1983 British Grand Prix

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United Kingdom  1983 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 15 in the 1983 Formula One season
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Date 16 July 1983
Official name XXXVI Marlboro British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, Great Britain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.719 km (2.932 mi)
Distance 67 laps, 316.173 km (196.461 mi)
Pole position
Driver France René Arnoux Ferrari
Time 1:09.462[1]
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost Renault
Time 1:14.212[2] on lap 32
Podium
First France Alain Prost Renault
Second Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW
Third France Patrick Tambay Ferrari

The 1983 British Grand Prix (formally the XXXVI Marlboro British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 16 July 1983. It was the ninth race of the 1983 Formula One season.

Report[edit]

Qualifying saw the Ferraris fill the front row with René Arnoux beating Patrick Tambay by over 0.6 seconds. Championship leader Alain Prost in the Renault was third, with Elio de Angelis in the Lotus alongside him on the second row. The two Brabhams made up the third row with Riccardo Patrese ahead of Nelson Piquet, while on the fourth row were Eddie Cheever in the second Renault and Manfred Winkelhock in the ATS. Completing the top ten were Andrea de Cesaris in the Alfa Romeo and Derek Warwick in the Toleman. Further down the grid, the Spirit team with its Honda turbo engine made an impressive debut as Stefan Johansson qualified 14th, ahead of both McLarens and just one place behind reigning World Champion Keke Rosberg in the Williams.

At the start of the race, Tambay moved ahead of Arnoux, while de Angelis quickly retired with a turbo failure. Cheever's engine failed two laps later, while Johansson dropped out on lap 5 with fuel system problems. When Patrese's turbo gave up on lap 9, Piquet moved up to fourth behind the Ferraris and Prost, with de Cesaris up to fifth and Winkelhock sixth. Prost overtook Arnoux on lap 14, followed by Piquet five laps later. Then, on lap 20, Prost passed Tambay for the lead, with Piquet moving into second on lap 31. In the later stages of the race, Winkelhock's engine failed and de Cesaris dropped behind team-mate Mauro Baldi, while Nigel Mansell, who had qualified only 18th in the second Lotus, made a charge through the field, passing Arnoux for fourth on lap 48. At the chequered flag, Prost was 19 seconds ahead of Piquet with Tambay, Mansell, Arnoux and Niki Lauda completing the top six.

In the Drivers' Championship, Prost doubled his lead over Piquet to six points, with Tambay two points further back. Renault moved into the outright lead of the Constructors' Championship, three points ahead of Ferrari.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 1:10.436 1:09.462
2 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:10.874 1:10.104 +0.642
3 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:10.170 1:10.808 +0.708
4 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:10.771 1:11.114 +1.309
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:11.246 1:10.881 +1.419
6 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:11.098 1:10.933 +1.471
7 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 1:11.055 1:11.520 +1.593
8 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1:13.493 1:11.687 +2.225
9 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:13.163 1:12.150 +2.688
10 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:12.528 1:12.541 +3.066
11 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 1:14.006 1:12.860 +3.398
12 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 1:13.792 1:13.422 +3.960
13 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford 1:13.755 +4.293
14 40 Sweden Stefan Johansson Spirit-Honda 1:15.535 1:13.962 +4.500
15 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford 1:14.267 1:15.118 +4.805
16 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:14.651 1:14.970 +5.189
17 30 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Ford 1:14.964 1:15.686 +5.502
18 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1:16.377 1:15.133 +5.671
19 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 1:15.135 1:15.350 +5.673
20 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford 1:15.234 1:16.762 +5.772
21 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford 1:15.441 1:15.317 +5.855
22 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford 1:15.386 1:16.134 +5.924
23 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford 1:15.449 1:16.347 +5.987
24 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:15.609 1:16.091 +6.147
25 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford 1:15.383† 1:15.767 +6.305
26 32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:17.162 1:16.544 +7.082
27 34 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Theodore-Ford 1:16.714 1:16.786 +7.252
28 31 Italy Corrado Fabi Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:20.400 1:17.594 +8.132
29 17 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson RAM-Ford 1:19.267 1:18.103 +8.641
Source:[3]
  • † — Time disallowed.

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 France Alain Prost Renault 67 1:24:39.780 3 9
2 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 67 + 19.161 6 6
3 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 67 + 26.246 2 4
4 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 67 + 38.952 18 3
5 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 67 + 58.874 1 2
6 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford 66 + 1 Lap 15 1
7 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 66 + 1 Lap 11  
8 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 66 + 1 Lap 9  
9 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 66 + 1 Lap 24  
10 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford 65 + 2 Laps 25  
11 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford 65 + 2 Laps 13  
12 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford 65 + 2 Laps 20  
13 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 65 + 2 Laps 16  
14 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford 65 + 2 Laps 23  
15 30 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Ford 65 + 2 Laps 17  
16 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford 64 + 3 Laps 21  
17 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 64 + 3 Laps 19  
Ret 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 49 Engine 8  
Ret 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford 48 Suspension 22  
Ret 32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 46 Fuel System 26  
Ret 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 27 Gearbox 10  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 9 Turbo 5  
Ret 40 Sweden Stefan Johansson Spirit-Honda 5 Fuel System 14  
Ret 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 3 Engine 7  
Ret 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 3 Turbo 12  
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1 Turbo 4  
DNQ 34 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Theodore-Ford    
DNQ 31 Italy Corrado Fabi Osella-Alfa Romeo    
DNQ 17 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson RAM-Ford        

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1992). Grand Prix! Vol 4. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 187. ISBN 0-85429-733-2. 
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1992). Grand Prix! Vol 4. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 190. ISBN 0-85429-733-2. 
  3. ^ Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1983). AUTOCOURSE 1983–84. Hazleton Publishing Ltd. p. 174. ISBN 0-905138-25-2. 

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-17. 


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