With the 177 model Alfa Romeo returned to Formula One 28 years after winning the World Drivers’ Championship titles in 1950 and 1951. The car designed by Carlo Chitti and Robret Choulet was powered by Alfa Romeo flat-12 engine which had been used earlier in the Alfa Romeo 33TT12 and 33SC12 sports cars and was supplied to Brabham in 1976 – 1979. The car debuted at Zolder in the Belgian Grand Prix where Bruno Giacomelli qualified 14th but retired in the race with rear wings damaged in contact with Elio de Angelis’ Shadow. Then Giacomelli drove the car in French Grand Prix finishing 17th and Vittorio Brambilla put the car to 12th position in the Italian Grand Prix. The Alfa Romeo 179 with a new V12 engine was ready for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza so Giacomelli drove the new car. Both drivers raced the 179 thereafter in the remaining races of the season.
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