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1978 Belgian Grand Prix

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The 1978 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 21 May 1978 at Zolder.

Report

The main news before the Belgian Grand Prix was that the new Lotus 79 was now ready to race, and immediately Mario Andretti showed its pace by taking pole comfortably from Carlos Reutemann and Niki 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 Jody Scheckter and had to retire. This left Gilles Villeneuve second and Ronnie 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.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 23x15px Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 70 1:39:52.02 1 9
2 6 23x15px Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 70 + 9.90 7 6
3 11 23x15px Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 70 + 24.34 2 4
4 12 23x15px Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 70 + 47.04 4 3
5 26 23x15px Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 69 Accident 14 2
6 3 23x15px Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 23 1
7 30 23x15px Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 24
8 33 23x15px Bruno Giacomelli McLaren-Ford 69 + 1 Lap 21
9 31 23x15px René Arnoux Martini-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 19
10 27 23x15px Alan Jones Williams-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 11
11 9 23x15px Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 16
12 22 23x15px Jacky Ickx Ensign-Ford 64 + 6 Laps 22
13 19 23x15px Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 63 Engine 12
Ret 16 23x15px Hans Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford 56 Spun Off 10
NC 15 23x15px Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 56 + 14 Laps 20
Ret 20 23x15px Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 53 Spun Off 5
Ret 4 23x15px Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 51 Gearbox 13
Ret 17 23x16px Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford 40 Transmission 18
Ret 35 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 31 Suspension 8
Ret 36 23x15px Rolf Stommelen Arrows-Ford 26 Spun Off 17
Ret 2 23x15px John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 18 Accident 9
Ret 1 23x15px Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 3
Ret 7 23x15px James Hunt McLaren-Ford 0 Accident 6
Ret 14 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 0 Accident 15
DNQ 18 23x15px Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford
DNQ 24 23x15px Derek Daly Hesketh-Ford
DNQ 32 23x15px Keke Rosberg Theodore-Ford
DNQ 10 23x15px Alberto Colombo ATS-Ford
DNPQ 25 23x15px Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford
DNPQ 37 23x15px Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford

Notes

Standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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