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
Course length 4.104 km (2.550 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 320.112 km (198.908 mi)
Weather Wet
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:11.80
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Time 1:14.412 on lap 23
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third 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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