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South African Grand Prix

Kyalami, 7 Mar 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jack Brabham Brabham BT33 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#12 Motor Racing Developments Limited
80 1h 49m 34.6s
2 Denis Hulme McLaren M14A [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#6 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing
80 1h 49m 42.7s
3 Jackie Stewart March 701 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 Tyrrell Racing Organisation
80 1h 49m 51.7s
4 Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra MS120 [01] - MS12 V12
#3 Equipe Matra Elf
80 1h 50m 47.7s
5 John Miles Lotus 49C [R10] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Gold Leaf Team Lotus
79 1h 50m 36.3s
6 Graham Hill Lotus 49C [R7] - Cosworth DFV V8
#11 Rob Walker Racing Team
79 1h 50m 46.8s
7 Henri Pescarolo Matra MS120 [02] - MS12 V12
#4 Equipe Matra Elf
78 1h 49m 35.6s
8 John Love Lotus 49 [R3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#23 Team Gunston
78 1h 50m 37.3s
9 Pedro Rodriguez BRM P153 [02] - P142 V12
#20 Owen Racing Organisation
76 1h 50m 35.2s
10 Jo Siffert March 701 [5] - Cosworth DFV V8
#16 March Engineering
75 1h 49m 42.5s
11 Piet de Klerk Brabham BT26A [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#24 Team Gunston
75 1h 50m 46.1s
12 Dave Charlton Lotus 49C [R8] - Cosworth DFV V8
#25 Scuderia Scribante
73 puncture
13 Jochen Rindt Lotus 49C [R6-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 Gold Leaf Team Lotus
72 engine
R Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312B/70 [001] - f12
#17 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
60 engine
R John Surtees McLaren M7C [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 Team Surtees
60 engine
R George Eaton BRM P139 [02] - P142 V12
#21 Owen Racing Organisation
58 engine
R Johnny Servoz-Gavin March 701 [4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 Tyrrell Racing Organisation
57 engine
R Piers Courage De Tomaso 505-38 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#22 Frank Williams Racing Cars
39 accident
R Bruce McLaren McLaren M14A [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing
39 engine
R Mario Andretti March 701 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#8 STP Corporation
26 overheating
R Rolf Stommelen Brabham BT33 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#14 Auto Motor und Sport
23 engine
R Jackie Oliver BRM P153 [01] - P142 V12
#19 Owen Racing Organisation
22 gearbox
R Chris Amon March 701 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#15 March Engineering
14 overheating
AP Brian Redman Lotus 49C [R7] - Cosworth DFV V8
#11 Rob Walker Racing Team
Also practiced
T Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312B/70 [002] - f12
#17 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
(Only used in practice)

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Jackie Stewart (F1) 3-litre March 701 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 19.3s
2 Chris Amon (F1) 3-litre March 701 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 19.3s
3 Jack Brabham (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT33 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 19.6s
4 Jochen Rindt (F1) 3-litre Lotus 49C [R6-2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 19.9s
5 Jacky Ickx (F1) 3-litre Ferrari 312B/70 [001] - Ferrari f12 1m 20.0s
6 Denis Hulme (F1) 3-litre McLaren M14A [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 20.1s
7 John Surtees (F1) 3-litre McLaren M7C [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 20.2s
8 Jean-Pierre Beltoise (F1) 3-litre Matra MS120 [01] - Matra MS12 V12 1m 20.2s
9 Jo Siffert (F1) 3-litre March 701 [5] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 20.2s
10 Bruce McLaren (F1) 3-litre McLaren M14A [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 20.3s
11 Mario Andretti (F1) 3-litre March 701 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 20.5s
12 Jackie Oliver (F1) 3-litre BRM P153 [01] - BRM P142 V12 1m 20.9s
13 Dave Charlton (F1) 3-litre Lotus 49C [R8] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 20.9s
14 John Miles (F1) 3-litre Lotus 49C [R10] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 21.0s
15 Rolf Stommelen (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT33 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 21.2s
16 Pedro Rodriguez (F1) 3-litre BRM P153 [02] - BRM P142 V12 1m 21.3s
17 Johnny Servoz-Gavin (F1) 3-litre March 701 [4] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 21.4s
18 Henri Pescarolo (F1) 3-litre Matra MS120 [02] - Matra MS12 V12 1m 21.5s
19 Graham Hill (F1) 3-litre Lotus 49C [R7] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 21.6s
20 Piers Courage (F1) 3-litre De Tomaso 505-38 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 22.0s
21 Piet de Klerk (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT26A [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 22.7s
22 John Love (F1) 3-litre Lotus 49 [R3] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 23.1s
23 George Eaton (F1) 3-litre BRM P139 [02] - BRM P142 V12 1m 24.4s

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.

3-litre Formula 1 World Championship events 1966-1985

These 1966 to 1985 results were initially compiled by Allen Brown, but these were in the very basic form required to track individual car histories. Since then further details, such as laps completed, qualifying times and so on, have been added from Rob Ryder's extensive database.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen at allen@oldracingcars.com if you can help with our research.

Individual sources for this event

Autosport 12 Mar 1970 pp8-15 (report by David Phipps). Motor Sport April 1970 p324-326. Motoring News preview 5 Mar 1970 pp10-11, and report 12 Mar 1970 pp12-15,23. Sport Auto Avril 1970 pp36-48,50-51 (by GĂ©rard Crombac). Motor 14 Mar 1970 pp38-41 (by Philip Turner). Autocar 12 Mar 1970 pp52-57 (by Eoin Young). The Motor Racing Year No 2 p37-43 (by Anthony Pritchard). Autosport had Alan Phillips' now standardised two pages of race data, including chassis numbers and engine numbers, but omitted Ickx' spare Ferrari and mixed up the March 701 chassis numbers. Motor Sport had chassis numbers on the Practice Times list as well as on the grid, which would have usefully clarified the usage of T cars, had there been more than just Ickx's present. Sport Auto gave chassis numbers only in Crombac's 'Les Voitures en Course'. Motor and Autocar did not give chassis identification information. Anthony Pritchard's book "The Motor Racing Year No 2" contained detail on all the cars present at each championship race of 1970.

The cast list for 1970 started with familiar two-car teams from Lotus, with John Miles replacing Graham Hill alongside Jochen Rindt, Bruce and Denny again at McLaren with new McLaren M14As, and Jack Brabham joined by Rolf Stommelen in new Brabham BT33s. The Tyrrell-Matra team was now the Tyrrell Racing Organisation team using March 701 chassis, and the other new two-car teams were March Engineering's works team of Amon and Siffert, and the returning Matra factory team with Matra MS120s for Beltoise and Pescarolo. BRM was in new hands since Sir Alfred Owen had fallen ill, and Owen's sister Jean Stanley and her husband Louis Stanley became joint managing directors of the Owen Racing Organisation. John Surtees was not willing to see if this worked, and after a few meetings with Louis Stanley announced he would not sign for BRM in 1970 so Pedro Rodriguez became a full BRM team driver again, alongside Jackie Oliver and George Eaton. Jacky Ickx had joined Ferrari to race the eagerly-awaited Ferrari 312B. Frank Williams had done a deal with the De Tomaso Automobili company of Bologna to run its new F1 cars for driver Piers Courage, in a similar arrangement to Tyrrell's with Matra in 1968 and 1969. That came to a total of 17 "works" entries. March and De Tomaso became the 12th and 13th 3-litre F1 constructor.

The list of privateers was led as usual by Rob Walker, now without Jack Durlacher, who was running a Lotus 49C for Graham Hill, miraculously driving again after his huge accident the previous year. Surtees had bought the McLaren M7C as a temporary measure before building his own F1 car, although this rather stretches the definition of a privateer, and Mario Andretti drove the STP-run March 701 tended by Vince Granatelli and Bill Dunne. Joining the list of privateers for this race only were local drivers Charlton, Love and De Klerk, bringing the total to 23 starters.

The number of new cars present was remarkable by previous standards, 16: two McLaren M14As, two Brabham BT33s, five March 701s, two Matra MS120s, two BRM P153s, two Ferraris 312Bs as Ickx had a spare, and the De Tomaso. The garagiste teams had now settled on what Robin Herd called a "British Standard F1" car, consisting on an aluminium moncoque chassis, Cosworth DFV engine bolted to the back as a stressed member, Hewland DG300 gearbox around which was a yoke carrying the rear suspension, which would consist of reversed lower wishbone, top link and twin radius arms. Front suspension was outboard, and brakes were outboard all round. He could have added that all had the main radiator in the nose. Only Lotus, Brabham and Ferrari now used inboard front suspension, only the McLaren had inboard rear brakes, and only Ferrari and BRM didn't use a Cosworth engine. The Ferrari really was very different to this model, the only car that was. Of course we hadn't seen the Lotus 72 yet...