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1979 Austrian Grand Prix


1979 Austrian Grand Prix


1-DVD (104 Minutes)

The complete 1979 Austrian Grand Prix without commentary.


The entry was the same as it had been in Hockenheim, where Williams scored a 1-2 finish, but there had been a
change at Tyrrell with Derek Daly being brought in to stand-in for the unwell Jean-Pierre Jarier. ATS had
undergone a restructuring with former Grand Prix driver Vic Elford becoming team manager.

As Austria is high up in the mountains, the Renault turbo had an advantage and Rene Arnoux was on pole position with Alan
Jones second. Then came Jean-Pierre Jabouille (Renault) and Niki Lauda in the fastest of the two Brabham-Alfa Romeos.
The third row featured Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari) and Clay Regazzoni (Williams) and the top 10 was completed by Nelson
Piquet (Brabham-Alfa Romeo), Jacques Laffite (Ligier), Jody Scheckter (Ferrari) and Didier Pironi (Tyrrell).

Villeneuve made an amazing start to pass Jones, Lauda, and Arnoux. Jabouille lost his clutch at the start and dropped to
ninth but quickly caught up. Villeneuve stayed ahead until the third lap when Jones breezed ahead, while Arnoux quickly
dispensed with Lauda. On lap 11 Arnoux moved to second place but he was then overtaken by Jabouille. The Renault team
leader lasted only a couple of laps before the clutch finally stopped him and so Arnoux settled into second place with
Villeneuve third, Scheckter fourth, Regazzoni fifth and Laffite sixth. Laffite soon moved ahead of Regazzoni and the
order then stayed unchanged up front until the closing laps when Arnoux began to have fuel pickup problems in the final
laps and had to pit. On the last lap Laffite overtook Scheckter to grab third place, and the final order was Jones,
Villeneuve, Laffite. Scheckter added to his World Championship total with fourth place.

This is the original video feed intended for international broadcast so there is no commentary.