Legends Of The Sport
Formula 1 Print 1978 - Gilles Villeneuve racing his Ferrari 312T2 at the 1978 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, USA
Gilles Villeneuve (CAN) racing his Ferrari 312T2 at the 1978 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen on October 1st. Gilles Villeneuve crashed out while leading on lap 38 and the race was won by Carlos Reutemann (ARG) his Ferrari team mate in a time of 1:52:01.301.
The 1978 Formula One season was the 29th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1978 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the International Cup for F1 Constructors, contested concurrently over a sixteen race series which commenced on 15 January and ended on 8 October. The season also included the non-championship BRDC International Trophy.
Mario Andretti won the Drivers' World Championship. He remains the last American driver to win the World Championship, and his victory at the Dutch Grand Prix is also the last for an American driver. Ronnie Peterson was awarded second place in the Drivers' standings posthumously, having died from medical complications after an accident at Monza during the Italian Grand Prix. JPS-Lotus was awarded the International Cup for F1 Constructors.
Championship defendants Niki Lauda and Ferrari had parted ways late in 1977 and both parties struggled to repeat the successes they had enjoyed the previous seasons. Carlos Reutemann finished third in the championship in the lead Ferrari, whilst Lauda finished fourth with Brabham. Apart from Peterson's death the year saw another tragedy when Peterson's Swedish compatriot Gunnar Nilsson died from cancer having been forced to cut his career short after the previous season because of the disease.
The 1978 United States Grand Prix was held on October 1st, 1978 at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course in Watkins Glen, New York. This event was also referred to as the United States Grand Prix East in order to distinguish it from the United States Grand Prix West held on April 2, 1978 in Long Beach, California.