Formula 1 1978 South African Grand Prix

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1978-03-04
3
Kyalami
Ronnie Peterson
Niki Lauda

The 1978 South African Grand Prix was won by Ronnie Peterson of Team Lotus. Patrick Depailler was a very close second.
Despite being on pole position in South Africa, Niki Lauda could not convert this into a win.
Lauda was forced to retire in lap 52 due to: Engine.

The race in South Africa was round 3 of 16 of the 1978 season.

 

results

# driver constructor laps time points
1 78 1:42:15.767 9
2 78 +0.466 6
3 78 +4.442 4
4 78 +30.986 3
5 78 +1:09.218 2
6 77 +1 Lap 1
7 77 +1 Lap 0
8 77 +1 Lap 0
9 77 +1 Lap 0
10 77 +1 Lap 0
11 76 +2 Laps 0
12 76 +2 Laps 0
63 Engine 0
59 Spun off 0
56 Accident 0
55 Oil leak 0
55 Spun off 0
52 Engine 0
52 Engine 0
43 Engine 0
39 Suspension 0
38 Engine 0
15 Clutch 0
9 Transmission 0
8 Oil leak 0
5 Engine 0
0 Did not qualify 0
0 Did not qualify 0
0 Did not qualify 0
0 Did not qualify 0

grid

# driver constructor time
1 Niki Lauda Brabham
2 Mario Andretti Team Lotus
3 James Hunt McLaren
4 Patrick Tambay McLaren
5 Jody Scheckter Wolf
6 Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault
7 Riccardo Patrese Arrows
8 Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
9 Carlos Reutemann Ferrari
10 John Watson Brabham
11 Patrick Depailler Tyrrell
12 Ronnie Peterson Team Lotus
13 Jacques Laffite Ligier
14 Didier Pironi Tyrrell
15 Jochen Mass ATS
16 Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi
17 Jean-Pierre Jarier ATS
18 Alan Jones Williams
19 Vittorio Brambilla Surtees
20 Brett Lunger McLaren
21 Hector Rebaque Team Lotus
22 Rolf Stommelen Arrows
23 Rupert Keegan Surtees
24 Keke Rosberg Theodore
25 Eddie Cheever Hesketh
26 Arturo Merzario Merzario

1978 South African Grand Prix

The 1978 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 4 March 1978 at Kyalami. It was the third round of the 1978 Formula One season and the 300th World Championship Grand Prix held since the championship began in 1950. This was the debut race of the future world champion Keke Rosberg.

Both the Ferrari (312T3) and Brabham (BT46) teams had new cars in Kyalami for the race. The event also saw the return of Renault with their unique turbocharged car.

Ronnie Peterson, in the Lotus 78 with its Colin Chapman-inspired ground effect aerodynamics, battled Patrick Depailler in his Tyrrell on the last lap to take a dramatic victory. John Watson finished third for Brabham. Young Italian, Riccardo Patrese got his Arrows into the lead before retiring with a blown engine. Pole sitter and reigning world champion Niki Lauda, in his first season with Brabham, retired with engine failure and the Ferraris of Carlos Reutemann and Gilles Villeneuve exited on lap 55. James Hunt, who had qualified third on the grid in his McLaren M26, only lasted five laps whilst his new team mate Patrick Tambay, who qualified fourth, crashed out mid race.


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