INTRODUCTION: Argentine Carlos Reutemann had to settle for second place-in his home Grand Prix in Buenos Aires on Sunday (12 April).
GV Nelson Piquet (Brazil) arriving at start.
GV Alain Prost (France) at start.
SV PULL OUT Alan Jones (Australia) in car.
SV Carlos Reutemann (Argentina).
CU Thirty second to start board.
GV Cars leaving starting grid PAN TO race.
GV Nelson Piquet on bend.
GV Reutemann followed by Jones takes bend followed by others. (2 SHOTS)
GV Spectators in stands.
GV Piquet round bend.
SVs Rebaque walking through pits two cars race on.
GV Reutemann round bend watched by crowd.
GV End of race car crosses line watched by crowd.
GV winner of race receive garland.
GV Winner spraying champagne.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Argentine Carlos Reutemann had to settle for second place-in his home Grand Prix in Buenos Aires on Sunday (12 April). Brazilian Nelson Piquet upset the partisan crowd by leading virtually unchallenged in his Brabham. His win brought to an end the long run of success of the rival Saudi-Leyland team.
SYNOPSIS: Piquet was in pole position after clocking the fastest time in practice. Although Reutemann had to settle for second place he took the lead in the overall world championship. He has 21 points, three ahead of his team mate Alan Jones of Australia who had to be content with fourth place.
Apart from a brief spell in the opening lap when Jones nosed his car into first place Piquet was in charge throughout. His gamble on dry tyres in the Brazilian Grand Prix which stayed wet had prevented him from scoring but now he is only five points behind Jones in the world championship rating.
The Williams' team's plans for a fifth consecutive one-two success were dashed. The Renault team with Prost (third) and Arnoux (fifth) also got points.
Piquet's team mate Rebaque of Mexico looked set to finish in the first three. Sixth on the grid he moved into second place on the 14th lap but his Brabham developed engine trouble and he was forced to drop out.
The race was crowded with controversy. Elio de Angelis, lead driver for Lotus, finished sixth in a Lotus-Ford. He was unable to race the twin chassis Lotus 88 following a row between Lotus Captain Colin Chapman and the motor sport's governing body. But there was no hiding Piquet's delight who said that everything went right for him on the day.