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. This was his 9th victory. 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

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 - 1978 South Africa Grand Prix winner

1978 South Africa Grand Prix results

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

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

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

Lotus 78

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Ensign N177

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Ferrari 312T3

Ferrari 015 F12 3.0

Martini MK23

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Theodore TR1

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Surtees TS19

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

McLaren M26

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Williams FW06

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Copersucar F5A

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Arrows FA1

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Merzario A1

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Hesketh 308E

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

ATS HS1

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Tyrrell 008

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

Renault RS01

Renault EF1 V6 t 1.5

Ligier JS7/9

Matra MS76 V12 3.0

Brabham BT46A

Alfa Romeo 115-12 F12 3.0

Wolf WR1

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0

McLaren M23

Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0