South African GP 1965
JANUARY 1, 1965
South African GP, 1965
The 1965 World Championship kicked off on New Year's Day just five weeks after the dramatic 1964 title showdown in Mexico City which had seen John Surtees snatch the title from Jim Clark on the last lap of the race. This meant that the cars were all 1964 models rather than new 1965 machinery. With the 1965 season being the last of the 1.5-liter formula most of the teams decided to continue with their existing cars for one more season before building new chassis for the new 3-liter formula in 1966. The had been little change in the driver lineup with Ferrari running John Surtees and Lorenzo Bandini, although the cars were entered in the name of team manager Eugenio Dragoni because Enzo Ferrari had not yet had his license returned following his dispute with the Italian national sporting authority over the homologation of a Ferrari sportscar. At least, however, the Ferraris were back in red having done the final races of 1964 in the blue and white racing colors of the United States (having been entered by Luigi Chinetti's North American Racing Team).
Team Lotus continuing with Jim Clark and Mike Spence but BRM had lost Ritchie Ginther to Honda and so recruited a rising new star called Jackie Stewart to partner Graham Hill. Brabham continued to run Dan Gurney and Jack Brabham while Cooper replaced 1964 driver Phil Hill with Austrian Jochen Rindt as Bruce McLaren's team mate. Rob Walker continued as a Brabham customer and ran both Jo Bonnier and Jo Siffert. Scuderia Centro Sud continued to use BRM chassis while Lotus continued to supply Reg Parnell Racing (Richard Attwood and Mike Hailwood) and John Willment fielded a pair of Brabhams for Frank Gardner and Paul Hawkins.
Qualifying in East London resulted in Clark setting the fastest time by nearly a second with Surtees and Brabham sharing the front row. On the second row were Spence and Hill with Bandini, Bonnier and McLaren on row three. Gurney was using the new Goodyear tires rather than the normal Dunlops and he was down on the fourth row of the grid alongside Rindt.
The race saw Clark go straight into the lead and he led from flag to flag. For most of the race he was shadowed by his team mate Spence but on lap 43 he spun and came under pressure from the third-placed Surtees. On lap 60 Spence spun again and dropped behind Surtees and Hill.
There was a flutter of excitement at the end of the race when Clark was shown the chequered flag a lap early. He ignored it and did not suffer from an official's error. Surtees was second with Hill third and Spence fourth. Then came McLaren and the final point went to F1 debutante Stewart.
|1||5||Jim Clark||Lotus-Climax 33||85||2h06m46.000s||1|
|2||1||John Surtees||Ferrari 158||85||2h07m15.000s||2|
|3||3||Graham Hill||BRM P261||85||2h07m17.800s||5|
|4||6||Mike Spence||Lotus-Climax 33||85||2h07m40.400s||4|
|5||9||Bruce McLaren||Cooper-Climax T77||84||8|
|6||4||Jackie Stewart||BRM P261||83||11|
|7||12||Jo Siffert||Brabham-BRM BT11||83||14|
|8||7||Jack Brabham||Brabham-Climax BT11||81||3|
|9||18||Paul Hawkins||Brabham-Ford BT10||81||16|
|10||20||Peter de Klerk||Alfa Special-Alfa Romeo||79||17|
|11||15||Tony Maggs||Lotus-BRM 25||77||13|
|12||16||Frank Gardner||Brabham-BRM BT11||75||15|
|13||25||Sam Tingle||LDS-Alfa Romeo MK 1||73||20|
|14||19||David Prophet||Brabham-Ford BT10||71||19|
|15r||2||Lorenzo Bandini||Ferrari 1512||66||Electrics||6|
|nc||14||Bob Anderson||Brabham-Climax BT11||50||12|
|r||11||Jo Bonnier||Brabham-Climax BT7||42||Gearbox||7|
|r||10||Jochen Rindt||Cooper-Climax T73||39||Electrics||10|
|r||17||John Love||Cooper-Climax T55||20||Mechanical||18|
|r||8||Dan Gurney||Brabham-Climax BT11||11||Ignition||9|
|nq||28||Trevor Blokdyk||Cooper-Ford T59||21|
|nq||23||Neville Lederle||Lotus-Climax 21||22|
|nq||21||Doug Serrurier||LDS-Climax MK 2||23|
|nq||27||Brausch Niemann||Lotus-Ford 22||24|
|nq||22||Ernest Pieterse||Lotus-Climax 21||25|
|npq||24||Clive Puzey||Lotus-Climax 18/21||26|
|npq||29||Jackie Pretorious||LDS-Alfa Romeo MK 1||27|
|npq||32||Dave Charlton||Lotus-Ford 20||28|