1978 Swedish Grand Prix

Race Winner
Country
Sweden
Circuit
Round
8
Laps
70
Pole
Fastest Lap
Lauda, 1m 24.836s
1978 Season
Other Results

Anderstorp, June 17th

The superiority of the Lotus 79 “ground effects” car was severely challenged in the Swedish GP by the B–version of the BT46 Brabham-Alfa Romeo, a brilliantly conceived design even through there was considerable doubt as to its legality according to rules agreed upon by the Formula One Constructors Association and the CSI. The bone of contention was item 5 in Article 1 which is Definitions: Under the heading Aerodynamic Devices the definition states: – “Any part of the car whose primary function is to influence aerodynamic performance” is considered to be an Aerodynamic Device, and therefore according to Article 3, Item 7 “Aerodynamic devices must comply with the rules relating to coachwork (i.e. heights, widths etc.) and must be firmly fixed whilst the car is in motion. It is permissible to bridge the gap between the coachwork and ground by means of flexible structures subject to the coachwork measurements”.

Mario Andretti fends off Lauda at the start

Race Results

Qualifying

Circuit - Anderstorp

Country

Sweden

Location

Anderstorp, Smaland

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.505 (Miles)

Record

Niki Lauda (Brabham BT46B-Alfa Romeo), 1m24.836, 106.299 mph, F1, 1978

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