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The 1979 Classic GP Manager season is the first season of the Classic GP Manager and the 30th of Formula One motor racing. Following a stormy off-season which saw the FISA-FOCA war culminate in RDFIA taking control of the sport, the 1979 was seen as a fresh start for the series. The season featured the 1979 RDFIA Formula 1 World Championship, which commenced on 21 January and ended on 7 October after fifteen races.

Carlos Reutemann won the drivers's and Ferrari the constructors' championship.

Pre-season turmoilEdit

Following the tragic weekend at Monza the previous season that cost the life of Lotus driver Ronnie Peterson, F1 had a stormy off-season. A number of FOCA (Formula One Constructors Association) teams demanded immediate actions from FISA, the sport's governing body, to improve the safety of the cars.

FOCA teams wanted more regulation on the safety aspects of car building and better pre-season crash tests. Their proposal also included reducing the speed and banning the turbos (only used by Renault) that were regarded too dangerous to drive.

FISA and most notably Ferrari on the other hand blamed Lotus's innovative ground effect as the primary cause for the accident. FISA didn't see a need for more safety measures and their proposal only included a ban on ground effect systems.

Both proposals were met with very mixed reception. Some of the smaller FOCA teams felt their opinions weren't heard enough when creating the proposal. Thus, Shadow, ATS, Ensign and Arrows switched sides to FISA camp. FISA camp wasn't uniform either as Renault was left in a limbo by both proposals. They felt more safety regulations were needed but FOCA's proposed ban of turbos was unappealing for them.

Negotiations lasted weeks and it seemed impossible to reach an agreement. FOCA, lead by Brabham boss Bernie Ecclestone, was already laying groundwork for a new rivel championship. Renault had released an official statement of their retirement from the sport. Finally, somehow, an agreement was reached and the first Concorde Agreement was signed.

Main points of the agreement were:

  • FISA and FOCA are disbanded, RDFIA will take control of the sport
  • All team managers, principals and leading FISA personnel are banned for life from the sport
  • All existing contracts between teams, drivers and engine and tyre manufacturers are nullified
  • Safety of the cars is greatly improved
  • Testing is tightly regulated by the governing body

Drivers and constructorsEdit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1979 Classic GP Manager season.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Driver Rounds
Uk Martini Racing Team Lotus Lotus-Ford 79

80

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 0 US Eddie Cheever All
2 Ire Derek Daly
Uk Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Ford 009 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M 3 SA Jody Scheckter All
4 Fr Didier Pironi
Uk Parmalat Racing Team Brabham-Alfa BT48 Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12

Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12

G 5 Ita Riccardo Patrese All
6 Bel Jacky Ickx
Uk Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren-Ford M28 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 7 Bra Emerson Fittipaldi All
8 Fin Keke Rosberg
Bra Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi-Ford F5 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 9 Aut Niki Lauda All
10 Uk Rupert Keegan
Ita Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312T4 Ferrari 015 3.0 F12 M 11 Arg Carlos Reutemann All
12 Aus Alan Jones
Fr Équipe Renault Elf Renault RS01

RS10

Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6t G 15 Can Gilles Villeneuve All
16 Fr René Arnoux
Uk Samson Shadow Racing Team Shadow-Ford DN9

DN10

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 17 US Bobby Rahal All
18 Fr Patrick Gaillard
Uk Olympus Cameras Wolf Racing Wolf-Matra WR7 Matra MS78 3.0 V12 G 19 Uk James Hunt All
20 Ned Jan Lammers
Uk Team Ensign Ensign-Ford N177

N179

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 21 Fr Jean-Pierre Jabouille All
22 Ita Alberto Colombo
Ita Autodelta Alfa Romeo 177 Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12

Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12

G 23 Swi Clay Regazzoni All
24 Aut Harald Ertl
Fr Ligier Gitanes Ligier-Matra JS11 Matra MS78 3.0 V12 G 25 Jap Noritake Takahara All
26 Fr Patrick Tambay
Uk Albilad-Saudia Racing Team Williams-Ford FW06

FW07

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 M 27 Bra Nelson Piquet All
28 Ita Elio de Angelis
Uk Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows-Ford A1

A2

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 29 Ita Renzo Zorzi All
30 Spa Emilio de Villota
Mex Team Rebaque Rebaque-Ford HR100 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 31 Ger Jochen Mass All
32 Mex Héctor Rebaque

Team and driver changes Edit

Following RDFIA taking control of the sport, many privateer teams of 1978 didn't take part in 1979.

Season ReviewEdit

Round Grand Prix Date Location Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Constructor Report
1 Arg Argentine Grand Prix 21 January Buenos Aires Arg Carlos Reutemann Arg Carlos Reutemann Arg Carlos Reutemann Ita Ferrari Report
2 Bra Brazilian Grand Prix 4 February Interlagos Arg Carlos Reutemann Arg Carlos Reutemann Arg Carlos Reutemann Ita Ferrari Report
3 SA South African Grand Prix 3 March Kyalami Aus Alan Jones Arg Carlos Reutemann Fin Keke Rosberg Uk McLaren-Ford Report
4 US United States Grand Prix West 8 April Long Beach Can Gilles Villeneuve SA Jody Scheckter SA Jody Scheckter Uk Tyrrell-Ford Report
5 Spa Spanish Grand Prix 29 April Jarama Aus Alan Jones Arg Carlos Reutemann Arg Carlos Reutemann Ita Ferrari Report
6 Bel Belgian Grand Prix 13 May Zolder Bra Nelson Piquet Bra Nelson Piquet SA Jody Scheckter Uk Tyrrell-Ford Report
7 Mon Monaco Grand Prix 27 May Monte Carlo Arg Carlos Reutemann Aus Alan Jones Aus Alan Jones Ita Ferrari Report
8 Fr French Grand Prix 1 July Dijon-Prenois Ita Elio de Angelis Aus Alan Jones Aus Alan Jones Ita Ferrari Report
9 Uk British Grand Prix 14 July Silverstone Aus Alan Jones Ire Derek Daly Arg Carlos Reutemann Ita Ferrari Report
10 Ger German Grand Prix 29 July Hockenheimring Bra Nelson Piquet Arg Carlos Reutemann Arg Carlos Reutemann Ita Ferrari Report
11 Aut Austrian Grand Prix 12 August Österreichring Can Gilles Villeneuve Arg Carlos Reutemann Arg Carlos Reutemann Ita Ferrari Report
12 Ned Dutch Grand Prix 26 August Zandvoort Bra Nelson Piquet SA Jody Scheckter Arg Carlos Reutemann Ita Ferrari Report
13 Ita Italian Grand Prix 9 September Monza Can Gilles Villeneuve Bra Nelson Piquet Ita Elio de Angelis Uk Williams-Ford Report
14 Can Canadian Grand Prix 30 September Île Notre-Dame Arg Carlos Reutemann Arg Carlos Reutemann SA Jody Scheckter Uk Tyrrell-Ford Report
15 US United States Grand Prix 7 October Watkins Glen Arg Carlos Reutemann Arg Carlos Reutemann SA Jody Scheckter Uk Tyrrell-Ford Report

1979 Drivers' Championship standingsEdit

Num Driver ARG
Arg
BRA
Bra
RSA
SA
USW
US
ESP
Spa
BEL
Bel
MON
Mon
FRA
Fr
GBR
Uk
GER
Ger
AUT
Aut
NED
Ned
ITA
Ita
CAN
Can
USA
US
Points
1 Arg Carlos Reutemann 1 1 Ret 5 1 Ret Ret Ret 1 1 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 65
2 Aus Alan Jones Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 2 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 3 5 2 2 46 (48)
3 SA Jody Scheckter Ret Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 6 3 Ret 3 7 Ret 6 1 1 45 (46)
4 Ita Elio de Angelis 7 5 4 7 Ret 15 Ret 2 Ret 2 2 Ret 1 Ret Ret 32
5 Ire Derek Daly 2 4 Ret Ret Ret 4 8 6 2 Ret 3 Ret Ret 3 Ret 27
6 Bra Nelson Piquet Ret Ret Ret 4 6 14 2 Ret 3 Ret Ret 2 2 Ret Ret 26
7 Fin Keke Rosberg Ret Ret 1 8 2 3 Ret 13 Ret 6 8 5 8 4 9 25
8 Can Gilles Villeneuve Ret 2 7 3 12 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 3 5 5 18
9 Aut Niki Lauda Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 6 3 5 6 11 6 8 14 Ret Ret 15
10 US Eddie Cheever 8 13 Ret 17 Ret 5 9 4 5 9 Ret 4 10 Ret 3 14
11 Fr Didier Pironi Ret 3 Ret 10 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 10
12 Fr Patrick Tambay Ret 6 Ret 16 3 Ret 4 Ret 7 Ret 10 Ret 12 8 6 9
13 Spa Emilio de Villota 10 Ret 3 6 4 7 11 14 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 8
14 Fr René Arnoux Ret 12 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 4 7 7 Ret Ret 5
15 Uk Rupert Keegan 3 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 DNQ 13 15 Ret 13 DNQ DNQ 4
16 Bra Emerson Fittipaldi 5 14 Ret 11 Ret 9 Ret 12 Ret Ret 5 9 Ret 13 Ret 4
17 Swi Clay Regazzoni Ret Ret Ret DNPQ 8 DNPQ 10 Ret 4 Ret 11 14 DNPQ Ret 7 3
18 Fr Patrick Gaillard Ret Ret Ret 13 DNQ Ret Ret DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ Ret Ret 7 4 3
19 Ger Jochen Mass 4 Ret DNPQ Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 16 Ret Ret 9 8 3
20 US Bobby Rahal Ret 9 DNQ 19 DNQ 11 DNQ DNPQ 11 DNPQ 17 Ret 4 Ret Ret 3
21 Jap Noritake Takahara 9 8 Ret Ret 5 13 Ret 8 13 8 9 10 18 10 11 2
22 Uk James Hunt 11 10 5 15 Ret DNQ Ret 10 14 16 12 DNQ 15 Ret Ret 2
23 Ita Renzo Zorzi Ret Ret 6 12 11 12 7 Ret Ret 7 14 Ret 17 Ret Ret 1
24 Ita Riccardo Patrese 6 Ret Ret 18 Ret Ret Ret 15 8 Ret Ret 11 9 Ret Ret 1
25 Aut Harald Ertl DNQ DNQ Ret DNPQ Ret DNPQ Ret 11 Ret DNQ Ret 6 DNPQ 14 Ret 1
26 Bel Jacky Ickx Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret 10 10 13 Ret 11 Ret Ret 0
27 Ita Alberto Colombo DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNQ DNPQ 10 DNPQ 9 DNPQ 14 DNPQ DNPQ 16 DNPQ DNPQ 0
28 Mex Héctor Rebaque DNQ 11 DNPQ 14 10 Ret DNQ Ret Ret 12 18 DNQ DNQ DNQ 10 0
29 Ned Jan Lammers Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret Ret 12 DNQ Ret 15 DNQ 13 DNQ 12 DNQ 0
- Fr Jean-Pierre Jabouille DNPQ DNPQ Ret Ret DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ 0

1979 Constructors' Championship standingsEdit

Pos Constructor Car
no.
ARG
Arg
BRA
Bra
RSA
SA
USW
US
ESP
Spa
BEL
Bel
MON
Mon
FRA
Fr
GBR
Uk
GER
Ger
AUT
Aut
NED
Ned
ITA
Ita
CAN
Can
USA
US
Points
1 Ita Ferrari 11 1 1 Ret 5 1 Ret Ret Ret 1 1 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 113
12 Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 2 1 1 Ret Ret Ret 3 5 2 2
2 Uk Williams-Ford 27 Ret Ret Ret 4 6 14 2 Ret 3 Ret Ret 2 2 Ret Ret 58
28 7 5 4 7 Ret 15 Ret 2 Ret 2 2 Ret 1 Ret Ret
3 Uk Tyrrell-Ford 3 Ret Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 6 3 Ret 3 7 Ret 6 1 1 56
4 Ret 3 Ret 10 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret
4 Uk Lotus-Ford 0 8 13 Ret 17 Ret 5 9 4 5 9 Ret 4 10 Ret 3 41
2 2 4 Ret Ret Ret 4 8 6 2 Ret 3 Ret Ret 3 Ret
5 Uk McLaren-Ford 7 5 14 Ret 11 Ret 9 Ret 12 Ret Ret 5 9 Ret 13 Ret 29
8 Ret Ret 1 8 2 3 Ret 13 Ret 6 8 5 8 4 9
6 Fr Renault 15 Ret 2 7 3 12 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 3 5 5 23
16 Ret 12 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 4 7 7 Ret Ret
7 Bra Fittipaldi-Ford 9 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 6 3 5 6 11 6 8 14 Ret Ret 19
10 3 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 DNQ 13 15 Ret 13 DNQ DNQ
8 Fr Ligier-Matra 25 9 8 Ret Ret 5 13 Ret 8 13 8 9 10 18 10 11 11
26 Ret 6 Ret 16 3 Ret 4 Ret 7 Ret 10 Ret 12 8 6
9 Uk Arrows-Ford 29 Ret Ret 6 12 11 12 7 Ret Ret 7 14 Ret 17 Ret Ret 9
30 10 Ret 3 6 4 7 11 14 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret
10 Uk Shadow-Ford 17 Ret 9 DNQ 19 DNQ 11 DNQ DNPQ 11 DNPQ 17 Ret 4 Ret Ret 6
18 Ret Ret Ret 13 DNQ Ret Ret DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ Ret Ret 7 4
11 Ita Alfa Romeo 23 Ret Ret Ret DNPQ 8 DNPQ 10 Ret 4 Ret 11 14 DNPQ Ret 7 4
24 DNQ DNQ Ret DNPQ Ret DNPQ Ret 11 Ret DNQ Ret 6 DNPQ 14 Ret
12 Mex Rebaque-Ford 31 4 Ret DNPQ Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 16 Ret Ret 9 8 3
32 DNQ 11 DNPQ 14 10 Ret DNQ Ret Ret 12 18 DNQ DNQ DNQ 10
13 Uk Wolf-Matra 19 11 10 5 15 Ret DNQ Ret 10 14 16 12 DNQ 15 Ret Ret 2
20 Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret Ret 12 DNQ Ret 15 DNQ 13 DNQ 12 DNQ
14 Uk Brabham-Alfa 5 6 Ret Ret 18 Ret Ret Ret 15 8 Ret Ret 11 9 Ret Ret 1
6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret 10 10 13 Ret 11 Ret Ret
15 Uk Ensign-Ford 21 DNPQ DNPQ Ret Ret DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ 0
22 DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNQ DNPQ 10 DNPQ 9 DNPQ 14 DNPQ DNPQ 16 DNPQ DNPQ
V E Classic GP Manager seasons
1979 • 1980 • 1981

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