Date Race Circuit Qual. Race  
29-Jan Brazil Rio de Janeiro 18 10  
04-Mar South Africa Kyalami 7 Rtd Engine
02-Apr USA (West) Long Beach 9 6  
07-May Monaco Monte Carlo 14 6  
21-May Belgium Zolder 8 Rtd Rear suspension
04-Jun Spain Jarama 8 Rtd Engine
17-Jun Sweden Anderstorp 5 2  
02-Jul France Paul Ricard 12 8  
16-Jul Britain Brands Hatch 5 Rtd Puncture
30-Jul Germany Hockenheim 14 9  
13-Aug Austria Österreichring 16 Rtd Accident
27-Aug Holland Zandvoort 13 Rtd Accident
10-Sep Italy Monza 12 Rtd Engine
08-Oct Canada Montréal 12 4 


Arrows FA1 - Cosworth V8

Arrows A1 - Cosworth V8


Arrows (10th) 11pts

Riccardo Patrese (12th) 11pts

"We don’t apologise for including Patrese in this year’s Top 10. Yes, the Italian was forceful and he did employ what are politely called “Formula 3” tactics, but he is a natural winner. There are many drivers who can race competitively in Formula 1, but few who can win. In South Africa Riccardo proved he could lead a Grand Prix with apparent ease, only an unexplained engine failure coming between him and the chequered flag.

Sadly, Patrese’s Arrows could not provide the reliability its driver required in order to establish himself among the elite of Grand Prix drivers. Possibly this explains his desperate driving?

It was gratifying to see that after his exclusion from the Watkins Glen starting grid he finished a fighting fourth at Montreal a week later. The treatment meted out by the “establishment” at the Glen could have broken a lesser pilot. But Riccardo is strong willed: he wants to prove he is a winner."

The Top 10 in full:

1. Niki Lauda 2. Mario Andretti 3. Carlos Reutemann 4. Alan Jones 5. Patrick Depailler 6. Jody Scheckter 7. Gilles Villeneuve 8. Jacques Laffite 9. John Watson 10. Riccardo Patrese

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