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1978 Swedish GP
1977 French GP

1978 French GP

1978 British GP
1979 French GP
 LXIV  Grand Prix de France


Overview - Entry List - Qualification - Starting Grid - Classification - Fastest Laps - Laps Led

Details
DateSunday 2 July 1978
Start time14:00
EventFrench GP
CircuitPaul Ricard
Event FormatRace of 54 laps
Race10 of 17
Championship race306
Circuit
Laps54
Circuit Perimeter5810 m
Race Distance5810 × 54 = 313.740 km
Grid Format2-2-2-2
Pole PositionLeft
First CornerLeft
Track DirectionClockwise
Weather
WeatherSunny, Hot, Dry
Participants
Entries29
Qualifiers26
Finishers18
Championship DebutantsNone
MilestonesCar 11 - 20th Fastest Lap (Car Number)
Car 33 - 50th Race Entry (Car Number)
Car 9 - 200th Race Entry (Car Number)
Agip - 25th Fastest Lap (Lubricant Manufacturer)
Brabham - 20th Pole Position (Car Manufacturer)
John Player Team Lotus - 25th Win (Entrant)
Mario Andretti - 10th Win (Driver)
Valvoline - 10th Win (Lubricant Manufacturer)
Williams Grand Prix Engineering - 20th Race Entry (Entrant)
Records Broken 1. Most 17th Place FinishesSurtees (6),
2. Most 22nd Fastest LapsSurtees (7),
3. Most Failures to QualifyLotus (41),
4. Most 3rd Place Qualifications in a SeasonNiki Lauda (5),
5. Most 15th Place Qualifications in a SeasonEmerson Fittipaldi (5)
Records Extended 1. Most Fastest LapsFerrari (85),
2. Most Race EntriesLotus (799),
3. Most Failures to QualifyArturo Merzario (10),
4. Most 8th Place QualificationsFerrari (47),
5. Most 9th Place QualificationsFerrari (37),
6. Most 24th Place QualificationsBrett Lunger (7)

Championships
1 Mario Andretti 45 
same
2 Ronnie Peterson 36 
same
3 Niki Lauda 25 
same
4 Patrick Depailler 23 
same
5 Carlos Reutemann 22 
same
6 John Watson 12 
up
7 Jacques Laffite 10 
down
8 Riccardo Patrese 8 
same
9 Jody Scheckter 8 
up
10 James Hunt 8 
up
11 Emerson Fittipaldi 7 
down
12 Alan Jones 5 
up
13 Didier Pironi 5 
down
14 Patrick Tambay 4 
down
15 Clay Regazzoni 4 
down
16 Gilles Villeneuve 3 
same
1 Lotus / Ford 58 
same
2 Brabham / Alfa Romeo 34 
same
3 Tyrrell / Ford 25 
same
4 Ferrari / Ferrari 22 
same
5 McLaren / Ford 11 
up
6 Ligier / Matra 10 
down
7 Arrows / Ford 8 
down
8 Wolf / Ford 8 
same
9 Fittipaldi / Ford 7 
down
10 Williams / Ford 5 
up
11 Shadow / Ford 4 
down

Results
 WinnerPole PositionFastest Lap
Car NumberCar 5Car 2Car 11
EntrantJohn Player Team LotusParmalat Racing TeamScuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
DriverMario AndrettiJohn WatsonCarlos Reutemann
CarLotus 79Brabham BT46Ferrari 312T3
EngineFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8Alfa Romeo 3.0 F12Ferrari 3.0 F12
Time1:38'51.921'44.411'48.56
Speed190.404 km/h200.326 km/h192.668 km/h


Overview - Entry List - Qualification - Starting Grid - Classification - Fastest Laps - Laps Led