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The 1971 South African Grand Prix was the opening round of the 1971 season.


BackgroundEdit

As the first race of the season, there were a number of changes since 1970.

  • Brabham: had a new BT33 chassis for new driver Graham Hill, but the new model BT34 was not yet complete. Jack Brabham was no longer involved with the team, having sold his share to Ron Tauranac after his retirement at the end of 1970.
  • BRM: The brand new first chassis of the P160 model arrived for Pedro Rodríguez, who, despite the lack of testing, was very optimistic about it.
  • Ferrari came in on a high, having won four of the final six races in 1970, and having upgraded to a 312B2 model. Mario Andretti was going to attend as many races as his USAC schedule would permit. But after some early success the cars became less and less reliable, and for a while they went back to the 1970 cars.
  • Lotus retained Emerson Fittipaldi and Reine Wisell from 1970, but the shock of losing Jochen Rindt meant that the team carried out very little development in the off season, and it was not until the French and British GPs that the team started to make headway again. The introduction of completely slick Firestone tires had a negative effect on the handling, which Colin Chapman was slow to realize.
  • March: The team had a brand new model 711 for all three drivers, featuring a much stiffer monocoque than the old 701 model, and a spectacular oval "tea tray" front wing, mounted above and forward of the nose of the car. At least one of the cars would run each race in 1971 with an Alfa Romeo engine, and financial support from Autodelta.
  • Matra had a new driver Chris Amon and car (MS120B), but still no return to the success of 1968-69. Jean-Pierre Beltoise was not present at Kyalami, due to having his racing license suspended for causing the accident that killed Ignazio Giunti at the 1000km of Buenos Aires in January. The team did not replace him during his suspension.
  • McLaren: Arrived with a new model (M19A) for Denny Hulme.
  • Tyrrell: Arrived full of optimism, with a new team name incorporating primary sponsor Elf, and a new chassis (002) for François Cevert. The original 001 car had undergone more than 2,000 km of testing in the off season, and the team had made several upgrades, and improved the car's reliability. A third chassis would be ready for Jackie Stewart at Spain.


Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1971 South African Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 72C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
3 Sweden Reine Wisell United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 72C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312B Ferrari 001 F12 3.0 F
5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312B Ferrari 001 F12 3.0 F
6 United States Mario Andretti Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312B Ferrari 001 F12 3.0 F
7 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
8 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 711 Alfa Romeo T33 V8 3.0 F
9 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 001 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
10 France François Cevert United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 002 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
11 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
12 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M14A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
14 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
15 South Africa Dave Charlton United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT33 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
16 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez United Kingdom Yardley Team BRM BRM P160 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
17 Switzerland Jo Siffert United Kingdom Yardley Team BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
19 New Zealand Chris Amon France Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120B Matra MS71 V12 3.0 G
20 United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS7 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
21 West Germany Rolf Stommelen United Kingdom Auto Motor und Sport Team Surtees Surtees TS7 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
22 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Frank Williams Racing Cars March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
23 Sweden Jo Bonnier Sweden Ecurie Bonnier McLaren M7C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
24 Rhodesia John Love Rhodesia Team Gunston March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
25 South Africa Jackie Pretorius Rhodesia Team Gunston Brabham BT26A Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
26 Spain Alex Soler-Roig United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
27 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Yardley Team BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
28 United Kingdom Brian Redman United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees TS7 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 9 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.8
2 19 New Zealand Chris Amon France Matra 1:18.4 +0.6
3 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy Ferrari 1:18.7 +0.9
4 6 United States Mario Andretti Italy Ferrari 1:19.0 +1.2
5 2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 1:19.1 +1.3
6 20 United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 1:19.1 +1.3
7 11 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 1:19.1 +1.3
8 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy Ferrari 1:19.2 +1.4
9 10 France François Cevert United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.2 +1.4
10 16 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez United Kingdom BRM 1:19.3 +1.5
11 12 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 1:19.6 +1.8
12 15 South Africa Dave Charlton United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 1:19.8 +2.0
13 7 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom March-Ford 1:19.9 +2.1
14 3 Sweden Reine Wisell United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 1:19.9 +2.1
15 21 Germany Rolf Stommelen United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 1:20.1 +2.3
16 16 Switzerland Jo Siffert United Kingdom BRM 1:20.2 +2.4
17 28 United Kingdom Brian Redman United Kingdom Surtees-Ford 1:20.2 +2.4
18 22 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom March-Ford 1:20.2 +2.4
19 14 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 1:20.5 +2.7
20 25 South Africa Jackie Pretorius United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 1:21.7 +3.9
21 24 Rhodesia John Love United Kingdom March-Ford 1:21.9 +4.1
22 8 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom March-Alfa Romeo 1:22.2 +4.4
23 23 Sweden Jo Bonnier United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 1:22.3 +4.5
24 16 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom BRM 1:23.7 +5.9
25 26 Spain Alex Soler-Roig United Kingdom March-Ford 1:25.8 +8.0

GridEdit

Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver
______________
1 ______________
Jackie Stewart 2 ______________
Chris Amon 3
Clay Regazzoni
______________
4 ______________
Mario Andretti 5
Emerson Fittipaldi
______________
6 ______________
John Surtees 7 ______________
Denny Hulme 8
Jacky Ickx
______________
9 ______________
François Cevert 10
Pedro Rodríguez
______________
11 ______________
Peter Gethin 12 ______________
Dave Charlton 13
Ronnie Peterson
______________
14 ______________
Reine Wisell 15
Rolf Stommelen
______________
16 ______________
Jo Siffert 17 ______________
Brian Redman 18
Henri Pescarolo
______________
19 ______________
Graham Hill 20
Jackie Pretorius
______________
21 ______________
John Love 22 ______________
Andrea de Adamich 23
Jo Bonnier
______________
24 ______________
Howden Ganley 25
Alex Soler-Roig



RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 United States Mario Andretti Ferrari 79 1:47:35.5 4 9
2 9 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 79 + 20.9 1 6
3 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 79 + 31.4 3 4
4 3 Sweden Reine Wisell Lotus-Ford 79 + 1:09.4 14 3
5 19 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 78 + 1 Lap 2 2
6 11 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 78 + 1 Lap 7 1
7 28 United Kingdom Brian Redman Surtees-Ford 78 + 1 Lap 17  
8 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 78 + 1 Lap 8
9 14 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 77 + 2 Laps 19
10 7 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 77 + 2 Laps 13
11 22 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 77 + 2 Laps 18
12 21 Germany Rolf Stommelen Surtees-Ford 77 + 2 Laps 15
13 8 Italy Andrea de Adamich March-Alfa Romeo 75 + 4 Laps 22
Ret 2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 58 Engine 5
Ret 20 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 56 Gearbox 6
Ret 10 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 47 Accident 9
Ret 27 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 42 Heat exhaustion 24
Ret 16 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 33 Overheating 10
Ret 17 Switzerland Jo Siffert BRM 31 Overheating 16
Ret 24 Rhodesia John Love March-Ford 31 Gearbox 21
Ret 15 South Africa Dave Charlton Brabham-Ford 31 Engine 12
Ret 25 South Africa Jackie Pretorius Brabham-Ford 22 Engine 20
Ret 12 United Kingdom Peter Gethin McLaren-Ford 7 Fuel leak 11
Ret 23 Sweden Jo Bonnier McLaren-Ford 5 Suspension 23
Ret 26 Spain Alex Soler-Roig Brabham-Ford 5 Engine 25

MilestonesEdit

  • This was Mario Andretti's first Formula One victory. With this win he also became the first person ever to win the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500 and a Formula One race.

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 United States Mario Andretti 9
2 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 6
3 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 4
4 Sweden Reine Wisell 3
5 New Zealand Chris Amon 2
6 New Zealand Denny Hulme 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 Italy Ferrari 9
2 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 6
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 3
4 France Matra 2
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 1

ReferencesEdit

Pritchard, Anthony (1972). The Motor Racing Year No3. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.. pp. 34-40. ISBN 0-393-08502-3.

V T E South Africa South Africa South African Grand Prix
Circuits Prince George Circuit (1934–1963), Kyalami Circuit (1965-1993)
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Non-championship races 1934 • 1936 • 1937 • 1938 • 1939 • 1960 • 1960 • 1961 • 1966 • 1981
V T E 1971 Formula One Season
Constructors Bellasi • Brabham • BRM • Ferrari • Lotus • March • Matra • McLaren • Surtees • Tyrrell
Engines Alfa Romeo • BRM • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Matra
Drivers De Adamich • Amon • Andretti • Barber • Bell • Beltoise • Beuttler • Bonnier • Cannon • Cevert • Charlton • Craft • Donohue • Eaton • Elford • Fittipaldi • Galli • Ganley • Gethin • Hailwood • Hill • Hobbs • Hulme • Ickx • Jarier • Jean • Lauda • van Lennep • Love • Lovely • Marko • Mazet • Moser • Oliver • Pescarolo • Peterson • Posey • Pretorius • Redman • Regazzoni • Revson • Rodríguez • Schenken • Siffert • Soler-Roig • Stewart • Stommelen • Surtees • Walker • Wisell
Cars Bellasi F170 • Brabham BT33 • Brabham BT34 • BRM P153 • BRM P160 • Ferrari 312B • Ferrari 312B2 • Lotus 56B • Lotus 69 • Lotus 72C • Lotus 72D • March 701 • March 711 • Matra MS120B • McLaren M7C • McLaren M14A • McLaren M19A • Surtees TS7 • Surtees TS9 • Tyrrell 001 • Tyrrell 002 • Tyrrell 003
Tyres Goodyear • Firestone
Races South Africa • Spain • Monaco • Netherlands • France • Britain • Germany • Austria • Italy • Canada • United States
See also 1970 Formula One Season • 1972 Formula One Season • Category
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