INTRODUCTION Saturday's (5 March) South African Grand Prix looks set to be the most exciting so far this year after the top 12 drivers had times within one second of each other during practice.
INTRODUCTION Saturday's (5 March) South African Grand Prix looks set to be the most exciting so far this year after the top 12 drivers had times within one second of each other during practice. The pole position on the grid went to the reigning World Motor Racing Champion, Britain's James Hunt. It is the third time that he has won the pole position this year but he has yet to win a race.
SYNOPSIS: The race will be taking place at the Kyalami circuit. Last year's Grand Prix was won by Austria's Niki Lauda. However, it will be Brazil's Carlos Pace who joins Hunt on the front row this year. Pace came second in the recent Argentine Grand Prix and was just one twentieth of a second slower than Hunt in practice. The Brazilian is driving a brand new 12-cylinder Brabham.
Two of the three official practice sessions for Saturday's race were held in pouring rain but local experts are optimistic that the track will be dry when the starter's flag is dropped. The Drivers will cover 78 laps of the 4.11 kilometre (2.55 mile) circuit. The practice sessions have made it obvious though that the result of the race is a very open thing. Hunt will be driving a McLaren M.23. The car does not have the power of the larger Ferraris and the new Wolf-Ford but Hunt's driving skill has more than made up for that in the past. The world champion spoke to newsmen about his hopes for the Grand Prix.