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1979 Brazilian GP
1978 South African GP

1979 South African GP

1979 US West GP
1980 South African GP
 XXV  Simba South African Grand Prix


Overview - Entry List - Qualification - Starting Grid - Classification - Fastest Laps - Laps Led

Details
DateSaturday 3 March 1979
Start time14:00
EventSouth African GP
CircuitKyalami
Event FormatRace of 78 laps
Race3 of 17
Championship race316
Circuit
Laps78
Circuit Perimeter4104 m
Race Distance4104 × 78 = 320.112 km
Grid Format2-2-2-2
Pole PositionRight
First CornerRight
Track DirectionClockwise
Weather
WeatherOvercast, Rain
Participants
Entries26
Qualifiers24
Finishers13
Championship Debutants
Ensign N179 (Car Model),
Ferrari 312T4 (Car Model),
   Fittipaldi F6 (Car Model)
MilestonesCar 12 - 20th Win (Car Number)
Car 22 - 250th Race Entry (Car Number)
Agip - 25th Win (Lubricant Manufacturer)
Equipe Renault Elf - 1st Pole Position (Entrant)
Equipe Renault Elf - 25th Race Entry (Entrant)
Hector Rebaque - 25th Race Entry (Driver)
Jean-Pierre Jabouille - 1st Pole Position (Driver)
Jean-Pierre Jabouille - 25th Race Entry (Driver)
Merzario - 20th Race Entry (Car Manufacturer)
Renault - 1st Pole Position (Car Manufacturer)
Renault - 25th Race Entry (Car Manufacturer)
Renault - 1st Pole Position (Engine Manufacturer)
Renault - 25th Race Entry (Engine Manufacturer)
Williams - 50th Race Entry (Car Manufacturer)
Records Broken None
Records Extended 1. Most RetirementsLotus (352),
2. Most Constructors' Championship Points ScoresFerrari (258),
3. Most Drivers' Championship Points ScoresFerrari (390),
4. Most Podium FinishesFerrari (258),
5. Most Race WinsFerrari (75),
6. Most 2nd Place FinishesFerrari (100),
7. Most 7th Place FinishesBrabham (30),
8. Most Fastest LapsFerrari (86),
9. Most 4th Fastest LapsJody Scheckter (10),
10. Most 10th Fastest LapsBrabham (14),
11. Most Races LedFerrari (185),
12. Most Laps LedFerrari (5161),
13. Most Race EntriesLotus (829),
14. Most Failures to QualifyArturo Merzario (15),
15. Most 2nd Place QualificationsFerrari (86),
16. Most 3rd Place QualificationsFerrari (76),
17. Most 14th Place QualificationsJohn Watson (11)

Championships
1 Jacques Laffite 18 
same
2 Carlos Reutemann 12 
same
3 Gilles Villeneuve 11 
up
4 Patrick Depailler 9 
down
5 Jody Scheckter 7 
up
6 Mario Andretti 5 
same
7 Jean-Pierre Jarier 4 
up
 John Watson 4 
down
9 Didier Pironi 3 
down
10 Niki Lauda 1 
same
11 Emerson Fittipaldi 1 
down
1 Ligier / Ford 27 
same
2 Ferrari / Ferrari 18 
up
3 Lotus / Ford 17 
down
4 Tyrrell / Ford 7 
same
5 McLaren / Ford 4 
down
6 Brabham / Alfa Romeo 1 
up
 Fittipaldi / Ford 1 
same

Results
 WinnerPole PositionFastest Lap
Car NumberCar 12Car 15Car 12
EntrantScuderia Ferrari SpA SEFACEquipe Renault ElfScuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
DriverGilles VilleneuveJean-Pierre JabouilleGilles Villeneuve
CarFerrari 312T4Renault RS01Ferrari 312T4
EngineFerrari 3.0 F12Renault 1.5 V6TFerrari 3.0 F12
Time1:41'49.961'11.801'14.412
Speed188.611 km/h205.772 km/h198.549 km/h


Overview - Entry List - Qualification - Starting Grid - Classification - Fastest Laps - Laps Led