1983 French Grand Prix

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France  1983 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 15 in the 1983 Formula One season
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Date April 17, 1983
Location Paul Ricard Circuit
Course Permanent racing facility
5.809 km (3.61 mi)
Distance 54 laps, 313.686 km (194.94 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver France Alain Prost Renault
Time 1:36.672
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost Renault
Time 1:42.695 on lap 34
Podium
First France Alain Prost Renault
Second Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW
Third United States Eddie Cheever Renault

The 1983 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Paul Ricard on April 17, 1983.

French driver Alain Prost won the race for the Renault team, and this was the French marque's 3rd French Grand Prix win in a row and the 4th in 5 seasons. Second was the Brabham-BMW of 1981 World Champion Nelson Piquet, with Prost's Renault team mate Eddie Cheever finishing third. Rounding out the points finishers were Patrick Tambay in his Ferrari, and the non-turbo Williams' of Keke Rosberg and Jacques Laffite.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:38.358 1:36.672
2 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 1:38.980 1:39.785 +2.308
3 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:41.095 1:39.104 +2.432
4 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 1:40.027 1:39.115 +2.443
5 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:39.512 1:39.312 +2.640
6 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:39.601 1:39.746 +2.929
7 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:38.099† 1:39.611 +2.939
8 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 1:41.215 1:39.618 +2.946
9 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:43.038 1:39.881 +3.209
10 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1:40.233 1:44.997 +3.561
11 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:40.393 1:40.488 +3.721
12 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford 1:41.065 1:41.492 +4.393
13 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 1:42.219 1:41.775 +5.103
14 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:41.838 1:42.448 +5.166
15 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:42.177 1:43.317 +5.505
16 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford 1:42.450 1:42.551 +5.778
17 34 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Theodore-Ford 1:43.552 1:42.615 +5.943
18 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1:43.320 1:42.650 +5.978
19 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford 1:43.295 1:42.678 +6.006
20 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford 1:42.808 1:42.737 +6.065
21 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 1:42.962 1:44.346 +6.290
22 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford 1:43.367 1:43.602 +6.695
23 31 Italy Corrado Fabi Osella-Ford 1:45.638 1:43.411 +6.739
24 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford 1:44.317 1:43.654 +6.982
25 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford 1:44.470 1:44.905 +7.798
26 30 Brazil Chico Serra Arrows-Ford 1:44.778 1:45.859 +8.106
27 17 Chile Eliseo Salazar RAM-Ford 1:45.073 2:02.335 +8.401
28 32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:46.541 1:45.812 +9.140
28 18 France Jean-Louis Schlesser RAM-Ford 1:45.866 1:46.102 +9.194
Source:[1]
  • † — Time disallowed

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 France Alain Prost Renault 54 1:34:13.913 1 9
2 5 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 54 + 29.720 6 6
3 16 United States Eddie Cheever Renault 54 + 40.232 2 4
4 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 54 + 1:06.880 11 3
5 1 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 16 2
6 2 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 19 1
7 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 53 + 1 Lap 4  
8 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 15  
9 25 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 20  
10 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 21  
11 34 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Theodore-Ford 52 + 2 Laps 17  
12 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 50 + 4 Laps 7  
13 36 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 49 Gearbox 13  
Ret 26 Brazil Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford 47 Engine 25  
Ret 31 Italy Corrado Fabi Osella-Ford 36 Engine 23  
Ret 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 36 Turbo 10  
Ret 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford 29 Wheel bearing 12  
Ret 23 Italy Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 28 Spun Off 8  
Ret 30 Brazil Chico Serra Arrows-Ford 26 Gearbox 26  
Ret 33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Theodore-Ford 23 Engine 22  
Ret 4 United States Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford 21 Clutch 24  
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 20 Electrical 5  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 19 Water Leak 3  
Ret 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 14 Engine 9  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 6 Physical 18  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 3 Engine 14  
DNQ 17 Chile Eliseo Salazar RAM-Ford  
DNQ 32 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford    
DNQ 18 France Jean-Louis Schlesser RAM-Ford        

Standings after the race[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • Pole sitter Alain Prost was more than 2 seconds faster in qualifying than second placed Eddie Cheever.
  • The first Grand Prix front row start for Cheever
  • Ferrari blew 8 engines in practice.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1983). AUTOCOURSE 1983–84. Hazleton Publishing Ltd. p. 116. ISBN 0-905138-25-2. 
  2. ^ "Overtaking Maneuvers at France 83". YouTube. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 

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


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