Grand Prix Classic

Round 5 - Monaco Grand Prix
Monaco, 12 - 15 May, 1983
Team-by-Team Review

Williams FW08C-Cosworth
1. Keke Rosberg (Fin)
2. Jacques Laffite (Fr)

Team hopes the slower circuit will close the gap - it does, but not by enough. Appeal against Rosberg's Brazilian Grand Prix disqualification turned down before the race. He starts 5th, 1.5s slower than pole, with Laffite 8th. Different story in the race, as both decide to start on slick tyres. Williams cars leap away from the opposition, and are in secure 1st (Rosberg) and 2nd (Laffite) by lap 6. Both drivers superb and aren't challenged for the rest of the race. However, Laffite out on lap 54 with broken gearbox. Rosberg nevertheless stays the course to take superb second career victory and put himself strongly back in the championship title.

Tyrrell 011-Cosworth
3. Michele Alboreto (It)
4. Danny Sullivan (USA)

Hopes of improved competitiveness at Monaco largely dashed. Alboreto starts 11th with DFY engine, Sullivan just scrapes in 20th. Alboreto then taken out by Mansell on the first lap, while Sullivan has to stop to change to slicks. Runs near the tail of the field, but diligent drive is rewarded by attrition as he comes home 5th, two laps down, to score team's first points of a difficult season.

Brabham BT52-BMW
5. Nelson Piquet (Brz)
6. Riccardo Patrese (It)

Piquet qualifies 6th, disliking Monaco and never really in the hunt for pole. Patrese 17th after using the spare car to set time on Thursday. Both have to race with boost turned down and engines detuned so the car's small fuel tank can be made to last the race, and start on wet tyres. Piquet one of the quickest to react and shakes out in 5th place, best of the wet tyre starters. Harries Warwick until he collides with Surer, then up to unchallenged 2nd when Laffite retires to return to championship lead. Patrese's lap 6 stop sees him left in traffic, but is up to 5th by lap 50. Pits to change blistering tyres, lap 61, and drops to 6th, only to retire on lap 65 when a faulty fuel system causes the engine to cut out.

McLaren MP4/1C-Cosworth
7. John Watson (GB)
8. Niki Lauda (Aut)

With Michelin qualifiers still incompatible with MP4/1C, and both drivers struggle to generate heat in tyres. Lauda 22nd and Watson 23rd on Thursday, and both are consigned to non-qualification when it rains on Saturday. Worst result in McLaren team's history causes much embarrassment.

9. Manfred Winkelhock (Ger)

ATS D6 now boasts Ferrari-style rear wing with extended endplates. Winkelhock only 16th fastest on Thursday, but sets fastest time in Saturday free practice. Starts on slick tyres but gets stuck behind Boesel, sliding into the back of the Ligier on lap three and removing both of them from the race.

Lotus 93T-Renault
11. Elio de Angelis (It)
Lotus 92-Cosworth
12. Nigel Mansell (GB)

Mansell qualifies a respectable 14th, but de Angelis back in 19th after limited running. Both start on wet tyres. Mansell feisty from the start, clipping Serra then colliding with Alboreto to finish his race before the end of the first lap. Starting on slicks, de Angelis leaps up to 7th, but finds handling once again degenerating as the race goes on, making three tyre stops. Pits for fourth time from 10th on lap 50, only for the driveshaft to shear when he tries to accelerate out of pits.

Renault RE40-Renault
15. Alain Prost (Fr)
16. Eddie Cheever (USA)

Prost takes pole position, with Cheever 3rd. Prost leads the first lap before being passed by Rosberg, Cheever briefly third. Both stop for dry-weather tyres. Prost comes out in 6th, close to Warwick and Piquet. Cheever resumes in 8th. Passes de Angelis and then Prost lets him by, but after shaping up behind Piquet suddenly slows and pulls into the pits with the engine cutting out. Prost, hampered by wet weather settings, unable to seriously challenge Piquet, but is elevated to 3rd by retirements to keep his points total ticking over.

RAM March 01-Cosworth
17. Eliseo Salazar (Chi)

Salazar gives hapless team some hope by surviving Thursday morning prequalifying against expectations, but is only 25th fastest in the afternoon time session, and is eliminated when the Saturday session is washed out.

Alfa Romeo 183T-Alfa Romeo
22. Andrea de Cesaris (It)
23. Mauro Baldi (It)

Andrea de Cesaris qualifies well in 7th, but Baldi struggles and can only manage 13th. Briefly up to 6th and 10th respectively, but team is slow to respond to need for dry tyres and both drop well down the order when they do switch. After struggling in midfield, de Cesaris out of 12th on lap 14 with broken gearbox. Baldi stays the course despite early delay and finishes 6th, 2 laps down, to score the team's first points of 1983.

Ligier JS21-Cosworth
25. Jean-Pierre Jarier (Fr)
26. Raul Boesel (Brz)

Improved form sees Jarier start 9th and Boesel 18th. Jarier makes terrific start to 7th, but slow lap 4 change for tyres means he resumes out-of-touch 9th. In 8th of 14 runners when hydraulic pump in suspension fails, ending his race on lap 33. Boesel gets up to 17th at the start, but is punted out by Winkelhock on the third lap.

Ferrari 126C2-Ferrari
27. Patrick Tambay (Fr)
28. Rene Arnoux (Fr)

Arnoux starts from 2nd, with Tambay 4th. Both penalised by starting from the wet side of the grid, down to 4th and 6th. Team slow to react to need for slicks, and Arnoux complicates matters be colliding with Laffite while mounting a futile defence of 2nd place. Limps into the pits with damaged rear left corner, forcing Tambay to stay out for two additional laps on disintegrating wet weather rubber, and retires after only half a lap on returning anyway. Tambay very fast on slicks, but is so far behind he can only really advance with attrition, not helped by rear wing partially breaking up. Does so well to finish 4th place and minimise damage to title challenge.

Arrows A6-Cosworth
29. Marc Surer (Swz)
30. Chico Serra (Brz)

With Thierry Boutsen still raising finance in Belgium, Chico Serra remains with the team for one more race. Both drivers impress in neat A6, Surer starting 12th and Serra 15th. Oliver and Rees decide to hedge bets and start Surer on slicks and Serra on wets. Gamble works for Surer, who is 3rd after first round of stops, whereas a slow stop from inexperienced crew drops Serra to the tail of the field. Surer runs 3rd comfortably despite increasing pressure from Warwick/Piquet/Prost, but is hit by Warwick on lap 50 and retires. Serra circulates sensibly but is unable to make up any ground, finishing 7th and last, two laps behind.

Osella FA1D-Cosworth
31. Corrado Fabi (It)
Osella FA1E-Alfa Romeo
32. Piercarlo Ghinzani (It)

With only 20 starters and split programme between obsolete FA1D and underdeveloped FA1E Osella were always going to struggle to qualify at Monaco. With Fabi 24th fastest and Ghinzani slowest of all, they go no further.

Theodore N183-Cosworth
33. Robert Guerrero (Col)
34. Johnny Cecotto (Ven)

Having failed to score points in 1982, Theodore have to prequalify on Thursday morning. With numerous minor mechanical problems, Cecotto and Guerrero are the slowest of all and are not allowed to continue. After promising start to the season, team seem to be going backwards.

Toleman TG183B-Hart
35. Derek Warwick (GB)
36. Bruno Giacomelli (It)

Team shows progress since last year by sailing through prequalifying. Warwick then 10th on the grid, but 21st fastest Giacomelli fails to make the cut. Warwick opts to start on dries, and is rewarded by landing in 4th place as others stop. With Pirelli tyres working well in cool conditions fends off Piquet and Prost while chasing down Surer, only to collide with the Arrows on lap 50 and retire with damaged suspension. Long wait for points for driver and team continues.