Carlos Reutemann

Carlos Alberto Reutemann (born April 12, 1942), nicknamed "Lole", is an Argentine former racing driver who raced in Formula One from 1972 through 1982, and later became a politician in his native province of Santa Fe, for the Justicialist Party, and governor of Santa Fe in Argentina.

As a racing driver, Reutemann was among Formula One's leading protagonists between 1972 and 1982. He scored 12 Grand Prix wins and six pole positions. In 1981 while driving for Williams he finished second in the World Drivers' Championship by one point, having been overtaken in the last race of the season. Reutemann also finished in third overall three times for three separate teams, 1975 for Brabham, 1978 for Ferrari and 1980 for Williams. To date he is the latest Argentine driver to win a Grand Prix.

In terms of race wins, his final Ferrari season in 1978 was his most successful with four wins, but he fell short to the consistency of the Lotus team with Mario Andretti and the late Ronnie Peterson and was not in championship contention to the final race. He finished third, just behind Peterson, who had died in an accident at Monza earlier that autumn. In 1981, Reutemann instead relied on consistency, but narrowly lost out to Nelson Piquet for the title.

He became the second Formula One driver after Leo Kinnunen to be at the podium of a World Rally Championship event, when he finished third in the 1980 and 1985 editions of Rally Argentina. He was also for three decades the only Formula One driver to score drivers' championship points in both F1 and WRC, until Kimi Räikkönen's eighth place at the 2010 Jordan Rally.[2]

As a popular governor and a senator, he has been considered by some, on several occasions, to be a worthy candidate for President, but while he considered running for president in the 2011 Argentine general election he declined to do so.[3]

Carlos Reutemann
Reutemann 1981
Reutemann in 1981.
NationalityArgentina Argentine
Born12 April 1942 (age 77)
Santa Fe, Argentina
Formula One World Championship career
Active years19721982
TeamsBrabham, Ferrari, Lotus, Williams
Entries146
Championships0 (Best Result: 2nd in 1981)
Wins12
Podiums45
Career points298 (310)[1]
Pole positions6
Fastest laps6
First entry1972 Argentine Grand Prix
First win1974 South African Grand Prix
Last win1981 Belgian Grand Prix
Last entry1982 Brazilian Grand Prix
World Rally Championship record
Active years1980, 1985
TeamsFiat Italia, Peugeot Talbot Sport
Rallies2
Championships0
Rally wins0
Podiums2
Stage wins1
Total points24
First rally1980 Rally Argentina
Last rally1985 Rally Argentina

Racing career

Early years

Descended from a Swiss-German grandfather, an Argentine father and an Italian mother, Reutemann was the first successful Argentine Formula One driver since the retirement of five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio in 1958. He first raced in 1965 in a Fiat saloon car.[4] After racing touring cars and Formula 2 in Argentina, he moved to Europe in 1970 to drive a Brabham for the Automobile Club of Argentina Team in the European Formula 2 series. He immediately received attention when he took out Austrian Formula One driver Jochen Rindt (that year's eventual posthumous World Champion) on the first lap of his first race at Hockenheim, but carried on to finish fourth. The next season, he finished a close second in the series to Sweden's Ronnie Peterson.

Formula One: early years

1974 Brands Hatch Race of Champions Reutemann Brabham BT44
Reutemann at the wheel of the Brabham BT44 during the 1974 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch.

Brabham F1 team boss Bernie Ecclestone signed Reutemann to drive alongside veteran and two-time World Champion Graham Hill for the 1972 season. At the first race, in front of his home crowd at Buenos Aires for his first Grand Prix, Reutemann qualified his Brabham BT34 on pole position. This was a feat previously performed only by Mario Andretti, and since matched only by Jacques Villeneuve; his teammate Hill qualified 16th. He finished the race in seventh after having to pit to replace his soft tyres, and the main highlight for the rest of the year was his win in the non-Championship Interlagos Grand Prix.

Carlos Reutemann Walkins Glen Ferrari 1978
Reutemann Driving his Ferrari 312T3, Reutemann won the 1978 USA Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, USA.

Teamed with Brazilian Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior for the 1973 season, Reutemann scored two podium finishes and seventh in the Drivers' Championship. For 1974, the Gordon Murray-designed Brabham BT44 was a vast improvement and the team finished a close fifth in the Constructors' Championship. Reutemann took the first three victories of his F1 career at South Africa, Austria and the United States. He might have won the first race of the year in Argentina, too, but the Brabham team apparently failed to properly fuel his car and he ran out of fuel with less than two laps to go while safely in the lead. Though he matched Drivers' Champion Emerson Fittipaldi's win total, inconsistent performances in the other races left Reutemann sixth in the season standings.

Reutemann Monaco 1979
Reutemann driving the Lotus 79 at the 1979 Monaco Grand Prix

Five podium finishes in 1975, including a win in Germany at the old Nürburgring, allowed Reutemann to place third in that year's Championship. The Brabham team switched to the Alfa Romeo flat-12 engine for 1976 and suffered from serious reliability problems. After seven retirements and only one finish in the points (fourth place in Spain) in the first twelve races, Reutemann negotiated a release from his Brabham contract to sign with Ferrari, who was looking for a temporary replacement for the injured Niki Lauda. Lauda's unexpected speedy recovery resulted in Reutemann racing only once for the team, in a third car at Monza, and then sitting out for the final three races.

For the 1977 Ferrari opted to keep the now fully recovered Lauda and have Reutemann replacing Clay Regazzoni, who moved on to the Ensign team. In the first two races, Reutemann finished third in Argentina and won in Brazil, outdriving Lauda in both events, and taking the Championship lead. Over the course of the season, however, Lauda reaffirmed his position as team leader. Lauda won his second Championship, while Reutemann finished fourth.

When Lauda moved to Brabham in 1978, Reutemann became the senior member of the Ferrari team, joined by the young Canadian Gilles Villeneuve. Reutemann used the Ferrari 312T2 to win in Brazil, and a 312T3 to win in Britain and twice in the United States (Long Beach and Watkins Glen). However, the Lotus team was dominant once their new model 79 was introduced at Monaco, and Reutemann finished a close third in the points standings behind Andretti and Peterson.

With an opening at Lotus in 1979 after the death of Ronnie Peterson, Reutemann decided to move from Ferrari to Lotus. The first few races went well for him – highlights being forceful second places in Argentina and Spain, plus third places at Brazil and Monaco – but, as the season wore on, the team struggled while Jody Scheckter won the title for Ferrari. After four podiums and six points finishes in the first seven races, Reutemann ended up finishing in only seventh place for the season.

Formula One: career at Williams

Reutemann and Williams at 1981 Dutch Grand Prix additional crop
Reutemann with Frank Williams, 1981.

Joining the Williams team for 1980 put him back in a competitive car once again- the very quick FW07 car. The season started off badly for the patriotic Argentinean- he failed to win his home Grand Prix in Buenos Aires (which was the first race of the season; this was a feat he would never accomplish) after his car suffered engine failure. Reutemann got out of the car, took off his helmet, sat down next to his car and burst into tears in full view of cameras broadcasting the race worldwide and in front of the 80,000 spectators at the track. But the season got much better as he would win at Monaco and score eight podiums throughout the year to finish third in the Championship. His partnership with number one driver and World Champion Alan Jones was productive for Williams, who won their first Constructors' Championship with a then-record 120 points. Reutemann's relationship with his teammate soured when, the following season, Reutemann disobeyed the team's orders and thereby refused to allow Jones to win the 1981 Brazilian Grand Prix. Jones never forgave this act of disobedience on the part of his teammate, while Reutemann felt frustrated at Jones' refusal to acknowledge his help, especially after having just given him the victory at the 1981 USA West Grand Prix. Reutemann continued to score more points than Jones throughout the remainder of the season, and the Brazilian victory (and another in Belgium) helped put him in a position to challenge for the title in a three-way battle with Nelson Piquet and Jacques Laffite at the season-ending race in Las Vegas.

Reutemann arrived in Las Vegas with a one-point lead in the Championship over Brazilian Nelson Piquet. He began the race from pole position, ahead of Jones, who had vowed not to provide any "help" in Reutemann's quest, while Piquet was fourth. At the start, Jones jumped into the lead and Reutemann was quickly passed by Villeneuve, Alain Prost and Bruno Giacomelli.

On lap 17, battling over seventh place as they approached the last left-hander before the pits, Piquet's Brabham was nearly touching the back of Reutemann's Williams. Piquet got around Reutemann on the inside when Reutemann, fighting for the Championship, braked early. On the next lap, Andretti also went by Reutemann. Piquet put himself in a position to score points when he took over sixth place from John Watson on lap 22. Reutemann continued to slip backwards with gearbox trouble, having lost fourth gear as early as lap two. Reutemann finished the race in eighth, a lap down, and the title went to Piquet. However, if that year's season opener, the 1981 South African Grand Prix, which had been run as a Formula Libre race and one which Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Renault and Ligier didn‘t attend, had been a race with World Championship Points awarded, Reutemann would have been World Champion with 58 Points against Piquet's 56. He returned with Williams for 1982, finishing second in the South Africa, the only Cosworth-engined runner able to take the fight to the much more powerful turbo-engined Renaults. The Falklands War, however, generated a tense political period between Argentina and the United Kingdom, and Reutemann chose to distance himself from the team and retire after the Brazilian race.[5] In light of the further developments that took place in Reutemann's life, many felt that his decision to terminate his racing career was made with an eye to his future in politics. This is disputed by Williams's Chief Designer Patrick Head, who felt that the Falklands War was only an excuse and that Reutemann had simply retired because "his heart wasn't in it anymore".[6]

Formula One: legacy

In 2016, in an academic paper that reported a mathematical modeling study that assessed the relative influence of driver and machine, Reutemann was ranked the 27th best Formula One driver of all time.[7]

Rallying career

Reutemann was approached by Fiat during the 1980 F1 season with an offer to drive a Fiat 131 in the inaugural 1980 Codasur Rally (now Rally Argentina), where he finished in third place. In 1985 he accepted another offer to drive the Argentinian Rally, this time by Peugeot. Driving a 205 T16 Reutemann again finished in third place.[4]

Racing record

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Pts[1]
1972 Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT34 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
7
RSA
Ret
ESP MON 16th 3
Brabham BT37 BEL
13
FRA
12
GBR
8
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
4
USA
Ret
1973 Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT37 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
11
RSA
7
7th 16
Brabham BT42 ESP
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
SWE
4
FRA
3
GBR
6
NED
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
4
ITA
6
CAN
8
USA
3
1974 Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT44 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
7
BRA
7
RSA
1
ESP
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
SWE
Ret
NED
12
FRA
Ret
GBR
6
GER
3
AUT
1
ITA
Ret
CAN
9
USA
1
6th 32
1975 Martini Racing Brabham BT44B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
3
BRA
8
RSA
2
ESP
3
MON
9
BEL
3
SWE
2
NED
4
FRA
14
GBR
Ret
GER
1
AUT
14
ITA
4
USA
Ret
3rd 37
1976 Martini Racing Brabham BT45 Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12 BRA
12
RSA
Ret
USW
Ret
ESP
4
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
SWE
Ret
FRA
11
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
16th 3
Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 312T2 Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 ITA
9
CAN USA JPN
1977 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 312T2 Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 ARG
3
BRA
1
RSA
8
USW
Ret
ESP
2
MON
3
BEL
Ret
SWE
3
FRA
6
GBR
15
GER
4
AUT
4
NED
6
ITA
Ret
USA
6
CAN
Ret
JPN
2
4th 42
1978 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 312T2 Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 ARG
7
BRA
1
3rd 48
Ferrari 312T3 RSA
Ret
USW
1
MON
8
BEL
3
ESP
Ret
SWE
10
FRA
18
GBR
1
GER
Ret
AUT
DSQ
NED
7
ITA
3
USA
1
CAN
3
1979 Martini Racing Team Lotus Lotus 79 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
2
BRA
3
RSA
5
USW
Ret
ESP
2
BEL
4
MON
3
FRA
13
GBR
8
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
7
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
6th 20 (25)
1980 Albilad-Williams Racing Team Williams FW07B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
RSA
5
USW
Ret
BEL
3
MON
1
FRA
6
GBR
3
GER
2
AUT
3
NED
4
ITA
3
CAN
2
USA
2
3rd 42 (49)
1981 Albilad-Williams Racing Team Williams FW07C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 USW
2
BRA
1
ARG
2
SMR
3
BEL
1
MON
Ret
2nd 49
TAG Williams Team ESP
4
FRA
10
GBR
2
GER
Ret
AUT
5
NED
Ret
ITA
3
CAN
10
CPL
8
1982 TAG Williams Team Williams FW07C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA
2
BRA
Ret
USW SMR BEL MON DET CAN NED GBR FRA GER AUT SUI ITA CPL 15th 6
Source:[8]
Notes
  • Half points were awarded because the races were stopped before 75% of the scheduled distance was completed.

Non-Championship Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1971 Ecurie Bonnier McLaren M7C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
3
ROC QUE SPR INT RIN OUL
Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT33 VIC
9
1972 Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT34 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC BRA
1
INT OUL REP
Brabham BT37 VIC
10
1974 Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT44 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 PRE
Ret
ROC
Ret
INT
1975 Martini Racing Brabham BT44B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC INT
8
SUI
1979 Martini Racing Team Lotus Lotus 79 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC GNM DIN
2
1980 Albilad-Williams Racing Team Williams FW07B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ESP
Ret
1981 Albilad-Williams Racing Team Williams FW07C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA
1
Source:[9]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1973 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Australia Tim Schenken Ferrari 312PB S
3.0
182 DNF DNF

Complete WRC results

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Points
1980 Fiat Italia Fiat 131 Abarth MON SWE POR KEN GRC ARG
3
FIN NZL ITA FRA GBR CIV 21st 12
1985 Peugeot Talbot Sport 205 Turbo 16 MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRC NZL ARG
3
FIN ITA CIV GBR NC 12

Political career

Carlos Reutemann
Governor of Santa Fe
In office
10 December 1991 – 10 December 1995
10 December 1999 – 10 December 2003
Preceded byVíctor Reviglio (1991)
Jorge Obeid (1999)
Succeeded byJorge Obeid (1995)
Jorge Obeid (2003)
Personal details
Born12 April 1942 (age 77)
Santa Fe, Argentina
Political partyJusticialist Party
Carlos Reutemann
Reutemann in 2003.

After retiring from racing, Reutemann's popularity led the Justicialist Party of the province of Santa Fe to invite him to run for governor. He won the election and ran the province for one four-year term (1991–1995). The provincial constitution does not allow for re-election, but after four years Reutemann presented again and won the governorship for the period 1999–2003. During those years, his profile grew and he became one of the leading politicians in Santa Fe and in Argentina.

Reutemann's second term was marked by the nationwide economic problems brought by the recession that had started in 1999 and ultimately led to the socioeconomic crash of 2001. Under Reutemann, Santa Fe kept a conservative fiscal policy, whereby it applied discounts and froze public workers' salaries and pensions through an Economic Emergency Law. The province was among the few not to resort to the issue of government bonds as a form of quasi-currency, and thus did not become highly indebted.

After the 2001 crash and the resignation of Fernando de la Rúa, Reutemann surprised and disappointed many by declining, on several occasions, to run for president. He finally presented himself for the 2003 general election and won a seat in the National Senate, which he occupies at present.

During the 2005 legislative elections Reutemann chose not to be a major participant in the campaign. After the PJ lost to the Socialist Party candidates for the first time in Santa Fe, members of the party were rumored to be unhappy about Reutemann's low profile. Reutemann also declined to run for governor of Santa Fe again in the 2007 elections.[10]

On January 1, 2006 Reutemann was named Commendatore della Repubblica by President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

During a session in the Argentinian Senate on 17 July 2008, Reutemann presented an alternative project for the Commission of Agriculture in opposition to the one of then Vice-President Julio Cobos. His project didn't pass, and on February 2009 he renounced to his role in the Bloque Parlamentario del Frente para la Victoria to create his own political fraction, "Santa Fe Federal", with the intention of protecting the interests of the province.

He was reelected to the Senate both in 2009 and 2015, when he formed part of the Cambiemos alliance nationally and supported Mauricio Macri in the presidential election. His mandate expires in 2021.

Notes

  1. ^ a b Up until 1990, not all points scored by a driver contributed to their final World Championship tally (see list of points scoring systems for more information). Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
  2. ^ "Räikkönen teki suomalaista moottoriurheiluhistoriaa!". MTV3 (in Finnish). 3 April 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  3. ^ http://en.mercopress.com/2011/05/24/reutemann-says-cfk-will-seek-re-election-and-downplays-clashes-with-organized-labour
  4. ^ a b "Lole: a natural on the loose" by John Davenport, Motor Sport June 2007
  5. ^ Fearnley, Paul (April 2012). "The Commodore 64, Compact Discs and F1 drivers on strike: welcome to 1982". Classic & Sports Car. Teddington, Middlesex, UK: Haymarket: 237. ISSN 0263-3183.
  6. ^ "Frank Williams" by Maurice Hamilton, Motorbooks Intl, June 1998
  7. ^ Hanlon, Mike (2016-05-12). "The Top 50 F1 drivers of all time, regardless of what they were driving". New Atlas. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  8. ^ "Carlos Reutemann – Involvement". StatsF1. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  9. ^ "Carlos Reutemann – Biography". MotorSportMagazine. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  10. ^ [1]

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pablo Brea
Argentine Formula Two Champion
1969
Succeeded by
Osvaldo Bessia
Political offices
Preceded by
Víctor Reviglio
Governor of Santa Fe
1991–1995
Succeeded by
Jorge Obeid
Preceded by
Jorge Obeid
Governor of Santa Fe
1999–2003
1974 Austrian Grand Prix

The 1974 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Österreichring on 18 August 1974. It was race 12 of 15 in both the 1974 World Championship of Drivers and the 1974 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 54-lap race was won by Carlos Reutemann, driving a Brabham-Ford, with Denny Hulme second in a McLaren-Ford and James Hunt third in a Hesketh-Ford.

1975 Argentine Grand Prix

The 1975 Argentine Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Buenos Aires on 12 January 1975. It was race 1 of 14 in both the 1975 World Championship of Drivers and the 1975 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. It was the twelfth Argentine Grand Prix and only the second to be held on the lengthened six kilometre version of the race track that runs out towards Curvon Salotto around the lake which lies to the north-east of the circuit.

The race was won for the second time by Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi driving a McLaren M23. He took a six-second victory over James Hunt in his Hesketh 308. Carlos Reutemann scored his best result to that time on his home race finishing third in his Brabham BT44B.

1975 South African Grand Prix

The 1975 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami on 1 March 1975. It was race 3 of 14 in both the 1975 World Championship of Drivers and the 1975 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. It was the 21st South African Grand Prix since the first Grand Prix was held in 1934 and the ninth to be held at Kyalami just outside Johannesburg. It was held over 78 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 320 kilometres.

Jody Scheckter became the first South African driver to win the race. Driving a Tyrrell 007, he took over the lead of the race from Carlos Pace on lap three and took a three-second win over the Brabham BT44B of Carlos Reutemann. Scheckter's Tyrrell team mate Patrick Depailler finished third.

1977 Monaco Grand Prix

The 1977 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monaco on 22 May 1977. It was the sixth race of the 1977 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1977 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

The 76-lap race was won by South African driver Jody Scheckter, driving a Wolf-Ford. It was Scheckter's second victory of the season, and the 100th World Championship race victory for the Ford-backed Cosworth DFV engine. Austrian Niki Lauda finished second in a Ferrari, with Argentinian teammate Carlos Reutemann third.

1977 Spanish Grand Prix

The 1977 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 8 May 1977 at the Circuito del Jarama near Madrid, Spain. It was the fifth race of the 1977 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1977 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

The 75-lap race was won from pole position by American driver Mario Andretti, driving a Lotus-Ford. Argentinian Carlos Reutemann finished second in a Ferrari, with South African Jody Scheckter third in a Wolf-Ford.

1977 Swedish Grand Prix

The 1977 Swedish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Scandinavian Raceway on 19 June 1977. It was the eighth race of the 1977 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1977 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

The 72-lap race was won by Frenchman Jacques Laffite, driving a Ligier-Matra. This was the first Formula One victory for a French team and a French engine, as well as the first all-French victory in the Formula One World Championship.German driver Jochen Mass finished second in a McLaren-Ford, with Argentinian Carlos Reutemann third in a Ferrari.

1978 Belgian Grand Prix

The 1978 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 21 May 1978 at Zolder. It was the sixth race of the 1978 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1978 International Cup for F1 Constructors. The 70-lap race was won from pole position by Mario Andretti, driving the new Lotus 79. Teammate Ronnie Peterson was second in the older Lotus 78, with Carlos Reutemann third in a Ferrari.

1978 Brazilian Grand Prix

The 1978 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 29 January 1978 at Jacarepagua. The race was won by Argentine driver Carlos Reutemann driving a Ferrari 312T2 in a flag-to-flag performance. The win also represented the first win for tyre manufacturer Michelin. Local driver Emerson Fittipaldi was second, scoring the first podium finish for the Fittipaldi team with Austrian Brabham driver Niki Lauda finishing third. French driver Didier Pironi took his first points in Formula One, finishing sixth.

1978 British Grand Prix

The 1978 British Grand Prix (formally the XXXI John Player British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Brands Hatch on 16 July 1978. It was the tenth race of the 1978 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1978 International Cup for F1 Constructors.

The 76-lap race was won by Argentinian driver Carlos Reutemann, driving a Ferrari. After starting from eighth position, Reutemann worked his way up the field and took the lead on lap 60, eventually winning by 1.2 seconds from Austrian driver Niki Lauda in the Brabham-Alfa Romeo. Lauda's Northern Irish teammate, John Watson, finished third.

1979 Monaco Grand Prix

The 1979 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 27 May 1979 at Monaco. It was the 37th Monaco Grand Prix and the seventh round of the 1979 Formula One season.

The 76-lap race was won from pole position by Jody Scheckter, driving a Ferrari. Clay Regazzoni finished second in a Williams-Ford, with Carlos Reutemann third in a Lotus-Ford. Patrick Depailler set the fastest lap of the race in a Ligier-Ford.

In a race of attrition, John Watson was fourth in his McLaren-Ford, Depailler fifth despite an engine failure on the last lap, and Jochen Mass sixth in his Arrows A1. Mass had run as high as third in the race and seemed to be closing in on the leaders before brake issues dropped him down the field.

This was the last Formula One race for 1976 World Champion James Hunt. Hunt qualified tenth in his Wolf-Ford before retiring after four laps with a transmission problem.

1979 Spanish Grand Prix

The 1979 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 29 April 1979 at the Circuito Permanente del Jarama near Madrid, Spain. It was race 5 of 15 in both the 1979 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1979 International Cup for F1 Constructors. The 75-lap race was won by Patrick Depailler, driving a Ligier-Ford, with Lotus drivers Carlos Reutemann and Mario Andretti second and third respectively.

1980 Austrian Grand Prix

The 1980 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 17 August 1980 at the Österreichring circuit in Austria. It was the tenth race of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was the 13th Austrian Grand Prix and the eleventh to be held at the Österreichring. The race was held over 54 laps of the 5.942-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 321 kilometres.

The race was won by French driver, Jean-Pierre Jabouille driving a Renault RE20. The win was Jabouille's second and last Formula One Grand Prix victory. It was also his first points finish in over a year since his previous victory at the 1979 French Grand Prix. It would also be the last points finish of his career. Jabouille won by eight-tenths of a second over Australian driver Alan Jones driving a Williams FW07B. Third was Jones' Williams Grand Prix Engineering team mate, Argentinian driver Carlos Reutemann.

At the high-altitude circuit the turbocharged Renaults dominated qualifying, with René Arnoux securing pole over Jabouille but Jones won the start, leading until Arnoux took over on lap 3. Arnoux pitted for tyres on lap 21 handing Jabouille a lead he only just kept and Jones fell just short as Jabouille limped home on wrecked tyres.

Behind Reutemann, French driver Jacques Laffite was fourth in his Ligier JS11/15 with Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet (Brabham BT49) and Italian driver Elio de Angelis (Lotus 81) completing the points finishers. Team Lotus ran a third car for debutant British driver Nigel Mansell. The future world champion retired with a broken engine after 40 laps and suffering burns after he raced in overalls soaked in fuel after a pre-race incident. West German driver Jochen Mass did not make the start, crashing and rolling his Arrows A3 and injuring himself in practice.

Jones now led Piquet by eleven points, Reutemann by 17 and Laffite by 19. Williams now led Ligier in the constructors' championship by 26 points and Brabham by 41.

1980 British Grand Prix

The 1980 British Grand Prix (formally the XXXIII Marlboro British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Brands Hatch on 13 July 1980. It was the eighth round of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was held over 76 laps of the 4.207-km (2.614-mile) circuit for a total race distance of 319.73 km (198.67 miles).

The race was won by Australian driver, Alan Jones driving a Williams FW07B. The win was Jones' eighth Formula One Grand Prix victory and his fourth of the year. Including the non-championship Spanish Grand Prix it was Jones' third victory in a row as he built his charge towards becoming the 1980 World Drivers' Champion. Jones won by eleven seconds over the man becoming his arch-rival, Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet driving a Brabham BT49. Third, and the only other car to finish on the lead lap, was Jones' Williams Grand Prix Engineering teammate, Argentinian driver Carlos Reutemann.

1980 German Grand Prix

The 1980 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Hockenheimring on 10 August 1980. It was the ninth round of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was the 42nd German Grand Prix and the fifth to be held at Hockenheim. The race was held over 45 laps of the 6.823-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 307 kilometres.

The race was won by Jacques Laffite driving a Ligier JS11/15. The win was Laffite's fourth Formula One Grand Prix victory and his first in over a year having previously won the 1979 Brazilian Grand Prix. Laffite won by three seconds over Carlos Reutemann driving a Williams FW07B. Third was Reutemann's Williams Grand Prix Engineering teammate Alan Jones.

1981 Belgian Grand Prix

The 1981 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zolder on 17 May 1981.

1981 Formula One World Championship

The 1981 FIA Formula One World Championship was the 35th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1981 Formula One World Championship for Drivers and the 1981 Formula One World Championship for Constructors, which were contested concurrently over a fifteen-race series that commenced on 15 March and ended on 17 October. Formula One cars also contested the 1981 South African Grand Prix, although this was technically a Formula Libre race and was not part of the Formula One World Championship.The 1981 championship was the inaugural FIA Formula One World Championship, replacing both the original World Championship of Drivers and the International Cup for Constructors. Teams were now required to lodge entries for the entire championship, and a standardised set of rules would be in place at every championship race, while the FIA would also set the prize monies.Nelson Piquet won the Drivers' Championship, claiming the first of his three Drivers' titles, while Williams won the Constructors' Championship for the second consecutive year.

1981 German Grand Prix

The 1981 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Hockenheimring on 2 August 1981. It was the tenth race of the 1981 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 45-lap race was won by Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet, driving a Brabham-Ford. Frenchman Alain Prost finished second in a Renault, having started from pole position, with compatriot Jacques Laffite third in a Ligier-Matra. The win, Piquet's third of the season, allowed him to move to within eight points of Drivers' Championship leader, Argentine Carlos Reutemann, who retired with an engine failure.

1981 Italian Grand Prix

The 1981 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on 13 September 1981.Formula One returned to the Monza circuit after a year's absence; the year previous's Italian Grand Prix had been held at the Imola circuit.

Coming into Italy, both Nelson Piquet and Carlos Reutemann were tied on points in the Drivers' Championship; Reutemann would eventually leave with the lead. Alain Prost was also becoming a challenger for the world title, having been challenging both leaders in the recent races.

The race would be known for the first time a Toleman-Hart qualified and finished in a race with Brian Henton qualifying the car in 23rd place.

Grande Premio Presidente Emilio Medici

The Grande Premio Presidente Emilio Medici was a non-championship Formula One race held on 3 February 1974 to inaugurate a new racing facility in Brasilia, the Autódromo Emilio Medici. Carlos Reutemann qualified on pole and Emerson Fittipaldi set fastest lap and won. The race was held only this once.

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