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The 1969 South African Grand Prix, formally the Third AA Grand Prix of South Africa (Afrikaans: Derde AA Suid-Afrikaanse Grand Prix[1]), was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami Circuit on 1 March 1969. It was race 1 of 11 in both the 1969 World Championship of Drivers and the 1969 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 80-lap race was won by Matra driver Jackie Stewart after he started from fourth position. Graham Hill finished second for the Lotus team and McLaren driver Denny Hulme came in third.

1969 South African Grand Prix
The Kyalami Circuit (1967-1985)
The Kyalami Circuit (1967-1985)
Race details
Date 1 March 1969
Official name Third AA Grand Prix of South Africa
Location Kyalami, Midrand, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.104 km (2.550 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 328.320 km (204.009 mi)
Weather Hot, Dry
Pole position
Driver Brabham-Ford
Time 1:20.0
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford
Time 1:21.6 on lap 50
Podium
First Matra-Ford
Second Lotus-Ford
Third McLaren-Ford

Contents

BackgroundEdit

 
Jackie Stewart in his Matra MS10, equipped with two wings

In the weeks leading up to the first Formula One race of the 1969 season, entries were being announced for the race, with all the teams, apart from Ferrari expected to nominate two drivers for the race. Enzo Ferrari, the managing director of the team he founded, announced that Ferrari were only going to nominate one driver for the race. To most people's surprise, Ferrari at first nominated two drivers for the race without explanation. However, the decision was later changed, with only Chris Amon nominated eventually for Ferrari. Brabham, BRM, Lotus, Matra and McLaren all chose to nominate two drivers for the race meeting.[2]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 14   Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 1:20.0
2 2   Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 1:20.2 +0.2
3 5   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:20.3 +0.3
4 7   Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 1:20.4 +0.4
5 9   Chris Amon Ferrari 1:20.5 +0.5
6 3   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 1:20.8 +0.8
7 1   Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 1:21.1 +1.1
8 6   Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 1:21.1 +1.1
9 18   Basil van Rooyen McLaren-Ford 1:21.8 +1.8
10 16   John Love Lotus-Ford 1:22.1 +2.1
11 8   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Ford 1:22.2 +2.2
12 4   Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford 1:22.2 +2.2
13 15   Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford 1:23.1 +3.1
14 11   Jackie Oliver BRM 1:24.1 +4.1
15 12   Pedro Rodríguez BRM 1:25.2 +5.2
16 19   Peter de Klerk Brabham-Repco 1:27.2 +7.2
17 17   Sam Tingle Brabham-Repco 1:50.4 +30.4
EXC 10   John Surtees BRM 1:21.8 +1.8
  • Surtees's qualifying time was excluded as he had started at the back of the grid.

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7   Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 80 1:50:39.1 4 9
2 1   Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 80 + 18.8 7 6
3 5   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 80 + 31.8 3 4
4 4   Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford 80 + 49.2 12 3
5 6   Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 8 2
6 8   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 11 1
7 11   Jackie Oliver BRM 77 + 3 Laps 14  
8 17   Sam Tingle Brabham-Repco 73 + 7 Laps 17  
NC 19   Peter de Klerk Brabham-Repco 67 + 13 Laps 16  
Ret 2   Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 44 Fuel Pump 2  
Ret 10   John Surtees BRM 40 Engine 18  
Ret 12   Pedro Rodríguez BRM 38 Water Leak 15  
Ret 9   Chris Amon Ferrari 34 Engine 5  
Ret 14   Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 32 Handling 1  
Ret 3   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 31 Gearbox 6  
Ret 16   John Love Lotus-Ford 31 Ignition 10  
Ret 15   Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford 20 Ignition 13  
Ret 18   Basil van Rooyen McLaren-Ford 12 Brakes 9  
Source:[3]

NotesEdit

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1969". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  2. ^ Hilton, Christopher (November 2006). Michael Schumacher: The Whole Story. Haynes Publishing. p. 15. ISBN 1-84425-008-3.
  3. ^ "1969 South African Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "South Africa 1969 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Lang, Mike (1982). Grand Prix! Vol 2. Haynes Publishing Group. pp. 88–89. ISBN 0-85429-321-3.


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