On Sunday, July 1, 1979, the circuit of Dijon-Prenois was the scene of Grand Prix of France valid for the eighth date of Formula 1 World Championship. Before more than 80.000 viewers, the team Renault and its pilots, the French Jean-Pierre Jabouille y Rene Arnoux, came as great favorites to win and make history with the turbocharged engine of the RS10.
The Gauls did not fail in the classification and achieved the 1-2 with Jabouille ahead thanks to the time of 1m07s19 / 1000 that allowed him to lower the record achieved by the American in five seconds Mario Andretti (Lotus-Cosworth) two years earlier.
In the competition, the Rombo cars were expected to dominate with authority. While the Canadian Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari) took the lead thanks to a good start that allowed him to jump from third place to first, Jabouille overtook him and managed to win.
In addition to achieving his first success in the category, he also achieved the first of a car equipped with a turbocharged engine.. The goal of making history was accomplished ...
But that race is also especially remembered for something else: the spectacular duel between Arnoux and Villeneuve for second place. It was a wheel-to-wheel battle that ended in favor of the Scuderia driver by just 24/100.