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1978 Austrian Grand Prix

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Date  August 13, 1978
Course length  5.941 km (3.692 mi)
Location  Ã–sterreichring
Weather  Wet
1978 Austrian Grand Prix
Course  Permanent racing facility
Distance  54 laps, 320.814 km (199.368 mi)

The 1978 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 13 August 1978 at Österreichring.



The crowds for the Austrian GP were full of Niki Lauda fans; but however for them Lauda qualified only 12th as the Lotus cars again took the front row, with Ronnie Peterson on pole. The surprise in qualifying was Jean-Pierre Jabouille who qualified his turbocharged Renault third. The start saw Peterson lead into the first corner, with Carlos Reutemann snatching second from Mario Andretti. Andretti tried to get the place back later in the lap, but the two collided and Andretti retired after his car spun into the barriers while Reutemann lost a couple of places to Patrick Depailler and Jody Scheckter. On the fourth lap, a heavy rainshower hit the track and Reutemann spun off and was beached but the marshals push-started his car as it was in a dangerous position, while Scheckter crashed out, and the race was stopped.

The race restarted after the rain relented, and once again Peterson led followed by Depailler and Lauda. As the track began to dry, Peterson started to pull away, and behind, Reutemann was on a charge and passed Lauda for third but he was black-flagged for receiving outside assistance, and Lauda crashed out soon after, leaving Gilles Villeneuve third. The drivers changed to slicks but the top 3 remained the same and stayed so till the end; Peterson winning ahead of Depailler, with Villeneuve taking his first ever podium.

Championship standings after the race

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

    1978 Austrian Grand Prix Wikipedia

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