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 The 1982 Dutch Grand Prix was the ninth round of the 1982 Formula One Season, which saw Didier Pironi claim his last victory.[1] Formula One was still in mourning after the death of Riccardo Paletti in Canada, with safety questions being raised once again.

On a more cheerful note, the Zandvoort race saw a lot of action throughout, and also saw a surprise fastest lap by Derek Warwick.[2] Pironi was joined by Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg on the podium, as the Championship battle also became much tighter.

BackgroundEdit

Questions were being raised after the disastrous start in Canada, where Riccardo Paletti had lost his life.[2] Murmurings that the start procedure would be changed went unfounded, but the mental change in Pironi (whom had two big crashes between the Canadian and Dutch Grand Prix) was visible for all to see.[2] Ferrari, meanwhile, announced that Patrick Tambay would finally drive in Holland, while Nigel Mansell (whom had broken his wrist in Canada) was replaced by Roberto Moreno in Team Lotus.[2]

Further down the field, Jan Lammers returned to drive for Theodore in his home race, while Osella raced only one car (with no-one to replace Paletti).[2] The two Toleman-Hart cars were also back on the grid, with the team testing while the rest were racing in North America.[2]

The Championship battle had been stretched out in Canada, with John Watson bringing a ten point lead (more than a race win) to the sand dunes of the Netherlands. Didier Pironi, Riccardo Patrese, Alain Prost and Keke Rosberg were all separated by four points, while Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet could be perceived as slipping away.

Watson's team McLaren also held a comfortable lead in the Constructors Championship, leading Ferrari and Williams whom were tied on points. Renault were struggling with reliability, and came to Holland under serious threat from Brabham, although their points were being split between their BMW powered cars, and their Ford entries that had raced earlier in the season.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1982 Dutch 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 Brazil Roberto Moreno 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 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

The return of the Tolemans boosted the entry list to 31 cars, meaning that practice returned to a pre-qualifying session. It would be the third March of Emilio de Villota who fell, with a trouble free practice for the leaders in the championship.[2]

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying produced no surprises, as the Renaults took another front row (René Arnoux beating Alain Prost), with Pironi stalking them in fourth, behind the visibly happier Nelson Piquet in third.[2] Niki Lauda was the first non-turbo powered driver, while Eddie Cheever (with Ligier deciding to run the JS19 which the American struggled with), Teo Fabi, Roberto Guerrero and Moreno (who was not quite ready for the Lotus) all failed to qualify.[2]

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:14.233
2 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:14.660 +0.427s
3 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:14.723 +0.490s
4 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:15.825 +1.592s
5 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:15.832 +1.599s
6 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:16.154 +1.921s
7 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:16.260 +2.027s
8 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:16.513 +2.280s
9 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:16.576 +2.343s
10 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:16.630 +2.397s
11 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:16.700 +2.467s
12 5 Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:16.832 +2.599s
13 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:17.094 +2.861s
14 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:17.237 +3.004s
15 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:17.620 +3.387s
16 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:18.020 +3.787s
17 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:18.296 +4.063s
18 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:18.352 +4.119s
19 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1:18.438 +4.205s
20 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:18.476 +4.243s
21 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:18.478 +4.245s
22 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford Cosworth 1:18.658 +4.425s
23 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford Cosworth 1:18.953 +4.720s
24 17 Germany Jochen Mass March-Ford Cosworth 1:19.083 +4.850s
25 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:19.120 +4.887s
26 33 Netherlands Jan Lammers Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:19.274 +5.041s
DNQ 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford Cosworth 1:19.316 +5.083s
DNQ 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:19.414 +5.181s
DNQ 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 1:19.646 +5.413s
DNQ 12 Brazil Roberto Moreno Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:21.149 +6.916s
DNPQ 19 Spain Emilio de Villota March-Ford Cosworth 1:21.507 +7.274s

GridEdit

Below is the starting grid for the 1982 Dutch Grand Prix:

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

RaceEdit

There were no fresh concerns ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix, with all of the cars surviving the warm-up. The main question to be answered, however, was whether the Renaults would throw away another seemingly easy victory through unreliability, as they had already done at San Marino, Belgium, Monaco and Detroit. 

ReportEdit

Unlike in Canada, the race in Zandvoort got away cleanly, with Prost taking Arnoux off the line, while Tambay used his turbo to get ahead of Lauda and the slow starting Piquet (whom also fell victim to Pironi in the other Ferrari).[2] Before the end of the first lap, however, Piquet would have recovered to fourth, while PIroni got a good drive out of Bos Uit to take Arnoux on the start/finish straight.[2]

There would be more changes on the fifth lap, as Prost fell victim to the charging Ferrari, while Arnoux fell victim to Piquet.[2] At almost the same time, Rosberg carved his way past Niki Lauda, before dispatching of Tambay to become the next challenger to Arnoux.[2] The race settled down, with Rosberg slowly drawing up to the second Renault.[2]

This changed on the 22nd lap, however, as Arnoux's suspension failed heading into Tarzan, a wheel coming off the car, sending the Frenchman into a heavy impact with the barrier.[2] Despite the monocoque being split by the force of the impact, Arnoux emerged unharmed, while the race continued around the accident.[2] A few moments later, Arnoux's team mate fell victim to Piquet, before retiring three laps later with an engine failure.[2]

The order at the front remained unchanged until the end, with Pironi taking a crusie to victory ahead of Piquet, with Rosberg in third.[2] Lauda and Derek Daly held station in fourth and fifth respectively, while a late charge by Mauro Baldi in the Arrows saw him take Tambay and Alboreto to earn the final point.[2] Championship leader John Watson, meanwhile, had a quiet race to finish ninth.

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Ppints
1 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 72 1:38:03.254 4 9
2 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 72 +21.649s 3 6
3 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 72 +22.365s 7 4
4 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 72 +1:23.729 5 3
5 5 Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford Cosworth 71 +1 lap 12 2
6 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford Cosworth 71 +1 lap 16 1
7 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 71 +1 lap 14
8 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 71 +1 lap 6
9 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 71 +1 lap 11
10 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 71 +1 lap 17
11 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 70 +2 laps 8
12 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford Cosworth 70 +2 laps 18
13 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford Cosworth 70 +2 laps 25
14 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford Cosworth 69 +3 laps 23
15 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 69 +3 laps 10
Ret 17 Germany Jochen Mass March-Ford Cosworth 60 Engine 24
Ret 33 Netherlands Jan Lammers Theodore-Ford Cosworth 41 Engine 26
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Cosworth 40 Handling 15
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 35 Electrical 9
Ret 15 France Alain Prost Renault 33 Engine 2
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 21 Suspension 1
Ret 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 21 Throttle 20
Ret 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford Cosworth 21 Engine 22
Ret 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 18 Fuel pump 19
Ret 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 15 Oil leak 13
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 4 Handling 21
DNQ 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart
DNQ 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra
DNQ 12 Brazil Roberto Moreno Lotus-Ford Cosworth
DNPQ 19 Spain Emilio de Villota March-Ford Cosworth

MilestonesEdit

  • Last win for Didier Pironi.

StandingsEdit

John Watson saw his lead cut to just one point from Didier Pironi after the latter's victory, as Keke Rosberg overhauled Riccardo Patrese and Alain Prost for fifth. Nelson Piquet was also within striking distance of Prost, whom was paying the price for Renault's poor reliability once again, although not as much as Rene Arnoux, whom was tumbling even further down the table. Mauro Baldi added his name to the scorers list, adding a further point to Arrows' total.

McLaren still held a healthy lead in the Constructors Championship over Ferrari, although the Italians had cut a big chunk from it through Pironi's efforts. Williams sat in a consolidated third, well ahead of Renault, while the Brabham-BMW entry was now a couple of points behind the Brabham-Ford Cosworth entries' tally from earlier in the season. Team Lotus were tied with the former version on 17 points.

1982 Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom John Watson 30
2 France Didier Pironi 29
3 Finland Keke Rosberg 21 ▲2
4 Italy Riccardo Patrese 19 ▼1
5 France Alain Prost 18 ▼1
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet 17 ▲1
7 Austria Niki Lauda 15 ▼1
8 United States Eddie Cheever 10
9 Italy Michele Alboreto 10
10 Italy Elio de Angelis 10
11 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 7
12 Canada Gilles Villeneuve 6
13 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 6
14 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 5
15 Ireland Derek Daly 5 ▲2
15 France René Arnoux 4 ▼1
16 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 3 ▼1
18 Switzerland Marc Surer 2
19 Chile Eliseo Salazar 2
20 Germany Manfred Winkelhock 2
21 Italy Mauro Baldi 1 ▲2
22 France Jacques Laffite 1 ▼1
23 Brazil Chico Serra 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers are shown.


1982 Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 45
2 Italy Ferrari 35
3 United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 32
4 France Renault 22
5 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Cosworth 19
6 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 17 ▲2
7 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 17 ▼1
8 France Ligier-Matra 13 ▼1
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

  1. 'Grand Prix Gold: 1982 Dutch GP', autosport.com, {Haymarket Media, 2013), http://plus.autosport.com/premium/feature/4712/grand-prix-gold-1982-dutch-gp/, (Accessed 29/07/2015)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 'GRAND PRIX RESULTS: DUTCH GP, 1982', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 1999), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr366.html, (Accessed 29/07/2015)
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