Grand Prix Classic

Round 13 - Austrian Grand Prix
Osterreichring, 13-15 August, 1982
Team-by-Team Review

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

BT50 chassis and BMW horsepower suit Osterreichring perfectly. Piquet and Patrese dominate practice, 1st and 2nd. Both cars plan to stop around mid-distance to take on fuel. Patrese stunning in race. Jumped by Prost at the start, but retakes 2nd before the end of the first lap, then Piquet on third lap. Run 1-2 laps 1-17 pulling clear of Prost at an astonishing rate before Piquet pits with blistered tyres, taking on fuel at the same time despite taking the team by surprise. Down to 4th. Patrese sails on, and makes superb pitstop on lap 24, retaining the lead when he returns. However, retires four laps later when the engine fails, lubricating the rear wheels and sending him flying off. Piquet struggles with engine problems after rejoining, and is passed by Rosberg before retiring with no drive to the wheels. No points again, but at least the team knows their pit stop strategy works.

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

Promising but ultimately disappointing meeting for Tyrrell. Alboreto starts fine 8th, but spins out of same place on lap 2 with puncture caused by debris of Alfa Romeos. Henton has his best race yet, moving up rapidly from 18th on the grid to pass Lauda and Mansell. Into the points lap 28, but retires from strong 5th lap 33 when a valve breaks in Cosworth DFV and he coasts into the pits.

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

Rosberg puts in another stunning qualifying performance to start 6th, 1.3s faster than any other non-turbo. Daly 9th despite wiping a corner off the car in practice, but after a poor start is hit by the Alfas and retires immediately. Rosberg makes a great start, but gets boxed in and stays 6th until being passed by Mansell and then both Tolemans. Moves back up as they encounter problems, slowly gaining on de Angelis ahead. Turbo retirements turn it into a battle for the lead, and Herculean effort sees Rosberg close right up on the Lotus by the last lap. Just fails to take the win by five hundredths of a second, but at least moves up to second in the championship, just six points short of Pironi.

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

Both drivers find MP4B to be understeering badly on Osterreichring's curves. Recovered Lauda starts 10th, with Watson back in 18th. At his home race, Lauda drives a smooth, calculated race in a difficult car to finish a lapped 5th. Watson is stuck behind Baldi for most of the race before his engine develops a water leak and he retires from 7th on lap 45, his championship hopes in tatters.

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

Once more the car's lack of outright speed causes problems. Salazar fails to qualify by three tenths of a second, Winkelhock just gets in at 25th. Has a huge dice with Marc Surer towards the tail of the field over 19th place before spinning off and stalling when 15th, lap 16.

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

Team announces a deal to run Renault turbo engines in 1983, with de Angelis and Mansell both retained. What follows is even better - de Angelis starts 7th, Mansell 12th. Mansell makes a good start to run 6th laps 2-4, but then drops back to 9th before encountering engine problems and retiring. Elio de Angelis has best race to date, moving up to 5th. 4th when Arnoux pits, then third after Piquet stops, and then 2nd after Patrese retires. Over 30 seconds behind Prost but inherits the lead when the Renault expires. Then does well to hold off strong challenge by Rosberg despite coughing engine to take his maiden Grand Prix victory by half a length. Lotus take first win for four years.

Ensign N181-Cosworth
14. Robert Guerrero (Col)

Guerrero continues to show greatly improved form, qualifying well in 16th. Up to 13th at the start and running well, only for driveshaft to fail on lap 7, causing retirement from 12th place. Team still in deep financial trouble, with only one chassis.

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

Prost qualifies 3rd with Arnoux 5th, both shocked by the pace of the Brabhams. Prost briefly passes Patrese while Arnoux moves up to 4th. Run 3rd/4th at ever-increasing distance from Piquet until lap 15, when Arnoux pits with turbo problem. Two slow laps later he comes in for good. Prost runs up to 30s back from Patrese, but takes over the lead when the Brabham retires. Drives steadily to work up half a minute lead over de Angelis, only for faulty fuel injection to set fire to the rear of the car, causing another frustrating retirement just five laps from the end.

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

Team seems to be going backwards. Mass once again feels unfit to drive, with Keegan standing in. He qualifies 24th, at the expense of Boesel, who misses the grid by two tenths of a second. Keegan's race is short, as he brushes the pit wall avoiding start line accident and bends steering, retiring at the end of the first lap.

Fittipaldi F9-Cosworth
20. Chico Serra (Brz)

The new F9 has promise, and Serra qualifies in 20th place. Then runs well in the race, running close to the McLaren and Arrows cars in 15th, albeit last when the backmarkers retire from behind him. Keeps going for a morale-boosting 7th place, two laps down.

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

Underwhelming practice (de Cesaris 11th, Giacomelli 13th) followed by disastrous race. At start, de Cesaris baulked by slow-starting Daly and smashes into Giacomelli. Both out with badly damaged cars before the first corner.

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

Troubled practice sees Laffite start 14th and Cheever 22nd. However, both much better in the race, as usual. Cheever up to 9th before Matra valve blows, lap 23. Laffite moves up to 13th on lap 1; 7th by lap 8. Then runs smoothly as others retire to finish excellent 3rd, albeit one lap down, for his first podium appearance of the year - despite bending a skirt and suffering oversteer. However, team troubled by rumours of both drivers, Talbot and Matra all leaving at the end of the season.

Ferrari 126C2-Ferrari
27. Patrick Tambay (Fr)

After Derek Warwick reportedly turns down an approach to drive for the last four races of the year, team enters a single car for Tambay pending finding a replacement for the second car. He qualifies 4th but loses over a lap when he picks up a puncture from Alfa debris on lap 2. Then drives smooth, fast race to move back through the field. Into the points by lap 48. Passes Lauda at the first corner on lap 50 to finish lapped 4th and extend team's lead in constructors' title.

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

Continued improvement, with Surer starting 21st and Baldi 23rd. Surer has to start from pitlane in spare after an engine problem. After long battle with Winkelhock on the way to 12th, but into the pits with sick engine on lap 27. Two more stops fail to sort the problem, traced to a faulty fuel system. Baldi has a much better time, spending most of the race ahead of Watson in what eventually becomes the battle for 6th. Ably fends off the McLaren to take his second point of the season after a fine drive. New A5 was intended to debut in Austria, but is now expected for Swiss Grand Prix.

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

For the first time in 1982 Jarier fails to qualify, three tenths of a second slower than Byrne and only 28th fastest after failing to improve on Friday time thanks to a seized engine costing him most of Saturday afternoon.

Theodore TY02-Cosworth
33. Tommy Byrne (Ire)

Despite heavily crashing on Friday, Byrne qualifies for the first time in 26th place on Saturday. Passes Watson, Surer and Winkelhock in startline chaos, but is ahead of only the delayed Tambay by lap 4, until spinning off harmlessly from 12th on lap 29 when sidepod damage affects handling.

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

Warwick turns down offers from Ferrari and Renault and resigns for 1983 before qualifying 15th, with Fabi 17th. Both have superb, if brief, races running in tandem. Up to 8th/9th lap 3, before both move past Mansell and then Rosberg. Fabi then out from 7th lap 8 with locked transmission, before Warwick follows from 6th a couple of corners later with broken front suspension. New TG183 expected for Italian Grand Prix.