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 The 1982 Swiss Grand Prix, named so that the organisers could avoid presenting a French bias, was the fourteenth race of 1982, held at Dijon-Prenois in France.[1] The first "Swiss" Grand Prix since 1954 would be won by Keke Rosberg, who took the lead on the penultimate lap.[1]

It would be the first and only win for Rosberg in 1982, and also the last "Swiss" Grand Prix to be held, but played an important part in the Championship. With Didier Pironi still in hospital from his accident in Germany, the Championship fight was opened to everyone from John Watson in third, to Niki Lauda in fifth, with appeals from earlier in the season still to be decided upon.

BackgroundEdit

The Dijon-Prenois circuit in Prenois, France had been chosen to host the "Swiss" Grand Prix for three reasons. The first was that the success of French drivers over the recent years (which was demonstrated by the 1-2-3-4 in the French Grand Prix earlier in the season) meant that France should arguably host two Grand Prix.[1] The second was that Switzerland still outlawed motor racing within its borders (a fact which remains to this day), meaning that Dijon could become the host of the Swiss Grand Prix to fulfill this opinion (as it had done so for a non-championship race in 1975).[1] But, most importantly, the cancellation of the 1982 Argentine Grand Prix meant that another Grand Prix could be held in Europe, the home of the Championship.

Driver wise there were no changes, which meant that attention would be solely focused on the championship.[1] The main contenders for the championship emerged from Austria, with Keke Rosberg sitting six points behind Didier Pironi (whom was unlikely to race in F1 again after the injuries he sustained in Germany). John Watson retained an outside chance of the title (particularly if his recent run of bad luck changed), although he was increasingly likely to fall behind Alain Prost, the other man with momentum.

The Constructors' Championship saw Ferrari maintain their lead coming into the Swiss spectacle, although with only Patrick Tambay in their garage, they were more than likely to fall behind McLaren if the British team had a good weekend. Williams and Renault seemed to be in a private duel for third, while Team Lotus had built a big lead over Tyrrell after Elio de Angelis' win for fifth.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1982 Swiss 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 Brazil 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
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 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

Renault dominated the practice as they had done in Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix.[1] Brabham continued with their plan to refuel during races, constantly practising stops, having actually got as far as making a pitstop before their cars retired in Austria.[1] Marc Surer was also going well in practice for his home Grand Prix, although his chances of victory were thinner than a piece of paper at best.

QualifyingEdit

The same story was told in qualifying, with Rene Arnoux (who changed his set up to be more competitive during the race), losing out to Alain Prost in the battle for pole.[2] They were followed by Riccardo Patrese in his Brabham-BMW (a second off the pace of Arnoux), while Niki Lauda claimed fourth to start highest of the normally aspirated cars.[1] Patrick Tambay had a difficult session, only managing tenth place, while Keke Rosberg lapped quick enough to claim eighth.[1]

Eliminated from qualifying were Chico Serra Fittipaldi, Tommy Byrne Theodore and Mauro Baldi (whom cut a depressed figure in his Arrows after his impressive display in Austria). Marc Surer, meanwhile, took his best qualifying position of the year with 14th, making up for his team mate's disappointing display.

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time[3] Gap
1 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:01.380
2 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:01.740 +0.360s
3 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:02.710 +1.330s
4 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:02.984 +1.604s
5 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:03.032 +1.643s
6 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:03.183 +1.803s
7 5 Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:03.291 +1.911s
8 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:03.589 +2.209s
9 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:03.776 +2.396s
10 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:03.896 +2.516s
11 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:03.995 +2.615s
12 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:04.069 +2.689s
13 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:04.087 +2.707s
14 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:04.928 +3.548s
15 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:04.967 +3.621s
16 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 1:05.001 +3.799s
17 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford Cosworth 1:05.179 +4.011s
18 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:05.391 +4.015s
19 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford Cosworth 1:05.395 +4.071s
20 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:05.451 +4.497s
21 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:05.877 +4.631s
22 17 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan March-Ford Cosworth 1:06.011 +4.637s
23 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:06.017 +4.756s
24 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford Cosworth 1:06.136 +4.788s
25 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford Cosworth 1:06.168 +4.831s
26 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:06.211 +4.959s
DNQ 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1:06.339 +4.959s
DNQ 33 Ireland Tommy Byrne Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:06.990 +5.610s
DNQ 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:07.836 +6.456s

GridEdit

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

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

RaceEdit

The big story after qualifying was the decision by Patrick Tambay to miss the start just before the race, a pinched nerve causing his enough discomfort that he did not want to compete.[1] Further down, Roberto Guerrero was forced to start from the pitlane (officially 30 seconds after the race start) after replacing his engine after practice.[2] These were, however, minor concerns compared to anticipated duel at the front, as the Renault team mates went to track to fight for victory.

ReportEdit

Arnoux had the better start, sweeping ahead of Prost at the first corner, although Prost would echo his manoeuvre a lap later to take the lead.[1] They pulled well ahead of the rest of the field, As Patrese fought off Lauda, his team mate Nelson Piquet and Rosberg in the Williams.[1] It was not long before the Brazilian (dragging the Finn in his wake) made his way to third, setting off after the quickly disappearing Frenchmen.[1]

By the eleventh lap, Piquet had forced his way past Arnoux, where he stayed, until he stopped for his pitstop on lap 40, dropping him to fifth (Brabham again attempting to use a pitstop strategy to beat the Renaults).[1] Arnoux was left to defend from the charging Rosberg, whom suddenly found additional speed in the latter third of the race.[1] When Arnoux fell to a fuel injection failure five laps from the end, Rosberg set his sights on his main title rival.[1]

Prost had little to fight with, shown by the ease with which Rosberg pulled up behind him with two laps left to run.[1] Rosberg then calmly swept aside the Frenchman, but had to complete an additional lap as the officials forgot to wave the chequered flag on the final circuit.[1] Nonetheless, Roberg claimed his first Formula One victory, and took the lead in the driver's championship.[1]

The points would be handed out to Lauda (another quiet drive securing him third place), Piquet (whom struggled for pace after his pitstop), Patrese (again victim of a post-pitstop preamble) and Elio de Angelis of Team Lotus.[1] This result left Ferrari in pole position for the team's title, despite Tambay not competing, as their major rivals (McLaren and Renault) failed to secure enough points to overhaul their lead.[1]

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 80 1:32:41.087s 8 9
2 15 France Alain Prost Renault 80 +4.442s 1 6
3 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 80 +1:00.343 4 4
4 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 79 +1 lap 6 3
5 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 79 +1 lap 3 2
6 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Cosworth 79 +1 lap 15 1
7 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 79 +1 lap 12
8 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 79 +1 lap 26
9 5 Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford Cosworth 79 +1 lap 7
10 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 78 +2 laps 5
11 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 78 +2 laps 18
12 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 78 +2 laps 9
13 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 77 +3 laps 11
14 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford Cosworth 76 +4 laps 25
15 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 76 +4 laps 14
16 16 France René Arnoux* Renault 75 Fuel Injection 2
Ret 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 70 Handling 16
Ret 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford Cosworth 55 Chassis 20
Ret 31 France Jean-PIerre Jarier Osella-Ford Cosworth 44 Engine 17
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 33 Handling 13
Ret 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 31 Engine 23
Ret 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford Cosworth 31 Water leak 24
Ret 17 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan March-Ford Cosworth 25 Spin 22
Ret 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 24 Engine 21
Ret 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford Cosworth 4 Engine 19
DNS 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 0 Illness 10
DNQ 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 33 Ireland Tommy Byrne Theodore-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford Cosworth

* Arnoux was still classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

MilestonesEdit

  • Last Swiss Grand Prix to be held in Formula One.
  • First win for Keke Rosberg.
    • First win for a driver of Finnish birth.

StandingsEdit

With victory came the spoils for Keke Rosberg, as he claimed the lead in the Championship by three points, with Didier Pironi unlikely to race again in 1982. Alain Prost was therefore the Finn's closest challenger, but now eleven points down (a margin the Frenchman had held after the Brazilian Grand Prix), with John Watson a further point behind. The Brit was also level on points with team mate Niki Lauda, as Elio de Angelis successfully fended off the Brabham duo of Riccardo Patrese and Nelson Piquet for another weekend.

Ferrari remained at the summit of the Constructors Championship despite not running Patrick Tambay in Dijon. McLaren, to their credit, had closed the gap to just four points, but it was Williams who were on the move, now on 55 points. Renault broke the 50 barrier at the Swiss Grand Prix too, but remained in fourth, as Team Lotus and Brabham-BMW looked set to squabble for fifth place. 

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Finland Keke Rosberg 42 ▲1
2 France Didier Pironi 39 ▼1
3 France Alain Prost 31 ▲2
4 United Kingdom John Watson 30 ▼1
5 Austria Niki Lauda 30 ▼1
6 Italy Elio de Angelis 23
7 Italy Riccardo Patrese 21 ▲1
8 Brazil Nelson Piquet 20 ▲2
9 France René Arnoux 19 ▼2
10 France Patrick Tambay 19 ▼1
11 Italy Michele Alboreto 14
12 United States Eddie Cheever 10
13 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 7
14 Ireland Derek Daly 7
15 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 6
16 Canada Gilles Villeneuve 6
17 France Jacques Laffite 5
18 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 5
19 France Jean-Pierre Jarier 3
20 Switzerland Marc Surer 3
21 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 2
22 Chile Eliseo Salazar 2
23 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock 2
24 Italy Mauro Baldi 2
25 Brazil Chico Serra 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 64
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 60
3 United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 55
4 France Renault 50
5 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 30
6 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 22 ▲1
7 United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Cosworth 19 ▼1
8 France Ligier-Matra 15
9 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 14
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

  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: SWISS GP, 1982', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 1999), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr371.html, (Accessed 30/07/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Classic F1 - Swiss Grand Prix 1982', bbc.co.uk, (British Broadcasting Company, 25/05/2011), http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8703618.stm, (Accessed 30/07/2015)
  3. '1982 Swiss Grand Prix: Qualifying', manipef1.com, (Manipe F1, 2004), http://www.manipef1.com/results/1982/switzerland/qualifying/, (Accessed 30/07/2015)

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