Grand Prix Classic

Round 14 - Swiss Grand Prix
Dijon-Prenois, 27-29 August, 1982
Team-by-Team Review

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

Team unable to get BT50 working well, and both Patrese (3rd, but nearly a second and a half off pole) and Piquet (6th) use lightweight spare car to set qualifying times. Piquet decides to run with a pitstop and after passing Patrese runs third until lap 11, when he passes Arnoux. Closes gap to Prost down to 3.5s before stopping for fuel and tyres, lap 40. Down to 4th, passed by Rosberg but returns to 4th when Arnoux retires and finishes there, one lap down. Patrese runs non-stop. Holds 3rd laps 1-3, but then passed by Piquet, and later Lauda and Rosberg. Finishes a lapped 5th. Despite disappointing showing, team at least scores its' first points since the Dutch Grand Prix.

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

Team lost in competitive midfield. Alboreto starts 12th and runs capably non-stop, but is passed by de Angelis and ends up lapped 7th. Henton qualifies 18th (after practice collision with Mansell) and drives capable but unspectacular race to finish 11th, two laps behind the leader.

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

Stunning race by Rosberg, after starting 8th. Runs 4th/5th/6th early on, preserving car. Keeps within decent range of Arnoux before picking up speed in second half of the race. Passes Piquet, chases down Arnoux who retires, then catches Prost at a rate of knots, passing him two laps from the end to take his first Grand Prix victory after near-misses at Zolder and the Osterreichring. Daly less impressive - qualifies 7th, down to 8th at the start and runs anonymously in midfield to come home lapped 9th after being passed by both Lotus cars and Alboreto.

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

Car works well on Dijon circuit, with Lauda fastest 3 litre car in qualifying with 4th, and Watson 11th. Lauda runs sensible race. Passed by Piquet early on and then battles with Rosberg before being left behind, but races ahead of both Brabhams and finishes third, albeit a minute behind the Williams. Watson races well early on, moving up to 6th by lap 18 after passing Patrese; however, damages a skirt in the process and long repair stop drops him to the tail of the field. Difficult race sees him come home 13th, three laps down, with his championship chances in tatters.

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

D5 still not running well on Michelin tyres, having been designed for Avons. Both drivers qualify, but only in 20th (Winkelhock) and 25th (Salazar). Then run in small battle at the rear of the field with Boesel and Jarier. Winkelhock out with a broken engine mount, lap 56, but Salazar finishes 14th. Team rumoured to be getting a supply of BMW engines for 1983, thanks to Winkelhock's links to the Munich giant.

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

Mansell loses a lot of practice time after colliding with Henton, only just squeezing in at 26th with de Angelis 15th. Both drive well in low-attrition race, running non-stop. Steady drive sees de Angelis pass Alboreto, Daly and both Alfa Romeos to inherit 6th place after Arnoux retirement. Mansell moves through the field well to end up 8th, just one lap behind. A bit of a comedown after Austrian euphoria, but still a worthy effort.

Ensign N181-Cosworth
14. Robert Guerrero (Col)

Guerrero once again hauls the cash-strapped team into the race, starting from a fine 19th. Sadly has to start from the pit lane after engine blows in morning warm-up and needs changing. Joins the race a lap behind, only for tired spare engine to expire after only four laps.

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

After being beaten by the Brabhams in Austria, team reasserts qualifying dominance on Friday (Prost 1st, Arnoux 2nd) and is so confident that they use Saturday's sessions to work on race setup. However, tense atmosphere in the team as Arnoux had signed for Ferrari. He leads off the line, but Prost retakes first at the start of the second lap before moving away. Arnoux also initially moves clear, but is pegged back and passed by Piquet. Regains second after the Brabham pit stops, and then closes on Prost, only for fuel injection to play up. Pit stop fails to fix problem, and he retires out on the circuit. Prost, troubled by tyre wear and damaged skirt causing a lack of grip, is unable to fight off Rosberg and loses lead two laps from the end. Finishes second for first points since French Grand Prix, nevertheless bitterly disappointed.

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

Two cars on the grid for the first time since the Dutch Grand Prix - Keegan 22nd, Boesel 24th. Mass not present, but apparently returning in the Italian Grand Prix. Keegan does well to move up to 18th and hang on to lower midfield gap before spinning off on lap 26 when 15th. Boesel scraps with Jarier and ATS cars at the back before retiring with overheated engine on lap 32 when 21st.

Fittipaldi F9-Cosworth
20. Chico Serra (Brz)

Financially troubled team's situation gets worse when Serra can only record 27th fastest time after crashing in both free pratice sessions, and fails to qualify.

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

Good qualifying sees de Cesaris start 5th and Giacomelli start 9th. However, car eats tyres in the race. Giacomelli pits on lap 17 for fresh tyres and drops to the tail of the field, but gradually moves back up to finish 12th, two laps down. After a good start, de Cesaris damages skirts, slides back and invokes ire of Arnoux, Lauda, Rosberg and others for his obstructive behaviour when being lapped, but keeps going to finish 10th, also two laps down. Conflicting rumours speculate that V8 turbo car will be at Monza, and that the team are withdrawing at the end of the season.

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

Difficult JS19 qualifies respectably, with Laffite 13th and Cheever 16th. Difficult atmosphere as Laffite announces he will leave unless the team can guarantee they will have a turbo in 1983. Moves up to 9th (stuck behind de Cesaris) with Cheever 13th with typically combative drives in the early stages, but handling deteriorates as the tyres wear. Laffite gives up the struggle on lap 34, while after two long pit stops Cheever ends up 10 laps down and unclassified at the end. An embarrassing 'home' race.

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

Tambay troubled by a trapped nerve picked up in Austrian Grand Prix. Records 10th fastest time on Friday despite limited movement in right shoulder, but in too much pain to drive on Saturday. No better on Sunday, and reluctantly opts not to drive.

Arrows A5-Cosworth
29. Marc Surer (Swz)
Arrows A4-Cosworth
30. Mauro Baldi (It)

One new A5 chassis present for Surer, having only ran 80-lap shakedown at Donington three days before practice. He loves the car and qualifies a respectable 16th. Then latches onto the back of Giacomelli early on, running 11th. Damages skirt, however, and after pit stop runs carefully to preserve them, finishing 15th, four laps down but pleased with first run of promising design. Baldi in the old A4 has a disappointing weekend, failing to qualify for the first time since Monaco.

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

After missing the cut in Austria, Jarier qualifies a decent 17th. Doesn't run as well in the race, however, finding the Pirellis to lack grip, running at the head of a gaggle of backmarkers in 21st early on, up to 14th before lap 37 tyre stop. Only lasts another eight laps before a piston fails.

Theodore TY02-Cosworth
33. Tommy Byrne (Ire)

With no prior experience of the track, Byrne fails to qualify by 0.7s in what continues to be a depressing year for Teddy Yip's enthusiastic but inexperienced outfit.

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

Both drivers find neither TG181C nor Pirelli tyres a good fit with the Dijon circuit, and qualify poor (by recent standards) 21st and 23rd, Warwick ahead of Fabi. Warwick gets a good start to move up to 16th, dicing with de Angelis and Cheever, and progresses to 11th before engine cuts out on lap 25. Fabi runs 19th early on, bit charges through to take over 11th from Warwick, only to retire on lap 34 when the water temperature climbs. New TG183 expected in Monza.