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1979 South African Grand Prix


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Formula One race number 3 of 15
Saturday, March 3, 1979 at Kyalami Circuit, Kyalami, South Africa
78 laps on a 4.104 kilometer road course (320.1 kilometers)

Time of race: 1:41:49.96
Average Speed: 188.637 kph
Pole Time: 71.8 seconds
Cautions: n/a
Margin of Victory: 3.42 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 3

Glossary    1979 Formula One results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Team Chassis / Engine Laps Status Led
1 312   Gilles Villeneuve Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFACFerrari 312T4 / Ferrari 015781:41:49.9639
2 211   Jody Scheckter Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFACFerrari 312T4 / Ferrari 01578+3.4238
3 94   Jean-Pierre Jarier Candy Tyrrell TeamTyrrell 009 / Ford Cosworth DFV78+22.110
4 81   Mario Andretti Martini Racing Team LotusLotus 79 / Ford Cosworth DFV78+27.880
5112   Carlos Reutemann Martini Racing Team LotusLotus 79 / Ford Cosworth DFV78+66.970
6 45   Niki Lauda Parmalat Racing TeamBrabham BT48 / Alfa Romeo 126077+1 lap0
7126   Nelson Piquet Parmalat Racing TeamBrabham BT48 / Alfa Romeo 126077+1 lap0
81320   James Hunt Olympus Cameras Wolf RacingWolf WR7 / Ford Cosworth DFV77+1 lap0
92228   Clay Regazzoni Albilad-Saudia Racing TeamWilliams FW06 / Ford Cosworth DFV76+2 laps0
10178   Patrick Tambay Marlboro Team McLarenMcLaren M28 / Ford Cosworth DFV75+3 laps0
111629   Riccardo Patrese Warsteiner Arrows Racing TeamArrows A1B / Ford Cosworth DFV75+3 laps0
122030   Jochen Mass Warsteiner Arrows Racing TeamArrows A1B / Ford Cosworth DFV74+4 laps0
131814   Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi AutomotiveFittipaldi F6 / Ford Cosworth DFV74+4 laps0
ret2331   Hector Rebaque Team RebaqueLotus 79 / Ford Cosworth DFV71engine0
ret1016   Rene Arnoux Equipe Renault ElfRenault RS01 / Renault-Gordini EF167tire0
ret1927   Alan Jones Albilad-Saudia Racing TeamWilliams FW06 / Ford Cosworth DFV63suspension0
ret147   John Watson Marlboro Team McLarenMcLaren M28 / Ford Cosworth DFV61ignition0
ret249   Hans-Joachim Stuck ATS WheelsATS D2 / Ford Cosworth DFV57crash0
ret 115   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Equipe Renault ElfRenault RS01 / Renault-Gordini EF147engine1
ret 626   Jacques Laffite Ligier GitanesLigier JS11 / Ford Cosworth DFV45crash0
ret 73   Didier Pironi Candy Tyrrell TeamTyrrell 009 / Ford Cosworth DFV25throttle0
ret1518   Elio de Angelis Interscope Shadow Racing TeamShadow DN9 / Ford Cosworth DFV16crash0
ret 525   Patrick DePailler Ligier GitanesLigier JS11 / Ford Cosworth DFV4crash0
ret2117   Jan Lammers Samson Shadow Racing TeamShadow DN9 / Ford Cosworth DFV2crash0

Fastest Lap: 198.549 kph by Gilles Villeneuve

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
25Derek Daly22
26Arturo Merzario24

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Jean-Pierre Jabouille111
  Gilles Villeneuve21413
  Jody Scheckter155238
  Gilles Villeneuve537826

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jacques Laffite 18    
2   Carlos Reutemann 12   -6  
3   Gilles Villeneuve 11   -7  
4   Patrick DePailler 9   -9  
5   Jody Scheckter 7   -11  
6   Mario Andretti 5   -13  
7   Jean-Pierre Jarier 4   -14  
8   John Watson 4   -14  
9   Didier Pironi 3   -15  
10   Niki Lauda 1   -17  
11   Emerson Fittipaldi 1   -17