1978 South African Grand Prix

The 1978 South African Grand Prix was Round 3 of the 1978 Formula 1 World Championship. The event was held at Kyalami in South Africa on Sunday, 4 March 1978. Niki Lauda started on pole position in the Brabham Alfa Romeo and Ronnie Peterson was the race winner in the Lotus Ford.

1978 South African Grand Prix Race Result
Pos.No.DriverNationalityTeamTyreLapsTime/RetiredRace TimeGapIntervalBest LapLapSpeedStartedPoints
16Ronnie PetersonSwedenLotus FordGoodyear781:42:15.7671:42:15.767--1:17.350187.817129
24Patrick DepaillerFranceTyrrell FordGoodyear78+0.4661:42:16.233+0.466+0.4661:17.290187.803116
32John WatsonGreat BritainBrabham Alfa RomeoGoodyear78+4.4421:42:20.209+4.442+3.9761:17.390187.681104
427Alan JonesAustraliaWilliams FordGoodyear78+30.9861:42:54.753+38.986+34.5441:17.480186.631183
526Jacques LaffiteFranceLigier MatraGoodyear78+1:09.2181:43:24.985+1:09.218+30.2321:17.960185.722132
63Didier PironiFranceTyrrell FordGoodyear77+1 lap1 lap1 lap1:18.450141
75Mario AndrettiUnited StatesLotus FordGoodyear77+1 lap1 lap1:17.09022
810Jean-Pierre JarierFranceATS FordGoodyear77+1 lap1 lap1:17.93017
936Rolf StommelenGermanyArrows FordGoodyear77+1 lap1 lap1:17.86022
1025Hector RebaqueMexicoLotus FordGoodyear77+1 lap1 lap1:19.53021
1130Brett LungerUnited StatesMcLaren FordGoodyear76+2 laps2 laps1 lap1:18.11020
1219Vittorio BrambillaItalySurtees FordGoodyear76+2 laps2 laps1:19.34019
DNF35Riccardo PatreseItalyArrows FordGoodyear63Engine1:17.1507
DNF20Jody ScheckterSouth AfricaWolf FordGoodyear59Spun Off1:17.5105
DNF8Patrick TambayFranceMcLaren FordGoodyear56Accident1:17.8904
DNF12Gilles VilleneuveCanadaFerrariMichelin55Oil Leak1:18.2908
DNF11Carlos ReutemannArgentinaFerrariMichelin55Spun Off1:18.1309
DNF1Niki LaudaAustriaBrabham Alfa RomeoGoodyear52Engine1:17.4301
DNF18Rupert KeeganGreat BritainSurtees FordGoodyear52Engine1:19.29023
DNF9Jochen MassGermanyATS FordGoodyear43Engine1:18.63015
DNF37Arturo MerzarioItalyMerzario FordGoodyear39Suspension1:20.27026
DNF15Jean-Pierre JabouilleFranceRenaultMichelin38Engine1:18.1306
DNF32Keke RosbergFinlandTheodore FordGoodyear15Clutch1:19.55024
DNF14Emerson FittipaldiBrazilFittipaldi FordGoodyear9Transmission1:18.72016
DNF24Eddie CheeverUnited StatesHesketh FordGoodyear8Oil Leak1:18.50025
DNF7James HuntGreat BritainMcLaren FordGoodyear5Engine1:17.4903
DNQ31Rene ArnouxFranceMartini FordGoodyear
DNQ17Clay RegazzoniSwitzerlandShadow FordGoodyear
DNQ23Lamberto LeoniItalyEnsign FordGoodyear
DNQ16Hans-Joachim StuckGermanyShadow FordGoodyear