Motor racing....and Swiss veteran driver Clay Regazzoni drove to victory on Saturday (14 July) in?
Motor racing....and Swiss veteran driver Clay Regazzoni drove to victory on Saturday (14 July) in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Regazzoni, driving a Saudia Williams, sped home twenty-five seconds ahead of second-placed Frenchman Rene Arnoux in his turbo-charged Renault. Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jarier finished third, in his Tyrrell, a lap behind the leading pair.
SYNOPSIS: The British Grand Prix was the ninth race in the 1979 Championship.
American driver, and World Champion Mario Andretti, stood in sixth place overall going into Saturday's Silverstone event. He hasn't placed in the first six since March, when he took fourth place at the South African Grand Prix.
Australian Alan Jones, the Williams number one driver, was out to improve this year's already rapid progress with a team win.
And among the avid spectators was Prince Michael of Kent.
Front row on the grid was shared by Jones with a pole position lap speed of more than one hundred and forty six miles an hour (234 kph) and Jean-Pierre Jobouille from the Renault Elf team.
And it was Jones who took a huge lead into the first straight. Jabouille, winner at Dijon two weeks ago (1 July), moved into second place, followed closely by teammate Jean-Pierre Jarier.
Ligier driver Jacques Laffite was clearly in the running until his car faltered through fuel starvation. Niki Lauda follows him here in his Ferrari.
Regazzoni and Arnoux battled it out -- Regazzoni in car twenty-eight, and Arnoux, number sixteen. The British-based Williams formula One team hasn't won since gaining Saudi Arabian financial backing eighteen months ago. But Regazzoni changed all that.
And in deference to his team's Moslem backers, Regazzoni declined to drink the victor's champagne.