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 9th International RAC Grand Prix of South Africa
Location 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)
Weather Dry, windy
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Climax
Time 1:29.3
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 1:31.0 on lap 3
Podium
First BRM
Second Cooper-Climax
Third Cooper-Climax

The 1962 South African Grand Prix, formally titled the 9th International RAC Grand Prix of South Africa,[1] 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. Clark therefore needed to win the race, but such were the permutations that doing so would give him the Championship regardless of Hill's performance. 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.

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
Source:[2]

Notes[edit]

  • Pole position: Jim Clark - 1:29.3
  • Fastest Lap: Jim Clark - 1:31.0

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]

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1962". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "1962 South African Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 2 December 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 


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