South African GP 1974
MARCH 30, 1974
South African GP, 1974
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.
|1||7||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Cosworth BT44||78||1h42m40.960s||4|
|2||14||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||BRM P201||78||1h43m14.900s||11|
|3||33||Mike Hailwood||McLaren-Cosworth M23||78||1h43m23.120s||12|
|4||4||Patrick Depailler||Tyrrell-Cosworth 005||78||1h43m25.150s||15|
|5||9||Hans-Joachim Stuck||March-Cosworth 741||78||1h43m27.190s||7|
|6||20||Arturo Merzario||Iso Marlboro-Cosworth FW||78||1h43m37.000s||3|
|7||5||Emerson Fittipaldi||McLaren-Cosworth M23||78||1h43m49.350s||5|
|8||3||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Cosworth 006||78||1h43m51.500s||8|
|9||6||Denny Hulme||McLaren-Cosworth M23||77||9|
|10||10||Vittorio Brambilla||March-Cosworth 741||77||19|
|11||18||Carlos Pace||Surtees-Cosworth TS16||77||2|
|12||26||Graham Hill||Lola-Cosworth T370||77||18|
|13||29||Ian Scheckter||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||76||22|
|14||32||Eddie Keizan||Tyrrell-Cosworth 004||76||24|
|15||37||Francois Migault||BRM P160E||75||25|
|16r||12||Niki Lauda||Ferrari 312B3||74||Ignition||1|
|17||8||Richard Robarts||Brabham-Cosworth BT44||74||23|
|18||15||Henri Pescarolo||BRM P160E||72||21|
|19||23||Dave Charlton||McLaren-Cosworth M23||71||20|
|r||11||Clay Regazzoni||Ferrari 312B3||65||Engine||6|
|r||28||John Watson||Brabham-Cosworth BT42||56||Fuel System||13|
|r||2||Jacky Ickx||Lotus-Cosworth 76||31||Brakes||10|
|r||24||James Hunt||Hesketh-Cosworth 308||13||Cv Joint||14|
|r||19||Jochen Mass||Surtees-Cosworth TS16||11||Accident/ Withdrew||17|
|r||30||Paddy Driver||Lotus-Cosworth 72E||6||Clutch||26|
|r||1||Ronnie Peterson||Lotus-Cosworth 76||2||Accident||16|
|r||21||Tom Belso||Iso Marlboro-Cosworth FW||0||Clutch||27|