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1980 Argentine Grand Prix

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1980 Argentine Grand Prix
Race 1 of 14 in the 1980 Formula One season
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 15.svg
Race details
Date 13 January 1980
Official name XVI Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina
Location Autodromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.81 km (3.61 miles)
Distance 53 laps, 307.93 km (191.33 miles)
Weather Sunny, Very hot, Dry
Pole position
Driver Williams-Ford
Time 1:44.17
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford
Time 1:50.45 on lap 5
First Williams-Ford
Second Brabham-Ford
Third Fittipaldi-Ford
Lap leaders

The 1980 Argentine Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 13 January 1980 at the Autodromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires in Argentina. It was the opening round of the 1980 Formula One season. The race was the 16th Argentine Grand Prix and the sixth to be held on the #15 variation of the Buenos Aires circuit. The race was held over 53 laps of the 5.81-kilometre (3.61 mi) circuit for a total race distance of 308 kilometres (191 mi).

The race was won by Australian driver Alan Jones driving a Williams FW07. It was Jones' sixth World Championship victory. Jones won by 24 seconds over Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet driving a Brabham BT49. It was a prelude of the season to come, as Jones and Piquet would fight out the 1980 season. Another future world champion, Finnish driver Keke Rosberg, finished third driving a Fittipaldi F7.


This race was additionally notable for the drivers threatening to boycott the event because of the appalling state of the track, which was breaking up in many spots in the infield thanks to the intense heat of a Buenos Aires summer.

The immense grip of the aerodynamic suction created by the ground effect technology and the cars' tyres [1] and a battle between Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T5), Alan Jones, Jacques Laffite (Ligier JS11/15) and Nelson Piquet, made even more exciting due to the break-up of the track surface. Piquet finished second, Laffite retired with a blown engine and Villeneuve crashed going through the fast Tobogán complex due to a front suspension failure, although this was most likely exacerbated by a number of times he went off the very slippery track onto the sometimes bumpy and grassy run off area and consistently riding up the apex curbs of the Buenos Aires Autodrome.

Argentine driver Carlos Reutemann crying after leaving the race prematurely
Argentine driver Carlos Reutemann crying after leaving the race prematurely

The grass took out home favorite Carlos Reutemann (who had jumped into 5th at the start from 10th) in his first drive with Williams, who attempted to pass Piquet going into the Ascari chicane after the two mile flat out section. Reutemann slid off the track trying to pass Piquet on the outside of the Ascari chicane onto the grass run-off area. The two radiators in Reutemann's Williams FW07 sucked in grass and were both blocked, and the engines (already running at higher temperatures than normal) were even more prone to blowing up there in Buenos Aires because of the hot weather- a common problem at the Argentine Grand Prix.

Multiple drivers spun off the track in the infield section, including Reutemann's teammate Jones, who had a short pitstop to clean his air intakes, but quickly returned to the battle. Reutemann also went into the pits to clean out his air intakes, but the damage was done and he retired with a blown engine soon after. Unsure if he would race again after 1980, the Argentinean was in fact so disconsolate that he sat motionless in his car for a few minutes, then got out of his car, sat on the track next to his car and burst into tears; the patriotic Reutemann had never won his home Grand Prix and would never do so.[2]

The rate of attrition allowed Jody Scheckter into third place, but with just a handful of laps left suffered an engine failure in the Ferrari. This allowed Keke Rosberg to score his first ever podium in the same race as Piquet's first, and another future world champion Alain Prost (McLaren M29) scored a point on his Formula One début. It was a famous race of attrition on a terrible surface, where unusually the winner spun off twice and the runner-up once, and lap times were considerably slower than the previous year.



Pos No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:44.17 -
2 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 1:44.44 + 0.27
3 25 France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford 1:44.64 + 0.47
4 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:45.02 + 0.85
5 12 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:45.46 + 1.29
6 11 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1:45.78 + 1.61
7 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:46.01 + 1.84
8 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:46.07 + 1.90
9 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 1:46.15 + 1.98
10 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:46.19 + 2.02
11 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 1:46.28 + 2.11
12 8 France Alain Prost McLaren-Ford 1:46.75 + 2.58
13 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford 1:46.97 + 2.80
14 30 West Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 1:47.05 + 2.88
15 14 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 1:47.18 + 3.01
16 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford 1:47.41 + 3.24
17 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:47.70 + 3.53
18 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 1:47.83 + 3.66
19 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:48.24 + 4.07
20 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:48.44 + 4.27
21 9 Switzerland Marc Surer ATS-Ford 1:48.86 + 4.69
22 4 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford 1:48.95 + 4.78
23 22 France Patrick Depailler Alfa Romeo 1:49.20 + 5.03
24 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 1:49.42 + 5.25
25 18 Republic of Ireland David Kennedy Shadow-Ford 1:50.25 + 6.08
26 10 Netherlands Jan Lammers ATS-Ford 1:51.39 + 7.21
27 17 Sweden Stefan Johansson Shadow-Ford 1:51.57 + 7.40
28 31 United States Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford 1:54.21 + 10.04


Pos No Driver Constructor Tyre Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford G 53 1:43:24.38 1 9
2 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford G 53 + 24.59 4 6
3 21 Finland Keke Rosberg Fittipaldi-Ford G 53 + 1:18.64 13 4
4 4 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Tyrrell-Ford G 53 + 1:23.48 22 3
5 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo G 52 + 1 Lap 20 2
6 8 France Alain Prost McLaren-Ford G 52 + 1 Lap 12 1
7 6 Argentina Ricardo Zunino Brabham-Ford G 51 + 2 Laps 16
Ret 22 France Patrick Depailler Alfa Romeo G 46 Engine 23
Ret 1 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari M 45 Engine 11
NC 14 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford G 44 + 9 Laps 15
NC 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford G 37 + 16 Laps 24
Ret 2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari M 36 Suspension 8
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford G 30 Engine 2
Ret 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford G 27 Engine 7
Ret 9 Switzerland Marc Surer ATS-Ford G 27 Fire 21
Ret 11 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford G 20 Fuel System 6
Ret 30 West Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford G 20 Gearbox 14
Ret 28 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford G 12 Engine 10
Ret 12 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford G 7 Suspension 5
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford G 5 Gearbox 17
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault M 3 Gearbox 9
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault M 2 Suspension 19
Ret 25 France Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford G 1 Engine 3
Ret 3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford G 1 Collision 18
DNQ 18 Republic of Ireland David Kennedy Shadow-Ford G
DNQ 17 Sweden Stefan Johansson Shadow-Ford G
DNQ 10 Netherlands Jan Lammers ATS-Ford G
DNQ 31 United States Eddie Cheever Osella-Ford G

Championship standings after the race

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


  1. ^ "January 13 down the years: Local joy, local despair in Argentina". ESPN F1. ESPN EMEA Ltd. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Grand Prix Results: Argentine GP, 1980". Inside F1, Inc. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  3. ^ "01/13/1980 race: Grand Prix of Argentina (F1) qualifying results -". Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  4. ^ "1980 Argentine Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  5. ^ "1980 Argentine Grand Prix - Race Results & History - GP Archive". Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Argentina 1980 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 6 March 2019.

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