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1978 French Grand Prix

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1978 French Grand Prix

  1978 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 16 in the 1978 Formula One season
Date July 2 1978
Location Paul Ricard Circuit
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.809 km (3.61 mi)
Distance 54 laps, 313.686 km (194.94 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Brabham-Alfa Romeo
Time 1:44.41
Fastest lap
Driver Carlos Reutemann Ferrari
Time 1:48.56 on lap 48
First Lotus-Ford
Second Lotus-Ford
Third McLaren-Ford

The 1978 French Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 2 July 1978 at Paul Ricard.


Following the voluntary withdrawal of the "fan car", Brabham had to revert to their previous car again, but it did not deter them, with John Watson on pole and Niki Lauda starting third behind Mario Andretti's Lotus. At the start, Watson led into the first corner, with Andretti following, and Patrick Tambay putting his McLaren in third, but that order did not remain for long as Andretti took the lead from Watson on the first lap. Lauda and Ronnie Peterson were on the move as well, as they passed Watson and Tambay to jump into second and third, but Lauda suffered another engine failure. This left the two Lotus cars running 1-2 and they finished like that with Andretti taking his third win in four races, and the podium was

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