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 The 1983 Austrian Grand Prix was the eleventh round of the 1983 Formula One Season, held at the Österreichring in Austria.[1] Alain Prost claimed victory in a race which saw numerous battles for the lead, with René Arnoux second and Nelson Piquet in third.[1] Pole position had gone to Patrick Tambay, which meant that Ferrari secured five pole positions in a row, and the 100th for the Italian car maker since the start of Formula One in 1950.[2]

BackgroundEdit

A single week separated the German and Austrian Grand Prix, although there was still improvement to be made for teams and drivers.[3] Tyrrell were the busiest in that time, finally completing the 012 chassis for Michele Alboreto, with several others making minor tweaks to their cars, before a race that was expected to be dominated by the turbo contingent.[3] High altitude meant reduced power (as there was less air), so those without a turbo charger to compensate had little hope of winning, particularly on a circuit where the 180mph mark could be achieved in two or three places.[3]

Championship-wise, the recent form of René Arnoux meant there was now, arguably, a four way battle for the title, although Alain Prost still held the initative. The Renault backed Frenchman held a nine point lead over Nelson Piquet, whom was holding a slender, two point lead over Patrick Tambay. Arnoux sat five points off the Brazilian and fourteen behind Prost, but was the man with the reliable car, and recently the quickest in qualifying, with the last four shared between himself and team mate Tambay.

Arnoux's recent form also meant Ferrari were incharge of the Constructor's championship, having overturned a three point defecit in Germany to lead by three. Brabham and Williams were in a tight battle for third, with neither entertaining any series thoughts of challenging the leading duo, themselves separated by a single point. McLaren remained in the top five despite their terrible qualifying record, with John Watson and Niki Lauda only picking up the odd point or two from the lower reaches of the grid at almost every race.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1983 Austrian Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom TAG Williams Racing Team Williams FW08C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
2 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom TAG Williams Racing Team Williams FW08C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
3 Italy Michele Alboreto United Kingdom Benetton Tyrrell Team Tyrrell 012 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
4 United States Danny Sullivan United Kingdom Benetton Tyrrell Team Tyrrell 011B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Fila Sport Brabham BT52B BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 M
6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Fila Sport Brabham BT52B BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 M
7 United Kingdom John Watson United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/1C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 M
8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/1C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 M
9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock Germany Team ATS ATS D6 BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 G
11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 94T Renault EF1 V6t 1.5 P
12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 94T Renault EF1 V6t 1.5 P
15 France Alain Prost France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE40 Renault EF1 V6t 1.5 M
16 United States Eddie Cheever France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE40 Renault EF1 V6t 1.5 M
17 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson United Kingdom RAM Racing Team March RAM 01 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 P
22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 183T Alfa Romeo 890T V8t 1.5 M
23 Italy Mauro Baldi Italy Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 183T Alfa Romeo 890T V8t 1.5 M
25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS21 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 M
26 Brazil Raul Boesel France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS21 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 M
27 France Patrick Tambay Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 126C3 Ferrari 021 V6t 1.5 G
28 France René Arnoux Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 126C3 Ferrari 021 V6t 1.5 G
29 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows Racing Team Arrows A6 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
30 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows Racing Team Arrows A6 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
31 Italy Corrado Fabi Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1E Alfa Romeo 1260 V12 3.0 M
32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1E Alfa Romeo 1260 V12 3.0 M
33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero United Kingdom Theodore Racing Team Theodore N183 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
34 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto United Kingdom Theodore Racing Team Theodore N183 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Candy Toleman Motorsport Toleman TG183B Hart 415T L4t 1.5 P
36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli United Kingdom Candy Toleman Motorsport Toleman TG183B Hart 415T L4t 1.5 P
40 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Spirit Racing Spirit 201 Honda RA163-E V6t 1.5 G

Practice OverviewEdit

As expected, the best times in practice were set by the turbo charged cars, with Ferrari the class of the field, Tambay and Arnoux seemingly untouchable in pace.[3] Only Nigel Mansell in the new Team Lotus 94T and Prost were within a second of them in practice, with no non-turbo car getting within four seconds of the two Ferraris.[1] Spirit Racing were struggling with their Honda engine, the only team to fail to set a practice time under 1:40.000.[1]

QualifyingEdit

Arnoux and Tambay found more pace to extend their advantage in pure pace, with Tambay on pole for the second race in a row.[3] Arnoux was to start alongside, while Nigel Mansell claimed third, getting to just outside half a second outside of the Ferraris.[3] Prost slipped to fifth in the session, unable to improve upon his practice time, as title rival Nelson Piquet jumped ahead into fourth.[3] Niki Lauda was the best of the non-turbo cars still, but remained in fourteenth in the timings, with World Champion Keke Rosberg immediately behind him.[3]

Raul Boesel was one of the three to drop out of qualifying, the first time he had failed to qualify for Ligier since he joined them.[3] Johnny Cecotto and Kenny Acheson joined him on the sidelines for the race, which meant that both Osellas qualified for the first time since the team had adopted the Alfa Romeo V12 engine.[3]

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time[1]
Q1 Q2
1 27 FrancePatrick Tambay Ferrari 1:30.358 1:29.871
2 28 FranceRené Arnoux Ferrari 1:29.995 1:29.935
3 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1:31.163 1:30.457
4 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:31.912 1:30.566
5 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:30.841 1:32.187
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:31.770 1:31.440
7 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 1:33.333 1:31.693
8 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 1:31.695 1:31.962
9 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 1:31.802 1:31.769
10 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:32.888 1:31.962
11 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:32.359 1:32.720
12 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:34.818 1:32.451
13 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1:33.754 1:33.211
14 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:34.518 1:36.604
15 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:36.136 1:35.380
16 40 Sweden Stefan Johansson Spirit-Honda 1:40.330 1:35.892
17 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:36.059 1:36.141
18 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:36.347 1:36.079
19 30 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:37.253 1:36.357
20 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:36.435 1:36.437
21 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:36.918 1:36.532
22 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:37.175 1:36.619
23 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:37.858 1:36.772
24 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:37.546 1:37.017
25 32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:38.455 1:37.117
26 31 Italy Corrado Fabi Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:37.650 1:37.217
DNQ 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:37.400 1:37.554
DNQ 34 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:37.677 1:37.497
DNQ 17 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson RAM-Ford Cosworth 1:38.974 1:39.138
Bold indicates a driver's fastest lap


Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Patrick Tambay 2
______________ René Arnoux
Row 2 3 ______________
Nigel Mansell 4
______________ Nelson Piquet
Row 3 5 ______________
Alain Prost 6
______________ Riccardo Patrese
Row 4 7 ______________
Bruno Giacomelli 8
______________ Eddie Cheever
Row 5 9 ______________
Mauro Baldi 10
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 6 11 ______________
Andrea de Cesaris 12
______________ Elio de Angelis
Row 7 13 ______________
Manfred Winkelhock 14
______________ Niki Lauda
Row 8 15 ______________
Keke Rosberg 16
______________ Stefan Johansson
Row 9 17 ______________
John Watson 18
______________ Michele Alboreto
Row 10 19 ______________
Thierry Boutsen 20
______________ Jean-Pierre Jarier
Row 11 21 ______________
Roberto Guerrero 22
______________ Marc Surer
Row 12 23 ______________
Danny Sullivan 24
______________ Jacques Laffite
Row 13 25 ______________
Piercarlo Ghinzani 26
______________ Corrado Fabi

RaceEdit

No changes were made to the starting order after qualifying, with the four championship contenders all starting in the top five of the grid.[4] 

ReportEdit

It was formation flying at the front by Ferrari, as Patrick Tambay led Rene Arnoux into the first corner, followed by Nelson Piquet and Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell having had a bad start was down to fifth.[3] Yet his start was better than that of his team mate, Elio de Angelis, whom spun his wheels at the start and speered into Bruno Giacomelli.[3] De Angelis was out on the spot, while Giacomelli crawled back into the pits to get repair, but would ultimately retire.[3]

After being avoided by the rest of the field, a second incident occured when Piercarlo Ghinzani tried to pass Jacques Laffite at the chicane, putting the Frenchman into a slide.[3] Laffite regained control after hitting the Arrows of Marc Surer, sending the Swiss driver into a spin.[3] Surer's race was then ended by the Tyrrell of Danny Sullivan, whom was left with nowhere to go, hitting the front left corner of the Arrows.[3] Corrado Fabi was next on the scene a breaked heavily, only to have John Watson use him as a brake as well, leaving the Brit without a front wing.[4] Both, however, continued.

As the various parts of Formula One machinery were removed, the battle at the front became tactical, with Tambay and Arnoux holding a slight gap over Piquet and Prost.[3] As the latter pair battled away for third, Arnoux sat behind his team mate, waiting for an opportunity to pass in an excellent display of patience. His chance came on lap 22, as the leaders came up to the Ligier of Jean-Pierre Jarier, with Tambay attempting to get past at the Boshe-Kurve, only to be blocked by his compatriot.[4] Arnoux went wide, hence giving him the advantage into the long left hander that followed, with Tambay now blocked by Jarier and his team mate.[4] A brief break in his battle with Prost meant Piquet had caught up to the Ferraris, so as Arnoux slipped inside his team mate, so did Piquet, pushing a frustrated Tambay down to third.[4]

Tambay's day was to get worse when, on lap 31 he pulled his car in to retire with an oil leak, costing him a potential podium.[4] Piquet, meanwhile, benefitted from an impressive stop, taking the lead from Arnoux, with Prost retaining third.[3] All to soon, however, the BMW engine began to lose power, and so Piquet dropped behind the remaining two title contenders.[3] As the race developed, Prost's team mate, Eddie Cheever also came into play,as his pace made him a serious threat to the wounded Piquet in the latter stages.

Prost gradually closed on former team mate Arnoux as the laps fell away, before making several attempts to get past on lap 48..[4] He finally suceeded as Arnoux slid wide at the Boshe-Kurve, allowing Prost past and into the lead.[4] Prost went on to win, with Arnoux second and Piquet third, the Brazilian denying Cheever a podium by little over half a second.[3] Mansell and Niki Lauda completed the points scorers, with Jarier finishing seventh, two laps down after his involvement in the battle for the race lead.[3]

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 15 France Alain Prost Renault 53 1:24:32.745 5 9
2 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 53 +6.835s 2 6
3 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 53 +27.659s 4 4
4 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 53 +28.395s 8 3
5 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 52 +1 lap 3 2
6 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 51 +2 laps 14 1
7 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford Cosworth 51 +2 laps 20
8 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 51 +2 laps 15
9 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 51 +2 laps 17
10 31 Italy Corrado Fabi Osella-Alfa Romeo 50 +3 laps 26
11 32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 49 +4 laps 25
12 40 Sweden Stefan Johansson Spirit-Honda 48 +5 laps 16
13 30 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Ford Cosworth 48 +5 laps 19
Ret 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 33 Water leak 13
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 31 Out of fuel 11
Ret 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 30 Ignition 1
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 29 Engine 6
Ret 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford Cosworth 25 Gearbox 21
Ret 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford Cosworth 21 Vibrations 24
Ret 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 13 Oil leak 9
Ret 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 8 Accident 18
Ret 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 2 Turbo 10
Ret 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 1 Accident 12
Ret 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 0 Accident 23
Ret 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 0 Accident 22
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 0 Accident 12

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

So Alain Prost left Austria with a fourteen point lead over the rest, although the little Frenchman tried to play down this advantage.[4] Nelson Piquet remained in second, with a three point gap between himself and René Arnoux preventing a French one-two in the championship. Patrick Tambay's retirement meant that he had slipped behind his team mate, with Keke Rosberg holding on to fifth, but now 26 points behind the leader.

Prost and Eddie Cheever's combined tally of 12 points in the Austrian Grand Prix meant that Renault gained the upperhand in the Constructor's Championship. A six point swing in the Frenchmen's favour left Ferrari three points behind, with Brabham holding on to third, but now 24 points behind. McLaren closed the gap to Williams to six points after Niki Lauda claimed sixth, but they were both falling away in pace without the turbo power of the leading three. Both would have to wait for their respective projects with TAG and Honda to be completed in the coming weeks if either was to compete for serious points again.

1983 Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 France Alain Prost 51
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet 37
3 France René Arnoux 33
4 France Patrick Tambay 31
5 Finland Keke Rosberg 25

Only the top 5 drivers are displayed.

1983 Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 France Renault 68
2 Italy Ferrari 65
3 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 41
4 United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 36
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 30

Only the top 5 constructors are displayed.

ReferencesEdit

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V T E 1983 Formula One Season
Teams Williams • Tyrrell • Brabham • McLaren • ATS • Lotus • Renault • RAM • Alfa Romeo • Ligier • Ferrari • Arrows • Osella • Theodore • Toleman • Spirit
Engines Alfa Romeo • BMW • Ferrari • Ford • Hart • Honda • Renault • TAG
Drivers Rosberg • 2 Laffite • 42 Palmer • 3 Alboreto • 4 Sullivan • 5 Piquet • 6 Patrese • 7 Watson • 8 Lauda • 9 Winkelhock • 11 De Angelis • 12 Mansell • 15 Prost • 16 Cheever • 17 Salazar • 17 Villeneuve • 17 Acheson • 18 Schlesser • 22 De Cesaris • 23 Baldi • 25 Jarier • 26 Boesel • 27 Tambay • 28 Arnoux • 29 Surer • 30 Serra • 30 Jones • 30 Boutsen • 31 Fabi • 32 Ghinzani • 33 Guerrero • 34 Cecotto • 35 Warwick • 36 Giacomelli • 40 Johansson
Cars Ferrari 126C2B • Ferrari 126C3 • Renault RE30B • Renault RE30C • Renault RE40 • Brabham BT52 • Williams FW08C • Williams FW09 • McLaren MP4/1C • McLaren MP4/1E • Alfa Romeo 183T • Tyrrell 011B • Tyrrell 012 • Lotus 92 • Lotus 93T • Lotus 94T • Toleman TG183B • Arrows A6 • Theodore N183 • Ligier JS21 • Spirit 201 • ATS D6 • Osella FA1D • Osella FA1E • RAM 01
Tyres Goodyear • Michelin • Pirelli
Races Brazil • U.S. West • France • San Marino • Monaco • Belgium • Detroit • Canada • Britain • Germany • Austria • Netherlands • Italy • Europe • South Africa
See also 1982 Formula One Season • 1984 Formula One Season • Category
Austria Austrian Grand Prix
Circuits Airfield Circuit (1963–1964), Red Bull Ring (1970–1987, 1997-2003, 2014-present)
Circuit Red Bull Ring
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