1979 South African Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 3 of 15 in the 1979 Formula One season
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Date 2 March 1979
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 Wet
Pole position
Driver France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault
Time 1:11.80
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Time 1:14.412 on lap 23
Podium
First Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Second South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari
Third France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford

The 1979 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 3 March 1979 at Kyalami.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 78 1:41:49.96 3 9
2 11 South Africa Jody Scheckter Ferrari 78 +3.42 secs 2 6
3 4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 78 +22.11 secs 9 4
4 1 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 78 +27.88 secs 8 3
5 2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 78 +1:06.97 11 2
6 5 Austria Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 77 +1 Lap 4 1
7 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Alfa Romeo 77 +1 Lap 12
8 20 United Kingdom James Hunt Wolf-Ford 77 +1 Lap 13
9 28 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 76 +2 Laps 22
10 8 France Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 75 +3 Laps 17
11 29 Italy Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 75 +3 Laps 16
12 30 Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 74 +4 Laps 20
13 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 74 +4 Laps 18
Ret 31 Mexico Hector Rebaque Lotus-Ford 71 Engine 23
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 67 Tyre 10
Ret 27 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford 63 Suspension 19
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 61 Ignition 14
Ret 9 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford 57 Accident 24
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 47 Engine 1
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 45 Accident 6
Ret 3 France Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 25 Throttle 7
Ret 18 Italy Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 16 Accident 15
Ret 25 France Patrick Depailler Ligier-Ford 4 Accident 5
Ret 17 Netherlands Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford 2 Accident 21
DNQ 22 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Ensign-Ford
DNQ 24 Italy Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford

Notes[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

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


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