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 The 1982 German Grand Prix was the twelfth round of the 1982 Formula One Season, and saw the breakthrough win Patrick Tambay at the Hockenheimring.[1] The weekend was marred, however, by a huge accident for Championship leader Didier Pironi in qualifying, who was left fighting for his life having broken both of his legs.[1] This was the second time this had happened to Ferrari in 1982, following the tragic loss of Gilles Villeneuve in Belgium.

Tambay, for his part, performed spectacularly given the circumstances, taking the first win of his career at the team that had persuaded him to return to the Championship. Fellow Frenchman René Arnoux and Finn Keke Rosberg joined him on the podium, after Pironi had qualified on pole.

BackgroundEdit

At Team Lotus, Nigel Mansell returned for the second time after his wrist injury in Canada, while Jochen Mass (whom was still recovering from his accident in France) was replaced by Rupert Keegan in the March.[1] Jan Lammers, meanwhile, lost his drive with Theodore, being replaced by Tommy Byrne, a promising talent in Formula Three.[1]

In the championship, Didier Pironi came to Germany with a nine point lead over John Watson, whom was going through a poor run of luck, having failed to finish the last two races. Keke Rosberg and Alain Prost were slowly closing the gap, with Niki Lauda keeping himself in the championship hunt. The two unknowns in the title fight were the two Brabham-BMW entries of Riccardo Patrese and Nelson Piquet, whom both had a win to their name, but were still getting used to turbo power.

McLaren, meanwhile, had a two point lead over Ferrari, whom had closed the gap significantly since Tambay had joined them. Williams had succumbed to Renault after their dominance of the French Grand Prix, with the French marque seemingly over their numerous reliability issues. Team Lotus, meanwhile, were in a fight with Brabham for fifth, with the latter's points split between their BMW and Ford Cosworth entries throughout the year.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1982 German 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 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 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 Ireland 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 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

In practice, Pironi enjoyed a huge margin over the rest of the field, proving that he was the man to beat for the weekend.[1] Tambay was also running well, with Hockenheim another track that decidedly favoured the turbocharged cars over their less powerful rivals.

QualifyingEdit

Pironi had already guaranteed pole on Friday, a feat confirmed by the rain that greeted the drivers on Saturday.[1] Pironi was, however, still significantly faster than his rivals in the wet, but his session, and career, would be cut short during the session.[1] Thinking he only had Derek Daly in front of him, Pironi went for a pass, only to run into title rival Alain Prost, obscured by the spray.[1] The Ferrari launched into the air, landing back on its wheels, before slamming into the barrier at almost full speed.[1] Pironi was left fighting for his life, undergoing several operations to save both his legs and his life.[1]

Niki Lauda would also fall in qualifying, crashing into the wall and feeling too unwell to race.[1] He would be joined by Keegan and Byrne in their first qualifying session, as well as Teo Fabi in the Toleman.[1]

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time[2] Gap
1 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:47.947
2 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:48.890 +0.943s
3 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:49.265 +1.309s
4 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:49.415 +1.468s
5 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:49.570 +1.623s
6 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:49.760 +1.813s
7 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:52.625 +4.678s
8 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:52.786 +4.839s
9 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:52.892 +4.945s
10 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:53.073 +5.126s
11 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:53.887 +5.940s
12 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 1:54.211 +6.294s
13 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:54.476 +6.529s
14 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:54.594 +6.647s
15 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:54.982 +7.035s
16 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:55.223 +7.276s
17 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:55.474 +7.527s
18 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:55.866 +7.919s
19 5 Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:55.876 +7.929s
20 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford Cosworth 1:56.250 +8.303s
21 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford Cosworth 1:56.489 +8.542s
22 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:56.537 +8.590s
23 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:56.680 +8.733s
24 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford Cosworth 1:57.245 +9.298s
25 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1:57.337 +9.390s
26 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:57.402 +9.455s
WD* 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:52.683 +4.736s
DNQ 33 Ireland Tommy Byrne Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:59.007 +11.060s
DNQ 17 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan March-Ford Cosworth 1:59.951 +12.004s
DNQ 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart No Time
  • *Lauda was withdrawn from the result after an accident, meaning he did not start the race.

GridEdit

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

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
* 2
______________ Alain Prost
Row 2 3 ______________
René Arnoux 4
______________ Nelson Piquet
Row 3 5 ______________
Patrick Tambay 6
______________ Riccardo Patrese
Row 4 7 ______________
Michele Alboreto 8
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 5 9 ______________
Keke Rosberg 10
______________ John Watson
Row 6 11 ______________
Bruno Giacomelli 12
______________ Eddie Cheever
Row 7 13 ______________
Elio de Angelis 14
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 8 15 ______________
Jacques Laffite 16
______________ Manfred Winkelhock
Row 9 17 ______________
Brian Henton 18
______________ Nigel Mansell
Row 10 19 ______________
Derek Daly 20
______________ Jean-Pierre Jarier
Row 11 21 ______________
Roberto Guerrero 22
______________ Eliseo Salazar
Row 12 23 ______________
Mauro Baldi 24
______________ Raul Boesel
Row 13 25 ______________
Chico Serra 26
______________ Marc Surer
  • * Didier Pironi's grid slot was left unfilled, meaning no one started from pole.
  • Because Niki Lauda was withdrawn from qualifying, Marc Surer was promoted to the starting grid.

RaceEdit

With Pironi unlikely to race again in the championship, the main focus would be who would take over the championship lead. Would Renault, with another (de facto) one-two start after Pironi's crash, build on their display in France three weeks earlier, or would it be Brabham on their third attempt of using the pitstop plan? These questions also applied to Patrick Tambay, who suddenly became team leader for the tifosi, despite his overall lack of experience.

ReportEdit

With Ferrari failing to officially withdraw Pironi, Prost would have to be content with starting from second (despite being the highest placed car after qualifying).[1] He and Arnoux (who were still not on the best of terms) led into the first corner, but were soon overtaken by Nelson Piquet in the lightweight Brabham.[1] Piquet pulled ahead, a lead that looked to be increasingly impossible to overturn as the race unfolded.[1] 

Piquet vs Salazar

Nelson Piquet tries a more, physical, approach to display his thoughts about Eliseo Salazar's driving.

The race took an unexpected turn, however, when Piquet hit Eliseo Salazar on the 19th lap, putting both out of the race.[1] The Brazilian was less than impressed with the ATS driver, with Piquet physically attacking his opponent at the side of the track.[1] With their off-track brawl going on for a time (although Salazar was decidedly on the receiving end) Tambay took over the lead, having passed Arnoux and the tumbling Prost (who retired with an electrical issue early on).[1] 

John Watson was up to third when he was struck by his third slice of bad luck in three races, retiring on the 37th lap with suspension failure.[1] Jacques Laffite was another driver to impress, swinging through the field to fourth in the Ligier (which had been too difficult to drive as recently as the British Grand Prix).[1] He was left disappointed, however, when he slid wide and damaged the side of his car, leaving him lacking the pace he had as he tumbled down the field.[1]

Tambay cruised to his first Formula One victory, maintaining a lead of over 15 seconds over second placed Arnoux (who was starting a late climb up the championship table).[1] Keke Rosberg took advantage of Watson and Laffite's problems to claim third, with the rest of the points handed to Michele Alboreto, Bruno Giacomelli (the Alfa, for once, reliable enough to complete a race) and Marc Surer.[1] Despite this result, however, Pironi retained his nine point lead at the top of the championship.

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 45 1:27:25.178 5 9
2 16 France René Arnoux Renault 45 +16.379s 3 6
3 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 lap 9 4
4 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 lap 7 3
5 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 44 +1 lap 11 2
6 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 lap 26 1
7 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 lap 17
8 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 lap 21
9 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 43 +2 laps 18
10 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 43 +2 laps 14
11 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 43 +2 laps 25
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 36 Suspension 10
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 36 Handling 15
Ret 5 Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford Cosworth 25 Engine 19
Ret 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford Cosworth 22 Tyre 24
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Cosworth 21 Handling 13
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 18 Accident 4
Ret 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford Cosworth 17 Accident 22
Ret 15 France Alain Prost Renault 14 Electrical 2
Ret 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 13 Engine 6
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 9 Gearbox 8
Ret 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 8 Fuel system 12
Ret 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford Cosworth 6 Fuel system 23
Ret 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford Cosworth 3 Handling 20
Ret 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford Cosworth 3 Clutch 16
DNS 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 0 Accident 1
WD 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 33 Ireland Tommy Byrne Theodore-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 17 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan March-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Didier Pironi remained in hospital for several weeks after his accident, but did not see his Championship lead fall in Germany, as John Watson failed to score again. Keke Rosberg now sat third in the table, three behind the Brit, while Alain Prost and Niki Lauda were not too far off. René Arnoux and Patrick Tambay had also dragged themselves into the title fight, although both were a long way off, Arnoux being 20 points behind.

Ferrari, despite potentially losing Pironi for the rest of the season, took the lead in the Constructors' Championship after Tambay's win, overtaking McLaren. Renault and Williams were beginning to draw in the British marque too, while Team Lotus retained fifth from Brabham. Arrows moved up a place courtesy of Marc Surer's point, moving past Osella.

1982 Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 France Didier Pironi 39
2 United Kingdom John Watson 30
3 Finland Keke Rosberg 27 ▲2
4 France Alain Prost 25 ▼1
5 Austria Niki Lauda 24 ▼1
6 Italy Riccardo Patrese 19
7 France René Arnoux 19 ▲1
8 Brazil Nelson Piquet 17 ▼1
9 France Patrick Tambay 16 ▲4
10 Italy Michele Alboreto 14
11 Italy Elio de Angelis 13 ▼2
12 United States Eddie Cheever 10 ▼1
13 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 7 ▼1
14 Ireland Derek Daly 7
15 Canada Gilles Villeneuve 6
16 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 6
17 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 5
18 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 3
19 Switzerland Marc Surer 3
20 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 2 ▲5
21 Chile Eliseo Salazar 2 ▼1
22 Germany Manfred Winkelhock 2 ▼1
23 Italy Mauro Baldi 1 ▼1
24 France Jacques Laffite 1 ▼1
25 Brazil Chico Serra 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

1982 Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 61 ▲1
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 54 ▼1
3 France Renault 44
4 United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 40
5 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 20
6 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Cosworth 19
7 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 17
8 France Ligier-Matra 13
9 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 11
10 Italy Alfa Romeo 7
11 Germany ATS-Ford Cosworth 4
12 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 4 ▲1
13 Italy Osella-Ford Cosworth 3 ▼1
14 Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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References:

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  2. '1982 German Grand Prix: Qualifying', manipef1.com, (Manipe F1, 2004), http://www.manipef1.com/results/1982/germany/qualifying/, (Accessed 30/07/2015)
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