Grand Prix Classic

Round 6 - Monaco Grand Prix
Monaco, 20-23 May, 1982
Team-by-Team Review

Brabham BT50-BMW
1. Nelson Piquet (Brz)
Brabham BT49D-Cosworth
2. Riccardo Patrese (It)

Continued uncertainty about which car to run after the BT50's poor performance at Zolder sees team arrive with two BMW-engined cars for Piquet and two Cosworth-engined cars for Patrese. Suitably contrasting fates in the race. Piquet, finding BMW power delivery too fitful to suit the track, starts only 13th. With gearbox trouble, is unable to keep with the Ligiers and then comes under pressure from Elio de Angelis before retiring from 10th place on lap 50 when gearbox breaks up. Patrese much better. Second on the grid; down to 3rd at the start, then passed by Prost lap 2. Back into second after Arnoux retirement, and challenges Prost on a couple of occasions without passing. Eight seconds behind when Prost crashes, and then leads, only to spin and stall two laps from the end. Pushed out of the way of traffic by marshals, and able to restart in third. Moves up as he passes sidelined de Cesaris and Pironi to take his first ever Grand Prix win, as the only driver on the lead lap.

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

The now-customary superb job from Alboreto in year-old car - qualifies excellent 9th. Up to 7th at the start and 5th when Arnoux retires. Passed by Rosberg, but remains in the points, only to retire from 5th, lap 66 when suspension fails. Classified 10th. Henton failing to improve significantly on Borgudd's performances. Qualifies passable 17th, over a second slower than Alboreto. Runs near the tail of the field, surviving a puncture, to come home 8th, four laps down, for first Tyrrell finish.

Williams FW08-Cosworth
5. Derek Daly (Ire)
6. Keke Rosberg (Fin)

The form of Patrese and the Alfa Romeos pushes the team down the pecking order. Rosberg qualifies 6th, Daly 8th. Rosberg passed by Alboreto at the start, but regains the place on lap 23 at Saint Devote. Out of touch with the leaders, but closes on de Cesaris later in the race when the Alfa Romeo slows. Unable to pass, and slips into the wall when the track gets wet, damaging suspension and retiring for the first time in 1982. Daly has eventful afternoon. Passed by Mansell at the start, but fends off Watson until the McLaren disappears. Runs steadily to move into the points when Rosberg retires. Rear-ends the car soon afterwards, losing the rear wing, but continues, driving cautiously but nevertheless making up time. Baulked by de Angelis but makes up places as others retire, and briefly seems on track for second, with only the recovering Patrese still running ahead of him. However, further off-road incident wipes out front-left wing at Rascasse, and is unable to restart due to gearbox damage caused in first crash. Classified 6th for first Williams point, however.

McLaren MP4B-Cosworth
7. John Watson (GB)
8. Niki Lauda (Aut)

Despite hopes that the nimble MP4B and experienced drivers will run well at Monaco, McLaren simply never on the pace all weekend. Lauda starts 12th, Watson 10th. Watson unable to pass Daly, when Lauda spends early stages behind Winkelhock before passing the German. Neither makes much progress, though, before having engine problems - Watson out with oil leak after long stop, lap 36. Lauda retires in the pits lap 57 when he feels the Cosworth tighten.

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

Chassis seems to be adapting to Michelin tyres nicely. Winkelhock out-qualifies senior team-mate for fifth race in succession, starting 14th, while Salazar is last successful qualifier in 20th. Winkelhock makes a good start to run 12th, holding off Lauda for several laps, but retires from same position on lap 14 with broken differential at Saint Devote. Salazar races ahead of Surer and Henton but stops on lap 23 when onboard fire extinguisher activates and he pulls in halfway up the hill, abandoning car.

Lotus 91-Cosworth
11. Elio de Angelis (It)
12. Nigel Mansell (GB)

Lotus 91 and Nigel Mansell suit the circuit, qualifying 11th with de Angelis 15th. Good start sees Mansell up to 9th and keeping within respectable distance of Rosberg. Into 6th, lap 34 but clips a wall four laps later and has long pit stop to repair wheel and mounts before continuing. Then runs at a fast pace making up places through attrition, and is especially impressive on slippery track later in the race. Catches and passes de Angelis on last lap to finish 4th, two laps down. Elio de Angelis less impressive. Spends early race trying to get past Piquet's struggling Brabham, holding up leaders and taking off part of Pironi's nose in the process. Later holds up Daly and Prost, getting a desultory nudge off the Renault in the process. Up to 4th when the retirements begin to mount up, but passed by Mansell on last lap to finish 5th, two laps down and in several drivers' bad books.

Ensign N181-Cosworth
14. Robert Guerrero (Col)

Withdrawal of Avon leaves the team without a tyre supplier. Bernie Ecclestone promises to help push through a Goodyear deal, but not in time for Monaco. Instead, with limited running on spare Avons from Belgian Grand Prix, Roberto Guerrero unsurprisingly fails to qualify. Cash-strapped team badly need some good luck.

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

The usual fine qualifying performance sees Arnoux take the team's fifth pole position in six races, with Prost third. Arnoux leaps away at the start, but Prost down to 4th behind Giacomelli. Passes the Alfa lap 2, then Patrese lap 3, and leaves everyone else behind. Arnoux still leading comfortably until lap 14, when he spins after hitting a kerb, stalls and can't restart. Prost takes over the lead, and holds it well despite being severely held up by first de Angelis and then Piquet and then de Angelis again. With comfortable cushion in closing stages pushes too hard exiting Harbour chicane, goes nose-first into barrier and rips two wheels off the car, injuring his foot in the process. For once the cars ran without problems, only to lose a certain win (and probable 1-2) due to driver errors. Team has now not scored since Brazil.

March 821-Cosworth
17. Jochen Mass (Ger)
18. Raul Boesel (Brz)
19. Emilio de Villota (Sp)

March buy all existing Avon tyre stock in a bid to improve performance. It doesn't seem to work. Emilio de Villota and Raul Boesel fail to make it past Thursday morning prequalifying session. Mass does - fastest - despite having to switch to spare, but is only 23rd quickest in qualifying proper, and goes no further.

Fittipaldi F8D-Cosworth
20. Chico Serra (Brz)

After joy of Zolder, Chico Serra has to join prequalifiers in Thursday morning session. Only 8th fastest out of 9 and is therefore not allowed to carry on in official timed sessions. Bad news for Fittipaldi team, badly in need of funds.

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

Narrow-body 182B again present, and again largely ignored by drivers who do well enough in standard version. Giacomelli qualifies superb 4th, with de Cesaris 7th despite having to use Thursday time after problems in Friday session. Giacomelli briefly up to 3rd at the start before being passed by Prost. Then sadly retires after only four laps with driveshaft problem. After moving to 6th at the start, rejuvenated de Cesaris runs well, shadowing Patrese and Pironi early on. Over-revs engine at around mid-distance and is forced to go at a reduced pace, but fends off Rosberg for many laps. Closes on Pironi when the Ferrari encounters problems and moves up as retirements start, entering final lap in second place only a couple of seconds behind. However, runs out of fuel halfway round the circuit and retires in tears. Some consolation comes when he is classified third for his first podium finish and Alfa's first points of the year, however.

Ligier JS19-Matra
25. Eddie Cheever (USA)
26. Jacques Laffite (Fr)

New JS19 ill-advisedly debuted at difficult circuit with cramped pit conditions. Cheever once again outshines Laffite, qualifying 16th to the Frenchman's 18th. Laffite makes great start to 14th, Cheever behind in 15th, but neither makes much of an impression before retiring. Cheever out lap 28 when Matra V12 uses all of its' oil and expires; Laffite withdraws two laps later with severe handling difficulties, seeing no point in smashing up the car.

Ferrari 126C2-Ferrari
28. Didier Pironi (Fr)

Team still in mourning galvanised by Pironi, who drives lone entry. Qualifies decent 5th to prove quality of chassis, and spends much of the early part of the race in middle of three car snake with Patrese and de Cesaris. Loses part of the car's nose when lapped de Angelis chops him at Rascasse, but retains position. Third laps 15-72. Second after Prost retirement and takes the lead when Patrese spins despite engine intermittently cutting out. Halfway around the final lap engine cuts out entirely in the tunnel, bringing him to a halt, when reduced speed means the alternator can no longer compensate for a flat battery. Nevertheless still classified second, and up to 3rd in driver's championship.

Arrows A4-Cosworth
29. Marc Surer (Swz)
30. Mauro Baldi (It)

A4 car continues to disappoint. Baldi only 21st fastest, and fails to qualify. Surer gets in at 19th, but has troubled race. Keeps plugging away to finish 9th, six laps down.

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

Disappointing weekend for Italian team after recent improvements. Jarier through prequalifying in second; Paletti 5th, and goes no further (for third time in six races). Jarier then only 25th, and thus fails to qualify.

Theodore TY02-Cosworth
33. Jan Lammers (Hol)

Team left without a tyre supply after shock Avon withdrawal. After Lammers stays in the garage on Thursday, Teddy Yip uses influence and good standing to arrange a deal with Goodyear for Friday. However, with reduced track time Lammers unable to better 22nd place, and fails to qualify.

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

Warwick and Fabi 3rd/4th in Thursday prequalifying, but only Warwick makes it through. With bad turbo lag at tight street circuit, unable to better 24th fastest in qualifying, and fails to make the grid.