The French racing driver, Patrick Depailler, won the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday (7 May).?
GV: Monte Carlo harbour, crowds.
CU: Reutemann in car number II.
CU: Niki Lauda in car I.
SV: Prince Rainier and Princess Grace.
SV PAN: start of race
SV: John Watson in car 2 leading the field from Depailler in car 4 and Lauda in car I and other around corner.
SV PAN: Hunt limps past in car 7
LV AND CU: race in progress with Watson leading from Depailler and Lauda. (7 shots)
LV: crowds on balcony
CU: Depailler leading from Lauda.
SV: Watson following Jackie Ickx in car 22.
CU: Andretti in car 5 leading Schecketer in car number 20 with others in pursuit.
TOP VIEW: Depailler leading...on his own.
LV PAN: Depailler crosses winning line, waving.
Following the Monaco Grand Prix, Patrick Depailler of France now leads the World Championship competition with 23 points, followed by Mario Andretti of the United States and Argentina's Carlos Reutemann, both on 18, and Austria's Niki Lauda on 16. With his win a Tyrrell Formula One racing car, Patrick Depailler has put the small Anglo-French firm back on the world racing map. The firm has not done well since the retirement of Jackie Stewart from its works team after the 1973 season. Depailler drove his Tyrrell to victory in front of such notably-named cars as Ferrari, McLaren Renault and Alfa-Romeo.
The placing in the 1978 Monaco Grance Prix were: first, Patrick Depailler, of France, in a Tyrrell; second, Niki Lauda, of Austria, in a Brabham Alfa; third Jody Scheckter, South Africa, driving a Wolf Ford; and fourth was John Watson of Great Britain, in a Brabham Alfa.
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Background: The French racing driver, Patrick Depailler, won the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday (7 May). It was Depailler's first Grand Prix win in 68 starts, and has put him in the lead for this year's World Championship competition.
SYNOPSIS: A huge crowd lined the streets of Monte Carlo for the race. Argentina's Carlos Reutemann and Niki Lauda, last year's world champion were both favourites. Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were among the spectators. Reutemann in car eleven and Britain's John Watson, in car two, were in front of the starting grid. Watson converted his favourable position into an early lead, which was to last for many laps. In the early stages, Reutemann damaged a wheel and was in the pits for an entire lap.
Britain's James Hunt, in a McLaren, collided with a barrier and had to withdraw soon after. But his fellow countryman, John Watson, driving an Alfa Brabham, was showing the rest of the field including Patrick Depailler and Niki Lauda just how difficult it can be to overtake a determined leader on the narrow Monte Carlo course.
Almost whenever the leading positions changed, it was because misfortune had struck one of the leaders. This was to be Watson's fate losing, control twice and heading up safety roads - he eventually finished fourth.
As the race drew on, Patrick Depailler went into the lead ahead of Niki Lauda. Watson was trailing Jackie Ickx and Mario Andretti led Jody Schecketer But Patrick Depailler was on his own, and in the closing stages of the 75 lap race, looked in no danger of finishing anywhere but first.