T • Fittipaldi F5 • Fittipaldi F6 • Kauhsen WK • Ligier JS11 • Lotus 79 • Lotus 80 • McLaren M26 • McLaren M28 • McLaren M29 • Merzario A1 • Merzario A2 • Merzario A4 • Rebaque HR100 • Renault RS01 • Renault RS10 • Shadow DN9 • Tyrrell 009 • Williams FW06 • Williams FW07 • Wolf WR7 • Wolf WR8 • Wolf WR9
Tyres Goodyear • Michelin
Races Argentina • Brazil • South Africa • United States West • Spain • Belgium • Monaco • France • Britain • Germany • Austria • Netherlands • Italy • Canada • United States
Non-championship Races Race of Champions • Dino Ferrari
See also 1978 Formula One Season • 1980 Formula One Season • Category

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