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1979 South African Grand Prix

The 1979 South African Grand Prix 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.

1979 South African Grand Prix
Race 3 of 15 in the 1979 Formula One season
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Race details
Date 3 March 1979
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

Contents

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12   Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 78 1:41:49.96 3 9
2 11   Jody Scheckter Ferrari 78 + 3.42 2 6
3 4   Jean-Pierre Jarier Tyrrell-Ford 78 + 22.11 9 4
4 1   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 78 + 27.88 8 3
5 2   Carlos Reutemann Lotus-Ford 78 + 1:06.97 11 2
6 5   Niki Lauda Brabham-Alfa Romeo 77 + 1 Lap 4 1
7 6   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Alfa Romeo 77 + 1 Lap 12
8 20   James Hunt Wolf-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 13
9 28   Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 22
10 8   Patrick Tambay McLaren-Ford 75 + 3 Laps 17
11 29   Riccardo Patrese Arrows-Ford 75 + 3 Laps 16
12 30   Jochen Mass Arrows-Ford 74 + 4 Laps 20
13 14   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 74 + 4 Laps 18
Ret 31   Héctor Rebaque Lotus-Ford 71 Engine 23
Ret 16   René Arnoux Renault 67 Tyre 10
Ret 27   Alan Jones Williams-Ford 63 Suspension 19
Ret 7   John Watson McLaren-Ford 61 Ignition 14
Ret 9   Hans-Joachim Stuck ATS-Ford 57 Accident 24
Ret 15   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 47 Engine 1
Ret 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford 45 Accident 6
Ret 3   Didier Pironi Tyrrell-Ford 25 Throttle 7
Ret 18   Elio de Angelis Shadow-Ford 16 Accident 15
Ret 25   Patrick Depailler Ligier-Ford 4 Accident 5
Ret 17   Jan Lammers Shadow-Ford 2 Accident 21
DNQ 22   Derek Daly Ensign-Ford
DNQ 24   Arturo Merzario Merzario-Ford
Source:[1]

Lap leadersEdit

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

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1979 South African Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.


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