Grand Prix Classic

Round 4 - San Marino Grand Prix
Imola, 23-25 April, 1982
Team-by-Team Review

Tyrrell 011-Cosworth
3. Michele Alboreto (It)
4. Brian Henton (GB)

New sponsorship from Candy and Imola Ceramica persuades FOCA team to ignore boycott and compete. Rewarded by now customary fine performance from Alboreto. Starts fifth, and spends early stages harassing Prost. Fourth when the Renault retires, and third on lap 45 after Arnoux follows. Finishes there, unlapped, for first ever podium appearance. Up to joint third in championship. Brian Henton replaces Slim Borgudd in second car, as the Swede fails to attract any sponsors. Qualifies 11th, but out almost straight way when clutch breaks at start.

ATS D5-Cosworth
9. Eliseo Salazar (Chi)
10. Manfred Winkelhock (Ger)

Bittersweet meeting. Team owner Gunther Schmidt decides to compete, fed up with British focus of key FOCA members. Problems with tyre supply (Avon not present, so the team forced to rely on used stock) restrict Winkelhock to 12th and Salazar to last in qualifying. Better in the race - both drivers dice with Fabi and Jarier for sixth, but have to pit - Salazar to repair gear linkage, Winkelhock long stop to have ignition fixed. Both continue to the finish - Salazar 5th, three laps down for best ever result, and Winkelhock 6th and last classified runner, six laps behind. However, Winkelhock is subsequently disqualified for an underweight car - only 2kg under limit, most likely due to oil loss at pit stop - the first victim of the new regulations.

Renault RE30B-Renault
15. Alain Prost (Fr)
16. Rene Arnoux (Fr)

Much to chagrin of Tifosi, Renault dominate practice, despite difficult Friday when both cars break down and drivers have to share the T-car. Arnoux fastest and Prost second. Latter down to 4th by end of the first lap and drops back with down on power engine, unable to escape Alboreto and withdrawing to the pits after only 7 laps to retire. Arnoux does much better, generally having the better of a fantastic three-way battle with the Ferraris for most of the race until engine lets go in a big way when leading on lap 45.

Alfa Romeo 182-Alfa Romeo
22. Andrea de Cesaris (It)
23. Bruno Giacomelli (It)

Hugely disappointing meeting for team on home ground, and against reduced opposition. Giacomelli/de Cesaris only qualify 6th and 7th in reduced field; the team complains that lead ballast needed to bring the car up to the regulation weight has upset the balance (meaning they had been running underweight at Long Beach...). After a good start de Cesaris briefly into sixth, but passed by Giacomelli and Fabi before pitting with problem at the end of second lap. Problem traced to fuel pump. Six laps lost trying to fix problem, unsuccessfully as de Cesaris completes only another lap before retiring. Giacomelli unable to catch Alboreto and is running in distant 5th when engine seizes, lap 25.

Ferrari 126C2-Ferrari
27. Gilles Villeneuve (Can)
28. Didier Pironi (Fr)

In front of adoring crowd the Ferraris (with no sign of their staggered wing) are unable to beat the Renaults in practice, with just-married Pironi crashing while trying, and Villeneuve actually managing to set his brake discs on fire. More luck in the race, where both pass Prost immediately and get into a thrilling battle with Arnoux which lasts from lap 12 to the Renault expiring on lap 45, with the three cars generally only covered by a couple of seconds; Villeneuve takes the lead on lap 27, loses it on lap 30, regains it when Arnoux retires. Both then ordered to slow down by team, but make only a token effort before taking up the cudgels again; Pironi takes the lead, lap 46; Villeneuve retakes it, lap 48; Pironi back in front lap 52; Villeneuve once again leads lap 59. They seem set to hold station, but Pironi nips past again at Tosa on final lap and takes his first Ferrari win by under four tenths of a second from furious Villeneuve. Superb result, but soured by a complete disintegration of relationship between the drivers.

Osella FA1C-Cosworth
31. Jean-Pierre Jarier (Fr)
32. Riccardo Paletti (It)

Team ignores FOCA strike to compete in home race, with primarily Italian backers a consideration, though Enzo Osella felt marginalised in the British-dominated organisation anyway. Jarier qualifies well in 9th (second-best DFV runner), while Paletti starts 13th, his Grand Prix debut a given thanks to the reduced entry. Sadly, the young bespectacled Italian stalls on the dummy grid. Restarts not long before the other runners reach their grid slots, and misses the start. Doesn't catch the rest of the field before the car's suspension breaks on lap 8. Jarier has a much better time, after a poor start dropped him to 12th. Repasses Salazar and then scraps with Winkelhock behind Fabi. To 7th when the Toleman pits, then past Winkelhock to 6th. Promoted to 4th by Giacomelli/Prost retirements and finishes there, 1 lap down, after trouble-free run to score the team's first-ever points.

Toleman TG181C-Hart
35. Derek Warwick (GB)
36. Teo Fabi (It)

New Cougar branding (but little funding, as Cougar are simply one of Ted Toleman's many operations). Fabi (rumoured to be driving his last race for the team before being replaced by Rupert Keegan) only able to make 12th on the grid when his engine fails in qualifying, but Warwick respectable 8th within a couple of tenths of the Alfas and ahead of cars which usually qualify comfortably for Grand Prix. While qualification was ensured for both anyway (Fabi making his first start after three DNQs), that the team improved their relative position (with owner Toleman present) is uplifting. Sadly, it all falls apart on race day. Warwick's car has electrical failure on formation lap, and fails to make the start, stranded out on the circuit. Fabi runs very well early on, moving up to 8th at the start, and is in 6th and capably fending off Jarier and Winkelhock after Prost and de Cesaris retire. Forced to pit on lap 19 due to broken boost control. Repaired in lengthy stop and sent on his way several laps down. Runs well but unable to make up any ground, finishing 8 laps down and unclassified. Designer Rory Byrne working on new lighter TG182 for second half of the season.