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The 1979 Monaco Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXXVI Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco, was the seventh race of the 1979 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Monaco on the 27 May 1979.[1] The race would see Jody Scheckter claim his second win in a row, although it was the heroics of Clay Regazzoni that ultimately stole the show.[1]

Scheckter would start the race in perfect form, defeating teammate Gilles Villeneuve in a duel for pole that saw the Ferraris lap two thirds of a second faster than anyone else.[1] Patrick Depailler proved to be their closest challenger in the Ligier, while Regazzoni would start a lowly sixteenth for Williams.[1]

The start also saw Scheckter assert his dominance, the South African managing to sprint clear as teammate Villeneuve squabbled, and lost out, to Niki Lauda.[1] They were chased by Depailler into Sainte Devote and up the hill, with Jacques Laffite and Didier Pironi leading the charge from fifth and sixth.[1]

The opening laps proved to be rather tame, although Regazzoni would quietly go about picking off the slower cars ahead of him to climb into the top ten.[1] Out front, meanwhile, Scheckter was able to establish a small lead over teammate Villeneuve, whom squeezed ahead of Lauda on lap three before blasting clear of the Austrian.[1]

Pironi hence became the centre of attention, although only for his antics in removing the two Ligiers from contention with two clumsy lunges.[1] His first dive on lap sixteen force Laffite to head to the pits with damage, before he careened into the back of Depailler at Loews Hairpin and briefly flicked his compatriot onto two wheels.[1]

Indeed, it took a third collision to remove Pironi from the race completely, the Frenchman ultimately taking Lauda out with him as he tried a lunge on lap 22.[1] Those collisions hence put Alan Jones into third, with the Ferraris pacing themselves out front, while Regazzoni was promoted into the points.[1]

More retirements would work to Regazzoni's benefit, with Jones, Jean-Pierre Jarier and Jochen Mass all hitting trouble to put the Swiss racer onto the podium.[1] A transmission failure for Villeneuve then left Scheckter on his own out front, with the Swiss racer taking an all or nothing approach to catch the lone Ferrari.[1]

The pair duly started the final lap nose-to-tail but, try as he might, Regazzoni could not squeeze his Williams ahead of the scarlet Ferrari before the chequered flag.[1] Scheckter therefore claimed a second victory of the season ahead of the ex-Ferrari racer, while Carlos Reutemann secured third after an engine failure removed a recovering Depailler from the race with two laps to go.[1] The Frenchman was subsequently classified in fifth behind John Watson, while Mass survived a gearbox issue to limp home in sixth, albeit seven laps off the lead.[1]

BackgroundEdit

With six races down and nine to go it was Jacques Laffite who led the Championship hunt, level on points with race winner Jody Scheckter, but ahead by virtue of having two wins to the South African's one. Gilles Villeneuve completed the top three, level with Patrick Depailler but ahead on countback, while Carlos Reutemann completed the top five. Indeed, just five points separated the top five after the opening six rounds, with defending Champion Mario Andretti next up but twelve points off the pace.

In the International Cup for Constructors it was Ferrari who led the charge at the end of the weekend, sneaking back ahead of Ligier-Ford Cosworth by a single point. Indeed, with almost two thirds of the season still to go it seemed as if those two would be in a private duel for the crown, although Lotus-Ford Cosworth remained in contention in third. Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth were next, with less than half the number of points than Lotus, while McLaren-Ford Cosworth were even further off the pace in fifth.

Entry ListEdit

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

No. Driver Entreat Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Martini Racing Team Lotus Lotus 80 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Martini Racing Team Lotus Lotus 79 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
3 France Didier Pironi United Kingdom Candy Tyrrell Team Tyrrell 009 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Candy 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
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT48 Alfa Romeo 1260 V12 3.0 G
7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M28C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
8 France Patrick Tambay United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M28 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
9 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck West Germany ATS Wheels ATS D2 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 Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi F5A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RS10 Renault EF1 V6t 1.5 M
16 France René Arnoux France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RS10 Renault EF1 V6t 1.5 M
17 Netherlands Jan Lammers United Kingdom Samson Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN9 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
18 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Samson Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN9 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
20 United Kingdom James Hunt Canada Olympus Cameras Wolf Racing Wolf WR7 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
22 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Team Ensign Ensign N179 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
24 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli Italy Team Merzario Merzario A2 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
25 France Patrick Depailler France Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS11 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS11 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Albilad-Saudia Racing Team Williams FW07 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
28 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Albilad-Saudia Racing Team Williams FW07 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
30 West Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows A1B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
31 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Mexico Team Rebaque Lotus 79 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Thursday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 11 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 1:27.35 1:26.45
2 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 1:26.91 1:26.52 +0.07s
3 25 France Patrick Depailler France Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:28.69 1:27.11 +0.66s
4 5 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:28.32 1:27.21 +0.76s
5 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:29.83 1:27.26 +0.81s
6 4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:28.62 1:27.42 +0.97s
7 3 France Didier Pironi United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:28.99 1:27.42 +0.97s
8 30 West Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:29.41 1:27.47 +1.02s
9 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:32.68 1:27.67 +1.22s
10 20 United Kingdom James Hunt Canada Wolf-Ford Cosworth 1:28.84 1:27.96 +1.51s
11 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:29.08 1:27.99 +1.54s
12 9 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck West Germany ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:29.89 1:28.22 +1.77s
13 1 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:29.23 1:28.23 +1.78s
14 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:28.89 1:28.23 +1.78s
15 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:29.56 1:28.30 +1.85s
16 28 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:28.48 1:28.51 +2.03s
17 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1:28.49 1:28.97 +2.04s
18 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:29.53 1:28.52 +2.07s
19 16 France René Arnoux France Renault 1:29.33 1:28.57 +2.12s
20 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault 1:29.87 1:28.68 +2.23s
DNQ 18 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Shadow-Ford Cosworth 1:29.83 1:28.70 +2.25s
DNQ 8 France Patrick Tambay United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:30.68 1:29.53 +3.08s
DNQ 17 Netherlands Jan Lammers United Kingdom Shadow-Ford Cosworth 1:32.02 1:29.99 +3.54s
DNQ 22 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Ensign-Ford Cosworth 1:36.89 1:30.18 +3.73s
DNPQ 24 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli Italy Merzario-Ford Cosworth 1:38.15
WD 31 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Mexico Lotus-Ford Cosworth Withdrawn
Source:[3][4]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Jody Scheckter
Gilles Villeneuve ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Patrick Depailler
Niki Lauda ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Jacques Laffite
Jean-Pierre Jarier ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Didier Pironi
Jochen Mass ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Alan Jones
James Hunt ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Carlos Reutemann
Hans-Joachim Stuck ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Mario Andretti
John Watson ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Riccardo Patrese
Clay Regazzoni ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Emerson Fittipaldi
Nelson Piquet ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 René Arnoux
Jean-Pierre Jabouille ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 South Africa Jody Scheckter Italy Ferrari 76 1:55:22.48 1 9
2 28 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 76 +0.44 16 6
3 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 76 +8.57 11 4
4 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 76 +41.31 14 3
5* 25 France Patrick Depailler France Ligier-Ford Cosworth 75 Engine 3 2
6 30 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 69 +7 Laps 8 1
7* 28 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 68 Transmission 18
8 28 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault 68 +8 Laps 20
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford Cosworth 55 Gearbox 5
Ret 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 54 Transmission 2
Ret 27 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 43 Steering 9
Ret 4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 34 Suspension 6
Ret 9 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck West Germany ATS-Ford Cosworth 30 Wheel 12
Ret 5 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 21 Accident 4
Ret 3 France Didier Pironi United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 21 Accident 7
Ret 1 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 21 Suspension 13
Ret 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 17 Engine 17
Ret 16 France René Arnoux France Renault 8 Accident 19
Ret 20 United Kingdom James Hunt Canada Wolf-Ford Cosworth 4 Transmission 10
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 4 Suspension 15
DNQ 18 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Shadow-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 8 France Patrick Tambay United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 17 Netherlands Jan Lammers United Kingdom Shadow-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 22 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Ensign-Ford Cosworth
DNPQ 24 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli Italy Merzario-Ford Cosworth
WD 31 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Mexico Lotus-Ford Cosworth
Source:[5]
  • * Depailler and Piquet were both still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

With seven races down the first of the drop-scores were being applied to the Championship standings, with drivers dropping their three worst results from the first seven rounds, as per the FIA's rules. Regardless of this rule, however, it was Jody Scheckter who led the title hunt, six ahead of Jacques Laffite after the drop scores were applied. The biggest loser as a result of the scoring rule proved to be Carlos Reutemann, whose loss of five points dropped him from a potential second back to fifth behind Laffite, Gilles Villeneuve and Patrick Depailler.

In the International Cup for Constructors the scoring system was far less convoluted, largely due to the fact that both cars could score points for each team. That meant that Ferrari continued to lead the way with half the season gone, leaving Monte Carlo with an eight point advantage over Ligier-Ford Cosworth. Lotus-Ford Cosworth were next, nine further back, while Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth and Williams-Ford Cosworth completed the top five.

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 South Africa Jody Scheckter 30 (34) ▲1
2 France Jacques Laffite 24 ▼1
3 Canada Gilles Villeneuve 20
4 France Patrick Depailler 20 (22)
5 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 20 (25)
6 United States Mario Andretti 12
7 France Didier Pironi 8
8 United Kingdom John Watson 8 ▲1
9 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 7 ▼1
10 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 6 ▲6
11 Australia Alan Jones 4 ▼1
12 Italy Riccardo Patrese 2 ▼1
13 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 1 ▼1
14 West Germany Jochen Mass 1 ▲1
15 Austria Niki Lauda 1 ▼2
International Cup for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 54
2 France Ligier-Ford Cosworth 46
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 37
4 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 15
5 United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 10 ▲1
6 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 8 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 3
8 United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1
9 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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References:

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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 de Angelis • Andretti • 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
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