1975 South African Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 3 of 14 in the 1975 Formula One season
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Date 1 March 1975
Official name XXI South African Grand Prix
Location Kyalami
Gauteng, South Africa
Course Permanent racing facility
4.104 km (2.550 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 320.112 km (198.908 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Carlos Pace Brabham-Ford
Time 1:16.41[1]
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Carlos Pace Brabham-Ford
Time 1:17.20[2] on lap 11
Podium
First South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford
Second Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford
Third France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford

The 1975 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami on 1 March 1975. It was the 21st South African Grand Prix since the first Grand Prix was held in 1934 and the ninth to be held at Kyalami just outside of Johannesburg. It was held over 78 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 320 kilometres.

The race was made memorable by Jody Scheckter becoming the first South African driver to win the race. Driving a Tyrrell 007 he took over the lead of the race from Carlos Pace on lap three and took a three second win over the Brabham BT44B of Carlos Reutemann. Scheckter's Tyrrell team mate Patrick Depailler finished third.

Race summary[edit]

Ferrari had used the free month of February profitably, producing the new 312T model with a new transverse gearbox. There was also a new face in the persona of female Italian racer Lella Lombardi.

Practice was eventful – Graham Hill's car spun on oil dropped from Ronnie Peterson's car and destroyed his car, opting to sit out the race. Once the débris had been cleared and holes in the catch fencing mended, there was a second accident as Niki Lauda spun on engine oil, hitting the wall at 120 mph. With further violent accidents to Jody Scheckter and Guy Tunmer, the drivers deemed the circuit not safe and refused to continue until fencing defects were remedied and the track improved, further helped by the support of mechanics who insisted no more practice be carried out.

When the racing got under way, Carlos Pace led from pole in a Brabham 1–2 but was soon passed by Jody Scheckter and Carlos Reutemann after braking problems and Patrick Depailler soon climbed to 3rd. James Hunt retired with a broken throttle linkage, Vittorio Brambilla with oil cooler problems and Ian Scheckter crashed. Emerson Fittipaldi was challenging Depailler for 4th place when he suffered a cracked plug lead. Jody Scheckter drove maturely to hold on to his only home win from Reutemann.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 78 1:43:16.90 3 9
2 7 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 78 + 3.74 2 6
3 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 78 + 16.92 5 4
4 8 Brazil Carlos Pace Brabham-Ford 78 + 17.31 1 3
5 12 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 78 + 28.64 4 2
6 2 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 78 + 1:03.64 16 1
7 23 Germany Rolf Stommelen Hill-Ford 78 + 1:12.91 14  
8 28 United States Mark Donohue Penske-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 18  
9 16 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 19  
10 5 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 8  
11 34 South Africa Guy Tunmer Lotus-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 25  
12 6 Belgium Jacky Ickx Lotus-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 21  
13 33 South Africa Eddie Keizan Lotus-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 22  
14 31 South Africa Dave Charlton McLaren-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 20  
15 14 United Kingdom Bob Evans BRM 76 + 2 Laps 24  
16 11 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 71 Throttle 9  
17 27 United States Mario Andretti Parnelli-Ford 70 Transmission 6  
NC 21 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford 69 Not classified 23  
NC 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 65 Not classified 11  
Ret 32 South Africa Ian Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 55 Accident 17  
Ret 24 United Kingdom James Hunt Hesketh-Ford 53 Fuel system 12  
Ret 17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 37 Overheating 13  
Ret 10 Italy Lella Lombardi March-Ford 23 Fuel system 26  
Ret 20 Italy Arturo Merzario Williams-Ford 22 Engine 15  
Ret 18 United Kingdom John Watson Surtees-Ford 19 Clutch 10  
Ret 9 Italy Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 16 Radiator 7  
DNQ 30 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford        
DNQ 22 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lola-Ford        

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 71. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 72. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-15. 


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