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The 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix (officially named as the X Grande Prêmio do Brasil) was the second round of the 1982 Formula One Season.[1] Jacarepaguá had originally been scheduled to host the third race of the season, but the 1982 Argentine Grand Prix was cancelled shortly before the season started in South Africa.

Pole man Alain Prost claimed his second victory of the season for Renault, in a race which saw old wounds opened between FISA and FOCA. Having never seen eye-to-eye, FOCA were to be outraged after the disqualification of Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg after the race, with their ultimate protest against FISA occurring at the 1982 San Marino Grand Prix.[1] Rosberg and Piquet, incidently, had finished first and second in the race before their disqualification.

BackgroundEdit

The two month gap between the Brazilian and South African races was caused by the cancellation of the Argentine Grand Prix due to inflation in the South American country.[1] The break also allowed the GPDA/FISA Super License dispute to cool somewhat, after FISA's initial announcement that all the striking drivers in South Africa would receive a $10,000 fine, and a five race ban. FISA later accepted an appeal during the break, dropping the fine to $5,000 and a single race ban, which would also be suspended.[1] Time, however, could not heal all wounds, and the furore in South Africa also caused friction between FISA and FOCA, which would come to the fore after the conclusion of the Brazilian battle.[1]

With an almost two month gap between South Africa and Brazil, many of the teams had significantly developed their 1982 cars. Two manufacturer teams introduced their latest creations: Team Lotus unveiling the Lotus 91, and Alfa Romeo the Alfa Romeo 182. Further down the field, Ensign's N181 and Theodore's TY02 were also on target to make their débuts in Brazil. Brabham, meanwhile, had decided that their BMW powered BT50 needed more development after South Africa and the team used their old 1981 Brabham BT49 Ford-Cosworth configuration for Brazil.

After the South African race, it was clear that those cars with turbo powered engines had a significant advantage over the Ford-Cosworth machinery. Therefore many of the Ford-Cosworth teams arrived in Brazil hoping to exploit a loophole regarding the weight regulations by introducing water-cooled brakes.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix is displayed below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT49 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
2 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT49 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
3 Italy Michele Alboreto United Kingdom Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 011 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
4 Sweden Slim Borgudd United Kingdom Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 011 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
5 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom TAG Williams Team Williams FW08 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom TAG Williams Team Williams FW08 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/1B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 M
8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/1B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 M
9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock West Germany Team ATS ATS D5 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
10 Chile Eliseo Salazar West Germany Team ATS ATS D5 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 91 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 91 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero United Kingdom Ensign Racing Ensign N181 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 P
15 France Alain Prost France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE30B Renault EF1 V6t 1.5 M
16 France René Arnoux France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE30B Renault EF1 V6t 1.5 M
17 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Rothmans March Grand Prix Team March 821 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 A
18 Brazil Raul Boesel United Kingdom Rothmans March Grand Prix Team March 821 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 A
20 Brazil Chico Serra Brazil Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi F9 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 P
22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 182 Alfa Romeo 1260 V12 3.0 M
23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 182 Alfa Romeo 1260 V12 3.0 M
25 United States Eddie Cheever France Equipe Talbot Gitanes Ligier JS19 Matra MS81 V12 3.0 M
26 France Jacques Laffite France Equipe Talbot Gitanes Ligier JS19 Matra MS81 V12 3.0 M
27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 126C2 Ferrari 021 V6t 1.5 G
28 France Didier Pironi Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 126C2 Ferrari 021 V6t 1.5 G
29 United Kingdom Brian Henton United Kingdom Arrows Racing Team Arrows A4 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 P
30 Italy Mauro Baldi United Kingdom Arrows Racing Team Arrows A4 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 P
31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Italy Osella Squadra Course Osella FA1D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 P
32 Italy Riccardo Paletti Italy Osella Squadra Course Osella FA1D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 P
33 Ireland Derek Daly Hong Kong Theodore Racing Team Theodore TY02 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Toleman Group Motorsport Toleman TG181C Hart 415T L4t 1.5 P
36 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman Group Motorsport Toleman TG181C Hart 415T L4t 1.5 P

Practice OverviewEdit

Practice allowed the crowds to see some new machinery on display, with Alfa Romeo, Ensign, Lotus and Theodore debuting their new cars. Instead of having a pre-qualifying to deal with the 31 car field, the FISA announced the slowest cars from the bottom team's in the constructors table of 1981 (Osella, Toleman and March) would have the slowest driver of the three teams be eliminated for the rest of the weekend. Osella's Riccardo Paletti was the unfortunate driver to fail to get into qualifying. [1] Regardless, the practice session was dominated by the turbocharged cars, with the Renaults coming out on top.[1]

QualifyingEdit

30 drivers tried to produce their best lap to get one of the 26 grid slots available, with a dominant display by Prost to take pole.[1] He would be joined by Gilles Villeneuve on the front row, while Keke Rosberg and René Arnoux claimed third and fourth (Rosberg using an older Williams).[1] Niki Lauda beat Carlos Reutemann and Nelson Piquet for fifth, with Riccardo Patrese and Andrea de Cesaris completing the top ten.[1]

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time[2] Gap
1 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:28.808
2 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:29.173 +0.365s
3 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford 1:29.358 +0.550s
4 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:30.121 +1.313s
5 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford 1:30.152 +1.344s
6 5 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford 1:30.183 +1.375s
7 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford 1:30.281 +1.473s
8 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:30.655 +1.847s
9 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-Ford 1:30.967 +2.159s
10 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:31.229 +2.421s
11 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:31.790 +2.982s
12 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:31.986 +3.178s
13 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:31.991 +3.183s
14 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1:32.228 +3.420s
15 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford 1:32.524 +3.716s
16 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:32.769 +3.961s
17 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford 1:34.050 +5.242s
18 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford 1:34.262 +5.454s
19 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford 1:34.380 +5.572s
20 33 Ireland Derek Daly Theodore-Ford 1:34.413 +5.605s
21 4 Sweden Slim Borgudd Tyrrell-Ford 1:35.020 +6.212s
22 17 Germany Jochen Mass March-Ford 1:35.039 +6.231s
23 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 1:35.081 +6.273s
24 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:35.084 +6.276s
25 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 1:35.246 +6.438s
26 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 1:35.288 +6.480s
DNQ 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart DNQ
DNQ 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford DNQ
DNQ 29 United Kingdom Brian Henton Arrows-Ford DNQ
DNQ 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart DNQ
DNPQ 32 Italy Riccardo Paletti Osella-Ford DNPQ

GridEdit

Below is the grid for the 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix:


Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Alain Prost 2
______________ Gilles Villeneuve
Row 2 3 ______________
Keke Rosberg 4
______________ René Arnoux
Row 3 5 ______________
Niki Lauda 6
______________ Carlos Reutemann
Row 4 7 ______________
Nelson Piquet 8
______________ Didier Pironi
Row 5 9 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 10
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 6 11 ______________
Elio de Angelis 12
______________ John Watson
Row 7 13 ______________
Michele Alboreto 14
______________ Nigel Mansell
Row 8 15 ______________
Manfred Winkelhock 16
______________ Bruno Giacomelli
Row 9 17 ______________
Raul Boesel 18
______________ Eliseo Salazar
Row 10 19 ______________
Mauro Baldi 20
______________ Derek Daly
Row 11 21 ______________
Slim Borgudd 22
______________ Jochen Mass
Row 12 23 ______________
Jean-Pierre Jarier 24
______________ Jacques Laffite
Row 13 25 ______________
Chico Serra 26
______________ Eddie Cheever

RaceEdit

The qualifying result suggested that the turbocharged cars did not have the advantage that they held in South Africa, with Williams leading the challenge against the turbos.[1] Interest was also shown in Brabham, who were further down due to the fact they had swapped to Cosworth power from BMW.[1]

ReportEdit

Gilles Villeneuve looked to be a man on a mission from the start, leaping ahead of Alain Prost before the first corner, the Frenchman dropping to fourth behind teammate Arnoux and Keke Rosberg. Lauda and Pironi followed with the two Brabham's of Piquet and Patrese in tow.[1]. Rosberg was the early charger quickly taking second from Arnoux before chasing after Villeneuve's Ferrari. However despite his ambition, Rosberg botched an overtake on Villeneuve and went wide dropping behind the Renault's of Arnoux and Prost. The Brabham's were running well, Patrese first disposed of Lauda's McLaren and then Pironi spun dropping him well out of contention as he went to pit for new tyres. Piquet followed Patrese through past Lauda and then the Brabham duo challenged Rosberg's Williams for fourth. The duo were soon past the Williams driver and then on lap 6, Prost whilst going into Norte corner went wide off the circuit and further promoted the Brabham's.

The Renault cars were clearly not as competitive as the cars behind them, Arnoux began to hold up the Brabhams whilst Prost was holding up Rosberg. As Rosberg overtook Prost, Piquet in a quick succession of laps overtook teammate Patrese and Arnoux's Renault. Both Piquet and Rosberg were the fastest cars on the track, once Rosberg had disposed of Prost it was only a short time before he was passed both Patrese and Arnoux. Both Piquet and Patrese therefore set off after Villeneuve's Ferrari who had up until that point been dominating out front.

Arnoux had meanwhile had a spin and had dropped behind Prost and Patrese and into the clutches of Lauda and Reutemann. Reutemann who had been having a frustrating race attempted a move on Lauda on lap 21, only to punt the McLaren driver off the circuit and into retirement. A lap later Reutemann attempted to pass Arnoux and surprisingly did the exact same thing, knocking the Frenchman out of the race. Despite eliminating two cars in the space of a lap, Reutemann did not appear damaged. However nonetheless he returned to the pits and then inexplicably hopped out of his car and immediately left the circuit much to the bewilderment of his Williams team.

At the front, Villeneuve, Piquet and Rosberg continued to furiously battle for the lead. Rosberg passed Piquet but then as he did at the start of the race, he botched his overtake on Villeneuve ran wide and Piquet overtook him. The three drivers engaged in a furious battle, none of them giving an inch all three driving on the ragged edge. Eventually it all ended in tears, Villeneuve distracted by the two cars behind him went wide and spun, nearly colliding with Piquet. The Canadian slammed into the barriers and was out of the race.

This meant the lead battle was reduced to just Piquet and Rosberg with the second Brabham of Patrese now closing in after disposing of Prost who was suffering from a misfiring engine and falling into the clutches of John Watson and Nigel Mansell. The heat and stressful nature of the race was getting to the drivers, on lap 34 Patrese mysteriously slowed and pulled off the circuit. He had passed out in his car and had to be lifted out of his Brabham by the marshalls.

His teammate Piquet was also suffering, propping his head up on one hand continuing on only due to his will to win his home race. Rosberg behind him and dropped back seemingly settled for second at his home race. Prost battled with Watson to maintain hold of the final podium place.

In the end an exhausted Piquet took the win ahead of Rosberg and Prost who had managed to fend off Watson behind him. Mansell was fifth in the debut race for Lotus's 91 chassis whilst Michele Alboreto gained his first points for Tyrrell.

The 1982 Brazilian race was undoubtedly one of Formula One's toughest races for the drivers to compete in. Piquet struggled out of his car and whilst on the podium he collapsed and fainted with exhaustion.

It had looked as though the political issues that surronded the championship pre-race had blown over, until it was announced that Piquet and Rosberg had been disqualified for being under weight (a result of having "illegal water tanks").[1]Their disqualification was one of a number of reasons that led FOSA to boycott the 1982 San Marino Grand Prix a few weeks later.[3]

Hence, Prost was given the fifth win of his career, while Watson and Mansell were promoted to the podium.[1]. Inheriting the minor points was now Alboreto in fourth, Manfred Winkelhock, in only his second race for ATS and Didier Pironi.

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
DSQ 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 63 Disqualified (Illegal water tank) 7
DSQ 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Ford 63 Disqualified (Illegal water tank) 3
1 15 France Alain Prost France Renault 63 1:44:33.134 1 9
2 7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 63 +2.290s 12 6
3 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 63 +36.859s 14 4
4 3 Italy Michele Alboreto United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 63 +50.761s 13 3
5 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock Germany ATS-Ford 62 +1 lap 15 2
6 28 France Didier Pironi Italy Ferrari 62 +1 lap 8 1
7 4 Sweden Slim Borgudd United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 61 +2 laps 21
8 17 Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom March-Ford 61 +2 laps 22
9 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Italy Osella-Ford 60 +3 laps 23
10 30 Italy Mauro Baldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 57 +6 laps 19
Ret 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar Germany ATS-Ford 38 Engine 18
Ret 36 Brazil Chico Serra Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford 36 Accident 25
Ret 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 34 Driver exhaustion 9
Ret 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari 29 Accident 2
Ret 8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 22 Accident 5
Ret 16 France René Arnoux France Renault 21 Accident 4
Ret 5 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams-Ford 21 Accident 6
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 21 Accident 11
Ret 25 United States Eddie Cheever France Ligier-Matra 19 Water leak 26
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Italy Alfa Romeo 16 Engine 16
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Matra 15 Misfire / Handling 24
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Alfa Romeo 14 Undertray 10
Ret 33 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Theodore-Ford 12 Puncture / Spin 20
Ret 18 Brazil Raul Boesel United Kingdom March-Ford 11 Puncture / Spin 17
DNQ 36 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart
DNQ 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero United Kingdom Ensign-Ford
DNQ 29 United Kingdom Brian Henton United Kingdom Arrows-Ford
DNQ 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Toleman-Hart
DNPQ 32 Italy Riccardo Paletti Italy Osella-Ford

MilestonesEdit

  • The final race for Carlos Reutemann, whom retired from Formula One after the start of the Falklands War shortly after the Brazilian Grand Prix.[3]
  • First win of six for Alain Prost in Brazil.[3]
  • First (and only) points scored by Manfred Winkelhock.[3]

StandingsEdit

Alain Prost gained a commanding lead in the Championship after his victory (confirmed after Keke Rosberg and Niki Lauda saw their appeals rejected later in the season), with an eleven point advantage over John Watson. Carlos Reutemann sat in third, while Nigel Mansell was a surprise fourth, tied on points with René Arnoux. A poor start for Ferrari meant that Didier Pironi was their only point scorer after the first two races, found down in tenth position.

Renault seemed to hold the initiative in the Constructor's Championship, leading McLaren by twelve points, with Williams in close attendance a further two points back. Team Lotus were in fourth courtesy of Mansell's podium, while Tyrrell led ATS and the tifosi at the tail end of the Constructors Championship of those that had scored.

1982 Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 France Alain Prost 18
2 United Kingdom John Watson 7 ▲4
3 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 6 ▼1
=4 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 4 ▲3
=4 France René Arnoux 4 ▼1
6 Italy Michele Alboreto 3 ▲1
7 Austria Niki Lauda 3 ▼3
8 Germany Manfred Winkelhock 2 ▲1
9 Finland Keke Rosberg 2 ▼4
10 France Didier Pironi 1 ▲1

Only point scoring drivers are shown.


1982 Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 France Renault 22
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 10 ▲1
3 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 8 ▼1
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 4 ▲2
5 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Cosworth 3 ▼1
6 Germany ATS-Ford Cosworth 2
7 Italy Ferrari 1 ▲1

Only point scoring constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 'GRAND PRIX RESULTS: BRAZILIAN GP, 1982', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 1999), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr359.html, (Accessed 25/07/2015)
  2. 'FORMULA ONE - RACECARD: Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying 1982', f1pulse.com, (F1PULSE.COM, 2015), http://f1pulse.com/racecard/Brazilian_Grand_Prix_1982/3D413D/race_card_qualify.aspx, (Accessed 25/07/2015)
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Wiki
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