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Alfa Romeo 179

The Alfa Romeo 179 is a Formula One car which was used (in different variants) by the Alfa Romeo team from 1979 to 1982. The 179 made its debut at the 1979 Italian Grand Prix, replacing the flat-12 engined Alfa Romeo 177. During its lifespan there were many versions and 179D version was used for the last time at the 1982 South African Grand Prix.
Alfa Romeo 179B
Category
Formula One
Constructor
Alfa Romeo
Designer(s)
Carlo Chiti
Robert Choulet
Predecessor
177
Successor
182
Technical specifications
Chassis
Aluminium monocoque
Carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front)
Lower wishbones, top rockers, inboard shocks
Suspension (rear)
Lower wishbones, parallel top links, inboard shocks
Engine
Alfa Romeo 1260 2,991 cc (182.5 cu in) 60° V12 naturally aspirated, mid-engined, longitudinally mounted
Transmission
Alfa/Hewland 5 or 6 speed manual
Fuel
Agip
Tyres
Goodyear (1979-1980)
Michelin (1981-1982)
Competition history
Notable entrants
Autodelta (1979) 4 races
Notable drivers
1. Bruno Giacomelli 2. Vittorio Brambilla (1979)
1. Andrea de Cesaris 2. Bruno Giacomelli 3. Vittorio Brambilla 4. Patrick Depailler (1980)
1. Mario Andretti 2. Bruno Giacomelli (1981)
Debut
1979 Italian Grand Prix
Race
Wins
Poles
Fastest laps
63
0
1
0
Constructors' Championships
0
Drivers' Championships
0
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.
At the beginning of the 1981 season, the 179s were fitted with adjustable dampers and denoted as 179C. A lower 179D was the next evolution and the final version which raced was the fully carbon-fibre 179F. Alfa Romeo suffered a sad loss when Patrick Depailler was killed while testing the car at Hockenheim in 1980.
There was also a V8-engined version of this car, the 179T in 1982, which was used for testing the 1.5 L turbocharged engine.
The 179's best achievements were Bruno Giacomelli's pole position at the 1980 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen and 3rd place in the 1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix. The car scored 14 points from 61 races.
Alfa Romeo 179C
Variants:
ModelNumber of Grand PrixSeasonsDebutLast race
Alfa Romeo 179301979–19801979 Italian GP1980 United States GP
Alfa Romeo 179B219811981 Austrian GP1981 Dutch GP
Alfa Romeo 179C2419811981 US West GP1981 Caesars Palace GP
Alfa Romeo 179D61981–19821981 Austrian GP1982 South African GP
Alfa Romeo 179D

Complete Formula One results

(results in bold indicate pole position)
YearTeamEngineTyresDrivers12345678910111213141516PointsWCC
1979AutodeltaAlfa Romeo 1260 V12GARGBRARSAUSWESPBELMONFRAGBRGERAUTNEDITACANUSA013th
Bruno GiacomelliRetRet
Vittorio BrambillaRetDNQ
1980Marlboro Team Alfa RomeoAlfa Romeo 1260 V12GARGBRARSAUSWBELMONFRAGBRGERAUTNEDITACANUSA411th
Andrea de CesarisRetRet
Bruno Giacomelli513RetRetRetRetRetRet5RetRetRetRetRet
Vittorio BrambillaRetRet
Patrick DepaillerRetRetNCRetRetRetRetRet
1981Marlboro Team Alfa RomeoAlfa Romeo 1260 V12MUSWBRAARGSMRBELMONESPFRAGBRGERAUTNEDITACANCPL109th
Mario Andretti4Ret8Ret10Ret88Ret9RetRetRet7Ret
Bruno GiacomelliRetNC10Ret9Ret1015Ret15RetRet843
1982Marlboro Team Alfa RomeoAlfa Romeo 1260 V12MRSABRAUSWSMRBELMONDETCANNEDGBRFRAGERAUTSUIITACPL710th
Andrea de Cesaris13
Bruno Giacomelli11
Legend:
ARG - Argentine Grand Prix
BRA - Brazilian Grand Prix
RSA - South African Grand Prix
USW - United States Grand Prix West
ESP - Spanish Grand Prix

BEL - Belgian Grand Prix
MON - Monaco Grand Prix
FRA - French Grand Prix
GBR - British Grand Prix
GER - German Grand Prix
AUT - Austrian Grand Prix
NED - Dutch Grand Prix
SMR - San Marino Grand Prix
ITA - Italian Grand Prix
CAN - Canadian Grand Prix
USA - United States Grand Prix
SMR - San Marino Grand Prix
DET - Detroit Grand Prix
SUI - Swiss Grand Prix
CPL - Caesars Palace Grand Prix

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Last updated on 31 December 2013 at 23:54.

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