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1978 South African Grand Prix

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Location Kyalami
Gauteng, South Africa
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The 1978 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 4 March 1978 at Kyalami. It was the third round of the 1978 Formula One season and the 300th World Championship Grand Prix held since the championship began in 1950.

Both the Ferrari (312T3) and Brabham (BT46) teams had new cars in Kyalami for the race. The event also saw the return of Renault with their unique turbocharged car.

Ronnie Peterson, in the Lotus 78 with its Colin Chapman-inspired ground effect aerodynamics, battled Patrick Depailler in his Tyrrell on the last lap to take a dramatic victory. John Watson finished third for Brabham. Young Italian, Riccardo Patrese got his Arrows into the lead before retiring with a blown engine. Pole sitter and reigning world champion Niki Lauda, in his first season with Brabham, retired with engine failure and the Ferraris of Carlos Reutemann and Gilles Villeneuve exited on lap 55. James Hunt, who had qualified third on the grid in his McLaren M26, only lasted five laps whilst his new team mate Patrick Tambay, who qualified fourth, crashed out mid race.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 23x15px Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 78 1:42:15.767 12 9
2 4 23x15px Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 78 +0.466 secs 11 6
3 2 23x15px John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 78 +4.442 secs 10 4
4 27 23x15px Alan Jones Williams-Ford 78 +30.986 secs 18 3
5 26 23x15px Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 78 +1:09.218 13 2
6 3 23x15px Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 77 +1 Lap 14 1
7 5 23x15px Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 77 +1 Lap 2
8 10 23x15px Jean-Pierre Jarier ATS-Ford 77 +1 Lap 17
9 36 23x15px Rolf Stommelen Arrows-Ford 77 +1 Lap 22
10 25 23x15px Hector Rebaque Lotus-Ford 77 +1 Lap 21
11 30 23x15px Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 76 +2 Laps 20
12 19 23x15px Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 76 +2 Laps 19
Ret 35 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 63 Engine 7
Ret 20 23x15px Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 59 Spun Off 5
Ret 8 23x15px Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 56 Accident 4
Ret 12 23x15px Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 55 Oil Leak 8
Ret 11 23x15px Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 55 Spun Off 9
Ret 1 23x15px Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 52 Engine 1
Ret 18 23x15px Rupert Keegan Surtees-Ford 52 Engine 23
Ret 9 23x15px Jochen Mass ATS-Ford 43 Engine 15
Ret 37 23x15px Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford 39 Suspension 26
Ret 15 23x15px Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 38 Engine 6
Ret 32 23x15px Keke Rosberg Theodore-Ford 15 Clutch 24
Ret 14 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 9 Transmission 16
Ret 24 23x15px Eddie Cheever Hesketh-Ford 8 Oil Leak 25
Ret 7 23x15px James Hunt McLaren-Ford 5 Engine 3
DNQ 31 23x15px René Arnoux Martini-Ford
DNQ 17 23x16px Clay Regazzoni Shadow-Ford
DNQ 23 23x15px Lamberto Leoni Ensign-Ford
DNQ 16 23x15px Hans Joachim Stuck Shadow-Ford

Notes

Standings after the race

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


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