1982 Austrian Grand Prix

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1982 Austrian Grand Prix
Race 13 of 16 in the 1982 Formula One World Championship
The Österreichring (last modified in 1977)
The Österreichring (last modified in 1977)
Race details
Date 15 August 1982
Official name XV Holiday Großer Preis von Österreich
Location Österreichring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.942 km (3.692 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 314.926 km (195.686 mi)
Weather Sunny, hot
Pole position
Driver Brabham-BMW
Time 1:27.612
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW
Time 1:33.699 on lap 5
Podium
First Lotus-Ford
Second Williams-Ford
Third Ligier-Matra

The 1982 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 15 August 1982 at the Österreichring in Spielberg, Styria, Austria. The race, contested over 53 laps, was the thirteenth race of the 1982 Formula One season and was won by Elio de Angelis, driving a Lotus-Ford. De Angelis held off Keke Rosberg's Williams-Ford to win by just 0.05 seconds, or less than half a car length. Jacques Laffite finished third in a Ligier-Matra, one lap behind.

Report[edit]

A chicane had been added at the entrance to the pits earlier in the year. Nelson Piquet's Brabham led into the first corner from pole position, while Renault's Alain Prost passed Piquet's team-mate Riccardo Patrese for second. Further back, there was a collision which eliminated the two Alfa Romeos of Andrea de Cesaris and Bruno Giacomelli, as well as the Williams of Derek Daly. Prost's advantage over Patrese lasted only a few corners before the Italian re-passed him. On lap 2, Patrese took the lead from Piquet and the two Brabhams immediately began to pull away on their half-full tanks.

Shortly before half distance, Piquet made the first planned mid-race fuel and tyre pit stop in modern F1 history. He rejoined in fourth place, behind Prost and Elio de Angelis, and just ahead of Keke Rosberg. Shortly afterwards, Patrese made his stop, having built up a sufficient lead to rejoin the race still in first place. However, the Italian suffered an engine failure three laps later, leaving Prost to inherit a comfortable lead from de Angelis.

Piquet was back up to third but was now in trouble, unable to make any inroads into the leaders and struggling to stay ahead of Rosberg. On lap 32, the Brazilian retired with an electrical failure. Free of the Brabham, Rosberg began closing in on de Angelis, who at this point was ten seconds ahead.

Prost was leading by half a minute when on lap 49, five from the end, his Renault suffered a mechanical failure. This left de Angelis and Rosberg – neither of whom had won a Grand Prix before – battling for the lead. At the start of the last lap de Angelis was 1.6 seconds ahead. Rosberg closed rapidly on the final tour and was right on the Lotus's gearbox heading into the final corner, the Rindt Kurve. De Angelis calmly defended the inside line, but slid wide on the exit of the corner. Rosberg dived inside on the home straight, only to come up short by 0.050 seconds, or less than half a car length.

De Angelis joyfully celebrated his maiden win, while Rosberg had nonetheless boosted his Driver's Championship chances, moving into second place ahead of John Watson, who had suffered an engine failure. Ligier's Jacques Laffite completed the podium, coming home a lap down, while Patrick Tambay was fourth in the sole Ferrari, having recovered from a puncture early in the race. Watson's McLaren team-mate Niki Lauda was fifth, with Mauro Baldi taking the final point in his Arrows.

This was the 150th World Championship race victory for the Cosworth DFV engine. However, it was also to be the last hailed by Colin Chapman's famous act of throwing his cloth cap into the air after a Lotus victory, as Chapman would die four months later.[1] It was also the last win by a Chapman-built Lotus, and the team's last win until the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:27.612
2 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:27.971 +0.359
3 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:28.864 +1.252
4 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:29.522 +1.910
5 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:30.261 +2.649
6 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford 1:30.300 +2.688
7 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:31.626 +4.014
8 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:31.814 +4.202
9 5 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford 1:32.062 +4.450
10 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford 1:32.131 +4.519
11 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:32.308 +4.696
12 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1:32.881 +5.269
13 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:32.950 +5.338
14 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:32.957 +5.345
15 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:33.208 +5.596
16 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford 1:33.555 +5.943
17 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:33.971 +6.359
18 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:34.164 +6.554
19 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford 1:34.184 +6.572
20 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 1:34.187 +6.575
21 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 1:34.422 +6.810
22 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 1:34.620 +7.008
23 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford 1:34.715 +7.103
24 17 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan March-Ford 1:34.770 +7.158
25 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford 1:34.984 +7.372
26 33 Republic of Ireland Tommy Byrne Theodore-Ford 1:34.985 +7.373
27 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford 1:35.149 +7.537
28 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 1:35.206 +7.594
29 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford 1:35.271 +7.659

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 53 1:25:02.212 7 9
2 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford 53 + 0.050 6 6
3 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 52 + 1 Lap 14 4
4 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 4 3
5 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 10 2
6 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 23 1
7 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 51 + 2 Laps 20  
8 15 France Alain Prost Renault 48 Injection 3  
9 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 44 Engine 18  
Ret 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford 32 Engine 19  
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 31 Electrical 1  
Ret 33 Republic of Ireland Tommy Byrne Theodore-Ford 28 Spun Off 26  
Ret 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 28 Engine 21  
Ret 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 27 Engine 2  
Ret 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 22 Engine 22  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 17 Engine 12  
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault 16 Injection 5  
Ret 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford 15 Spun Off 25  
Ret 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 7 Suspension 15  
Ret 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 7 Transmission 17  
Ret 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford 6 Spun Off 16  
Ret 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1 Spun Off 8  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan March-Ford 1 Steering 24  
Ret 5 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford 0 Collision 9  
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 11  
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 13  
DNQ 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford        
DNQ 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford        
DNQ 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford        
Source:[2]

Lap leaders[edit]

Nelson Piquet 1 (1), Riccardo Patrese 26 (2-27), Alain Prost 21 (28-48), Elio de Angelis 5 (49-53).

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "100 Greatest Grands Prix: 95 – 1982 Austrian GP". Motor Sport. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  2. ^ "1982 Austrian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.


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