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.
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.
Team and driver changes Edit
Following RDFIA taking control of the sport, many privateer teams of 1978 didn't take part in 1979.
|Round||Grand Prix||Date||Location||Pole Position||Fastest Lap||Winning Driver||Winning Constructor||Report|
|1||Argentine Grand Prix||21 January||Buenos Aires||Carlos Reutemann||Carlos Reutemann||Carlos Reutemann||Ferrari||Report|
|2||Brazilian Grand Prix||4 February||Interlagos||Carlos Reutemann||Carlos Reutemann||Carlos Reutemann||Ferrari||Report|
|3||South African Grand Prix||3 March||Kyalami||Alan Jones||Carlos Reutemann||Keke Rosberg||McLaren-Ford||Report|
|4||United States Grand Prix West||8 April||Long Beach||Gilles Villeneuve||Jody Scheckter||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Ford||Report|
|5||Spanish Grand Prix||29 April||Jarama||Alan Jones||Carlos Reutemann||Carlos Reutemann||Ferrari||Report|
|6||Belgian Grand Prix||13 May||Zolder||Nelson Piquet||Nelson Piquet||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Ford||Report|
|7||Monaco Grand Prix||27 May||Monte Carlo||Carlos Reutemann||Alan Jones||Alan Jones||Ferrari||Report|
|8||French Grand Prix||1 July||Dijon-Prenois||Elio de Angelis||Alan Jones||Alan Jones||Ferrari||Report|
|9||British Grand Prix||14 July||Silverstone||Alan Jones||Derek Daly||Carlos Reutemann||Ferrari||Report|
|10||German Grand Prix||29 July||Hockenheimring||Nelson Piquet||Carlos Reutemann||Carlos Reutemann||Ferrari||Report|
|11||Austrian Grand Prix||12 August||Österreichring||Gilles Villeneuve||Carlos Reutemann||Carlos Reutemann||Ferrari||Report|
|12||Dutch Grand Prix||26 August||Zandvoort||Nelson Piquet||Jody Scheckter||Carlos Reutemann||Ferrari||Report|
|13||Italian Grand Prix||9 September||Monza||Gilles Villeneuve||Nelson Piquet||Elio de Angelis||Williams-Ford||Report|
|14||Canadian Grand Prix||30 September||Île Notre-Dame||Carlos Reutemann||Carlos Reutemann||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Ford||Report|
|15||United States Grand Prix||7 October||Watkins Glen||Carlos Reutemann||Carlos Reutemann||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Ford||Report|
1979 Drivers' Championship standingsEdit
1979 Constructors' Championship standingsEdit
|V E||Classic GP Manager seasons|
|1979 • 1980 • 1981|