The title at the end of the road

23. Feb 2020 
by Ziv Knoll

Monaco 1979: Jody Scheckter, qualified his Ferrari 312T4 on pole, just 0.07s faster than team-mate and championship rival Gilles Villeneuve, third fastest was Patrick Depailler in a Ligier, 0.65s behind.

The South-African led all the way but it was not an easy victory. Villeneuve pushed hard in the early stages, trying to unsettle his team-mate, until transmission problems forced him to retire.

Then Clay Regazzoni (Williams), who had qualified a distant 16th, stormed through the field to finish just 0.44 sec behind the winner.

It was an important win for Scheckter in his quest for the world championship, these 9 points, and the retirement of Villeneuve gave him for the first time the lead in the standings. In September, the South-African would be crowned in front of the delighted Italian fans at Monza.

This was the last Formula One race for 1976 World Champion James Hunt. Hunt qualified 10th in his Wolf before retiring after four laps with a transmission problem.


Source: DR

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