1982 South African Grand Prix
|1982 South African Grand Prix|
|Race 1 of 16 in the 1982 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||23 January 1982|
Transvaal Province, South Africa
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.104 km (2.55 mi)|
|Distance||77 laps, 316.008 km (196.358 mi)|
|Time||1:08.278 on lap 49|
The prelude to the race was notable for a strike action by the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, led by Niki Lauda and Didier Pironi, in protest at the new superlicence conditions imposed by FISA, which would have tied the drivers to a single team for up to three years. A late compromise was reached and the race went ahead. The drivers were subsequently fined between US$5,000 and US$10,000 and handed suspended race bans; however, the FIA Court of Appeal later reduced the penalties and criticised FISA's handling of the dispute.
Turbocharged cars took the first six positions on the grid. Despite Alain Prost suffering a puncture while leading, he was able to recover to win the race. Lauda, in his first race after two years out of F1, finished fourth.
- To date, this is the last time a Grand Prix has been held in January.
- Last podium for an Argentine driver to date.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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1983 South African Grand Prix