Grand Prix Classic

Round 15 - Italian Grand Prix
Monza, 10-12 September, 1982
Team-by-Team Review

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

After disappointing race in Dijon, team seems to be back on form, with Piquet starting 2nd and Patrese 4th. Both plan to stop in the race. Piquet takes the lead at the start before dropping back almost immediately with slipping clutch. Finally retires from 13th on lap 8. Patrese runs quickly early on, passing both Ferraris and Prost. Pressures Arnoux for the lead laps 4-6, only to similarly drop back with clutch problems and retire in the pits.

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

New Denim sponsorship arrives for the last two races of the season. Alboreto 11th on the grid, Henton 20th. Henton clouted by Daly on lap 1 and retires. Alboreto once again impresses, though, keeping out of trouble to run in the top 10 for most of the early stages, and eventually takes 5th, one lap down, in his home race after other cars retire.

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

Rosberg qualifies 7th as fastest non-turbo, and seems to be repeating recent trick of running steadily early on to preserve car. However, rear wing falls out of mounting when challenging Giacomelli for 5th on lap 23, and he loses two laps having another fitted in the pits. Charges hard thereafter, but can do no better than 8th, two laps down. Championship lead down to 9 points, meaning 6th or better in Las Vegas is all he needs to confirm title. Daly qualifies 13th, 1.5s slower than Rosberg, and after poor start is hit by Guerrero, with the resulting suspension damage leading to further collision with Henton. Gets back to the pits but unable to continue, all but ending his slim chances of being retained for 1983.

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

Poor qualifying sees Lauda 10th and Watson 12th. Both move up well to battle with Rosberg and the Alfas early on, but Lauda out from 9th on lap 21 with bad handling and dodgy brakes. Watson moves up to 5th by lap 10 to lead the non-turbo cars, and is promoted to 4th by Prost retirement. Finishes there unlapped to keep himself just about in championship contention, but needs to win in Vegas without Rosberg scoring. Team retains mathematical chance of constructors' title, but needs to score 11 points more than Ferrari in final race of the year.

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

Team find the D5 car handles horribly at Monza, bottoming repeatedly at high speeds due to poor aerodynamics. Salazar crashes badly in qualifying after the car bounces so badly his feet are knocked from the pedals, but starts 25th. Winkelhock does not qualify. Salazar then runs better than the team expected after troubled practice, coping well with the difficult handling to come home 9th, two laps down. However, the Chilean is informed his services will not be retained for 1983, with the team rumoured to be running a single BMW turbo car for Winkelhock.

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

Like ATS, team find their car bouncing terribly on straights. Elio de Angelis crashes in Friday session on the way to 17th fastest, with Mansell 23rd. With bad handling de Angelis pits from 11th for new tyres on lap 13. They don't help much, and sticking throttle slides cause retirement on lap 34 when 9th. Mansell has similar problems, but sticks to the job at hand to run non-stop, finishing in a lapped but worthy 7th.

Ensign N181-Cosworth
14. Robert Guerrero (Col)

Guerrero puts in another excellent qualifying performance to start 18th. Good start sees him up to 15th, but he runs into the back of Daly at the first chicane. Long stop for repairs takes him out of the running, but the Columbian continues to finish 12 laps down, unclassified.

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

After the embarrassing defeat at Dijon, both drivers focus on race setup in practice sessions as Monza layout almost guarantees them good qualifying places with minimal effort - Prost starts 5th, Arnoux 6th. Both make great starts, Arnoux moving up to third and passing both Piquet and Tambay before the end of the first lap, resists early pressure from Patrese and doesn't put a foot wrong on the way to his second victory of the year. Prost's start goes less well as after leaving the grid quickly he is forced over on the grass and drops to 13th. Rapidly makes up places with a minimum of fuss to run 3rd by lap 8, but is then unable to get past Tambay. Is still stuck in third when he pits with malfunctioning fuel injection on lap 27. Long pit stop fails to fix problem and he grinds to a halt a few corners after returning to the circuit. Prost out of the reckoning for the driver's title, though team retain slim chance of winning constructors' cup (they need to finish 1st and 2nd in Vegas without Ferrari scoring, and that would only give them the title on count-back).

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

Mass leaves the team, with Keegan signed for the last two races. Complete reversal from Dijon. Team signs a tyre deal with Michelin for final two rounds of the season, having either exhausted or got fed up with the Avon stock depending on who you talk to. They don't gel well with the 821 chassis, now using its' third tyre brand of the year. Bad handling and poor straight-line speed sees neither Keegan nor Boesel qualify.

Fittipaldi F9-Cosworth
20. Chico Serra (Brz)

Serra qualifies 26th, just beating Keegan to the final starting place. Does the best he can in under-powered, underdeveloped car to finish 11th, three laps down, amid rumours that the team won't make it to Las Vegas finale.

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

New turbo V8 engine (in 182T test hack) briefly used in practice, but Giacomelli (8th) and de Cesaris (9th) qualify well enough in V12 cars. Both race well initially too, holding 5th (de Cesaris) and 6th (Giacomelli) laps 7-11. However, de Cesaris then forced to stop with a misfire. New ignition coil fitted, but long stop drops him down and he only finishes twice-lapped 10th. Giacomelli takes over 5th until Watson goes past lap 13. Back to 5th when Prost retires, but pits on lap 35 with damaged sidepod drastically affecting handling. Long stop fails to fix the problem, so he retires. Both team and drivers have unclear future for 1983.

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

Car handles badly at Monza, but at least the drivers are used to it. Cheever starts 14th, Laffite (after losing Saturday time thanks to underweight car) only 21st. Laffite troubled by gearbox problems from the start, and out of 21st on lap 6 when it breaks altogether. Cheever finds the car easier to handle on full tanks early on and grimly hangs on to Lauda in 11th. His efforts are rewarded as other cars retire and he is promoted to 6th place, scoring his first point since Detroit. With Talbot confirming withdrawal at the end of the season, team will now apparently have a supply of Renault turbo engines in 1983.

Ferrari 126C2-Ferrari
27. Patrick Tambay (Fr)
28. Mario Andretti (USA)

To the joy of all, and especially the Tifosi, team able to secure the one-off release of Mario Andretti to take over the second car, completing 200 laps at Fiorano. Even better, he produces a stunning lap in Saturday practice to take pole, with Tambay starting 3rd. Andretti then gets a poor start and drops to 5th by the end of lap 1. Initially struggles to pull away from non-turbo cars with damaged throttle linkage, but eventually finds a rhythm on his way to 3rd place. Tambay briefly leads on first lap, but passed by Arnoux before crossing the line. Then passed by Patrese, before returning to 2nd when the Brabham retires. Sees off Prost's challenge but unable to close on Arnoux, and settles for second place. Ferrari now just need a second place, or either of the McLarens or Renaults to retire, to confirm constructors' title.

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

Lone A5 given to Baldi in deference to Italian sponsors. He qualifies 24th and runs slowly but reliably to 12th and last, three laps down. Surer starts 19th in A4, and also runs unspectacularly near the tail of the field before retiring in the pits with a sick engine when 10th, lap 29.

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

Jarier posts good times in pre-race testing thanks to new Pirellis. Osella opts to prove capacity of DFV engine to scrutineers in response, at which point cynics put the form down to Jarier looking for a good seat in 1983. He qualifies well in 15th despite not improving on Saturday, and keeps with Lauda and Cheever in the race until another suspension failure on lap 11 hurls a wheel from the car at high speed. With Jarier certain to leave, team rumoured to have signed Jacques Villeneuve, brother of Gilles, who already drives a semi-works Osella in CanAm to run in F1 next year.

Theodore TY02-Cosworth
33. Tommy Byrne (Ire)

With tired DFV engines and a car which still doesn't look comfortable on Goodyear tyres, Tommy Byrne is slowest of all in qualifying and does not make the grid.

Toleman TG183-Hart
35. Derek Warwick (GB)
Toleman TG181C-Hart
36. Teo Fabi (It)

New Rory Byrne-designed TG183 driven by Warwick, in new grey/white/red livery, and the team hopes to start in the top six. However, team wastes much of practice finding out that the latest Pirellis don't suit either chassis, and both Warwick (16th) and Fabi (22nd) eventually set times on older compounds. Neither lasts long in the race - Warwick caught up in Daly accident on lap 1, being hit by Henton and retiring in the pits. Fabi out from 17th on lap 3 when the engine dies. Toleman one of only four teams yet to score points in 1982.