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 The 1983 German Grand Prix, publicised as the XLII Großer Preis von Deutschland, was the tenth round of the 1983 Formula One World Championship, held at the Hockenheimring in West Germany.[1] A fourth straight pole for Ferrari (going to Patrick Tambay) resulted in the sixth career victory for René Arnoux , after his team mate had fallen early on with an engine failure.[1] 

Also on the podium were Andrea de Cesaris and Riccardo Patrese, while championship leader Alain Prost extended his lead to nine points by finishing fourth.[1] Niki Lauda finished fifth but was later disqualfied, promoting John Watson and Jacques Laffite into the points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

A three week gap between Silverstone and Hockenheim allowed many teams to test their creations.[1] Williams handed a drive to a little known, but rising, talent named Ayrton Senna, giving the youngster a chance in a fully fledged Formula One car for the first time.[1] Brabham were another team giving out drives, although their age pool included the rather older Stirling Moss among other potential drivers.[1]

With no changes to the entry list, however, Germany would not witness a comeback for the British legend, although there were several rumours of changes to come.[1] Patrick Tambay was thought to be out of favour at Ferrari, with Michele Alboreto the favourite to replace him for 1984.[1] Arrows were also the focus of some discussion, with the era of the turbo beginning to reach the smaller teams causing some to speculate they would be fitting BMW engines in their cars the following year.[1] At Spirit Racing, meanwhile, Honda had given permission for the team to compete in the second half of the season, despite their initial wishes to keep the development of their engine as secret as possible.[2]

The Championship standings, on another note, saw Alain Prost bring a six point lead with him to the Geramn circuit, with Nelson Piquet and Tambay chasing him on 33 and 31 respectively. Keke Rosberg, defending World Champion, was a further six points back, but his chances of taking the title were looking thin at best, with René Arnoux slowly closing the gap to the leading Frenchman. The French were also on top in the Constructor's battle, with Renault's tally of 53 giving them a three point lead over the Italian Ferraris.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1983 German 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 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 93T 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

The legendary straights and fast layout of the Hockenheimring was expected, as it had been the year before, to give the turbo equipped cars an advantage, and one which was duly demonstrated in practice.[2] It was an all Italian affair at the front, with Tambay topping Arnoux in the Ferraris, while Andrea de Cesaris set the third fastest time of the day for Alfa Romeo.[2] Problems for Manfred Winkelhock, meanwhile, prevented him from setting a time at all in the ATS at his home race.[2]

QualifyingEdit

A wet qualifying session meant that the times from practice stood, handing Ferrari their fourth pole position in a row (and their second straight front-row lockout).[1] De Cesaris was to start from an impressive third, with Alain Prost alongside him in fourth.[1] Keke Rosberg was, once again, the best placed of the runners using a normally aspirated engine, while Stefan Johansson took the Spirit-Honda to thirteenth, one place behind the Finn.[1]

Winkelhock's problems persisted into qualifying, meaning he failed to set at time (although his chances of qualifying, given the conditions, were probably non-existent), with Corrado Fabi and Kenny Acheson joining him.[1] It was also a difficult day for John Watson, with the Brit well off the pace and starting from 23rd, although the last time the man from Northern Ireland had started there, he had won the race (that race being the 1983 United States Grand Prix West).

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time[2]
Q1 Q2
1 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:49.329 2:10.057
2 28 FranceRené Arnoux Ferrari 1:49.435 2:09.594
3 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:50.845 2:16.694
4 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:51.082 2:16.969
5 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:51.228 2:13.620
6 16 United States Addie Cheever Renault 1:51.540 2:09.752
7 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 1:51.867 2:15.218
8 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:52.105 No TIme
9 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:54.199 2:13.461
10 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 1:54.648 No TIme
11 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:54.831 2:14.182
12 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:55.289 2:13.337
13 40 Sweden Stefan Johansson Spirit-Honda 1:55.870 No TIme
14 30 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:56.015 No Time
15 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:56.318 2:15.838
16 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:56.398 2:15.547
17 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1:56.490 No Time
18 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:56.730 No Time
19 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:57.018 2:15.326
20 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:57.072 No Time
21 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:57.426 2:18.376
22 34 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:57.744 2:15.753
23 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:57.776 No TIme
24 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:57.790 2:17.479
25 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:58.413 No TIme
26 32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:58.473 2:19.172
DNQ 17 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson RAM-Ford Cosworth 1:59.003 2:20.758
DNQ 31 Italy Corrado Fabi Osella-Alfa Romeo 2:01.113 2:22.859
DNQ 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW No TIme
Bold indicates a driver's fastest lap


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

RaceEdit

No changes were made to the starting order before the race, with the warm-up suggesting that the race would be a straight fight between the Ferraris.[1]

ReportEdit

Off the line, all was even between the scarlet cars, with Patrick Tambay holding onto the lead through the first lap.[1] René Arnoux sat in second, but continued to threaten his team mate, while Andrea de Cesaris slotted into third.[1] A bad start for Nelson Piquet (with temperature issues causing problems for the Brabham) saw him drop to fifth behind Alain Prost, while Roberto Guerrero's race ended before the end of the first lap after an engine failure.[3]

Piquet was quick to recover, however, and was in third before the end of the lap, with de Cesaris now in the sights of Prost at the start of the second lap.[3] A few laps later and the championship leader was past the Italian, before a rather more agressive manoeuver saw his team mate Eddie Cheever get past a lap later.[3] While they were squabbling, Arnoux made a dive for the lead at the first chicane, emerging from the tight combination with the lead, Tambay dropping to second.[3]

Arnoux was quick to build a gap to his team mate, which was helped by a developing problem for the number 27 which ultimately caused him to retire on lap 12.[3] It was an engine failure for Tambay, with similar issues meaning he was joined by Elio de Angelis and the Spirit of Stefan Johansson in retirement on the same lap.[3] Prost opted for an early stop at this point, hoping to close the distance to Piquet, with Arnoux stopping a few laps later.[3]

Niki Lauda, meanwhile, showed a rare misjudgement at his stop, missing the garage by some distance.[3] The Austrian quickly got the McLaren into reverse and into his pitbox, but this move was generally met with disqualification from the race.[3] At the front, meanwhile, Piquet had stayed out, and his late stop meant he was closer to Arnoux than he had been before.[1]

Piquet began to eat into Arnoux's lead, gaining steadily over ten laps.[1] Then, with three laps to go and the Ferrari in sight, flames shot out of the back of the BMW engine, meaning the Brazilian was out of the race.[3] It left Arnoux with a huge lead at the front with little more than 12 miles to go, with de Cesaris promoted to second and Riccardo Patrese, Piquet's team mate, now in third, the latter two having jumped Prost despite the Frenchman's early stop.[3]

Untroubled, Arnoux swept across the line a few minutes later, taking his second victory in three races for Ferrari, with de Cesaris running out of fuel as he crossed the line for second.[3] Patrese claimed third after a quiet afternoon (incredibly scoring points for the first time in 1983) with Prost fourth, Lauda in fifth and John Watson, from 23rd, in sixth.[1] Lauda was, however, duly disqualified for having reversed in the pits, meaning Watson was classified in fifth, and Jacques Laffite, for Williams, was promoted to sixth.[1]

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 45 1:27:10.319 2 9
2 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 45 +1:10.652 3 6
3 6 Italy RIccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 45 +1:44.093 8 4
4 15 France Alain Prost Renault 45 +2:00.750 5 3
DSQ 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 44 Disqualified 18
5 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 lap 23 2
6 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 lap 15 1
7 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 lap 20
8 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 lap 19
9 30 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 lap 14
10 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 lap 12
11 34 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Theodore-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 lap 22
12 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 43 +2 laps 21
13 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet* Brabham-BMW 42 Engine/Fire 4
Ret 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 38 Fuel 6
Ret 32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 34 Oil 26
Ret 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford Cosworth 27 Engine 25
Ret 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 24 Turbo 7
Ret 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 19 Turbo 10
Ret 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 17 Engine 9
Ret 40 Sweden Stefan Johansson Spirit-Honda 11 Engine 13
Ret 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 11 Engine 1
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 10 Engine 11
Ret 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 4 Fuel 16
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1 Engine 17
Ret 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford Cosworth 0 Engine 24

* Piquet was still classifed despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Alain Prost extended his lead to nine points by finishing fourth, with Nelson Piquet failing to score. Patrick Tambay remained in third, although his team mate René Arnoux was the man with momentum behind him, climbing above Keke Rosberg to claim fourth, just three behind Tambay. John Watson closed in on the twenty point barrier for McLaren, but was well out of the title race on current form.

In the Constructor's championship, Ferrari overtook Renault courtesy of Arnoux's victory, now three points ahead of the Frenchmen. Brabham also moved up, with a three point swing in their favour in their battle with Williams thanks to Riccardo Patrese's podium. McLaren remained in a lonely fifth, seven points adrift of their British based rivals, and thirty behind the Italian team.

1983 Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 France Alain Prost 42
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet 33
3 France Patrick Tambay 31
4 France René Arnoux 28
5 Finland Keke Rosberg 25

Only the top 5 drivers are displayed.

1983 Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 Italy Ferrari 59
2 France Renault 56
3 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 37
4 United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 36
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 29

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
Germany German Grand Prix
Circuits Nürburgring (1951–1954, 1956–1958, 1960–1969, 1970–1976, 1985, 2007–2013*), AVUS (1959), Hockenheimring (1970, 1977–1984, 1986–2006, 2007–2014*, 2016)
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* Nürburgring and Hockenheim alternated between each other during these years.

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