1975 South African Grand Prix
|Race 3 of 14 in the 1975 Formula One season|
|Date||1 March 1975|
|Official name||XXI South African Grand Prix|
Gauteng, South Africa
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.104 km (2.550 mi)|
|Distance||78 laps, 320.112 km (198.908 mi)|
|Time||1:17.20 on lap 11|
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 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.
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.
|2||7||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Ford||78||+ 3.74||2||6|
|3||4||Patrick Depailler||Tyrrell-Ford||78||+ 16.92||5||4|
|4||8||Carlos Pace||Brabham-Ford||78||+ 17.31||1||3|
|5||12||Niki Lauda||Ferrari||78||+ 28.64||4||2|
|6||2||Jochen Mass||McLaren-Ford||78||+ 1:03.64||16||1|
|7||23||Rolf Stommelen||Lola-Ford||78||+ 1:12.91||14|
|8||28||Mark Donohue||Penske-Ford||77||+ 1 Lap||18|
|9||16||Tom Pryce||Shadow-Ford||77||+ 1 Lap||19|
|10||5||Ronnie Peterson||Lotus-Ford||77||+ 1 Lap||8|
|11||34||Guy Tunmer||Lotus-Ford||76||+ 2 Laps||25|
|12||6||Jacky Ickx||Lotus-Ford||76||+ 2 Laps||21|
|13||33||Eddie Keizan||Lotus-Ford||76||+ 2 Laps||22|
|14||31||Dave Charlton||McLaren-Ford||76||+ 2 Laps||20|
|15||14||Bob Evans||BRM||76||+ 2 Laps||24|
|NC||21||Jacques Laffite||Williams-Ford||69||Not classified||23|
|NC||1||Emerson Fittipaldi||McLaren-Ford||65||Not classified||11|
|Ret||24||James Hunt||Hesketh-Ford||53||Fuel system||12|
|Ret||10||Lella Lombardi||March-Ford||23||Fuel system||26|
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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1976 South African Grand Prix