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 The 1982 Canadian Grand Prix, hosted at the newly renamed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in honour of Canada's fallen hero, would go down as a black day for Formula One, after the death of Riccardo Paletti at the start.[1] Paletti smashed into the back of the stalled Didier Pironi breaking both his legs and succumbing to internal injuries later that afternoon.

Earlier, Pironi had paid tribute to his former team mate Villeneuve by dedicating his pole position lap to him, before missing out on victory to Nelson Piquet.[2] Piquet, winning for the first time with the BMW powered Brabham, was joined by team mate Riccardo Patrese and Championship leader John Watson.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Patrick Tambay was expected to make his début for Ferrari at Canada, but the Italian team had not prepared a second car for the Frenchman in time (and were perhaps in favour of using the missing Ferrari to highlight their loss of Canada's greatest driver).[1] Jan Lammers, meanwhile, was given time off to recover from his broken thumb, with Geoff Lees stepping into the Theodore.[1] The two Toleman-Hart cars were both absent once again.

John Watson came to Canada in the lead of the Championship, after Alain Prost had been toppled for the first time in 1982 in Detroit. Didier Pironi had also snuck in front of Prost in the Championship, with Keke Rosberg and Riccardo Patrese in fourth and fifth. Niki Lauda and Michele Alboreto were the only other drivers in double figures for the season.

McLaren had extended their lead in the Constructors' Championship in Detroit, leading Ferrari and Williams. Renault, meanwhile, were now being punished for their poor reliability, having dropped from first to fourth in the space of two races. Brabham, Team Lotus, Talbot Ligier and Tyrrell were all in a battle for fifth, with Brabham running two different cars once again.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1982 Canadian 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 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 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
19 Spain Emilio de Villota 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 JS17 Matra MS81 V12 3.0 M
26 France Jacques Laffite France Equipe Talbot Gitanes Ligier JS17 Matra MS81 V12 3.0 M
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
32 Italy Riccardo Paletti Italy Osella Squadra Course Osella FA1D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 P
33 United Kingdom Geoff Lees Hong Kong Theodore Racing Team Theodore TY02 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G

Practice OverviewEdit

With the reduced field from Detroit all competing in Canada (held a week later), there was no need for a pre-qualifying field reduction.[1] The Canadian Grand Prix had often been held four months later in the year, however the switch to June meant better weather, a fact proved by the first warm and dry practice session held in Canada.[1]

QualifyingEdit

Didier Pironi claimed an unlikely pole position for Ferrari, dedicating his performance to fallen foe Villeneuve, after Ferrari had developed a new suspension system for him.[1] He was joined by Alain Prost on the front row, with René Arnoux claiming third ahead of Piquet, whom had failed to qualify in Detroit.[1] Worryingly for Prost, however, was the fact that Pironi was over a second faster than him in quali-trim, as the turbocharged cars dominated the front of the grid.

Paletti, meanwhile, qualified for only the second time in his career (having been forced to sit out the Detroit Grand Prix after his car had been given to Jean-Pierre Jarier), while Manfred Winkelhock returned to form by failing to qualify.[1] He was joined by Emilio de Villota and Chico Serra.[1]

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time[3] Gap
1 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:27.509
2 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:27.895 +0.386s
3 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:28.563 +1.054s
4 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:28.663 +1.154s
5 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:28.740 +1.231s
6 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:28.822 +1.313s
7 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:28.874 +1.365s
8 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-Ford Cosworth 1:28.999 +1.490s
9 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:29.183 +1.674s
10 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:29.228 +1.719s
11 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:29.544 +2.035s
12 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 1:29.590 +2.081s
13 5 Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:29.883 +2.374s
14 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:30.048 +2.539s
15 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:30.146 +2.637s
16 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:30.518 +3.009s
17 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:30.599 +3.090s
18 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford Cosworth 1:30.717 +3.208s
19 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:30.946 +3.437s
20 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford Cosworth 1:31.235 +3.726s
21 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford Cosworth 1:31.759 +4.250s
22 17 Germany Jochen Mass March-Ford Cosworth 1:31.861 +4.352s
23 32 Italy Riccardo Paletti Osella-Ford Cosworth 1:31.901 +4.392s
24 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:32.203 +4.694s
25 33 United Kingdom Geoff Lees Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:32.205 +4.696s
26 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:32.325 +4.816s
DNQ 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:32.359 +4.850s
DNQ 19 Spain Emilio de Villota March-Ford Cosworth 1:34.045 +6.536s
DNQ 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1:37.678 +10.169s

GridEdit

The grid for the 1982 Canadian Grand Prix is shown below:

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

RaceEdit

There were, unusually for 1982, no pre-race withdrawals or breaking news stories that may effect the start of the race, which was set to be dry for its entirety.[4]

ReportEdit

The worst part of the race would be the start, as Pironi stalled his Ferrari, with cars darting around him as the lights went green.[1] The earliest arrivals managed to get by without issue, but Raul Boesel, unsighted slightly, clipped the Ferrari, pushing it into the path of Riccardo Paletti, who slammed into the Frencham at almost 100 kmh.[2] Pironi's car was sent into the Theodore of Lees, while the Osella wrapped itself around Paletti, leaving him trapped.[1] The race was stopped immediately, with Pironi sprinting across to help his fellow racer, with Sid Watkins (the famed F1 doctor) working to get the Italian free.[1] A thirty minute struggle to get Paletti out of the car followed (including a brief fire), although within two hours of the Italian leaving the circuit, news arrived of his death in hospital arrived in the paddock.[1] Osella opted to withdraw Jean-Pierre Jarier's car, while Pironi and Boesel climbed into their spares for the restart.[1]

The second start got off flawlessly, although it was immediately clear that Pironi was struggling, falling behind Arnoux and Prost before the end of the first lap.[2] Further down, Nigel Mansell and Bruno Giacomelli came together at the hairpin, with the Brit suffering a broken wrist as both drivers went out of the race,[1] Pironi, meanwhile, would continue to slip down the field, with the spare Ferrari using an older suspension system that was not helpful around the Montreal circuit.[1]

Nelson Piquet took the lead on lap 9, with his team mate Riccardo Patrese (using a Ford Cosworth engine rather than the BMW in the back of the Brazilian's car), joining him on lap 29.[1] The race witnessed a majestic drive by the Italian, whom, like John Watson in Detroit a week earlier, carved his way from the back to the front, before putting Arnoux under pressure.[1] The Frenchman spun and stalled, removing him from the race (the turbocharged Renault difficult to start at the best of times), while his colleague Prost would join him on the side lines on lap 30 with an engine failure.[1]

A quiet race developed afterwards, with the Brabhams streaking away to finish first and second, with Andrea de Cesaris and Eddie Cheever running third and fourth, holding Watson and Derek Daly at bay.[1] However, with barely two laps to go, three of those four ran out of fuel, with Watson being promoted to third before the end, joined by Elio de Angelis in the Team Lotus car in fourth.[1] Marc Surer claimed his first points for Arrows by taking fifth, while the visibly frustrated de Cesaris, whom had defied his critics by running in third for more than half the race, was classified in sixth.[2]

It later emerged that Piquet had been driving with an oil radiator problem in the cockpit of his Brabham, causing 100 degree heat to burn his feet.[5] The Brazilian claimed that this was his greatest victory, despite the circumstances of the day, while also explaining his feelings about his race with his typical sense of humour.[5]

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired* Grid Points
1 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 70 1:46:39.577 4 9
2 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-Ford Cosworth 70 +13.799s 8 6
3 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 70 +1:01.836 6 4
4 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Cosworth 69 +1 lap 10 3
5 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 69 +1 lap 16 2
6 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris* Alfa Romeo 68 Out of Fuel 9 1
7 5 Ireland Derek Daly* Williams-Ford Cosworth 68 Out of Fuel 13
8 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford Cosworth 68 +2 laps 17
9 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 67 +3 laps 1
10 25 United States Eddie Cheever* Ligier-Matra 66 Out of Fuel 12
11 17 Germany Jochen Mass March-Ford Cosworth 66 +4 laps 22
NC 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 59 Not Classified 26
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 52 Gearbox 7
Ret 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford Cosworth 47 Engine 21
Ret 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 41 Gearbox 15
Ret 15 France Alain Prost Renault 30 Engine 3
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 28 Spin 2
Ret 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford Cosworth 20 Transmission 24
Ret 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 17 Clutch 11
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 8 Handling 19
Ret 15 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford Cosworth 2 Clutch 20
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1 Accident 5
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1 Accident 14
Ret 33 United Kingdom Geoff Lees Theodore-Ford Cosworth 0 Accident 25
WD 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford Cosworth 0 Withdrawn 18
WD 32 Italy Riccardo Paletti Osella-Ford Cosworth 0 Fatal Accident 23
DNQ 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 19 Spain Emilio de Villota March-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth

* Cheever, Daly and de Cesaris were still classified for completing 90% of the race distance, despite retiring.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

John Watson saw his Championship lead extended to ten points, more than a race victory, over Didier Pironi, whom was now a single point ahead of Riccardo Patrese. Alain Prost was now fourth, with Keke Rosberg in close attendance. Nelson Piquet now found himself in seventh, still almost 20 points behind Watson, with Eddie Cheever, Michele Alboreto and Elio de Angelis all tied on ten points behind him. Marc Surer became the 22nd different scorer in 1982, also taking the first points for Arrows.

McLaren also extended their Constructors Championship lead through Watson's efforts, as both Williams and Ferrari failed to score. With Renault also failing to score, the big winners were Brabham, whom closed to within one point of the French marque, while their BMW partnership (classed as a seperate entry) climbed to eighth through Piquet's win. 

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

Only point scoring drivers are shown.


1982 Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 42
2 Italy Ferrari 26
3 United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 26
4 France Renault 22
5 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Cosworth 19 ▲1
6 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 17 ▼1
7 France Ligier-Matra 13
8 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 11 ▲4
9 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 10 ▼1
10 Italy Alfa Romeo 5 ▼1
11 Germany ATS-Ford Cosworth 4 ▼1
12 Italy Osella-Ford Cosworth 3 ▼1
13 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 2 ▲1
14 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1 ▼2

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 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 'GRAND PRIX RESULTS: CANADIAN GP, 1982', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 1999), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr365.html, (Accessed 29/07/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 F1gameshowsradio4, 'Formula 1 1982 Canadian Grand Prix Highlights', youtube.com, (YouTube, 25/09/2012), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNycRzJUJlM, (Accessed 28/07/2015)
  3. '1982 Canadian Grand Prix: Qualifying', manipef1.com, (Manipe F1, 2004), http://www.manipef1.com/results/1982/canada/qualifying/, (Accessed 29/07/2015)
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  5. 5.0 5.1 'Hall of Fame: Nelson Piquet', formula1.com, (FOM, 2015), http://www.formula1.com/teams_and_drivers/hall_of_fame/181/, (Accessed 29/07/2015)
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V T E 1982 Formula One Season
Teams Brabham • Tyrrell • Williams • McLaren • ATS • Lotus • Ensign • Renault • March • Fittipaldi • Alfa Romeo • Ligier • Ferrari • Arrows • Osella • Theodore • Toleman
Engines Alfa Romeo • BMW • Ferrari • Ford • Hart • Matra • Renault
Drivers Piquet • 2 Patrese • 3 Alboreto • 4 Borgudd • 4 Henton • 5 Reutemann • 5 Andretti • 5 Daly • 6 Rosberg • 7 Watson • 8 Lauda • 9 Winkelhock • 10 Salazar • 11 De Angelis • 12 Mansell • 12 Moreno • 12 Lees • 14 Guerrero • 15 Prost • 16 Arnoux • 17 Mass • 17 Keegan • 18 Boesel • 19 De Villota • 20 Serra • 22 De Cesaris • 23 Giacomelli • 25 Cheever • 26 Laffite • 27 Villeneuve • 27 Tambay • 28 Pironi • 28 Andretti • 29 Henton • 29 Surer • 30 Baldi • 31 Jarier • 32 Paletti • 33 Daly • 33 Lammers • 33 Lees • 33 Byrne • 35 Warwick • 36 Fabi
Cars Ferrari 126C2 • McLaren MP4/1B • Renault RE30B • Williams FW07C • Williams FW07D • Williams FW08 • Brabham BT49C • Brabham BT49D • Brabham BT50 • Lotus 87B • Lotus 91 • Tyrrell 011 • Ligier JS17B • Ligier JS19 • Alfa Romeo 179D • Alfa Romeo 182 • Alfa Romeo 182B • Alfa Romeo 182T • Arrows A4 • Arrows A5 • ATS D5 • Osella FA1C • Osella FA1D • Fittipaldi F8D • Fittipaldi F9 • March 821 • Ensign N180B • Ensign N181 • Toleman TG181B • Toleman TG181C • Toleman TG183 • Theodore TY01 • Theodore TY02
Tyres Avon • Goodyear • Michelin • Pirelli
Races South Africa • Brazil • U.S. West • San Marino • Belgium • Monaco • Detroit • Canada • Netherlands • Britain • France • Germany • Austria • Switzerland • Italy • Caesars Palace
See also 1981 Formula One Season • 1983 Formula One Season • Category

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