1962 South African Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 9 of 9 in the 1962 Formula One season
Prince George Circuit.svg
Date 29 December 1962
Official name IX South African Grand Prix
Location Prince George Circuit
East London, South Africa
Course Permanent racing facility
3.920 km (2.436 mi)
Distance 82 laps, 321.415 km (199.718 mi)
Weather Dry, windy
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 1:29.3
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 1:31.0 on lap 3
Podium
First United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM
Second New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax
Third South Africa Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax

The 1962 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at East London on 29 December 1962. It was the ninth and final race of the 1962 Formula One season. Jim Clark led the race until 20 laps from the finish, when an oil leak forced him to retire. Had this not occurred and Clark finished the race in first, he would have been crowned world champion.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 82 2:08:03.3 2 9
2 8 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 82 + 49.8 8 6
3 9 South Africa Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax 82 + 50.3 6 4
4 10 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax 82 + 53.8 3 3
5 11 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 81 + 1 Lap 4 2
6 20 South Africa Neville Lederle Lotus-Climax 78 + 4 Laps 10 1
7 4 United States Richie Ginther BRM 78 + 4 Laps 7  
8 18 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland John Love Cooper-Climax 78 + 4 Laps 12  
9 5 South Africa Bruce Johnstone BRM 76 + 6 Laps 17  
10 14 South Africa Ernie Pieterse Lotus-Climax 71 + 11 Laps 13  
11 15 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 70 Fuel system 16  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 62 Oil Leak 1  
Ret 21 South Africa Doug Serrurier LDS-Alfa Romeo 62 Radiator 14  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Lola-Climax 56 Fuel Leak 11  
Ret 22 South Africa Mike Harris Cooper-Alfa Romeo 31 Wheel bearing 15  
Ret 6 United Kingdom John Surtees Lola-Climax 26 Engine 5  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax 11 Gearbox 9  
WD 12 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Lotus-Climax Driver killed prior to event
WD 16 South Africa Syd van der Vyver Lotus-Climax Car damaged
WD 17 United States Tony Settember Emeryson-Climax
WD 19 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Sam Tingle Lotus-Climax Driver competing elsewhere

Notes[edit]

  • Pole position: Jim Clark - 1:29.3
  • Fastest Lap: Jim Clark - 1:31.0
  • Graham Hill (39pts) and Jim Clark (30pts) both had championship hopes coming into this race.
    • Graham Hill needed Clark 2nd or lower
    • Clark needed to win
  • BRM won the Constructors' Championship. Lotus-Climax needed to win the race to win the championship.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

References[edit]

  • "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.


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