Grand Prix Classic

Round 12 - German Grand Prix
Hockenheim, 6-8 August, 1982
Team-by-Team Review

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

At engine supplier BMW's home track Piquet qualifies 4th and Patrese 6th, again planning a mid-race fuel stop. Piquet up to 1st place by the second lap and eases away from Arnoux. Patrese drops to 9th after a poor start, but it back up to 5th by the end of lap 2. Unable to close on 4th-placed Prost, and then retires in the pits on lap 14 with a sick engine. Piquet continues to extent lead only to controversially collide with Salazar, lap 19, and attack the ATS driver in his frustration. No finishes for Brabham since Dutch Grand Prix.

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

Good meeting for the team. Alboreto starts 7th as fastest non-turbo. Passed by Rosberg, Laffite and Watson but runs swiftly and reliably to come home 4th place, one lap down. Henton starts from 17th and also runs sensibly, though he loses out to Surer early on and is unable to get back past the Arrows, finishing in a twice-lapped 7th place for best result of the year to date.

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

Relatively poor qualifying sees Rosberg start 9th and Daly 19th, the latter having lost time when a wheel detaches during Friday's timed session. Rosberg battles away in midfield as usual and benefits from consistent pace and the problems of others to come home in 3rd, albeit a lap down. Daly moves up to 11th by lap 3, and is 9th out of 14 runners before pulling off with a sick engine on lap 26.

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

Lauda posts 8th fastest time, but then injures his wrist sliding off while passing Keegan later in the session, and decides to withdraw on advice of physio Willi Dungl. Watson, denying reports he will retire at the end of the year, qualifies 10th and battles through to 6th and head of the non-turbo brigade, despite his instrument panel not working from the start. Pulls clear of Rosberg and moves up as the Brabhams and Prost retire to run safe 3rd, only to retire eight laps from the end when the front suspension breaks up and pitches him off.

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

'Home' race for British-based but German-funded and owned outfit. Winkelhock starts 16th, Salazar 22nd. The German drops to 19th before retiring after three laps with transmission trouble - stuck in 4th gear with a broken clutch. Salazar runs near the back for 18 laps before controversially colliding with leader Piquet while being lapped and retiring from 13th place.

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

Still in some pain, Mansell starts 18th, five places behind de Angelis. Mansell perseveres to finish 9th, two laps down, despite a pit stop for skirt repairs. Elio de Angelis is plagued by stomach pains and then skirt damage, pitting on lap 3 for replacement. It doesn't work, and he retires from 16th and last, lap 22.

Ensign N181-Cosworth
14. Robert Guerrero (Col)

Guerrero does well to qualify 21st. Passed by Surer early on, but races with Henton for nearly the whole race, giving a good account of himself on the way to 8th, same lap as Rosberg, for his first-ever finish, and Ensign's first of the season.

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

Some friction between the drivers after French Grand Prix team-orders "misunderstanding", as well as rumours circulating that both or either are leaving the team for 1983 - Prost linked with Williams, Arnoux with Ferrari. Prost 2nd and Arnoux 3rd in qualifying, beaten by Pironi, but effectively 1st and 2nd after the Ferrari collides with Prost in the rain on Saturday. Arnoux takes the lead at the start but is passed by Piquet lap 2, then Tambay on lap 11. Back up to 2nd when Piquet retires, but too far behind Tambay and settles for second place. Prost runs 4th laps 1-12, when he pulls into the pits to have an injection problem repaired. Rejoins five laps down, but only completes three more circuits before the same trouble ends his race.

March 821-Cosworth
17. Rupert Keegan (GB)
18. Raul Boesel (Brz)

Mass still not 100% after Paul Ricard crash with rib and back injuries, and elects not to drive after three slow, painful laps on Friday morning. Rupert Keegan resumes his long-running association with John Macdonald, but with a lack of time in the car is only 29th fastest and does not qualify. Boesel does, in 24th, but retires from 12th of 15 runners on lap 23 when he suffers a puncture and cannot get the car back to the pits for repairs.

Fittipaldi F9-Cosworth
20. Chico Serra (Brz)

Serra qualifies in 25th place, nine and a half seconds slower than polesitter Pironi. Runs ahead of Jarier and Salazar until they retire and then chases Boesel until his compatriot retires. Then plugs away on a lonely run to 11th and last, two laps down, despite losing 4th gear early in the race.

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

Andrea de Cesaris again shows well in qualifying, starting 8th. Up to 5th at the start until being passed by Patrese lap 2. Still holding 6th at the head of the non-turbo cars on lap 10 when struck by Watson. Heads to the pits, where an oil cooler is found to be broken, and retires. Giacomelli starts 11th, and runs sensible race in upper midfield, moving up as others hit problems to come home a lapped 5th for his first points of the season.

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

Matra V12 and further improvements make the JS19 a more competitive proposition at Hockenheim. Cheever starts 12th and makes smashing start to 8th, before blasting past Rosberg. However, then damages a skirt and pits on lap 3. Replacement upsets car's handling, causing second stop on lap 6 and then retirement on lap 9. Laffite qualifies 15th and runs well, moving into the points after Piquet retirement. Hunts down and passes Alboreto and Rosberg to reach 4th by lap 27, but slides wide with dirty tyres after lapping Mansell, also damaging his skirts. Drops back to 7th before pitting for repairs, but finds the team don't have any more spare skirts and opts to retire rather than carrying on with bad handling.

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

Car suits Hockenheim, and Pironi takes pole by nearly a second, with Tambay 5th. Pironi then seriously injured in Saturday practice, ending his season with two broken legs. Tambay restores morale a little with a well-measured-drive on Sunday, passing Prost on the first lap then Arnoux on the eleventh, before inheriting the lead when Piquet retires. In only fourth race for Ferrari, drives very sensibly to maintain comfortable cushion over Arnoux and take maiden Grand Prix win. After another traumatic weekend, Ferrari do at least take the lead in the constructors' championship.

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

Team once again struggles for straight-line speed, with Baldi 24th and Surer 27th on Friday. Both promoted by Lauda's withdrawal. Baldi has to start from pitlane after race car fails to start, but troubled with engine problems and only lasts three laps, stopping at the pits to try and fix the problem at the end of each one. Surer makes the best of his promotion to the grid, passing Henton, Serra and Guerrero early on to run 18th at the end of lap 2, then running capably to find himself a delighted 6th by the end.

Osella FA1D-Cosworth
31. Jean-Pierre Jarier (Fr)

New FA1D arrives, but represents no great leap forward for little Italian team despite lighter construction. Jarier once again qualifies relatively well in 20th place, but drops to 22nd at the start. Only circulates for three laps before crashing out of 20th.

Theodore TY02-Cosworth
33. Tommy Byrne (Ire)

Lammers is dropped in favour of Formula 3 hotshot Johnny Byrne - suggested by sponsor Rizla. He impresses despite his only experience being a brief tests at Oulton Park and Snetterton totalling 50 laps, but puts several noses out of joint with outspoken nature. However, is only 27th fastest (after Lauda withdrawal), 0.6s slower than Surer and does not qualify, despite best efforts of FOCA to get him in as second reserve after Pironi's injury.

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

Fabi struck by engine problems after only six laps in free practice and does not set a time on Friday afternoon, meaning non-qualification after Saturday rain. Warwick starts 14th. Moves up to 10th at the start and running well until a tyre deflates when 9th, lap 19. Makes it back to the pits for a new set of Pirellis, but after lost time ends up 10th, two laps down - best finish yet, but still a disappointment considering the potential of car and driver.