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1979 FIA Formula 1 Season (ICC)
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,6,18)
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT)
Champion Driver: Jody Scheckter (ZA,1,1)
Putative Driver: Jody Scheckter (ZA,
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 312T4, 2.99-liter, twelve-cylinder flat, light alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, five speed, Brembo ventilated disc brakes, aluminum composite/aluminum monocoque chassis, double wishbone/upper wishbone-lower arm independent suspension, 520 horsepower (Mauro Forgheri).

The Formula 1 constructors, eager to match Lotus and its revolutionary ground-effects technology of the prior season, develop aerodynamic floor pans with the characteristic venturi features, most notably Ligier, for the 1979 season and the sport takes a dramatic leap forward in racing performance. Scuderia Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter noses out teammate Gilles Villeneuve despite failing to finish in the season finale at Watkins Glen October to capture the drivers' title. Renault and its blown entry collect a maiden series victory at Dijon in July. British constructor Williams, with major Saudi backing, earns its first series victory at Silverstone in July. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Montréal in September.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Scuderia Ferrari145     Scheckter76
Williams Ford97     Villeneuve71
Ligier Ford77     Jones Aln59
Lotus Ford46     Laffite51
Renault Gordini34     Regazzoni41
Tyrrell Ford32     Reutemann31

Noteworthy 1979 Races

1979 XXXVII Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1979 1979 XXXVII Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (251.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to an Italian Scuderia Ferrari 312T4 under Jody Scheckter (ZA) in 1:55:22.5 (average 81.34 mph), under a second (.44) ahead of a Williams driven by Clay Regazzoni. Scheckter breaks away at the start, leads wire-to-wire across the distance, yet must fight off hard charging Regazzoni on the final circuit to prevail and win in the principality for the second time. Photo Credit: Bernard Cahier.