1982 German Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 12 of 16 in the 1982 Formula One season
Circuit Hockenheimring-1982.svg
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)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver France Didier Pironi Ferrari
Time 1:47.947
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW
Time 1:54.035 on lap 7
First France Patrick Tambay Ferrari
Second France René Arnoux Renault
Third Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford

The 1982 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Hockenheimring on 8 August 1982. It was won by Patrick Tambay for Scuderia Ferrari.

Race report[edit]

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.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 45 1:27:25.178 5 9
2 16 France René Arnoux Renault 45 + 16.379 3 6
3 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 9 4
4 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 7 3
5 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 44 + 1 Lap 11 2
6 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 26 1
7 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 17  
8 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 21  
9 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 43 + 2 Laps 18  
10 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 43 + 2 Laps 14  
11 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 43 + 2 Laps 25  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 36 Suspension failure 10  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 36 Handling 15  
Ret 5 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford 25 Engine 19  
Ret 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford 22 Tyre 24  
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 21 Handling 13  
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 18 Collision 4  
Ret 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford 17 Collision 22  
Ret 15 France Alain Prost Renault 14 Injection 2  
Ret 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 13 Engine 6  
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 9 Gearbox 8  
Ret 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 8 Fuel System 12  
Ret 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford 6 Fuel System 23  
Ret 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 3 Steering 20  
Ret 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford 3 Clutch 16  
DNS 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 0 Practice accident 1  
DNS 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford
DNQ 33 Republic of Ireland Tommy Byrne Theodore-Ford    
DNQ 17 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan March-Ford    
DNQ 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart        

Standings after the race[edit]

  • 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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