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1979 South African Grand Prix

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1979 South African Grand Prix
Race 3 of 15 in the 1979 Formula One season
Kyalami 1961 - 1988 Layout.png
Race details
Date 3 March 1979
Official name XXV Simba Grand Prix of South Africa
Location Kyalami
Transvaal Province, 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
Lap leaders

The 1979 South African Grand Prix (formally the XXV Simba Grand Prix of South Africa) was a Formula One motor race held on 3 March 1979 at Kyalami. The race, contested over 78 laps, was the third race of the 1979 Formula One season and was won by Gilles Villeneuve, driving a Ferrari. Teammate and local driver Jody Scheckter finished second, while Jean-Pierre Jarier finished third in a Tyrrell-Ford.

Qualifying

Qualifying classification

Pos. Driver Constructor Time No
1 Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 1:11,80 1
2 Jody Scheckter Ferrari 1:12,04 2
3 Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:12,07 3
4 Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:12,12 4
5 Patrick Depailler Ligier-Ford 1:12,15 5
6 Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 1:12,26 6
7 Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 1:12,33 7
8 Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1:12,36 8
9 Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 1:12,55 9
10 René Arnoux Renault 1:12,69 10
11 Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 1:12,75 11
12 Nelson Piquet Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:13,07 12
13 James Hunt Wolf-Ford 1:14,21 13
14 John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:14,44 14
15 Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 1:14,44 15
16 Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 1:14,54 16
17 Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 1:14,58 17
18 Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 1:14,61 18
19 Alan Jones Williams-Ford 1:14,64 19
20 Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 1:15,00 20
21 Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford 1:15,35 21
22 Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 1:15,68 22
23 Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford 1:16,15 23
24 Hans-Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford 1:16,31 24
DNQ Derek Daly Ensign-Ford 1:16,64
DNQ Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford 1:18,14

Race

Classification

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 2 6
3 4 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 78 + 22.11 9 4
4 1 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 78 + 27.88 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 West Germany Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 74 + 4 Laps 20
13 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 74 + 4 Laps 18
Ret 31 Mexico Héctor 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 West 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
Source:[1]

Lap leaders

Jean-Pierre Jabouille 1 lap (1); Gilles Villeneuve 39 laps (2–14, 53–78); Jody Scheckter 38 laps (15–52).

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

  1. ^ "1979 South African Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "South Africa 1979 - Championship • STATS F1". statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.


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