1982 San Marino Grand Prix

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Italy  1982 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 16 in the 1982 Formula One season
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Date April 25, 1982
Official name 2° Gran Premio di San Marino
Location Autodromo Dino Ferrari
Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.040 km (3.132 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 302.400 km (187.902 mi)
Pole position
Driver France René Arnoux Renault
Time 1:29.765
Fastest lap
Driver France Didier Pironi Ferrari
Time 1:35.036 on lap 44
Podium
First France Didier Pironi Ferrari
Second Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari
Third Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford

The 1982 San Marino Grand Prix was the fourth race of the 1982 Formula One World Championship. It was held on the weekend of April 23–25, 1982 at the Autodromo Dino Ferrari, Imola. The race was marked by a boycott of many teams as part of a political war, unrelated to the event itself, involving the two dominant forces within the sport, the FISA and the FOCA, which caused the field for this race to be only 14 cars. It was Gilles Villeneuve's final race, as he was killed at the following race in Belgium.

Summary[edit]

In a decision relating to the 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix, Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg were excluded for their cars' crafty use of water tanks as ballast to keep them under the weight limit during race conditions. An immediate outcry from the Formula One Constructors Association (FOCA) followed, and as the decision happened after the USGP West it was decided that the next race would be boycotted, and that race was Imola.

While most FOCA-aligned teams, such as Brabham, McLaren, Williams and Lotus boycotted the race, four teams– Tyrrell, Osella, ATS and Toleman– broke their stated boycott and started the race anyway.

Even with these teams defecting and starting the race, there were only 14 starters for the San Marino Grand Prix, of which at the time only the Ferraris and Renaults were considered competitive teams. This did not discourage the tifosi, maybe even the opposite, since it improved Ferrari's chances, and the venue was full of spectators.

Despite the Renaults of René Arnoux and Alain Prost qualifying 1-2, their cars failed in the race leaving Ferrari occupying the top two positions with Gilles Villeneuve leading Didier Pironi. The third-placed Tyrrell of Michele Alboreto was far behind, so Ferrari ordered their drivers to slow down to minimize the risk of mechanical failure or running out of fuel. Villeneuve believed this order also meant that the cars were to maintain position on the track, with Villeneuve ahead of Pironi. However, Pironi believed that the cars were free to race, and passed Villeneuve. Villeneuve believed that Pironi was simply trying to spice up an otherwise dull race, and duly re-passed his teammate, assuming that he would then hold station for the remainder of the race. Thus, Villeneuve failed to protect the inside line going into the Tosa corner on the final lap, and Pironi passed him to take the win. Villeneuve was irate at what he saw as Pironi's betrayal, although opinion inside the Ferrari team was split over the true meaning of the order to slow down. Villeneuve's expression was sullen on the podium, enraged by Pironi's actions. He was quoted afterwards as saying, "I'll never speak to Pironi again in my life." They proved to be prophetic words, as he was still not on speaking terms with his teammate when he died during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix two weeks later.

Manfred Winkelhock was disqualified for his car being underweight in post-race scrutineering.

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:29.765
2 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:30.249 + 0.484
3 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:30.717 + 0.952
4 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:32.020 + 2.255
5 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:33.209 + 3.444
6 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:33.230 + 3.465
7 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:33.397 + 3.632
8 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:33.503 + 3.738
9 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 1:34.336 + 4.571
10 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:34.647 + 4.882
11 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford 1:35.262 + 5.497
12 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford 1:35.790 + 6.025
13 32 Italy Riccardo Paletti Osella-Ford 1:36.228 + 6.463
14 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford 1:36.434 + 6.669

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 60 1:36:38.887 4 9
2 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 60 + 0.366 3 6
3 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 60 + 1:07.684 5 4
4 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 59 + 1 Lap 9 3
5 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford 57 + 3 Laps 14 2
DSQ 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford 54 Disqualified 12  
NC 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 52 Not classified 10  
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 44 Turbo 1  
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 24 Engine 6  
Ret 32 Italy Riccardo Paletti Osella-Ford 7 Suspension 13  
Ret 15 France Alain Prost Renault 6 Engine 2  
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 4 Electrical 7  
Ret 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford 0 Transmission 11  
Ret 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 0 Electrical 8  

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-16. 


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