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 The XXXV Marlboro British Grand Prix was the tenth round of the 1982 Formula One Season, held at Brands Hatch in Kent, England.[1] The Kent circuit was expected to suit the turbo powered cars, with refuelling also set to return through the Brabham team.

The race was won by Niki Lauda for McLaren, although his team mate John Watson lost the championship lead after a spin to avoid an accident, having lost ground by avoiding the crash between René Arnoux and Riccardo Patrese at the start.[1] The Ferraris of Didier Pironi and Patrick Tambay joined the Austrian on the podium.

BackgroundEdit

A huge crowd was anticipated when the F1 world headed to Kent in England, as John Watson lead the championship coming into the British Grand Prix weekend.[1] There were no changes on the driver front in the leading teams, although Brabham announced that they intended to race with pit stops, bringing refuelling equipment with them to Brands Hatch.[2]

Further down the field, Fittipaldi finished the development on their new car, with Chico Serra débuting the car at the British Grand Prix, although he would not race it.[1] At Team Lotus, meanwhile, Nigel Mansell was deemed fit to drive the Lotus 91 at his home race, with Roberto Moreno returning to his sports car duties.[1] March, in contrast, decided to drop the third car of Emilio de Villota.

The Championship had tightened significantly in the Netherlands, as John Watson saw his lead cut to a single point by Didier Pironi. Keke Rosberg, Riccardo Patrese, Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet filled the next places, separated by a handful of points. Prost, for his part, had been a constant victim of poor reliability, having failed to score since the second race of the season.

McLaren had retained their lead in the Constructors Championship at Zandvoort, although it had been reduced after Pironi's victory. Ferrari sat in second with Williams third, as Renault were falling victim to their well documented failures. Brabham, meanwhile, were classed as two entries, and their older results with the Ford Cosworth engine were being gradually being overhauled by their BMW powered results.

Entry ListEdit

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

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT50 BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 G
2 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT50 BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 G
3 Italy Michele Alboreto United Kingdom Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 011 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
4 United Kingdom Brian Henton United Kingdom Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 011 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
5 Ireland Derek Daly 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 France Patrick Tambay 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 Switzerland Marc Surer 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
33 Netherlands Jan Lammers 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

There were no major issues to report in practice, as Brabham did a few practice pitstops to improve their chances in the tactical war they wanted to wage.[2] The turbos, however, were under threat from the less powerful cars, led by the Cosworth contendors, with the Renaults surprisingly slow compared to their normal pace.[2] 

QualifyingEdit

This was demonstrated in qualifying, as Keke Rosberg shocked many by putting his Ford Cosworth engined Williams in the increasingly unfamiliar pole position slot.[1] It was not, however, too bad for the turbos, with Nelson Piquet and Riccardo Patrese putting their BMW powered Brabhams in third and second respectively.[1] Meanwhile, the eliminated list saw Manfred WinkelhockEliseo Salazar (both ATS), Jan Lammers (Theodore) and Raul Boesel, in the second March, have their names put on the reserve list as they failed to qualify.[1]

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time[3] Gap
1 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:09.540
2 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:09.627 +0.087s
3 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:10.060 +0.520s
4 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:10.066 +0.526s
5 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:10.638 +1.098s
6 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:10.641 +1.101s
7 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:10.650 +1.110s
8 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:10.728 +1.188s
9 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:10.892 +1.352s
10 5 Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:10.980 +1.440s
11 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:11.347 +1.807s
12 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:11.418 +1.878s
13 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:11.430 +1.890s
14 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:11.502 +1.962s
15 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:11.728 +2.188s
16 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:11.761 +2.221s
17 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:12.080 +2.540s
18 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford Cosworth 1:12.436 +2.896s
19 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford Cosworth 1:12.668 +3.128s
20 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:12.695 +3.155s
21 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1:13.096 +3.556s
22 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:13.181 +3.641s
23 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:13.212 +3.672s
24 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 1:13.301 +3.761s
25 17 Germany Jochen Mass March-Ford Cosworth 1:13.622 +4.082s
26 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:13.721 +4.181s
DNQ 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:13.741 +4.201s
DNQ 33 Netherlands Jan Lammers Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:13.815 +4.275s
DNQ 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:13.866 +4.326s
DNQ 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford Cosworth 1:13.958 +4.428s

GridEdit

The starting grid for the 1982 British Grand Prix is shown below:

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Keke Rosberg
Riccardo Patrese ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Nelson Piquet
Didier Pironi ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Niki Lauda
René Arnoux ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Elio de Angelis
Alain Prost ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Michele Alboreto
Derek Daly ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Andrea de Cesaris
John Watson ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Patrick Tambay
Bruno Giacomelli ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Teo Fabi
Derek Warwick ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Brian Henton
Jean-Pierre Jarier ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Roberto Guerrero
Jacques Laffite ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Chico Serra
Marc Surer ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Nigel Mansell
Eddie Cheever ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Jochen Mass
Mauro Baldi ______________

RaceEdit

There were no fresh concerns ahead of the start of the British Grand Prix after qualifying, although Brabham were still unsure of their decision to refuel during the race.

ReportEdit

There was drama on the parade lap, as Rosberg stalled on the grid, meaning he would (after charging round the circuit after he restarted the Williams) start from the back.[1] Riccardo Patrese became the highest placed car on the grid, but would also stall at the start of the race, attempting to signal a failure as the lights went out.[1] Arnoux slammed into the right rear of the Brabham, putting both out of the race (along with Teo Fabi as a wheel bounced in front of him), although, thankfully, neither was hurt.[1] 

Pironi slithered the Ferrari around the Brabham before the accident, running second in the early stages behind Nelson Piquet.[1] He was soon passed by Lauda, while Rosberg used the chaos at the start to bring him up eight places on the first lap, before he began to take car after car over the following laps.[1] 

A second significant accident came on the third lap, when Chico Serra hit Jean-Pierre Jarier, sending the Brazilian into the air.[1] His car returned to the circuit, but the speed carried it straight into the barrier which caused it to flip, with a visibly shaken, but unharmed Serra emerging a few seconds later.[1] A third car was also involved, the McLaren of John Watson (already hampered by having to drive across the grass as Arnoux and Patrese pulled onto it at the start).[1] Watson put himself into a spin by slamming onto the brakes to avoid the collision, but stalled as he slid down the grass, before being unable to restart the car.[1]

Piquet would lead until lap 11, when a fuel pump failed, handing the lead to Lauda, who continued to push thinking that the Brabhams were still in the race.[2] Pironi was up to second, although as the race approached half distance, Derek Warwick and Derek Daly began to climb the field, Warwick passing the Ferrari on the 21st lap.[2] Warwick ran in second until the 41st lap, when the unlucky Toleman driver suffered a broken drive shaft.[1] Elio de Angelis was promoted to third in the Lotus, with Pironi moving into second.[1]

Rosberg would tumble down the field with a pitstop, while de Angelis missed out on the podium by having to save fuel during the last laps.[1] Patrick Tambay (whom made an impressive move on Andrea de Cesaris at Druids to take fourth), took advantage to take third behind his team mate Pironi, and the winning McLaren of Lauda.[1] Daly held on to fifth while Alain Prost took his first point since the Brazilian Grand Prix by finishing sixth.[2]

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 76 1:35:33.812 5 9
2 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 76 +25.726s 4 6
3 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 76 +38.436s 13 4
4 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Cosworth 76 +41.242s 7 3
5 5 Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford Cosworth 76 +41.430s 10 2
6 15 France Alain Prost Renault 76 +41.636s 8 1
7 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 75 +1 lap 14
8 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 75 +1 lap 17
9 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford Cosworth 74 +2 laps 26
10 17 Germany Jochen Mass March-Ford Cosworth 73 +3 laps 25
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 66 Electrical 11
Ret 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 60 Engine 24
Ret 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 59 Engine 22
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 50 Fuel system 1
Ret 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 44 Engine 9
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 41 Gearbox 20
Ret 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 40 Half shaft 16
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 29 Illness 23
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 9 Fuel system 3
Ret 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford Cosworth 3 Engine 19
Ret 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford Cosworth 2 Accident 18
Ret 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 2 Accident 21
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 2 Spin 12
Ret 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 0 Accident 2
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 0 Accident 6
Ret 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 0 Accident 15
DNQ 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 33 Netherlands Jan Lammers Theodore-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford Cosworth

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Didier Pironi topped the table for the first time in 1982, and with form behind him, and a turbocharged Ferrari, it looked as though the Frenchman was now in Championship winning form. John Watson was now second with team mate Niki Lauda rising to third through his victory, leaping up from seventh. Keke Rosberg took fourth place after the British battle, with Alain Prost's first point in eight races saw him move ahead of Riccardo Patrese.

McLaren's lead in the Constructors Championship was slightly worn away by Ferrari, a four point swing in the Italian marque's favour through their double podium. Williams and Renault held station in third and fourth, while Team Lotus jumped both Brabham entries and sat in fifith. There were no points for any of the other teams in the Championship, meaning there was no movement in the bottom half of the table.

1982 Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 France Didier Pironi 35 ▲1
2 United Kingdom John Watson 30 ▼1
3 Austria Niki Lauda 24 ▲4
4 Finland Keke Rosberg 21 ▼1
5 France Alain Prost 19
6 Italy Riccardo Patrese 19 ▼2
7 Brazil Nelson Piquet 17 ▼1
8 Italy Elio de Angelis 13 ▲2
9 United States Eddie Cheever 10 ▼1
10 Italy Michele Alboreto 10 ▼1
11 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 7
12 Ireland Derek Daly 7 ▲5
13 Canada Gilles Villeneuve 6 ▼1
14 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 6 ▼1
15 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 5 ▼1
16 France Patrick Tambay 4 ▲8
17 France René Arnoux 4 ▼2
18 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 3 ▼1
19 Switzerland Marc Surer 2 ▼1
20 Chile Eliseo Salazar 2 ▼1
21 Germany Manfred Winkelhock 2 ▼1
22 Italy Mauro Baldi 1 ▼1
23 France Jacques Laffite 1 ▼1
24 Brazil Chico Serra 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers are shown.


1982 Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 54
2 Italy Ferrari 45
3 United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 34
4 France Renault 23
5 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 20 ▲2
6 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Cosworth 19 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 17 ▼1
8 France Ligier-Matra 13
9 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 10
10 Italy Alfa Romeo 5
11 Germany ATS-Ford Cosworth 4
12 Italy Osella-Ford Cosworth 3
13 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 3
14 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 TheEqualTester2, 'F1 1982 British GP Brands Hatch - Full Race', youtube.com, (YouTube, 02/08/2013), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWF_VEtDnKo, (Accessed 29/07/2015)
  3. '1982 British Grand Prix: Qualifying', manipef1.com, (Manipe F1, 2004), http://www.manipef1.com/results/1982/britain/qualifying/, (Accessed 29/07/2015)
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