Sydafrika GP 1974

Lucky Strike South African Grand Prix 30 Mars 1974, Kyalami

Ronnie Peterson i ett litet "jubileum" då han står inför sin 50:e start i Formel 1. Lotus 76:an fungerar inte alls bra och Ronnie lyckas endast prestera en 16:e plats i tidskvalet. Niki Lauda (Ferrari) står i "pole" före Carlos Pace (Surtees). 

Redan efter två varv tvingas Ronnie bryta loppet efter att ha åkt av banan. Även Lauda ger upp, då han i ledningen på det nionde varvet får problem med tändningen. Reutemann tar därefter över och leder loppet in i mål - med snabbast varvtid på 1.18,16 vinner han före Jean-Pierre Beltoise i en BRM och med Mike Hailwood (McLaren) som trea. Detta är Carlos Reutemanns första F1 seger någonsin i karriären.

Summary in english

In the two months between the Brazilian and South African Grands Prix the F1 teams had raced in the President Medici GP in Brasilia (won by Emerson Fittipaldi) and the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch, which was won by the Lotus of Jacky Ickx. The teams had then headed to Kyalami for testing. At the end of the test Peter Revson's Shadow suffered a suspension failure at Barbecue Bend and the American was killed when the car went head-on into the barriers. The Shadow team packed up and went back to England. Hesketh Racing had its new Hesketh 308 ready for James Hunt. The entry included Tom Belso in the second Williams. The field was bolstered by a number of local drivers led by Team Gunston which was running Jody Scheckter's brother Ian and Paddy Driver, while Dave Charlton appeared in a Lucky Strike-sponsored ex-works McLaren.

Qualifying resulted in
Niki Lauda taking his first pole position in the Ferrari with an impressive Carlos Pace second in his Surtees. There was an extraordinary performance from Arturo Merzario who qualified his Iso-Marlboro in third place ahead of Carlos Reutemann's Brabham, Emerson Fittipaldi's McLaren and the second Ferrari, driven by Clay Regazzoni. Seventh on the grid was a good effort for Hans Stuck in one of the factory March 741s while Jody Scheckter was eighth in his Tyrrell, ahead of Denny Hulme's McLaren and Jacky Ickx in the new Lotus 76. Ronnie Peterson had a troubled time with his new car and was only 16th on the grid.

At the start Lauda took the lead with Reutemann getting ahead of
Merzario and Pace to take second place. Regazzoni was third with Jody Scheckter fourth. In the midfield there was disaster for Lotus when Peterson's throttle stuck open and he collided with his team mate Ickx. Jochen Mass in the Surtees also went off after being hit by Henri Pescarolo's BRM.

Lauda stayed in the lead for the first nine laps and then Reutemann eased ahead and began to pull away. Regazzoni remained third with
Jody Scheckter fourth, Hunt fifth and Emerson Fittipaldi sixth. Hunt disappeared on the 14th lap with a driveshaft failure and then Scheckter began to suffer from tire vibration problems and dropped behind Fittipaldi and Hailwood. The order was unchanged for most of the middle part of the race although Hailwood overtook Fittipaldi for fourth place on lap 49. Both men then fell behind Jean-Pierre Beltoise's BRM.

On lap 66 Regazzoni went out with engine trouble to be followed nine laps later by Lauda with a similar problem. This meant that Beltoise was able to finish second with Hailwood third. Stuck scored his first F1 points with fifth place while
Merzario gave Williams a point for sixth.

Grand Prix Sydafrika
Date 30 Mars 1974
Bana Kyalami
Säsong 1974
Deltävling 3
Längd (km) 4.104
Varv 78
Tid 1:42:40.960
Placering Nr Förare Team Tid Grid
1 7 Carlos Reutemann Brabham 1:42:40.960 4
2 14 Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 33.940 11
3 33 Mike Hailwood McLaren 42.160 12
4 4 Patrick Depailler Tyrrell 44.190 15
5 9 Hans-Joachim Stuck March 46.230 7
6 20 Arturo Merzario Williams 56.040 3
7 5 Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren 68.390 5
8 3 Jody Scheckter Tyrrell 70.540 8
9 6 Denny Hulme McLaren +1 varv 9
10 10 Vittorio Brambilla March +1 varv 19
11 18 Carlos Pace Surtees +1 varv 2
12 26 Graham Hill Lola +1 varv 18
13 29 Ian Scheckter Lotus +2 varv 22
14 32 Eddie Keizan Tyrrell +2 varv 24
15 37 Francois Migault BRM +3 varv 25
r 12 Niki Lauda Ferrari +4 varv 1
17 8 Richard Robarts Brabham +4 varv 23
18 15 Henri Pescarolo BRM +6 varv 21
19 23 Dave Charlton McLaren +7 varv 20
r 11 Clay Regazzoni Ferrari +13 varv 6
r 28 John Watson Brabham +22 varv 13
r 2 Jacky Ickx Lotus +47 varv 10
r 24 James Hunt Hesketh +65 varv 14
r 19 Jochen Mass Surtees +67 varv 17
r 30 Paddy Driver Lotus +72 varv 26
r 1 Ronnie Peterson Lotus +76 varv 16
r 21 Tom Belso Williams +78 varv 27


NC=Not Classified NT=No time set in qualifying R=Retired
EX=Excluded from meeting W=Withdrawn DQ=Disqualified
NS=Did not start NQ=Did not qualify NPQ=Did not pre-qualify

Aktuell ställning

Position Förare Nation     Poäng
1 Clay Regazzoni CH 10
2 Carlos Reutemann ARG 9
" Denny Hulme NZ 9
" Emerson Fittipaldi BRA 9
" Mike Hailwood GBR 9
6 Jean Pierre Beltoise FRA 8

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