1971 South African Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 1 of 11 in the 1971 Formula One season
The Kyalami Circuit (1967–1985)
The Kyalami Circuit (1967–1985)
Date 6 March 1971
Official name XVII South African Grand Prix
Location Kyalami, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
Course Permanent racing facility
4.104 km (2.550 mi)
Distance 79 laps, 324.216 km (201.458 mi)
Weather Sunny, Hot, Dry
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford
Time 1:17.8
Fastest lap
Driver United States Mario Andretti Ferrari
Time 1:20.3 on lap 73
Podium
First United States Mario Andretti Ferrari
Second United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford
Third Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari

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[edit]

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[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

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

Race[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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

References[edit]


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