Formula 1 World Championship 1978 Round 09 France

The 1978 French Grand Prix was Round 9 of the 1978 Formula 1 World Championship. The event was held at Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France on Sunday, 2 July 1978. John Watson started on pole position in the Brabham Alfa Romeo and Mario Andretti was the race winner in the Lotus Ford.

1978 French Grand Prix Race Result
Pos.No.DriverDriver NationalityCarTyreLapsTime/RetiredRace TimeGapIntervalBest LapLapSpeedGridPoints
15Mario AndrettiUnited StatesLotus FordGoodyear541:38:51.9201:38:51.920--1:48.790190.40029
26Ronnie PetersonSwedenLotus FordGoodyear54+2.9301:38:54.850+2.930+2.9301:48.940190.31056
37James HuntGreat BritainMcLaren FordGoodyear54+19.8001:39:11.720+19.800+16.8701:48.770189.77044
42John WatsonGreat BritainBrabham Alfa RomeoGoodyear54+36.8801:39:28.800+36.880+17.0801:49.850189.23013
527Alan JonesAustraliaWilliams FordGoodyear54+41.8101:39:33.730+41.810+4.9301:49.760189.070142
620Jody ScheckterSouth AfricaWolf FordGoodyear54+54.5301:39:46.450+54.530+12.7201:49.980188.67071
726Jacques LaffiteFranceLigier MatraGoodyear54+54.7401:39:46.660+54.740+0.2101:50.040188.66010
835Riccardo PatreseItalyArrows FordGoodyear54+1:24.8801:40:16.800+1:24.880+30.1401:50.400187.72012
98Patrick TambayFranceMcLaren FordGoodyear54+1:27.0601:40:18.980+1:27.060+2.1801:49.780187.6506
103Didier PironiFranceTyrrell FordGoodyear54+1:29.9801:40:21.900+1:29.980+2.9201:50.710187.56016
1116Hans-Joachim StuckGermanyShadow FordGoodyear53+1 lap1 lap1 lap1:51.33020
1212Gilles VilleneuveCanadaFerrariMichelin53+1 lap1 lap1:49.7509
139Jochen MassGermanyATS FordGoodyear53+1 lap1 lap1:51.44025
1431Rene ArnouxFranceMartini FordGoodyear53+1 lap1 lap1:51.92018
1536Rolf StommelenGermanyArrows FordGoodyear53+1 lap1 lap1:52.01021
1610Keke RosbergFinlandATS FordGoodyear52+2 laps2 laps1 lap1:52.90026
1719Vittorio BrambillaItalySurtees FordGoodyear52+2 laps2 laps1:52.12019
1811Carlos ReutemannArgentinaFerrariMichelin49+5 laps5 laps3 laps1:48.560488
DNF30Brett LungerUnited StatesMcLaren FordGoodyear45Engine1:51.29024
DNF14Emerson FittipaldiBrazilFittipaldi FordGoodyear43Suspension1:50.17015
DNF18Rupert KeeganGreat BritainSurtees FordGoodyear40Engine1:51.87023
DNF33Bruno GiacomelliItalyMcLaren FordGoodyear28Engine1:52.13022
DNF1Niki LaudaAustriaBrabham Alfa RomeoGoodyear10Engine1:49.7803
DNF4Patrick DepaillerFranceTyrrell FordGoodyear10Engine1:50.64013
DNF17Clay RegazzoniSwitzerlandShadow FordGoodyear4Electrical2:29.31017
DNF15Jean-Pierre JabouilleFranceRenaultMichelin1Engine11
DNQ37Arturo MerzarioItalyMerzario FordGoodyear
DNQ22Derek DalyIrelandEnsign FordGoodyear
DNQ25Hector RebaqueMexicoLotus FordGoodyear
Qualifying
Pos.No.DriverNationalityTeamQ1Q2Q3Gap
12John WatsonGreat BritainBrabham Alfa Romeo1:47.201:44.411:45.97-
25Mario AndrettiUnited StatesLotus Ford1:47.501:44.461:45.02+0.05
31Niki LaudaAustriaBrabham Alfa Romeo1:45.521:45.021:44.71+0.30
47James HuntGreat BritainMcLaren Ford1:46.201:45.321:44.92+0.51
56Ronnie PetersonSwedenLotus Ford1:46.461:45.101:44.98+0.57
68Patrick TambayFranceMcLaren Ford1:47.061:45.071:46.15+0.66
720Jody ScheckterSouth AfricaWolf Ford1:46.101:45.201:46.33+0.79
811Carlos ReutemannArgentinaFerrari1:46.501:45.351:45.82+0.94
912Gilles VilleneuveCanadaFerrari1:50.721:45.551:46.56+1.14
1026Jacques LaffiteFranceLigier Matra1:47.441:45.681:45.86+1.27
1115Jean-Pierre JabouilleFranceRenault1:47.341:45.731:46.84+1.32
1235Riccardo PatreseItalyArrows Ford1:48.301:46.391:46.32+1.91
134Patrick DepaillerFranceTyrrell Ford1:48.671:46.371:46.74+1.96
1427Alan JonesAustraliaWilliams Ford1:47.891:46.551:46.40+1.99
1514Emerson FittipaldiBrazilFittipaldi Ford1:47.891:47.041:46.70+2.29
163Didier PironiFranceTyrrell Ford1:49.361:48.101:47.12+2.71
1717Clay RegazzoniSwitzerlandShadow Ford1:50.441:48.731:48.55+4.14
1831Rene ArnouxFranceMartini Ford1:49.481:48.681:49.46+4.27
1919Vittorio BrambillaItalySurtees Ford1:50.391:49.231:50.07+4.27
2016Hans-Joachim StuckGermanyShadow Ford1:48.891:49.071:50.18+4.48
2136Rolf StommelenGermanyArrows Ford1:51.071:49.141:50.51+4.73
2233Bruno GiacomelliItalyMcLaren Ford1:54.671:50.771:49.53+5.12
2318Rupert KeeganGreat BritainSurtees Ford1:52.221:50.101:49.54+5.13
2430Brett LungerUnited StatesMcLaren Ford1:51.261:49.651:49.55+5.14
259Jochen MassGermanyATS Ford1:51.531:50.101:49.90+5.49
2610Keke RosbergFinlandATS Ford1:57.921:51.011:50.09+5.68
DNQ37Arturo MerzarioItalyMerzario Ford1:50.111:50.471:50.80+5.70
DNQ22Derek DalyIrelandEnsign Ford1:54.281:50.191:50.61+5.78
DNQ25Hector RebaqueMexicoLotus Ford1:54.031:51.541:50.40+5.99

Winner

After 54 Laps

5

Mario Andretti

Lotus Ford

1:38:51.920

190.400 Km/h