1982 German Grand Prix
|Race 12 of 16 in the 1982 Formula One season|
|Date||August 8, 1982|
|Official name||XLII Großer Preis von Deutschland|
|Location||Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, West Germany|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
6.797 km (4.223 mi)
|Distance||45 laps, 299.068 km (185.832 mi)|
|Time||1:54.035 on lap 7|
Hockenheim had been modified from the year before, with the first chicane being made slower and another chicane added to slow cars through the very fast Ostkurve. Didier Pironi set the fastest practice time, but was seriously injured in qualifying for this Grand Prix and never raced in Formula One again. With the track wet thanks to persistent showers, Pironi was on a quick lap when his Ferrari hit the back of Alain Prost's slow moving Renault at high speed, vaulting over the top of it. While surviving the accident intact, it had a profound affect on Prost who never forgot the sight of the Ferrari flying over his car, the crash firming his views on driving F1 cars in the wet where visibility was virtually zero if behind another car.
Thanks to Hockenheim's long straights, the turbo-charged cars were overwhelmingly dominant in qualifying. Not only did turbo-charged cars take up the first 6 grid positions, but the utmost proof of this was the slowest turbo qualifier Riccardo Patrese, placing 6th, driving a Brabham-BMW was 3.1 seconds faster than the fastest non-turbo qualifier, 7th placed Michele Alboreto, driving a Ford-Cosworth powered Tyrrell.
Since Ferrari never withdrew the injured Pironi, pole position was left empty at the start. Nelson Piquet led the race, but collided with Eliseo Salazar while lapping him at the new Ostkurve chicane. After the two cars came to a stop, an irate Piquet quickly climbed out of his Brabham, approached Salazar, and then punched and kicked Salazar in a rage, which continued for some time after the collision. Patrick Tambay, driving the lone Ferrari, won his first Formula One race.
|2||16||René Arnoux||Renault||45||+ 16.379||3||6|
|3||6||Keke Rosberg||Williams-Ford||44||+ 1 Lap||9||4|
|4||3||Michele Alboreto||Tyrrell-Ford||44||+ 1 Lap||7||3|
|5||23||Bruno Giacomelli||Alfa Romeo||44||+ 1 Lap||11||2|
|6||29||Marc Surer||Arrows-Ford||44||+ 1 Lap||26||1|
|7||4||Brian Henton||Tyrrell-Ford||44||+ 1 Lap||17|
|8||14||Roberto Guerrero||Ensign-Ford||44||+ 1 Lap||21|
|9||12||Nigel Mansell||Lotus-Ford||43||+ 2 Laps||18|
|10||35||Derek Warwick||Toleman-Hart||43||+ 2 Laps||14|
|11||20||Chico Serra||Fittipaldi-Ford||43||+ 2 Laps||25|
|Ret||7||John Watson||McLaren-Ford||36||Suspension failure||10|
|Ret||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Ford||21||Handling||13|
|Ret||22||Andrea de Cesaris||Alfa Romeo||9||Gearbox||8|
|Ret||25||Eddie Cheever||Ligier-Matra||8||Fuel System||12|
|Ret||30||Mauro Baldi||Arrows-Ford||6||Fuel System||23|
|DNS||28||Didier Pironi||Ferrari||0||Practice accident||1|
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-17.
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