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The 1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, was the final race of the 1982 Season, and also the third visit to the US that season.[1] The race would be a collection of firsts, as Michele Alboreto won his first Grand Prix, while Keke Rosberg won the World Championship.

Rosberg had arrived in the US with a nine point advantage over John Watson, with the Brit falling just short of victory at Caesars Palace, finishing second. With Eddie Cheever and Alain Prost in third and fourth, Rosberg took fifth to win the title, as Watson took second overall, beating the injured Didier Pironi through his two wins.

BackgroundEdit

As the field set out for the Las Vegas Strip, the title battle for the driver's championship was rather simple: John Watson (on 33 points) needed to win with Keke Rosberg (on 42) failing to score.[1] In other words, it was Rosberg's title to lose (particularly with a decision pending about his disqualification in Brazil where he had finished third).[1] Although Didier Pironi sat on 39 points, he was out of the title race due to injuries suffered in Hockenheim (injuries which ended his career).[1]

The Constructor's Championship was slightly more complicated, with three teams (Ferrari, McLaren  and Renault) in the hunt. The Italians would win if one of their driver's took second, regardless of the other team's results. For McLaren, they had to score eleven points more than Ferrari (with a maximum 15 on offer) to take victory, while Renault had to take first and second and see the Italians fail to score a point.

Driver wise there were no changes, as Ferrari opted to give Mario Andretti his final bow in the no. 28 Ferrari 126C2 at his home race.[1] The 1983 driver list also continued to unveil itself, as Jacques Laffite announced his move to Williams, leaving Talbot Ligier to look for two new drivers.[1] Toleman, meanwhile, had continued to develop their new car after Monza, with Derek Warwick hoping to cover more than half a lap in Las Vegas.[1]

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix is shown 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
17 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan 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 United States Mario Andretti 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 United Kingdom Tommy Byrne 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 TG183 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

In practice, the turbos continued to dominate the field, as Renault seemed to hold the initative over Brabham and Ferrari.[1] With 30 entrants (the same field as in Italy two weeks earlier) there were no cars eliminated before the main qualifying session for the race.[1]

QualifyingEdit

Practice translated into a one-two for Renault in qualifying, as Alain Prost (still annoyed after another retirement in Italy had cost him the championship) beat the departing René Arnoux to pole.[1] They beat the shock performance of Michele Alboreto in the non-turbo Tyrrell, who claimed third ahead of the equally impressive Eddie Cheever in the Ligier.[1] Riccardo Patrese put his Brabham into fifth, as Rosberg took sixth three places ahead of title rival Watson.[1]

Those made to miss the final showdown of 1982 included Jean-Pierre Jarier (whom crashed after he set his time), Teo Fabi (in the old Toleman), Eliseo Salazar and Chico Serra.[1]

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time[2] Gap
1 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:16.356
2 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:16.786 +0.430s
3 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:17.646 +1.290s
4 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 1:17.683 +1.327s
5 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:17.772 +1.416s
6 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:17.886 +1.530s
7 28 United States Mario Andretti Ferrari 1:17.921 +1.565s
8 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:17.958 +1.602s
9 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:17.986 +1.630s
10 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:18.012 +1.656s
11 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:18.056 +1.700s
12 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:18.275 +1.919s
13 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:18.333 +1.977s
14 5 Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:18.418 +2.062s
15 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford Cosworth 1:18.496 +2.142s
16 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:18.622 +2.266s
17 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:18.734 +2.378s
18 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:18.761 +2.405s
19 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:18.765 +2.409s
EXC* 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford Cosworth 1:19.222 +2.866s
20 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:19.302 +2.946s
21 12 United Kingdom NIgel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:19.439 +3.083s
22 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:19.767 +3.411s
23 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:20.271 +3.915s
24 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford Cosworth 1:20.766 +4.410s
25 17 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan March-Ford Cosworth 1:21.180 +4.824s
26 33 Ireland Tommy Byrne Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:21.555 +5.199s
DNQ 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:21.569 +5.213s
DNQ 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:21.583 +5.227s
DNQ 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1:22.387 +6.031s

* Jean-Pierre Jarier crashed during the session, with his team unable to rebuild his car for the race, meaning he was removed from qualifying.

GridEdit

The starting grid for the 1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix is displayed below:

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Alain Prost 2
______________ René Arnoux
Row 2 3 ______________
Michele Alboreto 4
______________ Eddie Cheever
Row 3 5 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 6
______________ Keke Rosberg
Row 4 7 ______________
Mario Andretti 8
______________ Patrick Tambay
Row 5 9 ______________
John Watson 10
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 6 11 ______________
Jacques Laffite 12
______________ Nelson Piquet
Row 7 13 ______________
Niki Lauda 14
______________ Derek Daly
Row 8 15 ______________
Roberto Guerrero 16
______________ Bruno Giacomelli
Row 9 17 ______________
Marc Surer 18
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 10 19 ______________
Brian Henton 20
______________ Elio de Angelis
Row 11 21 ______________
Nigel Mansell 22
______________ Manfred Winkelhock
Row 12 23 ______________
Mauro Baldi 24
______________ Raul Boesel
Row 13 25 ______________
Rupert Keegan 26
______________ Tommy Byrne

RaceEdit

The post-qualifying break saw news emerge regarding the Constructor's Championship, as Patrick Tambay decided to withdraw from the grid due to his trapped nerve.[1] The Saturday race also lost Roberto Guerrero, whose day was ended by engine failure at the end of qualifying (with the team unable to get the new unit to start in time for the race).[1] Despite these casualties, the lights were set to go out for the final time in 1982, with the title still (mathematically) in the balance.

ReportEdit

Ferrari’s bad day was set to get worse from the start, as Arnoux and Prost set off in the lead, Arnoux challenging Prost throughout the first lap before slipping into first on the second.[1] Andretti, meanwhile, was in a dangerous battle with the WIlliams duo and Riccardo Patrese (whom was surprised to be left behind by Michele Alboreto and Eddie Cheever in the opening stages).[1] Having an even worse start, however, was John Watson, whom slipped to twelfth on the opening lap.[3]

By lap 15, however, the order changed, as Watson rediscovered the form that had got him into the position he was in in the title battle to rise through the field.[3] Arnoux, meanwhile, fell behind Prost and soon retired with engine failure, as Alboreto and Cheever worked to keep Prost in their sights.[3] They were suddenly, however, under pressure from the charging McLaren of Watson, which had carved its way past Patrese, Andretti, Rosberg, Derek Daly and Nelson Piquet over the space of three laps (soon adding Cheever to that list as Alboreto began to make a solo charge on Prost).[1]

The order remained unchanged until the race entered the final quarter in distance, as Alboreto caught up to Prost's gearbox, poised to strike at any moment.[1] With Watson slowly creeping on the pair, Alboreto used his fresher tyres (Prost having worn his more and picked up debris that caused a vibration) to put himself in the lead for the first time in his career on the 53rd lap.[1] Within four laps, Watson had breezed past the Frenchman as well, although he began to struggle with tyre issues of his own, preventing him from catching Alboreto to the extent he had been.[1]

His efforts were, however, being proved futile, as the demise of Patrese and Andretti (both out with mechanical issues) meant Rosberg was in a safe fifth place, Daly acting as a distant tail gunner for him.[1] Alboreto held on for victory, with Watson having to settle for second in both race and championship.[1] Prost's pace fell enough that he lost out to future Renault team mate Eddie Cheever (the Frenchman putting up little resistance), with Rosberg claiming fifth to take the title.[1] Daly completed the points, with Ferrari taking the Constructor's championship despite not scoring (both McLaren and Renault failed to secure the points they needed).[1]

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 75 1:41:56.888 3 9
2 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 75 +27.292s 9 6
3 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 75 +56.450s 4 4
4 15 France Alain Prost Renault 75 +1:08.648 1 3
5 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 75 +1:11.375 6 2
6 5 Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford Cosworth 74 +1 lap 14 1
7 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 74 +1 lap 17
8 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 74 +1 lap 19
9 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 73 +2 laps 18
10 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 73 +2 laps 16
11 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford Cosworth 73 +2 laps 23
12 17 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan March-Ford Cosworth 73 +2 laps 25
13 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford Cosworth 69 +6 laps 24
NC 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford Cosworth 62 Not Classified 22
Ret 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 53 Engine 13
Ret 33 Ireland Tommy Byrne Theodore-Ford Cosworth 39 Spin 26
Ret 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 32 Spark plugs 10
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Cosworth 28 Engine 20
Ret 28 United States Mario Andretti Ferrari 26 Suspension 7
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 26 Spark plugs 12
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 20 Engine 2
Ret 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 17 Clutch 5
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 8 Accident 21
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 5 Ignition 11
DNS 28 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 0 Trapped nerve 8
DNS 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford Cosworth 0 Engine 15
DNQ 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart
DNQ 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford Cosworth

MilestonesEdit

  • Last race for Mario Andretti.
  • Seventh Constructor's Championship for Ferrari.
  • First World Championship for Keke Rosberg.
    • First title won by a Finnish driver.
  • Eleventh different winner in 1982.

StandingsEdit

So, Keke Rosberg became the 20th Formula One World Champion at Caesars Palace, beating John Watson and Didier Pironi by five points. In a season which would be remembered for the tragic losses of Gilles Villeneuve and Riccardo Paletti, Renault would also have to bear the brunt of disappointment, as they failed to win either Championship, despite having the fastest car throughout the season. Alain Prost was left in fourth, with René Arnoux even further back.

Ferrari failed to score in the US, but still won the Constructors Championship, their seventh in total, as McLaren only managed to score six of the eleven points they needed to overhaul them. Renault claimed third, twelve behind the tifosi, while Williams clinched fourth, largely through Rosberg's tally. Team Lotus ended the season in fifth, with Tyrrell leapfrogging the Brabham-BMW entry and Ligier through Michele Alboreto's victory. 

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Finland Keke Rosberg 44
2 France Didier Pironi 39
3 United Kingdom John Watson 39
4 France Alain Prost 34
5 Austria Niki Lauda 30
6 FranceRené Arnoux 29
7 France Patrick Tambay 25
8 Italy Michele Alboreto 25 ▲3
9 Italy Elio de Angelis 23 ▼1
9 Italy Riccardo Patrese 21 ▼1
10 Brazil Nelson Piquet 20 ▼1
12 United States Eddie Cheever 15
13 Ireland Derek Daly 8 ▲1
14 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 7 ▼1
15 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 6
16 Canada Gilles Villeneuve 6
17 France Jacques Laffite 5
18 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 5
19 United States Mario Andretti 4
20 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 3
21 Switzerland Marc Surer 3
22 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 2
23 Chile Eliseo Salazar 2
24 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock 2
25 Italy Mauro Baldi 2
26 Brazil Chico Serra 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 74
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 69
3 France Renault 62
4 United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 58
5 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 30
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 25 ▲3
7 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 22 ▼1
8 France Ligier-Matra 20
9 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Cosworth 19 ▼2
10 Italy Alfa Romeo 7
11 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 5
12 West Germany ATS-Ford Cosworth 4
13 Italy Osella-Ford Cosworth 3
14 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1

ReferencesEdit

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