Motor racing....and Swiss veteran driver Clay Regazzoni drove to victory on Saturday (14 July) in?
GV: crowd milling around pits at Silverstone before start of Grand Prix.
GV: Mario Andretti of U.S. walks through crowd in pits and puts on racing helmet. (2 shots)
SV: Car No.27 and driver Alan Jones of Australia, checks helmet and prepares himself on the starting grid.
SV: Prince Michael of Kent (in dark glasses) and official before start of race.
GV: drivers on grid shortly before start.
GV: start of Grand Prix and cars enter first bend.
GV: Alan Jones of Australia in Saudia Williams round bend and into straight.
GV AND PAN: Jean-Pierre Jabouille of France in Renault Elf round bend and into straight followed by other cars.
SV PAN: Rene Arnoux also in Renault Elf, round bend and into straight.
SV PAN: Jean-Pierre Laffite closely followed by Niki Lauda (No 5) round bend and into straight followed by other cars.
SV PAN: Clay Regazzoni (no 28) eventual winner, round bend.
SV PAN: Arnoux (No.16) down straight
SV PAN: Regazzoni, closely followed by Arnoux, and other cars. (3 shots)
SV PAN: Regazzoni, closely followed by Arnoux cross finish line.
SV: three winners on podium with Clay Regazzoni holding victory cup
Only thirteen cars were classified as finishers, after 68 laps on the 2.93 (4.72 km) Silverstone circuit, the fastest Grand Prix track in the world. John Watson of Britain was fourth in a McLaren, followed by Jody Scheckter of South Africa in a Ferrari, and Jacky Ickx of Belgium in a Ligier.
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Background: 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.