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 The 1983 Brazilian Grand Prix was the first meeting of the 1983 Formula One Season, held at the Jacarepaguá circuit in Brazil.[1] Despite a pre-season dominated by Renault (a dominace that meant that the championship looked set to be theirs), Nelson Piquet took a home victory in the BMW backed Brabham, as Keke Rosberg, reigning World Champion, was disqualified after a push-start in the pitlane.[1]

BackgroundEdit

After the disasterous 1982 season, which saw two drivers (Gilles Villeneuve and Riccardo Paletti) lose their lives, and Didier Pironi have his promising career cut short, the Brazilian Grand Prix of 1983 was the first opportunity for the F1 World to move on. The winter saw engine deals as the main priority, with the age of the turbo dawning throughout the field. The prime example of this was Williams, who ran with Cosworth engines at Brazil as they waited for the their deal with Honda (whom backed Spirit Racing to develop the new engine) to come to fruition.[1] 

Cars were also being redesigned to conform to the new "flat bottom" regulations that had been introduced to outlaw "Ground effect" (low pressure air created underneath the car that effectively sucked the car to the track).[1] Team Lotus were hit hard in the winter when Colin Chapman (founder and cheif designer) died in December, hurting the development of the new car, and harming the morale of the team.[1] Brabham, meanwhile, launched the BT52, having successfully negotiated with BMW for the renewal of their engine deal.[1]

The winter also saw many changes on the driver front, with Rene Arnoux the major talking point, joining Ferrari after his relationship with Alain Prost at Renault fell apart.[1] Prost was joined by Eddie Cheever, whose former team Ligier (who also lost Matra as engine supplier, Talbot as main sponsor, and Jacques Laffite to Williams) took on Jean-Pierre Jarier and Raul Boesel as their drivers.[1] Tyrrell gave Danny Sullivan a drive after their new sponsor Benetton suggested that he partner Michele Alboreto, while ATS reduced to a single car with Manfred Winkelhock as their only driver (Eliseo Salazar secured a drive with RAM March for the year).[1] Bruno Giacomelli was pushed out of Alfa Romeo and joined Derek Warwick at Toleman, with many other new faces joining the 1983 grid in Brazil.[1]

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1983 Brazilian 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 011B 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 BT52 BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 M
6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Fila Sport Brabham BT52 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 92 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 P
12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 92 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 P
15 France Alain Prost France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE30C Renault EF1 V6t 1.5 M
16 United States Eddie Cheever France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE30C Renault EF1 V6t 1.5 M
17 Chile Eliseo Salazar 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 126C2B Ferrari 021 V6t 1.5 G
28 France René Arnoux Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 126C2B 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 Brazil Chico Serra United Kingdom Arrows Racing Team Arrows A6 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
31 Italy Corrado Fabi Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 M
32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 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

Practice OverviewEdit

Unlike in 1982, practice would serve as a qualifying session, meaning that if a driver set a faster time in the practice session then they did in qualifying, that time would be used.[1] In 1982, this was only applied in races where the entry list was over 30 cars, with cars eliminated based on time.[1] Regardless, the 28 car entry list meant that no-one was eliminated before the main qualifying session.[1]

QualifyingEdit

Despite the en-masse move to turbo power, it would be the ever so eternal Cosworth DFV engine that powered Keke Rosberg to pole, a feat he only achieved once in his championship season.[1] He beat the turbo powered Alain Prost and Patrick Tambay, with Niki Lauda the next non-turbo runner in ninth.[1]

The 26 car grid limit meant that two drivers were eliminated, with Piercarlo Ghinzani (in his first full season of F1 with Osella) not quite quick enough to beat the cut.[1] He was joined by Andrea de Cesaris in the Alfa Romeo, who had been safely through, before being excluded from the results after missing a weight check during the session.[1]

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time[2]
Q1 Q2
1 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:34.526 1:35.276
2 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:34.672 1:34.873
3 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:34.993 1:34.758
4 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:35.815 1:35.114
5 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:35.206 No Time
6 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 1:36.390 1:35.547
7 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:35.958 1:36.827
8 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 1:37.005 1:36.051
9 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:36.054 1:36.900
10 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 1:36.126 1:36.652
11 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:38.757 1:36.291
12 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:38.828 1:36.392
13 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:40.056 1:36.454
14 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:37.237 1:36.694
15 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 1:36.747 No Time
16 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:37.844 1:36.977
17 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:38.741 1:37.729
18 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:38.234 1:38.725
19 34 Colombia Johnny Cecotto Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:38.378 1:39.178
20 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:40.255 1:38.488
21 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:39.697 1:38.686
22 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:42.098 1:39.154
23 30 Brazil Chico Serra Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:41.472 1:39.965
24 31 Italy Corrado Fabi Osella-Ford Cosworth 1:41.316 1:40.309
25 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1:42.292 1:41.153
26 17 Chile Eliseo Salazar RAM-Ford Cosworth 1:44.357 1:41.478
DNQ 32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford Cosworth 1:46.964 1:42.267
EXC 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris* Alfa Romeo Excluded
Bold indicates a driver's fastest lap

* de Cesaris was excluded from the results after failing to attend a weight chech during qualifying.

RaceEdit

Although de Cesaris and Alfa Romeo attempted to fight the exclusion, the decision was upheld meaning there were no last minute changes to the grid.[1] Brabham would once again use a pitstop strategy for the race, something they had experimented with since the British Grand Prix the previous year.[1] Elio de Angelis would change his car after the parade lap, meaning he missed the start, and was later disqualified from the result.[1]

Report Edit

Rosberg streaked ahead at the start from Prost in the Renault and Nelson Piquet (who jumped the slow starting Tambay), while Mauro Baldi and Michele Alboreto came together and delayed the second half of the field.[1] Piquet soon dispatched of Prost on the second lap, before sweeping past Rosberg on lap seven, not to be seen again until his stop on lap 40.[1] The race soon settled down, with various technical issues affecting the lower placed cars as the race went on.[1]

Rosberg had a scare when his car caught fire during his pit stop (Williams had also decided that a pit stop strategy would suit the Brazilian Grand Prix as well as Brabham), which saw the Finn leap out of his car.[1] The fire was relatively minor, however, and Rosberg quickly got back into the car.[1] However, the team had to push-start the car, so although Rosberg was still in the race (now out of the points), whether he would be disqualified remained unclear.[1]

Prost had since taken over second, having only changed tyres during his stop.[1] However, the delicate Renault required nursing (a fact proved by team mate Eddie Cheever whose suffered a turbo failure on lap 40), meaning he soon fell victim to Niki Lauda.[1] Lauda ran without stopping, and his pace declined near the end of the race, meaning the charging Rosberg caught him with a few laps to spare.[1]

Piquet ran on untroubled at the front, however, and claimed a fairly easy victory at his home race (made more satisfying after his disqualification the previous year).[1] Rosberg was still throwing the Williams at every turn to claim second, while Lauda casually crossed the line for third.[1] Prost had faded badly over the final couple of laps, falling behind Jacques LaffitePatrick Tambay and Marc Surer, whom claimed the final points.[1]

However, Rosberg was later excluded from the result as a result of his push start, with the team deciding to appeal against the decision.[1] This would normally mean that the order would be changed, with Lauda being promoted to second, however the officials decided that second place would not be awarded at all.[1]

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 63 1:48:27.731s 3 9
DSQ 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 63 Push Start 1 -
3 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 63 +51.883s 9 4
4 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford Cosworth 63 +1:13.951 18 3
5 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 63 +1:18.117 3 2
6 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 63 +1:18.207 20 1
7 15 France Alain Prost Renault 62 +1 lap 2
8 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 62 +1 lap 5
9 30 Brazil Chico Serra Arrows-Ford Cosworth 62 +1 lap 23
10 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 62 +1 lap 6
11 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 62 +1 lap 21
12 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 61 +2 laps 22
13 34 Colombia Johnny Cecotto Theodore-Ford Cosworth 60 +3 laps 19
14 17 Chile Eliseo Salazar RAM-Ford Cosworth 59 +4 laps 26
15 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 59 +4 laps 25
NC 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford Cosworth 53 Not Classified 14
Ret 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 41 Brakes 8
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 34 Engine 16
Ret 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford Cosworth 25 Engine 17
Ret 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 23 Accident 10
Ret 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford Cosworth 22 Suspension 12
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 19 Exhaust 7
Ret 31 Italy Corrado Fabi Osella-Ford Cosworth 17 Engine 24
Ret 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 16 Spin 15
Ret 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 7 Engine 11
DSQ 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Cosworth 60 Changed Car 13

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

1983 Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet 9
2 Austria Niki Lauda 4
3 France Jacques Laffite 3
4 France Patrick Tambay 2
5 Switzerland Marc Surer 1

Only the top 5 drivers are displayed.

1983 Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 9
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 4
3 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 3
4 Italy Ferrari 2
5 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1

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
V T E Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix
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