Grand Prix Classic

Round 11 - French Grand Prix
Paul Ricard, 23-25 July, 1982
Team-by-Team Review

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

Patrese out-qualifies Piquet, starting 4th to his team-mate's 6th, though the team loses six BMW engines across the four sessions. Both intend to stop around mid-distance and scythe past Pironi and the Renaults to run 1-2 by lap 4. However, Patrese out on lap 9 from comfortable lead when a turbocharger immolates itself. Piquet takes over and is preparing for his pit-stop with a 14 second lead on lap 24 when his engine also fails.

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

Alboreto starts 15th, with Henton 23rd. Both race well - Alboreto moves up well early on, makes his tyres last the distance and passes Giacomelli to run 6th at mid-distance. Hassles Rosberg for last half of the race but is unable to pass, but nevertheless finishes unlapped 6th for his first point since Imola. Henton also makes his tyres last the distance, passing Mass and Winkelhock before battling with Giacomelli before finishing 10th, one lap down.

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

Rosberg and Daly qualify 10th and 11th. Daly makes great start to run 7th, leading the non-turbos until lap 13, when he pits with a puncture. Drops to 11th, but passes de Angelis and Giacomelli on his way to lapped 7th. Rosberg runs non-stop. Poor start sees him drop to 12th, but passes both Watson and Giacomelli on lap 11. Takes over 5th as Daly and Lauda pit and stays there to the end, resisting constant pressure from Alboreto for much of the second half of the race.

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

Lauda qualifies 9th as the fastest DFV runner, with Watson 12th. Lauda passes Giacomelli lap 2 and briefly takes over 6th from Daly lap 14, but with too-soft tyres wearing pits and drops back to 12th after he finds Watson already there and has to continue for another circuit. Repasses Henton, Winkelhock and Giacomelli to finish in lapped 9th position. Watson up to 9th by lap 9, only to pit with an electrical problem and is forced to retire. Constructors' championship lead down to 2 points.

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

Car runs better on smooth Ricard than it did at Brands, with Winkelhock starting 18th and Salazar 22nd. The latter crashes out of 18th, lap 3. Winkelhock runs non-stop, passing Warwick and stopping drivers to reach 10th on lap 18. Passed by recovering Lauda and Henton, but comes home 11th.

Lotus 91-Cosworth
11. Elio de Angelis (It)
12. Geoff Lees (GB)

After Mansell aggravates his arm injury at Brands, Geoff Lees takes over second Lotus for the race. Only 29th fastest on Friday having not sat in the car before practice, but improves by over 4 seconds on Saturday to start 24th. Up to 20th before he suffers a puncture. After a pit stop races reliably, passing Laffite and Surer to finish twice-lapped 12th. Elio de Angelis starts 11th, and after losing out to Alboreto early on in in respectable 10th , lap 16, when his fuel pressure drops, ending his race.

Ensign N181-Cosworth
14. Robert Guerrero (Col)

Guerrero is 24th fastest on Friday, but is unable to improve on his time on Saturday and drops down to 28th, and fails to qualify for the 6th time in 1982.

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

Team under much pressure to win their home race after recent embarrassing performances. Arnoux takes pole for 5th time of the year, with Prost (rumoured to have received an offer from Williams for 1983) second. Both passed by the Brabhams early on, but under no threat from Ferraris are back in 1st and 2nd places, Arnoux leading, on lap 24. Stay there to the finish, although Arnoux ignores repeated orders to slow and let Prost (troubled by a loose skirt causing a handling problem) through to win, instead sealing his third victory. Overall, though, team just relived to have finally delivered a good result in the race.

March 821-Cosworth
17. Jochen Mass (Ger)
18. Raul Boesel (Brz)

Down to two cars for the rest of the season. Boesel experiments with zero downforce setting to allow maximum speed down Mistral straight, but finds car impossible to drive in corners and fails to qualify for second race running. Mass just in at 26th. Makes dynamite start to 20th and battles with Laffite before falling back and being passed by Henton. Under attack from Baldi collides with the Arrows, and his car is thrown into the crowd. Nobody is seriously hurt, but Mass is very shaken.

Fittipaldi F9-Cosworth
20. Chico Serra (Brz)

In new F9 Serra is confident, but the car breaks down in Friday timed session. Continues with the spare F8D, but the old car isn't fast enough, Serra only recording 29th fastest time and thus failing to make the grid.

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

With V12's power advantage, Alfas are the fastest non-turbos, starting 7th (de Cesaris) and 8th (Giacomelli). After a poor start de Cesaris drops to 10th, before pitting with fuel injection problem. Rejoins but crashes out of 15th, lap 26. Giacomelli unable to match DFVs in race trim - passed by Lauda, Rosberg, Alboreto and Daly before battling with Henton and finishing lapped 9th.

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

Team decides to bite the bullet and run the difficult JS19. Laffite starts 16th, Cheever 19th. Laffite works his way up 13th place before stopping for tyres. Stops again for a third set on lap 36, and finishes 14th. Cheever advances to 13th, lap 9, before damaging a skirt. Pits twice more to fix the understeer problems but perseveres to 16th and last, four laps down.

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

Unable to match straight-line speed of Renault or Brabham, team satisfied with 3rd (Pironi) and 5th (Tambay) in qualifying. Both passed by the Brabhams early on to run 5th/6th, unable to challenge the other turbos but comfortably faster than the DFV runners. Move up as the Brabhams retire to finish 3rd (Pironi) and Tambay (4th). Pironi extends his championship lead to 9 points.

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

On power circuit team satisfied to have both cars on the grid, Surer 20th and Baldi 25th. The latter moves up well early on, but collides with Mass trying to take 18th place on lap 10. Knocks two wheels off the car, but helps Mass clear of burning March. Surer runs near the tail of the field but doesn't stop, taking over 12th place from lap 24. Passes by Henton, lap 41, but finishes 13th, two laps down.

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

Team confirms that it will complete the season as a single car operation. Jarier qualifies excellent 17th thanks to latest Pirelli tyres, only to retire immediately when a driveshaft shears at the start.

Theodore TY02-Cosworth
33. Jan Lammers (Hol)

Lammers 21st fastest on Friday, but this is mainly due to others' problems. Despite improving his time on Saturday, improvements from other drivers bump him down to 27th and non-qualification.

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

With much attention after Warwick's showing in Britain, team disappointed with 14th (Warwick) and 21st (Fabi) on turbo circuit. Not much better in the race either - Fabi out lap 2 with electrical trouble. Warwick, troubled by clutch problems, slips back to 16th. Runs better after stop to fix problem, passing Cheever to come 15th, three laps down, despite the clutch breaking again and the transmission following suit as he crosses the line - the team's first finish of the season.