Countdown to 2013 Formula One season: 77 days
On This Day:
Jim Clark won the 1963 South African Grand Prix with a dominant victory. American driver Dan Gurney came second.
Jim Clark took pole position at the 1962 South African Grand Prix, fighting for the championship with fellow Brit Graham Hill.
Oliver Webb will be returning to Formula Renault 3.5 in 2013 with Fortec, driving alongside Stoffel Vandoorne. He last drove in the 2011 season for Pons.
Stat of the Day:
The South African Grand Prix has taken place at only two locations: East London and Kyalami. Only three of the East London races counted for the world championship: 1962, 1963 and 1965. The 1981 South African Grand Prix at Kyalami was the only F1 GP at that location that didn’t count towards the championship. This was due to the FISA-FOCA war. The race was held to Formula Libre, rather than F1, regulations.