1982 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 11 of 16 in the 1982 FIA Formula One World Championship
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Date 25 July 1982
Official name 68ème Grand Prix de France
Location Circuit Paul Ricard
Le Castellet, Var, France
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.809 km (3.61 mi)
Distance 54 laps, 313.686 km (194.94 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:34.406
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW
Time 1:40.075 on lap 4
Podium
First Renault
Second Renault
Third Ferrari

The 1982 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Paul Ricard on 25 July 1982. It was the eleventh race of the 1982 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 54-lap race was won from pole position by René Arnoux, driving a Renault. The turbocharged Renaults, Ferraris and Brabham-BMWs took up the first six grid positions, and Arnoux led home a French 1-2-3-4, with team-mate Alain Prost second and the Ferraris of Didier Pironi and Patrick Tambay third and fourth respectively. However, Arnoux achieved his win in sour circumstances: he violated a pre-race agreement that if he and Prost were running first and second respectively, he would let Prost past to aid his Drivers' Championship hopes. Arnoux would leave Renault at the end of the year.

The top six was completed by Keke Rosberg in the Williams-Ford and Michele Alboreto in the Tyrrell-Ford. Pironi's third place enabled him to extend his lead in the Drivers' Championship to nine points, though this would turn out to be his last finish before his career-ending accident at the next race in Germany.

The eleventh lap of this race saw a big accident when Jochen Mass's March and Mauro Baldi's Arrows collided at Signes. Mass's car went through the catch fencing into the tyre walls, then catapulted into a spectator area and caught fire. Mass escaped with burns on his hands, while several spectators were injured. The West German driver retired from Formula One immediately after this race.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16 France René Arnoux Renault 54 1:33:33.217 1 9
2 15 France Alain Prost Renault 54 + 17.308 2 6
3 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 54 + 42.128 3 4
4 27 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari 54 + 1:16.241 5 3
5 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford 54 + 1:30.994 10 2
6 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 54 + 1:32.339 15 1
7 5 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 11  
8 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 9  
9 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 53 + 1 Lap 8  
10 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford 53 + 1 Lap 23  
11 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford 52 + 2 Laps 18  
12 12 United Kingdom Geoff Lees Lotus-Ford 52 + 2 Laps 24  
13 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 52 + 2 Laps 20  
14 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 51 + 3 Laps 16  
15 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 50 + 4 Laps 14  
16 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 49 + 5 Laps 19  
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 25 Spun Off 7  
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 23 Engine 6  
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 17 Fuel System 13  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 13 Electrical 12  
Ret 17 Germany Jochen Mass March-Ford 10 Collision 26  
Ret 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford 10 Collision 25  
Ret 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 8 Engine 4  
Ret 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford 2 Spun Off 22  
Ret 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 0 Halfshaft 17  
Ret 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 0 Electrical 21  
DNQ 33 Netherlands Jan Lammers Theodore-Ford    
DNQ 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford    
DNQ 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford    
DNQ 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford        
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1982 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 


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