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1978 South African Grand Prix


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Formula One race number 3 of 16
Saturday, March 4, 1978 at Kyalami Circuit, Kyalami, South Africa
78 laps on a 4.104 kilometer road course (320.112 kilometers)

Time of race: 1:42:15.77
Average speed: 187.817 kph
Pole time: 74.65 seconds
Cautions: none
Margin of victory: .466 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 5

Glossary    1978 Formula One results   /   1978 standings

PosSt#DriverTeamChass./Eng.LapsStatusLedPts
1116   Ronnie Peterson John Player Team LotusLotus 78 / Ford Cosworth DFV781:42:15.76719
2124   Patrick Depailler Elf Team TyrrellTyrrell 008 / Ford Cosworth DFV78+0.466146
3102   John Watson Parmalat Racing TeamBrabham BT46 / Alfa Romeo 126078+4.44204
41827   Alan Jones Williams Grand Prix EngineeringWilliams FW06 / Ford Cosworth DFV78+30.98603
51426   Jacques Laffite Ligier GitanesLigier JS7 / Matra MS7678+69.21802
6133   Didier Pironi Elf Team TyrrellTyrrell 008 / Ford Cosworth DFV77+1 lap01
7 25   Mario Andretti John Player Team LotusLotus 78 / Ford Cosworth DFV77+1 lap200
81710   Jean-Pierre Jarier ATS Racing TeamATS HS1 / Ford Cosworth DFV77+1 lap00
92136   Rolf Stommelen Arrows Racing TeamArrows FA1 / Ford Cosworth DFV77+1 lap00
102225   Hector Rebaque Team RebaqueLotus 78 / Ford Cosworth DFV77+1 lap00
111930   Brett Lunger Liggett Group / BS FabricationsMcLaren M23 / Ford Cosworth DFV76+2 laps00
122019   Vittorio Brambilla Beta Team SurteesSurtees TS19 / Ford Cosworth DFV76+2 laps00
ret 735   Riccardo Patrese Arrows Racing TeamArrows FA1 / Ford Cosworth DFV63engine370
ret 520   Jody Scheckter Walter Wolf RacingWolf WR4 / Ford Cosworth DFV59spun off60
ret 48   Patrick Tambay Marlboro Team McLarenMcLaren M26 / Ford Cosworth DFV56crash00
ret 812   Gilles Villeneuve Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFACFerrari 312T3 / Ferrari 01555oil leak00
ret 911   Carlos Reutemann Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFACFerrari 312T3 / Ferrari 01555spun off00
ret 11   Niki Lauda Parmalat Racing TeamBrabham BT46 / Alfa Romeo 126052engine00
ret2318   Rupert Keegan Durex Team SurteesSurtees TS19 / Ford Cosworth DFV52engine00
ret169   Jochen Mass ATS Racing TeamATS HS1 / Ford Cosworth DFV43engine00
ret2637   Arturo Merzario Team MerzarioMerzario A1 / Ford Cosworth DFV39suspension00
ret 615   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Equipe Renault ElfRenault RS01 / Renault-Gordini EF138engine00
ret2432   Keke Rosberg Theodore Racing Hong KongTheodore TR1 / Ford Cosworth DFV15clutch00
ret1514   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi AutomotiveFittipaldi F5A / Ford Cosworth DFV9transmission00
ret2524   Eddie Cheever, Jr. Olympus Cameras Hesketh RacingHesketh 308E / Ford Cosworth DFV8oil leak00
ret 37   James Hunt Marlboro Team McLarenMcLaren M26 / Ford Cosworth DFV5engine00

Fastest Lap: 191.651 kph by Mario Andretti

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
27Rene Arnoux31Automobiles Martini
28Clay Regazzoni17Shadow Racing Team
29Lamberto Leoni22Team Tissot Ensign
30Hans-Joachim Stuck16Shadow Racing Team

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Mario Andretti12020
  Jody Scheckter21266
  Riccardo Patrese276337
  Patrick DePailler647714
  Ronnie Peterson78781

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Mario Andretti 12    
2   Ronnie Peterson 11   -1  
3   Niki Lauda 10   -2  
3   Patrick Depailler 10   -2  
5   Carlos Reutemann 9   -3  
6   Emerson Fittipaldi 6   -6  
7   John Watson 4   -8  
8   James Hunt 3   -9  
8   Alan Jones 3   -9  
10   Didier Pironi 2   -10  
10   Clay Regazzoni 2   -10  
10   Jacques Laffite 2   -10  
13   Patrick Tambay 1   -11