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1962 South African Grand Prix

  1962 South African Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 9 in the 1962 Formula One season

Date 29 December, 1962
Official name IX South African Grand Prix
Location Prince George Circuit
East London, South Africa
Course Permanent racing facility
3.920 km (2.436 mi)
Distance 82 laps, 321.415 km (199.718 mi)
Weather Dry, windy

Pole position
Driver Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 1:29.3
Fastest lap
Driver Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 1:31.0 on lap 3
First Graham Hill BRM
Second Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax
Third Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax

The 1962 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at East London on 29 December 1962. It was the ninth and final race of the 1962 Formula One season. Jim Clark led the race until 20 laps from the finish, when an oil leak forced him to retire. Had this not occurred and Clark finished the race in first, he would have been crowned world champion.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Graham Hill BRM 82 2:08:03.3 2 9
2 8 Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 82 + 49.8 8 6
3 9 Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax 82 + 50.3 6 4
4 10 Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax 82 + 53.8 3 3
5 11 Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 81 + 1 Lap 4 2
6 20 Neville Lederle Lotus-Climax 78 + 4 Laps 10 1
7 4 Richie Ginther BRM 78 + 4 Laps 7  
8 18 John Love Cooper-Climax 78 + 4 Laps 12  
9 5 Bruce Johnstone BRM 76 + 6 Laps 17  
10 14 Ernie Pieterse Lotus-Climax 71 + 11 Laps 13  
11 15 Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 70 Fuel system 16  
Ret 1 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 62 Oil Leak 1  
Ret 21 Doug Serrurier LDS-Alfa Romeo 62 Radiator 14  
Ret 7 Roy Salvadori Lola-Climax 56 Fuel Leak 11  
Ret 22 Mike Harris Cooper-Alfa Romeo 31 Wheel bearing 15  
Ret 6 John Surtees Lola-Climax 26 Engine 5  
Ret 2 Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax 11 Gearbox 9  
WD 12 Gary Hocking Lotus-Climax Driver killed prior to event
WD 16 Syd van der Vyver Lotus-Climax Car damaged
WD 17 Tony Settember Emeryson-Climax
WD 19 Sam Tingle Lotus-Climax Driver competing elsewhere


  • Pole position: Jim Clark - 1:29.3
  • Fastest Lap: Jim Clark - 1:31.0
  • Graham Hill (39pts) and Jim Clark (30pts) both had championship hopes coming into this race.
    • Graham Hill needed Clark 2nd or lower
    • Clark needed to win
  • BRM won the Constructors' Championship. Lotus-Climax needed to win the race to win the championship.

Championship standings after the race

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


  • "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.
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