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1974 South African Grand Prix

  1974 South African Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 15 in the 1974 Formula One season

Kyalami Circuit
Date 30 March 1974
Location Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
Course Permanent racing facility
4.1 km (2.5 mi)
Pole position
Driver Niki Lauda Ferrari
Time 1:16.58[1]
Fastest lap
Driver Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford
Time 1:18.16[2] on lap 58
First Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford
Second Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM
Third Mike Hailwood McLaren-Ford

The 1974 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami on 30 March 1974.

Race summary

It was initially uncertain that the South African Grand Prix would go ahead due to the power crisis, but it did so, albeit belatedly in March. Lotus stunned the paddock with an innovative model on display with four pedals and an electric clutch.

However, practice was overshadowed by a tragic accident which cost the life of Peter Revson, his team Shadow withdrawing as a result. Niki Lauda took pole by a fraction from Carlos Pace. The two Lotus cars tangled shortly after the start, also involving Jochen Mass and Henri Pescarolo whilst Tom Belsø's race lasted no more than a few hundred yards due to clutch failure. Lauda led a train of cars consisting of Carlos Reutemann, Clay Regazzoni, Jody Scheckter and James Hunt, whose Hesketh was suffering vibration problems.

Mike Hailwood caught and passed Scheckter when he missed a gear, and then passed Reutemann on lap 9. On lap 75, nearly at the finish, Lauda was forced to retire with ignition problems and low oil pressure, handing the lead to Reutemann. This was the first Argentine victory since Juan Manuel Fangio and Brabham's first since the 1970 South African Grand Prix. Jean-Pierre Beltoise fought his way up through the field to 2nd, capping a fine drive by holding off a determined challenge from Mike Hailwood who took the final podium place.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 78 1:42:40.96 4 9
2 14 Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 78 + 33.94 11 6
3 33 Mike Hailwood McLaren-Ford 78 + 42.16 12 4
4 4 Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 78 + 44.19 15 3
5 9 Hans Joachim Stuck March-Ford 78 + 46.23 7 2
6 20 Arturo Merzario Iso Marlboro-Ford 78 + 56.04 3 1
7 5 Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 78 + 1:08.39 5  
8 3 Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 78 + 1:10.54 8  
9 6 Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 9  
10 10 Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 19  
11 18 Carlos Pace Surtees-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 2  
12 26 Graham Hill Lola-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 18  
13 29 Ian Scheckter Lotus-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 22  
14 32 Eddie Keizan Tyrrell-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 24  
15 37 François Migault BRM 75 + 3 Laps 25  
16 12 Niki Lauda Ferrari 74 Ignition 1  
17 8 Richard Robarts Brabham-Ford 74 + 4 Laps 23  
18 15 Henri Pescarolo BRM 72 + 6 Laps 21  
19 23 Dave Charlton McLaren-Ford 71 + 7 Laps 20  
Ret 11 Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 65 Oil Pressure 6  
Ret 28 John Watson Brabham-Ford 54 Fuel System 13  
Ret 2 Jacky Ickx Lotus-Ford 31 Brakes 10  
Ret 24 James Hunt Hesketh-Ford 13 Transmission 14  
Ret 19 Jochen Mass Surtees-Ford 11 Suspension 17  
Ret 30 Paddy Driver Lotus-Ford 6 Clutch 26  
Ret 1 Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 2 Collision 16  
Ret 21 Tom Belsø Iso Marlboro-Ford 0 Clutch 27  
WD 16 Peter Revson Shadow-Ford Fatal accident
WD 17 Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford Entry withdrawn  


  • While driving the Ford UOP Shadow-Ford DN3 in a test session before the race, Peter Revson suffered a front suspension failure, and crashed heavily into the Armco barrier on the outside of Barbecue Bend (Turn 2), and was killed. Denny Hulme tried to save his life, but to no avail.
  • Carlos Reutemann's first Formula One victory.

Standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 22. ISBN . 
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 24. ISBN . 

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-15. 

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