1983 European Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 14 of 15 in the 1983 Formula One season
Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit 1976-1987.png
Date September 25, 1983
Location Brands Hatch, Kent, England
Course Permanent racing facility
4.206 km (2.613 mi)
Distance 76 laps, 319.656 km (198.588 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault
Time 1:12.092
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault
Time 1:14.342 on lap 70
Podium
First Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW
Second France Alain Prost Renault
Third United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault

The 1983 European Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Brands Hatch on September 25, 1983. This race saw Bruno Giacomelli score his final championship point, and was the first race for qualified doctor and current circuit owner Jonathan Palmer. It also took place exactly 22 years before the inaugural A1 Grand Prix event at Brands Hatch, September 25, 2005. It was the only race in F1 history that both Toleman cars finished in the points.

Palmer debuted in a third car for Williams as a one-off appearance.[1] He was Williams' test driver and a works Honda driver that year.[1]

It also was the last appearance of the Theodore Racing team, which left F1 before the next race in South Africa.[2]

Qualifying[edit]

Elio de Angelis qualified on pole with a time that was 2.8 seconds slower than the pole time for the 1982 British Grand Prix at Brands set by Keke Rosberg in the Ground effect Williams FW08. De Angelis' time was also 3.6 seconds faster than Rosberg's pole time for the non-championship Race of Champions held at the circuit earlier in the year.

Lotus and Brabham dominated qualifying, with de Angelis' team mate Nigel Mansell qualifying 3rd and the BMW powered Brabhams of Riccardo Patrese 2nd on the grid and Nelson Piquet 4th. Lotus and Brabham were the only teams to get their cars under 1:13.0 during qualifying. World Championship leader Alain Prost qualified 8th in his Renault RE40, one place behind team mate Eddie Cheever, while separating the top four and Cheever in 7th were the Ferraris of René Arnoux (5th) and Patrick Tambay (6th).

Keke Rosberg, the fastest of the non-turbos in his Ford Cosworth powered Williams, was back in 16th place on the grid almost 3 seconds slower than the Renault turbo powered Lotus of de Angelis. Rosberg's time was 0.8 seconds faster than his Race of Champions pole time set almost 5 months earlier. Kenny Acheson (RAM-Ford), Corrado Fabi (Osella-Alfa Romeo) and Jacques Laffite (Williams-Ford) all failed to qualify while the Theodore-Ford of Johnny Cecotto was withdrawn before the start of the weekend. It was Laffite's second non-qualification in a row after having failed to qualify at the previous race in Italy, and only the third (and last) of his long career. His previous failure to qualify having been in 1975 when he failed to qualify for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:12.342 1:12.092
2 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:13.475 1:12.458 +0.366
3 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1:12.623 1:13.089 +0.531
4 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:12.724 1:13.095 +0.632
5 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 1:13.596 1:13.113 +1.021
6 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:13.898 1:13.157 +1.065
7 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 1:13.592 1:13.253 +1.161
8 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:13.342 1:13.526 +1.250
9 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1:13.679 1:14.750 +1.587
10 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-TAG 1:14.296 1:13.783 +1.691
11 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:14.411 1:13.855 +1.763
12 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 1:15.521 1:13.949 +1.857
13 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:15.266 1:13.972 +1.880
14 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:14.403 1:15.440 +2.311
15 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 1:14.727 1:15.174 +2.635
16 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford 1:14.917 1:15.252 +2.825
17 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 1:15.346 1:15.501 +3.254
18 30 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Ford 1:16.094 1:15.428 +3.336
19 40 Sweden Stefan Johansson Spirit-Honda 1:16.525 1:15.912 +3.820
20 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.134 1:16.640 +4.548
21 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford 1:16.769 1:17.454 +4.677
22 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford 1:17.141 1:16.880 +4.788
23 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford 1:17.177 1:17.593 +5.085
24 32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:17.850 1:17.408 +5.316
25 42 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Williams-Ford 1:17.432 1:17.524 +5.340
26 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.456 1:17.936 +5.364
27 17 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson RAM-Ford 1:17.577 1:18.069 +5.485
28 31 Italy Corrado Fabi Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:19.087 1:17.816 +5.724
29 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford 1:18.467 1:18.261 +6.169
WD 34 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Theodore-Ford
Source:[3]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 76 1:36:45.865 4 9
2 15 France Alain Prost Renault 76 + 6.571 8 6
3 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 76 + 30.315 3 4
4 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 76 + 34.396 14 3
5 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 76 + 44.915 11 2
6 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 76 + 52.190 12 1
7 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 76 + 1:12.684 2  
8 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 75 + 1 Lap 9  
9 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 75 + 1 Lap 5  
10 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 75 + 1 Lap 7  
11 30 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Ford 75 + 1 Lap 18  
12 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford 75 + 1 Lap 21  
13 42 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Williams-Ford 74 + 2 laps 25  
14 40 Sweden Stefan Johansson Spirit-Honda 74 + 2 Laps 19  
15 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford 73 + 3 Laps 23  
Ret 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 67 Spun Off 6  
Ret 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 64 Engine 26  
Ret 32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 63 Throttle 24  
Ret 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 50 Engine 17  
Ret 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford 43 Engine 16  
Ret 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 39 Clutch 15  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-TAG 36 Spun Off 10  
Ret 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford 27 Oil Leak 20  
Ret 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 25 Engine 13  
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 12 Oil Pump 1  
Ret 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford 0 Clutch 22  
DNQ 17 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson RAM-Ford    
DNQ 31 Italy Corrado Fabi Osella-Alfa Romeo    
DNQ 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford        

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "8W - Who? - Jonathan Palmer". Forix.autosport.com. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  2. ^ Roberto Guerrero - Biography
  3. ^ Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1983). AUTOCOURSE 1983–84. Hazleton Publishing Ltd. p. 210. 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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