1978 South Africa Grand Prix in Formula 1 at the Kyalami circuit. Full information

1978 South Africa Grand Prix poster

1978 South Africa Grand Prix poster

1978 South Africa Grand Prix

1978 South Africa Grand Prix is 300th Formula 1 race. Passed at the Kyalami circuit. Niki Lauda won the pole position, Ronnie Peterson won this race. Patrick Depailler and John Watson also climbed to the podium, in second and third place. Race distance 78 laps (320 km).

Previous race: 1978 Brazil Grand Prix
Next race: 1978 USA West Grand Prix
Race Start: 4th March 1978

Interesting facts and statistics about the 1978 South Africa Grand Prix

65th victory for the Lotus team
9th victory for the Ronnie Peterson
20th podium for the Ronnie Peterson
14th podium for the Patrick Depailler
5th podium for the John Watson

Ronnie Peterson - Winner of the 1978 South Africa Grand Prix

Ronnie Peterson - Winner of the 1978 South Africa Grand Prix

1978 South Africa Grand Prix

1978 South Africa Grand Prix

Lotus 78 - 1978 South Africa Grand Prix winner

Lotus 78 #6 - 1978 South Africa Grand Prix winner

1978 South Africa Grand Prix results

Position Name Car Points Result Lap Team
1 Ronnie Peterson Lotus 78, #6 9.00  1h 42m 15.767s  ( 187.817 km/h ) 78 John Player Team Lotus
2 Patrick Depailler Tyrrell 008, #4 6.00  1h 42m 16.233s  ( +00.466s ) 78 Elf Team Tyrrell
3 John Watson Brabham BT46A, #2 4.00  1h 42m 20.209s  ( +04.442s ) 78 Parmalat Racing Team
4 Alan Jones Williams FW06, #27 3.00  1h 42m 54.753s  ( +38.986s ) 78 Williams Grand Prix Engineering
5 Jacques Laffite Ligier JS7/9, #26 2.00  1h 43m 24.985s  ( +1m 09.218s ) 78 Ligier Gitanes
6 Didier Pironi Tyrrell 008, #3 1.00   77 Elf Team Tyrrell
7 Mario Andretti Lotus 78, #5 0   77 John Player Team Lotus
8 Jean-Pierre Jarier ATS HS1, #10 0   77 ATS Racing Team
9 Rolf Stommelen Arrows FA1, #36 0   77 Arrows Racing Team
10 Hector Rebaque Lotus 78, #25 0   77 Team Rebaque
11 Brett Lunger McLaren M23, #30 0   76 Liggett Group/B&S Fabrications
12 Vittorio Brambilla Surtees TS19, #19 0   76 Beta Team Surtees
ab Riccardo Patrese Arrows FA1, #35 0  Engine 63 Arrows Racing Team
ab Jody Scheckter Wolf WR1, #20 0  Accident 59 Walter Wolf Racing
ab Patrick Tambay McLaren M26, #8 0  Accident 56 Marlboro Team McLaren
ab Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 312T3, #11 0  Accident 55 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
ab Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 312T3, #12 0  Oil leak 55 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
ab Rupert Keegan Surtees TS19, #18 0  Oil line 52 Durex Team Surtees
ab Niki Lauda Brabham BT46A, #1 0  Engine 52 Parmalat Racing Team
ab Jochen Mass ATS HS1, #9 0  Engine 43 ATS Racing Team
ab Arturo Merzario Merzario A1, #37 0  Suspension 39 Team Merzario
ab Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault RS01, #15 0  Vapor lock 38 Equipe Renault Elf
ab Keke Rosberg Theodore TR1, #32 0  Engine 14 Theodore Racing Hong Kong
ab Emerson Fittipaldi Copersucar F5A, #14 0  Transmission 9 Fittipaldi Automotive
ab Eddie Cheever Hesketh 308E, #24 0  Engine 8 Olympus Cameras/Hesketh Racing
ab James Hunt McLaren M26, #7 0  Engine 5 Marlboro Team McLaren
nq Lamberto Leoni Ensign N177, #22 0     Team Tissot Ensign
nq Clay Regazzoni Shadow DN8, #17 0     Shadow Racing Team
nq Hans-Joachim Stuck Shadow DN8, #16 0     Shadow Racing Team
nq René Arnoux Martini MK23, #31 0     Automobiles Martini

Qualifying Results for the 1978 South Africa Grand Prix on the Kyalami circuit

Position Name Car Result Team
1 Niki Lauda Brabham BT46A, #1 1'14''65 Parmalat Racing Team
2 Mario Andretti Lotus 78, #5 1'14''90 John Player Team Lotus
3 James Hunt McLaren M26, #7 1'15''14 Marlboro Team McLaren
4 Patrick Tambay McLaren M26, #8 1'15''30 Marlboro Team McLaren
5 Jody Scheckter Wolf WR1, #20 1'15''32 Walter Wolf Racing
6 Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault RS01, #15 1'15''36 Equipe Renault Elf
7 Riccardo Patrese Arrows FA1, #35 1'15''48 Arrows Racing Team
8 Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 312T3, #12 1'15''50 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
9 Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 312T3, #11 1'15''52 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
10 John Watson Brabham BT46A, #2 1'15''62 Parmalat Racing Team
11 Ronnie Peterson Lotus 78, #6 1'15''94 John Player Team Lotus
12 Patrick Depailler Tyrrell 008, #4 1'15''97 Elf Team Tyrrell
13 Didier Pironi Tyrrell 008, #3 1'16''38 Elf Team Tyrrell
14 Jacques Laffite Ligier JS7/9, #26 1'16''40 Ligier Gitanes
15 Emerson Fittipaldi Copersucar F5A, #14 1'16''47 Fittipaldi Automotive
16 Jochen Mass ATS HS1, #9 1'16''60 ATS Racing Team
17 Jean-Pierre Jarier ATS HS1, #10 1'17''12 ATS Racing Team
18 Alan Jones Williams FW06, #27 1'17''16 Williams Grand Prix Engineering
19 Brett Lunger McLaren M23, #30 1'17''30 Liggett Group/B&S Fabrications
20 Vittorio Brambilla Surtees TS19, #19 1'17''32 Beta Team Surtees
21 Rolf Stommelen Arrows FA1, #36 1'17''49 Arrows Racing Team
22 Hector Rebaque Lotus 78, #25 1'17''50 Team Rebaque
23 Rupert Keegan Surtees TS19, #18 1'17''57 Durex Team Surtees
24 Keke Rosberg Theodore TR1, #32 1'17''62 Theodore Racing Hong Kong
25 Eddie Cheever Hesketh 308E, #24 1'17''83 Olympus Cameras/Hesketh Racing
26 Arturo Merzario Merzario A1, #37 1'18''15 Team Merzario
27 René Arnoux Martini MK23, #31 1'18''21 Automobiles Martini
28 Clay Regazzoni Shadow DN8, #17 1'18''30 Shadow Racing Team
29 Lamberto Leoni Ensign N177, #22 1'18''38 Team Tissot Ensign
30 Hans-Joachim Stuck Shadow DN8, #16 1'18''45 Shadow Racing Team

List of all cars for the 1978 South Africa Grand Prix on the Kyalami circuit

Shadow DN8

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Ligier JS7/9

Matra MS76 V12 3.0

Arrows FA1

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Martini MK23

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Wolf WR1

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Merzario A1

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Theodore TR1

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

McLaren M23

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Hesketh 308E

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Surtees TS19

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Brabham BT46A

Alfa Romeo 115-12 F12 3.0

ATS HS1

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

McLaren M26

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Lotus 78

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Tyrrell 008

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Williams FW06

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Ensign N177

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Renault RS01

Renault EF1 V6 t 1.5

Copersucar F5A

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Ferrari 312T3

Ferrari 015 F12 3.0