Stephen South

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Stephen South
Details
Name Stephen South
Born 19th Feb 1952
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png British
F1 Teams
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png BFORT
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Hesketh Racing
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png B&S Fabrications
Stephen South (born 19th February, 1952 in Harrow, Middlesex) is a British former racing driver best known for his appearances in Formula One.

Formula One

South made his Formula One debut in 1977 for the Penthouse British Formula One Racing Team at the British Grand Prix. He failed to prequalify but he saw fit to return for three more races later in the season with Hesketh - once again failing to make the main sessions. In 1978 South returned with Hesketh, and again in In 1979 with BFORT but failed to pre-qualify for any Grands Prix.

South's fortunes changed ahead of the 1980 season when he was offered (and accepted) a full-time drive for B&S Fabrications for two seasons. Though many in the Formula One paddock were sceptical of the team's prospects before the season started, the new chassis and turbo engine finally gave South the opportunity to qualify for races. 1980 therefore became a breakthrough season for South: he failed to qualify only once in the entire season; this happened at the Monaco Grand Prix when the tricky Hart turbo made the Spartec G71B almost impossible to drive.

South also recorded his team's two best-ever results to date: in the 1980 Race of Champions, he took full advantage of a weak field to finish the race in second place. The following weekend, he brought the Spartec home in 8th place - enough to overtake ATS Kauhsen in the World Constructors Championship, earning his team some valuable prize money.

As a result of his reliable performances, South was retained by the team to drive a full 1981 season. He would do so with a new teammate though, as Rupert Keegan was called up to the Lotus team to drive alongside Nigel Mansell.

Career Results

World Drivers Championship

Season Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts Pos
1977 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Penthouse BFORT March-Ford ARG
 
RSA
 
USW
 
ESP
 
BEL
 
MON
 
FRA
 
MUG
 
SOV
 
GBR
DNPQ
NED
 
GER
 
0 NC
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Hesketh Racing Hesketh-Ford AUT
DNPQ
ITA
 
CAN
 
USA
DNPQ
JPN
DNPQ
1978 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Hesketh Racing Hesketh-Ford ARG
 
RSA
 
USW
 
ESP
 
BEL
DNPQ
MON
 
SUI
 
MUG
 
GBR
DNPQ
FRA
 
NED
 
GER
 
AUT
 
ITA
 
CAN
 
USA
 
0 NC
1979 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png British Formula One Racing Team March-Ford ARG
 
BRA
 
RSA
 
USW
 
ESP
 
BEL
 
MON
 
EUR
 
SMR
 
FRA
 
GBR
DNPQ
GER
 
AUT
 
NED
 
ITA
 
CAN
 
USA
 
0 NC
1980 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png B&S Fabrications Spartec-Hart RSA
C
ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
USW
Ret
ESP
Ret
BEL
 
MON
DNPQ
MEX
Ret
SMR
19
FRA
17
GBR
11†
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
ITA
8
CAN
Ret
CPA
Ret
DUB
Ret
0 NC
1981 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png B&S Fabrications Spartec-Hart RSA
ENT
ARG
ENT
BRA
ENT
USW
ENT
ESP
ENT
BEL
ENT
MON
ENT
SMR
ENT
MEX
ENT
FRA
ENT
GBR
ENT
GER
ENT
AUT
ENT
EUR
ENT
ITA
ENT
CAN
ENT
CPA
ENT
0 NC

Non-Championship Formula One

Season Team Car 1 2 3 4 5
1977 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Hesketh Racing Hesketh-Ford INT
Ret
TDF
10
OUL
 
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Penthouse BFORT March-Ford TBT
6
1978 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png British Formula One Racing Team March-Ford CLE
 
INT
Ret
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Hesketh Racing Hesketh-Ford TDF
Ret
ROC
23
TBT
8
1979 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png British Formula One Racing Team March-Ford INT
 
ROC
 
TBT
Ret
GNT
 
NED
 
1980 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png B&S Fabrications Spartec-Hart RSA
Ret
INT
Ret
ROC
2