1962 South African Grand Prix
|1962 South African Grand Prix|
|Race 9 of 9 in the 1962 Formula One season|
|Date||29 December 1962|
|Official name||9th International RAC Grand Prix of South Africa|
Prince George Circuit|
East London, South Africa
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||3.920 km (2.436 mi)|
|Distance||82 laps, 321.415 km (199.718 mi)|
|Time||1:31.0 on lap 3|
The 1962 South African Grand Prix, formally titled the 9th International RAC Grand Prix of South Africa, was a Formula One motor race held at East London on 29 December 1962. It was the ninth and final race in both the 1962 World Championship of Drivers and the 1962 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 82-lap race was won by Graham Hill driving a BRM, the Englishman taking his first Drivers' Championship in the process, with New Zealander Bruce McLaren and local driver Tony Maggs second and third respectively in works Cooper-Climaxes.
Hill went into the race with a nine-point lead in the Drivers' Championship over Scotland's Jim Clark, driving a works Lotus-Climax. A Clark win would give him the Championship, regardless of Hill's performance, because only the top 5 results counted for the Championship. After taking pole position, Clark led comfortably until an oil leak 20 laps from the finish forced him to retire, handing the Championship to Hill. The win also gave BRM their first, and only, Manufacturers' Cup.
|2||8||Bruce McLaren||Cooper-Climax||82||+ 49.8||8||6|
|3||9||Tony Maggs||Cooper-Climax||82||+ 50.3||6||4|
|4||10||Jack Brabham||Brabham-Climax||82||+ 53.8||3||3|
|5||11||Innes Ireland||Lotus-Climax||81||+ 1 Lap||4||2|
|6||20||Neville Lederle||Lotus-Climax||78||+ 4 Laps||10||1|
|7||4||Richie Ginther||BRM||78||+ 4 Laps||7|
|8||18||John Love||Cooper-Climax||78||+ 4 Laps||12|
|9||5||Bruce Johnstone||BRM||76||+ 6 Laps||17|
|10||14||Ernie Pieterse||Lotus-Climax||71||+ 11 Laps||13|
|11||15||Carel Godin de Beaufort||Porsche||70||Fuel System||16|
|Ret||1||Jim Clark||Lotus-Climax||62||Oil Leak||1|
|Ret||21||Doug Serrurier||LDS-Alfa Romeo||62||Radiator||14|
|Ret||7||Roy Salvadori||Lola-Climax||56||Fuel Leak||11|
|Ret||22||Mike Harris||Cooper-Alfa Romeo||31||Wheel Bearing||15|
|WD||12||Gary Hocking||Lotus-Climax||Driver killed prior to event|
|WD||16||Syd van der Vyver||Lotus-Climax||Car damaged|
|WD||19||Sam Tingle||Lotus-Climax||Driver competing elsewhere|
- Pole position: Jim Clark - 1:29.3
- Fastest Lap: Jim Clark - 1:31.0
Championship standings after the race
- 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.
- "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1962". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- "1962 South African Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 2 December 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
- "South Africa 1962 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
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