Grand Prix Classic

Round 9 - Dutch Grand Prix
Zandvoort, 1-3 July, 1982
Team-by-Team Review

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

Another good race for Piquet. He qualifies a solid 4th. As at Kyalami doesn't get off the line well, but makes up the places lost by lap 3. Then hunts down and passes Arnoux and Prost, showing impressive straight line speed (clocked at 207mph in qualifying trim). Unable to do much about Pironi so settles for second; nearly caught by Rosberg after being baulked by Alboreto, but hangs on for six points. Patrese starts disappointing 10th, still lacking experience with turbo car. Down to 13th at the start, but makes good early progress to reach 9th, lap 5. However, then has to pit with broken gear-linkage. Makes strong progress after repairs to reach 10th, only for engine to then go sick. Runs slowly to finish 15th and last.

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

A return to form for Alboreto, who starts 14th and moves up well as the race goes on. Passes Tambay for 6th, lap 44, and attacks Daly for last few laps. Collides with the Williams at Tarzan, last lap, but resumes 6th. However, with bad puncture is caught and passed by Baldi, and finishes 7th. Henton starts 20th and keeps out of trouble for once, only for throttle linkage to break apart, lap 21.

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

With Patrick Head in attendance, Rosberg once again 7th on the grid, with Daly 12th. Rosberg is baulked by slow-starting Piquet, but from there on attacks the whole race; 7th by lap 7, confidently takes 6th from Lauda next lap; past Tambay lap 11; up to third when the Renaults retire and chases Piquet for the rest of the race, just failing to take 2nd place by 0.7s. Daly does usual sturdy job, running solidly in midfield and making up places late in the race, finishing a lapped 5th despite contact with Alboreto on the last lap.

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

Lauda is fastest DFV runner, starting from 6th. Unable to keep pace with the turbos or Rosberg, he hovers in the top six the entire race to come home an unlapped 4th for his first points since US West Grand Prix. Watson not on form all weekend. Starts 11th and runs no higher than 8th. Stops for tyres but finds the car's balance unimproved, finishing lapped 9th. Championship lead down to one point.

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

After a busy three weeks rebuilding cars destroyed on North American adventures, Winkelhock and Salazar start 18th and 25th, suffering from a lack of straight-line speed and set-up problems. Winkelhock starts from the pitlane after stalling before the formation lap, and both cars race slowly but reliably to 12th (Winkelhock) and 13th (Salazar), both 2 laps down.

Lotus 91-Cosworth
11. Elio de Angelis (It)
12. Roberto Moreno (Brz)

Nigel Mansell out with injured left arm from Montreal crash. Test driver Roberto Moreno takes over instead, but having never driven the 91 before is out of his depth, slowest of all and failing to qualify. Elio de Angelis starts 15th and runs as high as 9th before something breaks on the underside of the car, making handling impossible and causing his withdrawal on lap 41 after no repairs can be made.

Ensign N181-Cosworth
14. Robert Guerrero (Col)

With no problems beyond a lack of straight-line speed (not helped by tired Cosworth engine), Roberto Guerrero is only 27th fastest, and does not qualify - losing out to Lammers by 5 hundredths of a second.

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

Despite some competition from Pironi, Renault return to pole position thanks to Arnoux, with Prost alongside in 2nd. The latter gets the better start and leads the first four laps before being caught and passed by Pironi. Unable to keep with the Ferrari and is overtaken by Piquet. Troubled by a down on power engine which expires altogether on lap 34. Down to 5th in championship. Arnoux second after start, but under pressure from Pironi until the Ferrari passes on second lap. Then passed by Piquet on lap 15. Lonely 4th when front-right wheel detaches and sends him hurling into first corner tyre barrier; unhurt, but no points since the opening race.

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

Another depressing race for the sole Avon runner. For the fifth time out of five de Villota fails to qualify, this time not making it past Thursday morning. Boesel and Mass do make the grid, in 22nd and 24th. Both run near the tail of the field and retire with engine failures (Boesel lap 22, Mass 61) - an expensive weekend.

Fittipaldi F8D-Cosworth
20. Chico Serra (Brz)

Serra lifts impoverished team's spirits by qualifying a comfortable 19th, and keeps ahead of most of the other minnows early in the race only to retire lap 19 with a broken fuel pump. Badly-needed new F9 expected soon.

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

Another respectable practice (Giacomelli 8th/de Cesaris 9th), another barren race. Giacomelli races well initially, running 6th at the start before being passed by Rosberg, Lauda, Patrese and Warwick. Stays with the Tambay-led group and climbs as high as 7th, only to drop back with a severe misfire. Hangs on to finish 11th, two laps down, for first finish since South African Grand Prix. Andrea de Cesaris runs 10th/11th until pitting with an electrical problem. A long pit-stop can't solve it, so he retires after 35 laps.

Ligier JS19-Matra
Ligier JS17B-Matra
25. Eddie Cheever (USA)
26. Jacques Laffite (Fr)

Team suffering from internal friction as Laffite/Jabouille not seeing eye-to-eye with Guy Ligier. Team decides to retry JS19. However, Cheever doesn't like it and takes JS17B spare, only for it to break down on the circuit on Thursday, leaving him a non-qualifier overnight. Reluctantly goes out with the JS19 on Friday, but despite improving on his Thursday time misses out on the grid by less than 0.4s. Laffite determined to press on with JS19, and qualifies 21st. However, his car's clutch breaks on the formation lap and he switches to the spare JS17B. Skirt problems with that make the car undriveable, and Laffite withdraws after 8 laps. A disastrous weekend.

Ferrari 126C2-Ferrari
27. Patrick Tambay (Fr)
28. Didier Pironi (Fr)

Delighted with his car, Pironi starts 3rd on the grid, and is fastest in the warm-up. New boy Tambay qualifies an excellent 6th. Pironi at his best right from the start. Passes Arnoux lap 2 with ease, then reels Prost in to take the lead lap 5 and is simply untouchable for the rest of the race, cruising home for his 3rd Grand Prix victory having only seen any other cars when lapping them after the first handful of laps. Tambay has a more frustrating debut. Up to 4th at the start, but slowly slips back and is understandably race-rusty, best part of 9 months since previous Grand Prix (Las Vegas 1981). Troubled by a misfire and poor physical condition, but finishes - albeit in lapped 8th place.

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

Team builds on improved North American performances, starting 16th (Baldi) and 17th (Surer). Both run competitively in the midfield until Surer flat-spots tyres and drops back after pit stop. Baldi keeps going, passing Tambay on penultimate lap then catching and passing slowing Alboreto to take 6th and his first point on last lap, while Surer runs sensibly to 10th place.

Osella FA1C-Cosworth
31. Jean-Pierre Jarier (Fr)

Shaken team opts not to replace deceased Riccardo Paletti, and is unsure whether it will enter a second car again in 1982. In lone entry, Jarier qualifies 23rd, and then keeps out of trouble to finish 14th, three laps down, after a pit-stop to clear a misfire.

Theodore TY02-Cosworth
33. Jan Lammers (Hol)

Lammers returns from injury, and is overjoyed to qualify 26th and last at his home race, for his first start of the year. Runs last until pitting on lap 42 with a flat engine. Team then withdraws him in order to prevent expensive blow-up.

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

After missing previous two rounds, Toleman arrive in optimistic form after encouraging Zandvoort testing. However, Teo Fabi again fails to qualify, albeit only by 15 hundredths of a second. Warwick, however, is an excellent 13th, the team's best yet, before posting second-best time in Saturday morning warm-up. Then competitive in the race, hanging onto the back of the group following Tambay's Ferrari and passes Giacomelli to run 9th, lap 10. However, almost immediately has to pit when rear wing support fails. Repairs made quickly and Warwick out and on the attack, setting fastest lap and tearing through the backmarkers, only to retire on lap 16 when a broken oil union starves the engine. Disappointed not to finish, but progress is progress.