The second advent of Alfa Romeo team to Formula 1 in the period of 1979 – 1985 was not really successful. Alfa cars were usually midfield runners, rarely fought for top positions and not scored even a single win. The good thing is that red and white (until title sponsor was changed from Marlboro to Benetton in 1984) Italian vehicles were one of the best-looking cars in the peloton. The basic model, 179, was prepared by works designers Carlo Chiti and Robert Choulet by the end of 1979 season and raced through 1980. The car was powered by own V-12 engine that generated more than 520 hp, and was driven in 1980 by Bruno Giacomelli and Patrick Depailler, who was replaced by Vittorio Brambilla and then by Andrea de Cesaris in the last third of the season. The year started with promising 5th place by Giacomelli in the season opening Argentinian Grand Prix. But team’s season was marred by the death of Depailler at a testing session at Hockenheim in Germany. His seat in the team was given to Italian veteran Vittorio Brambilla for next two races in Netherlands and Italy where Brambilla retired.
|Vittorio Brambilla||22||Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo|