1974 South African Grand Prix
|Date||30 March 1974|
|Location||Midrand, Transvaal Province, South Africa|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.1 km (2.5 mi)|
|Time||1:18.16 on lap 58|
The 1974 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami on 30 March 1974. It was race 3 of 15 in both the 1974 World Championship of Drivers and the 1974 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.
It was initially uncertain that the South African Grand Prix would go ahead due to the 1973 oil crisis, but it did so, albeit at the end of March rather than at the start of the month. Lotus stunned the paddock with an innovative car which used four pedals and an electric clutch.
However, practice was overshadowed by an accident which killed Peter Revson. While driving his Shadow-Ford in a test session before the race, Revson suffered a front suspension failure on the outside of Barbecue Bend and crashed heavily into the Armco barrier, the car bursting into flames. Revson died instantly, and the Shadow team withdrew from the race.
Niki Lauda took pole by a fraction of a second from Carlos Pace. The two Lotus cars tangled shortly after the start, the incident also involving Jochen Mass and Henri Pescarolo whilst Tom Belsø's race lasted no more than a few hundred yards due to clutch failure. Lauda led a train of cars consisting of Carlos Reutemann, Clay Regazzoni, Jody Scheckter and James Hunt, whose Hesketh was suffering vibration problems.
Mike Hailwood caught and passed Scheckter when he missed a gear, and then passed Reutemann on lap 9. On lap 75, nearly at the finish, Lauda was forced to retire with ignition problems and low oil pressure, handing the lead to Reutemann. This was Reutemann's first win, the first for an Argentinian driver since Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1957 German Grand Prix, and Brabham's first since the 1970 South African Grand Prix. Jean-Pierre Beltoise fought his way up through the field to 2nd, holding off a determined challenge from Hailwood who took the final podium place.
|2||14||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||BRM||78||+ 33.94||11||6|
|3||33||Mike Hailwood||McLaren-Ford||78||+ 42.16||12||4|
|4||4||Patrick Depailler||Tyrrell-Ford||78||+ 44.19||15||3|
|5||9||Hans Joachim Stuck||March-Ford||78||+ 46.23||7||2|
|6||20||Arturo Merzario||Iso-Marlboro-Ford||78||+ 56.04||3||1|
|7||5||Emerson Fittipaldi||McLaren-Ford||78||+ 1:08.39||5|
|8||3||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Ford||78||+ 1:10.54||8|
|9||6||Denny Hulme||McLaren-Ford||77||+ 1 Lap||9|
|10||10||Vittorio Brambilla||March-Ford||77||+ 1 Lap||19|
|11||18||Carlos Pace||Surtees-Ford||77||+ 1 Lap||2|
|12||26||Graham Hill||Lola-Ford||77||+ 1 Lap||18|
|13||29||Ian Scheckter||Lotus-Ford||76||+ 2 Laps||22|
|14||32||Eddie Keizan||Tyrrell-Ford||76||+ 2 Laps||24|
|15||37||François Migault||BRM||75||+ 3 Laps||25|
|17||8||Richard Robarts||Brabham-Ford||74||+ 4 Laps||23|
|18||15||Henri Pescarolo||BRM||72||+ 6 Laps||21|
|19||23||Dave Charlton||McLaren-Ford||71||+ 7 Laps||20|
|Ret||11||Clay Regazzoni||Ferrari||65||Oil Pressure||6|
|Ret||28||John Watson||Brabham-Ford||54||Fuel System||13|
|WD||16||Peter Revson||Shadow-Ford||Fatal Accident|
|WD||17||Jean-Pierre Jarier||Shadow-Ford||Entry Withdrawn|
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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