Grand Prix Classic

Round 8 - Canadian Grand Prix
Montreal, 11-13 June, 1982
Team-by-Team Review

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

A stunning return to form. The Montreal circuit suits both chassis and BMW engine - Piquet starts 4th, Patrese 8th. Piquet on the attack from the start, fending off Giacomelli before passing Prost and Pironi in early laps and setting off after Arnoux. Catches and passes the Renault lap 9, and keeps out of striking range until Arnoux spins out, after which he paces himself for relatively easy victory, the 7th of his career. Patrese almost as good in Cosworth car. Down to 11th after poor start, but moves up swiftly to 3rd by lap 27. Second after Arnoux retirement and stays there to give the team its' first 1-2 finish since 1978 Italian Grand Prix.

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

Another disappointing weekend as other teams begin to overtake old chassis. Alboreto only 17th on the grid, with Henton only just qualifying in 26th. Henton then spins out at the start, but after his car is righted by a crane decides to continue after a long repair stop. Circulates until the flag falls, but is non-classified, 11 laps down. Alboreto is anonymous in midfield for the second race running, dropping out from 11th with a broken gearbox.

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

Rosberg 7th on the grid, unable to challenge the turbos, with Daly back in 13th. The Finn moves up to 6th at the start, but is rapidly left behind by the front runners, and slips down the leaderboard. Out from 9th, lap 53, with broken gearbox. For the first time Daly outshines his team-mate, running ahead of him in the midfield tussle to run 6th after Arnoux retirement. Moves up as Cheever retires, only to himself run out of fuel on the last lap, classified a disappointed 7th.

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

Like Williams and Tyrrell, McLaren have no answer for the turbos and V12s in Montreal. Watson does well to qualify 6th and keep within range of Cheever and de Cesaris. Benefits from Cosworth fuel economy to be the biggest beneficiary of the retirements, finishing unlapped third and extending his championship lead. Lauda starts 13th; moves up to 10th early on but into the pits to retire on lap 18 with badly slipping clutch.

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

With only two cars in Canada, ATS are in big trouble after Winkelhock had heavy crash on Friday. He fails to qualify despite gaining pace rapidly on Saturday - the first time an ATS has missed the cut in 1982. Salazar qualifies 24th, and clips stalled Pironi at start. Restarts in Winkelhock's car and runs near the tail of the field until retiring with broken suspension on lap 21.

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

10th and 14th on the grid for de Angelis and Mansell. Mansell makes a great start only to be caught out by slowing Giacomelli on the second lap, riding up the back of the Alfa and retiring. Elio de Angelis keeps out of trouble running reliably in midfield, and then rapidly makes up places in the late attrition to finish surprised but happy 4th position, 1 lap down.

Ensign N181-Cosworth
14. Robert Guerrero (Col)

Guerrero qualifies 20th for second successive start. Sadly the clutch breaks as he leaves the grid at the restart, and after two slow laps the Columbian is forced to retire.

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

Team matched in qualifying by Pironi and Piquet, a worrying sign. Arnoux starts second, Prost 3rd. Arnoux moves into the lead, lap 2, but is caught and passed by Piquet, lap 9. Keeps with the Brabham BMW, only to spin out lap 29. Prost passed by Piquet early on, but moved past Pironi. Unable to keep with the leading pair with a sick engine, and then passed by Patrese. Holding distant 4th on lap 31 when the engine blows altogether. No points since Brazil for Renault or Prost, and no points since Kyalami for Rene Arnoux.

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

The car is running no better on Avon tyres than it did on Pirellis. Unsurprisingly, de Villota fails to make the grid once more. The other drivers take the 11th row, Boesel ahead of Mass. The Brazilian strikes Pironi at the first start. Restarts in the spare and retires from 13th and last with a blown engine, lap 48. Mass tags onto the lower midfield early on, running 16th on the second lap, but drops back, eventually finishing 11th as the last classified finisher, four laps behind. No sign of any improvement.

Fittipaldi F8D-Cosworth
20. Chico Serra (Brz)

Serra is a respectable 23rd on Friday, but is forced to park the car out on the circuit midway through Saturday's session. After getting back to the pits takes out the team's spare, but fails to get a fast lap time in, and does not qualify.

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

Track suits the 1982, with Giacomelli qualifying 5th and de Cesaris 9th. Giacomelli unable to keep with turbos, but holds fifth for a lap until the car slows and he is hit by Mansell at the hairpin. Andrea de Cesaris has a better race; 7th lap 3, then past Watson. Pressures Cheever for most of the race and takes over third when the Ligier retires, only to drop out on the last lap with a dry fuel tank. Classified 6th as some consolation. Promising 182 design still yet to see a chequered flag.

Ligier JS17B-Matra
25. Eddie Cheever (USA)
26. Jacques Laffite (Fr)

Improved form continues in old car. Cheever starts 12th, with Laffite 19th. Cheever once again very impressive in the race, moving up to 3rd during long battle with de Cesaris only to run out of fuel four laps from the end. Laffite makes a good start to run strong 13th early on, only to retire after 8 laps with severe handling problems. Team expected to restart development of troubled JS19 on return to Europe.

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

Patrick Tambay announced as Ferrari driver for remainder of 1982, starting at Dutch Grand Prix. Pironi, with new front suspension on car, strong in all sessions and ends Renault's five-race streak of poles. However, unable to keep engine running at the delayed start and stalls. Brushed by Salazar and Baldi, then hit hard by Paletti, who he unsuccessfully tries to rescue from stricken Osella. Race car destroyed, and has to restart in spare, without revised suspension. Leads lap 1, but with car very difficult to drive drops down the field rapidly. Pits three times to try and sort problems, eventually setting fastest lap on his way to 9th place, three laps behind.

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

Continued progress at last. Both cars make the grid again - Surer 16th, Baldi 17th. Surer suffers from a misfire in the early part of the race, but goes well once this clears, passing Mass, Baldi and Boesel before benefiting from retirements to finish a commendable 5th, two laps down. Baldi does well also, keeping out of trouble to come home an excellent 8th, three laps behind.

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

Nightmare meeting for team. Qualifying goes well - Jarier a decent 18th, Paletti qualifying for the third time in 23rd. All goes disastrously wrong at the start when Paletti hits stationary Pironi, dying of injuries received in the collision. Devastated team then withdraws Jarier before the restart, packs up and head home.

Theodore TY02-Cosworth
33. Geoff Lees (GB)

Team attempt to sign Lotus test driver Roberto Moreno to drive, but they decline to release him. Instead, Geoff Lees stands in for the injured Jan Lammers and qualifies the Theodore in 25th place for the team's first start since Daly left. However, is hit in the melee avoiding Pironi, damaging the car. With no spare, the team are unable to take the restart.

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

Despite promises made at Detroit, the Toleman team again fail to show up, remaining in England throughout the meeting.