GP Gold: 1979 Italian Grand Prix

GP Gold: 1979 Italian Grand Prix

The 1979 Italian Grand Prix at Monza provided the backdrop for a famous day for Ferrari. A one-two finish with Jody Scheckter collecting the world title as he led home Gilles Villeneuve. Nigel Roebuck reported on the race

"I don't know how I feel about it. Ask me tomorrow!" Jody Scheckter could speak only in clichés on Sunday evening, and who could blame him for that? It has been a long road to the world championship, and the realisation of his ambition was hard to put into words. His day had been perfect. He had clinched the world championship by finishing first in the Italian Grand Prix in a Ferrari. Film script stuff.

The local fans, in fact, had a field day. In recent times, Ferrari have won at Monza every four or five years or so. The last man to do it for them was Clay Regazzoni, in 1975. Therefore their joy was complete when the Swiss finished third behind Scheckter and Gilles Villeneuve, setting a new lap record along the way.

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