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 The 1983 Dutch Grand Prix was the twelfth race of the 1983 Formula One Season, held at Zandvoort in the Netherlands.[1] Having qualified on pole, Nelson Piquet was put out of the race by championship leader Alain Prost in a clumsy move on the 42nd lap, allowed René Arnoux and Patrick Tambay to take a one-two for Ferrari.[1] John Watson claimed the last non-turbo podium until the 1988 Canadian Grand Prix, and one which also be his last visit to the rostrum in his career.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Two weeks between the Austrian and Dutch Grand Prix saw numerous stories emerge off the track.[1] Alain Prost was tipped to be moving from Renault and joining Ferrari , linking up once again with René Arnoux despite their falling out in 1982.[1] Williams, meanwhile, confirmed that Keke Rosberg and Jacques Laffite would be driving for them in 1984, although news of their Honda engine was yet to surface.[1]

The biggest news, and a piece that would affect the Dutch Grand Prix, came from McLaren, however, as they lauched their new MP4/1E chassis.[1] This was an important step for the British team, as it meant that they would be using the TAG-Porsche engine in a race for the first time, with Niki Lauda chosen to drive the new car at Zandvoort.[1] Their expectations were limited, however, as the team looked to see that the engine would last the race rather than score meaningful points (although they could but hope).[1]

Prost, meanwhile, brought a fourteen point lead with him in the Championship over Nelson Piquet, with the Brazilian three ahead of Arnoux. Patrick Tambay was a further three behind, maintaining an outside chance of the title, with Rosberg now considered to be out of the title hunt, despite still having a mathematical chance. Ferrari and Renault continued their battle in the Constructor's Championship, with the Frenchmen three ahead of the Italians coming to Zandvoort. Brabham were next, but were now unlikely to take the title, and were now in a battle with Williams, and McLaren, to hold on to third.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1983 Dutch 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 MP4/1E TAG TTE PO1 V6t 1.5 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

Practice showed that the turbo was to be in fine form around the sand dunes at Zandvoort, as the fastest thirteen cars all had the help of turbo power.[3] Particularly impressive were the Team Lotus cars of Elio de Angelis and Nigel Mansell, both of whom got into the top five with their Renault engines.[3] The TAG turbo set the fifteenth fastest time, with Niki Lauda a second quicker than team mate John Watson (using the Ford Cosworth DFV engine as usual), as no non-turbo car managed to set a time under 1:20.000 in practice.[3]

QualifyingEdit

It had been five straight pole positions for Ferrari coming into the Netherlands, but Saturday in Zandvoort belonged to Nelson Piquet, whose time of 1:15.630 saw him take pole position from title rival Patrick Tambay.[1] Elio de Angelis dropped to third after being fastest in practice, beating Alain Prost and team mate Nigel Mansell in the Renault powered battle.[1] René Arnoux was left in tenth, a second off team mate Tambay's pace, while Marc Surer claimed the honour of being the fastest non-turbo car, qualifying in fourteenth.[1]

Niki Lauda took nineteenth in the TAG powered McLaren, and was therefore beaten by the Ford Cosworthpowered McLaren of team mate John Watson (fifteenth).[1] Out of qualifying went Piercarlo Ghinzani in the second OsellaJohnny Cecotto in the second Theodore, and Kenny Acheson in the RAM, with seven and a half seconds covering first to 29th in qualifying.[1]

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time[3]
Q1 Q2
1 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:17.194 1:15.630
2 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:16.857 1:16.370
3 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:16.411 No Time
4 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:16.611 1:16.642
5 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1:16.721 1:16.711
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:17.544 1:16.940
7 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:17.198 1:17.666
8 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:17.233 1:17.552
9 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1:18.086 1:17.306
10 28 FranceRené Arnoux Ferrari 1:18.202 1:17.397
11 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 1:18.067 1:17.676
12 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 1:17.887 1:17.885
13 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 1:18.642 1:17.902
14 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:20.153 1:19.696
15 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:21.010 1:19.787
16 40 Sweden Stefan Johansson Spirit-Honda 1:20.447 1:19.966
17 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:21.395 1:19.979
18 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:20.149 1:20.282
19 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:20.169 1:21.050
20 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:21.592 1:20.190
21 30 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:20.145 1:20.257
22 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:20.381 1:20.247
23 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:20.666 1:20.391
24 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:21.738 1:20.660
25 31 Italy Corrado Fabi Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:22.047 1:20.815
26 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:20.863 1:20.842
DNQ 32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:21.763 1:20.926
DNQ 34 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:21.734 1:20.955
DNQ 17 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson RAM-Ford Cosworth 1:23.425 1:23.093
Bold indicates a driver's fastest lap

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RaceEdit

After qualifying, it was reported that Arnoux had been suffering from engine issues, although Ferrari opted not to change it before the race.[1] As such, the grid order remained unchanged, with Nelson Piquet hoping to close the gap to Alain Prost in the championship.

ReportEdit

A stunted start for Patrick Tambay gave Piquet an immediate advantage to take the lead off the line, with Eddie Cheever (through a combination of timing and Tambay's bunching) flying into second from eleventh.[1] Prost climbed into third, with the second Brabham of Riccardo Patrese leading Andrea de Cesaris in the lead Alfa Romeo.[1] Elio de Angelis and Nigel Mansell got their wheels together at several points off the line, with the two Lotus 94Ts tumbling down the order, while Tambay registered in a distant 21st place at the end of the first lap.[1]

An opportunistic move by Patrese saw him take third from Prost early on, before taking the second placed Renault of Cheever on lap 8.[1] De Cesaris had dropped out with engine failure on the sixth lap, much to the Italian's disappointment, which meant Arnoux was now on the tail of Prost.[1] A quick exchange of moves saw Arnoux sieze the advantage going into the hairpin, with the former Renault driver sweeping past the Championship leader and setting off after Cheever.[1]

The TAG engined McLaren of Niki Lauda, meanwhile, opted to have a brake failure on lap 25, ending a race which looked set to end in the tail end of the points, while John Watson and Tambay were making large steps through the field as the pitstop window approached.[1] Back at the front of the field, and Arnoux was now challenging Cheever for third, taking the Renault at the same place as he took Prost, before quickly drawing onto the back of Patrese.[1] On lap 22, Arnoux battled his way past the Italian, taking second as the pitstops came closer.[1]

The stops began on lap 38, after Patrese had fallen to Cheever on increasingly worn tyres.[1] Piquet had a flawless stop to emerge in the lead, although he was under pressure as Prost emerged in second, just behind the Brabham after traffic and the usual pitstop chaos.[1] On lap 42, however, Prost made an error that ended both of their races.[1] In the run up to Tarzan, Prost got to the inside of Piquet, braking as hard as he could on the dirt, causing him to slide.[1] With nowhere to go, and having braked too late, Prost slammed into the Brabham, putting the innocent Piquet out of the race, with Prost continuing.[1] It was not too long before Prost retired aswell, however, with his front wing folding underneath the car and causing the Frenchman to slide out of the race half a lap later.[1]

In the aftermath of their coming together, Arnoux now led from Patrese, with Tambay and Watson having battled up to third and fourth.[1] Derek Warwick was a distant fifth with Mauro Baldi and Michele Alboreto in relatively close company, although the order would not change until the 70th lap.[1] In what turned into a dismal day for Brabham, Patrese suffered a turbo failure with two laps to go, promoting Tambay to second and Watson to third.[1]

With that, Arnoux and Patrese came home to record the first one-two for Ferrari since the fateful 1982 San Marino Grand Prix, with Watson grabbing what turned out to be his last podium place.[1] Warwick held on to a lonely fourth place for Toleman, with Baldi and Alboreto claiming the final points.[1]

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 72 1:38:41.950 10 9
2 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 72 +20.839s 2 6
3 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 72 +43.741s 15 4
4 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 72 +1:16.839 7 3
5 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 72 +1:24.292 12 2
6 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 71 +1 lap 18 1
7 40 Sweden Stefan Johansson Spirit-Honda 70 +2 laps 16
8 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 70 +2 laps 14
9 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese* Brabham-BMW 70 Turbo 6
10 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford Cosworth 70 +2 laps 24
11 31 Italy Corrado Fabi* Osella-Alfa Romeo 68 Engine 25
12 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford Cosworth 68 +4 laps 20
13 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli* Toleman-Hart 68 Spin 13
14 30 Belgium Thierry Boutsen* Arrows-Ford Cosworth 65 Engine 21
Ret 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 53 Ignition 23
DSQ 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 50 Disqualified 9
Ret 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 41 Accident 1
Ret 15 France Alain Prost Renault 41 Accident 4
Ret 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 39 Electrical 11
Ret 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford Cosworth 37 Handling 17
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 26 Spin 5
Ret 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 25 Brakes 19
Ret 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 20 Engine 26
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 12 Electrical 3
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 5 Engine 8
Ret 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford Cosworth 3 Suspension 22
  • * Patrese, Fabi, Giacomelli and Boutsen were all classified despite retiring.
  • Winkelhock was judged to have overtaken on the parade lap, and was immediately disqualifed from the race on lap 51.[1]

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

With Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet failing to score, the biggest mover in the table was René Arnoux courtesy of his victory. A nine point swing in his favour meant he jumped ahead of Piquet and was now eight behind his former team mate Prost with three races to go. Patrick Tambay also gained in the title battle, moving level on points with Piquet on 37, with those two remaining fourteen points behind Prost. Keke Rosberg's title defence was now over, requiring three wins without Prost scoring at all.

The one-two for Ferrari was also a significant step in the Constructor's Championship, as the Italian team moved 12 points clear as Renault failed to score any points at all. Brabham held on to third, although they and Williams (both of whom failed to score in the Netherlands) were now underpressure from McLaren in the battle for third, after John Watson's podium closed the now turbo aided team to within two points of the latter.

1983 Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 France Alain Prost 51
2 France René Arnoux 43
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet 37
4 France Patrick Tambay 37
5 Finland Keke Rosberg 25

Only the top 5 drivers are displayed.

1983 Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 Italy Ferrari 80
2 France Renault 68
3 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 41
4 United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 36
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 34

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 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix
Circuits Zandvoort (1948-1985)
CircuitZandvoort1980
Formula One Races 1952 • 1953 • 1954 • 1955 • 1956-1957 • 1958 • 1959 • 1960 • 1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985
Non-Championship Races 1948 • 1949 • 1950 • 1951

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