Formula One 1978 Season

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Formula One 1978 Season

Regulations:

Engine: 1500cc (supercharged / turbocharged), 3000cc (normally aspirated)
Cylinders: 12 (maximum)
Weight:
575 kg (minimum)
Points - Driver & Constructors: 1st: 9, 2nd: 6, 3rd: 4, 4th: 3, 5th: 2, 6th: 1

1978 Grand Prix Calendar
Date
Grand Prix Circuit
Pole Position
Winner
January 15th, 1978
Argentina
Argentine GP Buenos Aires Mario Andretti Mario Andretti
January 29th, 1978
Brazil
Brazilian GP Jacarepagua Ronnie Peterson Carlos Reutemann
March 4th, 1978
South Africa
South African GP Kyalami
Niki Lauda Ronnie Peterson
April 2nd, 1978
United States
US West GP Long Beach Carlos Reutemann Carlos Reutemann
May 7th, 1978
Monaco
Monaco GP Monte Carlo Carlos Reutemann Patrick Depailler
May 21st, 1978
Belgum
Belgian GP Zolder Mario Andretti Mario Andretti
June 4th, 1978
Spain
Spanish GP Jarama Mario Andretti Mario Andretti
June 17th, 1978
Sweden
Swedish GP Anderstorp Mario Andretti Niki Lauda
July 2nd, 1978
France
French GP Paul Ricard John Watson Mario Andretti
July 16th, 1978
United Kingdom
British GP Brands Hatch Ronnie Peterson Carlos Reutemann
July 30th, 1978
Germany
German GP Hockenheim Mario Andretti Mario Andretti
August 13th, 1978
Austria
Austrian GP Osterreichring Ronnie Peterson Ronnie Peterson
August 27th, 1978
Netherlands
Dutch GP Zandvoort Mario Andretti Mario Andretti
September 10th, 1978
Italy
Italian GP Monza Mario Andretti Niki Lauda
October 1st, 1978
United States
United States GP Watkins Glen Mario Andretti Carlos Reutemann
October 8th, 1978
Canada
Canadian GP Montréal Jean-Pierre Jarier Gilles Villeneuve
 
1978 F1 Drivers
Championship
Position
Driver
Points
C
Mario Andretti
64
2
Ronnie Peterson
51
3
Carlos Reutemann
48
4
Niki Lauda
44
5
Patrick Depailler
34
6
John Watson
25
7
Jody Scheckter
24
8
Jacques Laffite
19
1978 F1 Constructors
Championship
Position
Manufacturer
Points
C
Lotus / Ford
85
2
Ferrari / Ferrari
58
3
Brabham / Alfa Romeo
53
4
Tyrrell / Ford
38
5
Wolf / Ford
24
6
Ligier / Matra
19
7
Fittipaldi / Ford
17
8
McLaren / Ford
15
James Hunt's McLaren M26 at the lead of the 1978 Swedish GP
James Hunt's McLaren M26 at the lead of the 1978 Swedish GP. It was a disappointing race for Hunt, who managed only 8th place, not being able to make the M26 handle well at the Anderstorp circuit.

The Swedish Grand Prix



The 1978 Grand Prix saw the first, and last, appearance of the Brabham Alfa Romeo BT 46 'sucker car' which Niki Lauda drove to an easy win. The car raised a storm of controversy; the enormous rear-mounted fan, ostensibly to cool the re-positioned radiators, was thought by rival constructors to constitute an aerodynamic device which contravened the FIA regulation that all such devices be 'firmly fixed while the car is in motion'. It was generally felt that the fan was meant to suck air from under the car, exerting a 'reverse hovercraft' effect of greater downforce.

Following objections the car was banned by the CSI with a promise to make the regulations less ambiguous, but the race result stood. The superior traction given the Brabham enabled it to overhaul Mario Andretti's Lotus 79 which had looked unbeatable in its first two races. Lauda's win was the first victory for the Brabham-Alfa and briefly raised the prospect of a hard struggle between it and the Lotus to the end of the season. Andretti's retirement with engine trouble allowed Ricardo Patrese's Arrows second place, fractionally ahead of Ronnie Peterson in the second Lotus who drove a typical, storming race in the later stages.
Niki Lauda's Brabham-Alfa BT46 during its first and last appearance in 'fan car' guise
Niki Lauda's Brabham-Alfa BT46 during its first and last appearance in 'fan car' guise, it was an easy winner at the 1978 Swedish GP.
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