It was a home-town win for Canadian Gilles Villeneuve in a Ferrari, when he won the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal (8 October) after jean-Pierre Jarier, who led the field for 48 laps, retired when the engine of his Lotus overheated.
It was a home-town win for Canadian Gilles Villeneuve in a Ferrari, when he won the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal (8 October) after jean-Pierre Jarier, who led the field for 48 laps, retired when the engine of his Lotus overheated. In second place was Jody Scheckter in a Wold and third was Carlos Reutemann in a Ferrari.
SYNOPSIS: For the Canadian racing driver, Gilles Villeneuve, the Grand Prix, 16th and final event in the World Championship, his win on home ground was like a dream come true. In car No. 12, a Ferrari, he raced to victory on the new Montreal track ending his first season in Formula One racing in style.
Jean-Pierre Jarier, in No 55, a Lotus, led for 48 laps before retiring with an overheated engine. Jody Scheckter in car No 20, a Wold, came second. But new world champion, Mario Andretti, in a Lotus, was lapped by the leaders after a collision early in the race. Third at the finish was Carlos Reutemann in a Ferrari. Andretti led Australian Alan Jones, retiring world champion Niki Lauda and Scheckter at the start but soon it was Villeneuve who was up front.
It was Alan Jones, in a Saudi-Williams, that set a lap record on the new track but later had to retire from the race with tyre trouble. The first and second placings were doubly satisfying for the huge home crowd. Not only did one of their own win the race, but runner-up, Scheckter, of South Africa, was driving the World owned by Austrian-borne Canadian, Walter Wolf.
For the Andretti it was a disappointing finish to a brilliant season in his Lotus but for Gilles Villeneuve, racing to take the checkered flag to the plaudits of his fellow Canadians, it was a sweet moment of triumph which he clearly savoured when being congratulated on the winner's rostrum.