Jabouille delivers to Renault historical first F1 win

On this day in 1979, Jean-Pierre Jabouille delivered to Renault its first F1 victory, the first win of a turbo-charged engine and his own first triumph in Grand Prix racing.

The French Grand Prix was run at Dijon-Prenois, a track with fast sweeping corners and a long uphill main straight perfectly suited to the qualities of Renault's small but powerful Gordini 1.5 liter V6 engine.

From the beginning of the weekend, Jabouille was in a league of his own, but team mate René Arnoux was close behind as the yellow cars dictated the pace.

Only a valiant Gilles Villeneuve could come close to disrupting the all-French dominance, and indeed he did after a legendary and epic, tyre-smoking, all balls out battle with Arnoux.

A race of many firsts, but above all, truly a race to remember.