1980 German Grand Prix

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Sunday, August 10, 1980
Round:
9
Weather:
Dry and overcast
Laps:
45
Fastest Lap:
Jones, 1m48.49
Country:
Germany
Circuit:
1980 season:
Report

The unlucky get the luck

Hockenheimring, August 10th

With a four-week break since the British Grand Prix the 1980 season seemed to be starting all over again and this feeling was magnified upon entering the vast concrete stadium of the Hockenheimring early on Friday morning to find everything comparatively still and quiet and the vast tiers of grandstand seats empty and deserted. The whole scene was one of greyness, not unproved by the knowledge that Patrick Depailler had been killed while testing on the circuit the week before. The one-man Alfa Romeo team had an unhappy grey atmosphere over them. If there was not an uneasy atmosphere of guilt hanging over some parts of the Arrows team, there should have been, in view of recent disclosures by the police regarding drugs and arms smuggling. 

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