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1971 South African Grand Prix

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Location Kyalami, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
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The 1971 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami Circuit on 6 March 1971. The race, which was the first round of the 1971 Formula One season, was won by Mario Andretti who was driving for the Ferrari team.

Report

It was expected the 12-cylinder cars would be dominant over the V8 Ford Cosworths – Ferrari had won four out of the last five Grands Prix in 1970, and with a strong line-up of Mario Andretti, Clay Regazzoni and Jacky Ickx seemed a certain bet for the title.[citation needed]

Jackie Stewart took pole in the Tyrrell with a superb lap time to join Chris Amon and Regazzoni on the front row. Denny Hulme was suffering with a new suspension that was behaving very strangely.

At the start, Regazzoni led the field away at the start – both Stewart and Amon suffering slow starts. Emerson Fittipaldi managed to hold off Hulme until lap three when he dived through to chase the Ferraris. On lap 17, he squeezed through dramatically under braking and the orange McLaren once again led a race. Pedro Rodríguez was forced to retire from fourth place when his bodywork started to melt and the hot air began burning his feet. The heat also took its toll on Jo Siffert, whose engine overheated and Howden Ganley who was taken ill with heat exhaustion. On lap 37, John Surtees who had steadily been moving up the field, managed to pass Regazzoni. Surtees however, suffered a gearbox failure on lap 57. Andretti took his first career victory, driving a Ferrari; his teammate Regazzoni finished in third place behind Stewart.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 9 23x15px Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.8 —
2 19 23x15px Chris Amon Matra 1:18.4 +0.6
3 5 23x16px Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:18.7 +0.9
4 6 23x15px Mario Andretti Ferrari 1:19.0 +1.2
5 2 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:19.1 +1.3
6 20 23x15px John Surtees Surtees-Ford 1:19.1 +1.3
7 11 23x15px Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:19.1 +1.3
8 4 23x15px Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:19.2 +1.4
9 10 23x15px François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.2 +1.4
10 16 23x15px Pedro Rodríguez BRM 1:19.3 +1.5
11 12 23x15px Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 1:19.6 +1.8
12 15 23x15px Dave Charlton Brabham-Ford 1:19.8 +2.0
13 7 23x15px Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:19.9 +2.1
14 3 23x15px Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 1:19.9 +2.1
15 21 23x15px Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 1:20.1 +2.3
16 17 23x16px Jo Siffert BRM 1:20.2 +2.4
17 28 23x15px Brian Redman Surtees-Ford 1:20.2 +2.4
18 22 23x15px Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 1:20.2 +2.4
19 14 23x15px Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:20.5 +2.7
20 25 23x15px Jackie Pretorius Brabham-Ford 1:21.7 +3.9
21 24 23x15px John Love March-Ford 1:21.9 +4.1
22 8 23x15px Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 1:22.2 +4.4
23 23 23x15px Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 1:22.3 +4.5
24 27 23x15px Howden Ganley BRM 1:23.7 +5.9
25 26 23x15px Alex Soler-Roig March-Ford 1:25.8 +8.0

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 23x15px Mario Andretti Ferrari 79 1:47:35.5 4 9
2 9 23x15px Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 79 +20.9 1 6
3 5 23x16px Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 79 +31.4 3 4
4 3 23x15px Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 79 + 1:09.4 14 3
5 19 23x15px Chris Amon Matra 78 + 1 Lap 2 2
6 11 23x15px Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 78 + 1 Lap 7 1
7 28 23x15px Brian Redman Surtees-Ford 78 + 1 Lap 17  
8 4 23x15px Jacky Ickx Ferrari 78 + 1 Lap 8  
9 14 23x15px Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 77 + 2 Laps 19  
10 7 23x15px Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 77 + 2 Laps 13  
11 22 23x15px Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 77 + 2 Laps 18  
12 21 23x15px Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 77 + 2 Laps 15  
13 8 23x15px Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 75 +4 Laps 22  
Ret 2 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 58 Engine 5  
Ret 20 23x15px John Surtees Surtees-Ford 56 Gearbox 6  
Ret 10 23x15px François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 45 Accident 9  
Ret 27 23x15px Howden Ganley BRM 42 Physical 24  
Ret 16 23x15px Pedro Rodríguez BRM 33 Overheating 10  
Ret 15 23x15px Dave Charlton Brabham-Ford 31 Engine 16  
Ret 17 23x16px Jo Siffert BRM 31 Overheating 12  
Ret 24 23x15px John Love March-Ford 30 Differential 21  
Ret 25 23x15px Jackie Pretorius Brabham-Ford 22 Engine 20  
Ret 12 23x15px Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 7 Fuel Leak 11  
Ret 23 23x15px Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 5 Suspension 23  
Ret 26 23x15px Alex Soler-Roig March-Ford 5 Engine 25  

Notes

  • First Grand Prix win for Mario Andretti, and the only one he would win with Ferrari
  • First Start: Alex Soler-Roig

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References


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