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 The 1983 Monaco Grand Prix served as the fifth meeting of the 1983 Formula One Season, with the city of Monte Carlo hosting the race.[1] A wet start to proceedings caused several teams to opt for wet tyres, with Williams the only major team to bolt a set of slicks to their cars.[2] The gamble paid off, as Keke Rosberg claimed victory, ahead of Nelson Piquet and an improving Alain Prost.[2]

Rosberg's win is also notable for the fact that his son, Nico, went on to take the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix victory at the same circuit thirty years later.[1] This feat meant that they were the first father and son duo to win the Monaco Grand Prix.[1]

BackgroundEdit

The grid remained unchanged from the San Marino Grand Prix two weeks earlier, with 28 cars entering the race.[2] However, due to the restrictive nature of the circuit, the organisers decided to limit the number of grid places to 20, and so it would be a battle to see whom could survive the bigger elimination section.[2] The only change on the development front was at McLaren, whom brought an updated set of Cosworth DFY engines to the principality, hoping to close the gap to the turbo field.[2]

In the 1983 World Championship, the standings were notably in favour of Alain Prost, whom, despite being tied on 15 points with Nelson Piquet, was getting the results to match his pace in the Renault. Patrick Tambay's win at Imola meant he sat a point behind them in third, while John Watson and Niki Lauda were one point apart in fourth and fifth respectively. Ferrari sat atop the Constructor's table, although McLaren were just a point behind with Renault closing the gap. Brabham and Williams completed the top five in the table.


Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1983 Monaco 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 93T Renault EF1 V6t 1.5 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 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 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 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

Practice OverviewEdit

Because of the reduced grid capacity, practice served as an elimination session to reduce the field to 26 cars for the full qualifying session.[2] As it turned out, the two Theodores were not running too well, with both Johnny Cecotto and Roberto Guerrero failing to set a time.[1] Otherwise, the session ran smoothly, with Alain Prost setting the fastest lap of the day, as expected.[2]

QualifyingEdit

The main qualifying session itself was meant to reduce the field from 26 down to 20.[2] However, Saturday saw a down pour, meaning that no one could improve their times from practice, and hence meant that Prost was on pole, with former team mate Rene Arnoux lining up alongside.[2] Eddie Cheever beat the second Ferrari of Patrick Tambay, while Keke Rosberg had secured fifth and was the best of the non-turbo cars.[2]

But the biggest story was further down, in the eliminated section of the session. McLaren had struggled in the Thursday practice session with their Michelin tyres, with Niki Lauda in 22nd and John Watson 23rd.[2] A strong Saturday was needed for them to avoid elimination, but the rain prevented them from improving, meaning both McLarens were eliminated for the first time in a qualifying session.[2] They were joined on the side lines by the Osellas of Corrado Fabi and Piercarlo Ghinzani (whom was slower than his team mate despite the V12 Alfa Romeo engine in his car), Eliseo Salazar in the RAM, and Bruno Giacomelli in the second Toleman.[2]

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time[1]
Q1 Q2
1 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:24.840 1:52.845
2 28 FranceRené Arnoux Ferrari 1:25.182 1:52.183
3 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 1:26.279 1:52.434
4 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:26.298 1:53.987
5 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:26.307 1:52.000
6 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:27.273 1:56.736
7 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:27.680 1:54.335
8 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford Cosworth 1:27.726 1:53.580
9 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:27.906 1:55.986
10 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:28.017 No Time
11 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:28.256 2:00.969
12 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:28.346 1:56.836
13 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 1:28.639 1:56.398
14 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:28.721 1:56.560
15 30 Brazil Chico Serra Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:28.784 No Time
16 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1:28.975 2:01.178
17 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:29.200 No TIme
18 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:29.222 1:59.110
19 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:29.518 1:56.762
20 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:29.530 2:09.076
DNQ 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 1:29.552 No Time
DNQ 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:29.898 1:52.448
DNQ 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:30.283 1:53.772
DNQ 31 Italy Corrado Fabi Osella-Ford Cosworth 1:30.495 No Time
DNQ 17 Chile Eliseo Salazar RAM-Ford Cosworth 1:31.229 No Time
DNQ 32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:35.572 No TIme
DNPQ 34 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Theodore-Ford Cosworth No TIme
DNPQ 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford Cosworth No Time
Bold indicates a driver's fastest time


Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Alain Prost
René Arnoux ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Eddie Cheever
Patrick Tambay ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Keke Rosberg
Nelson Piquet ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Andrea de Cesaris
Jacques Laffite ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Jean-Pierre Jarier
Derek Warwick ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Michele Alboreto
Marc Surer ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Mauro Baldi
Nigel Mansell ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Chico Serra
Manfred Winkelhock ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Riccardo Patrese
Raul Boesel ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Elio de Angelis
Danny Sullivan ______________

RaceEdit

The morning before the race saw heavy rain, although as the start time approached, the circuit was beginning to dry up.[1] Most teams, including Brabham, Ferrari and Renault, opted to play it safe and fit wet tyres to their cars.[1] Only the Williams cars of Keke Rosberg and Jacques Laffite, and the Toleman of Derek Warwick, were fitted with slicks on for the start, meaning it would be hero or zero for the reigning World Champion on the opening lap.[2]

ReportEdit

As it turned out, that trio made the correct choice, as Rosberg leapt from fifth to second off the line, and soon slid his way past Prost on the second lap.[2] It was a clean get away throughout the field, until Nigel Mansell and Michele Alboreto came together at the Swimming Pool before the end of the first lap.[2] A further accident claimed Manfred Winkelhock and Raul Boesel on the third lap, as the slick shod cars began to take the initative.[2]

By lap seven, the minds of the wet tyred teams were made up, with a mass exodus into the pits to change.[2] Only Rosberg, Laffite, Marc Surer and Warwick stayed out (Arnoux came into the pits to retire after hitting the wall on lap six).[2] Rosberg pulled well ahead of his team mate, whom established a gap over Surer and Warwick as they battled for third.[2] The order would remain unchanged, however, as Nelson Piquet and Prost (who both somehow managed to stay on the lead lap) led the charge back up to the front.[2]

By lap 49, Piquet had caught the back of Warwick, whom was becoming increasingly frustrated in his attempts to get past Surer.[2] Coming into Sainte Devote, Warwick attempted to get inside of the Arrows, although had nowhere to go when Surer closed the door into the corner.[2] Surer hit the wall and was out, with Warwick limping back to the pits to retire, leaving Piquet with a clean run to the back of Laffite.[2]

Piquet was then gifted second a few laps later, as Laffite suffered a gearbox failure, which also meant that Prost was promoted to third.[2] The order remained unchanged until the end, with Patrick Tambay the only other man to stay on the lead lap, finishing fourth.[2] Danny Sullivan and Mauro Baldi claimed the remaining points, although they were both two laps down, as was the only other finisher, Chico Serra.[2]

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Cosworth 76 1:56:38.121 5 9
2 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 76 +18.475s 6 6
3 15 France Alain Prost Renault 76 +31.366s 1 4
4 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 76 +1:04.297 4 3
5 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 74 +2 laps 20 2
6 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 74 +2 laps 13 1
7 30 Brazil Chico Serra Arrows-Ford Cosworth 74 +2 laps 15
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 64 Electrical 17
Ret 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford Cosworth 53 Gearbox 8
Ret 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford Cosworth 49 Accident 12
Ret 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 49 Accident 10
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 49 Halfshaft 19
Ret 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford Cosworth 32 Suspension 9
Ret 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 30 Engine 3
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 13 Gearbox 7
Ret 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 6 Suspension 2
Ret 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford Cosworth 3 Accident 18
Ret 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 3 Accident 16
Ret 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 0 Accident 11
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford Cosworth 0 Accident 14

MilestonesEdit

  • First time that both McLarens had failed to qualify for a Grand Prix in qualifying.

Standings after raceEdit

1983 Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet 21
2 France Alain Prost 19
3 France Patrick Tambay 17
4 Finland Keke Rosberg 14
5 United Kingdom John Watson 11

Only the top 5 drivers are displayed.

1983 Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 Italy Ferrari 25
2 France Renault 23
3= United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 21
3= United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 21
3= United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth 21

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
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