French driver Rene Arnoux drove a turbocharger Renault to victory in the South African Grand Prix on Saturday (1 March).
GV Start of race with cars 15 (Jabouille) and 16 (Arnoux) - both Renaults - on front row of gird, and start into first bend (2 shots)
GV No. 15 followed by 16 along straight, followed by rest of field
GV PAN Grandstands TO cars 15 and 16 around bends, followed by field
GV Crowd watching as 15 and 16 pass in close company, out in front, followed by another pair (2 shots)
GV Car 16 around bends, and crowd watch finish (3 shots)
GV Crowd surrounding Arnoux
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Background: French driver Rene Arnoux drove a turbocharger Renault to victory in the South African Grand Prix on Saturday (1 March). It was Brazilian Grand Prix last month (February).
SYNOPSIS: Arnoux and fellow-countryman Jean-Pierre Jabouille were on the front of the grid having dominated the official practice. Although the official practice. Although the Renault engines have only half the capacity of normal formula one cars their turbo chargers gave a more consistent rate of power on this circuit 6,000 feet (2,000 metres) above sea level.
Together, the Renaults led the race until fifteen laps from the end when Jabouille went into the pits with a puncture and failed to finish. But it was a race with few surprises, and there never seemed to be any real battle for victory. The only excitement came during the early stages when Jacques Lafitte in a Ligier, Jean-Pierre Jarier in a Tyrrell and a few others tried to force the Renaults into error and disorder.
By the tenth lap it was clear that the race would be little more than a procession. Survival and finishing seemed the aim of most drivers. Current World Champion, Jody Scheckter, was never really in the race and dropped out on the fourteenth lap with engine failure. The practice sessions had already taken their toll of some of the most promising contenders. Marc Surer had broken both ankles and Alan Prost had fractured his wrist during pre-race accidents.
The day belonged to Arnoux and after his second Grand Prix win in a row, a clear indication that he an??? Renault have a real challenge to established teams.