Grand Prix Classic


Round 7 - United States Grand Prix
Detroit, 3 - 5 June, 1983
Team-by-Team Review


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

Hopes of increased competitiveness seemingly blighted by poor qualifying (Rosberg 12th, Laffite 20th). Both race well, however. Rosberg up five places on the first lap, then passes Warwick, Alboreto, de Cesaris and Piquet to run 2nd before lap 29 fuel stop. Resumes in 3rd, too far behind to challenge after slow stop. Sees off challenge from Watson and takes 2nd place after Piquet's puncture - only six points off championship lead with Cosworth power. Laffite up to 16th by first lap and drives consistently as others have problems, reaching 3rd before lap 32 pitstop. Resumes 5th and stays there for 2 points, helping Williams to 2nd in constructors' standings. Strong rumours circulate that team have signed a deal to run Honda's V6 turbo engine as soon as a chassis to take the motor is ready.



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

Team's best race of 1983 to date. Alboreto qualifies well in 6th, with Sullivan a solid 16th. Alboreto runs 4th/5th for first half of the race, battling with Rosberg and de Cesaris. Up to 2nd by lap 33 as others pit, and stays there until Piquet's puncture, at which point he takes the lead on the way to his second Grand Prix victory (and first for the DFY engine). Sullivan also makes good progress and is in 7th by lap 27, only to retire three laps later when an electrical fault causes the engine to cut out.



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

Piquet qualifies 2nd, with Patrese back in 15th after another troubled practice. Gordon Murray and Piquet concoct plan to run non-stop. He leads laps 1-10 until passed by Arnoux and then later Rosberg, but returns to 2nd, close to Arnoux, when they both pit. Takes the lead when the Ferrari retires and holds it securely until lap 51 puncture drops him to disappointed 4th. Nevertheless closes Prost's championship lead to one point. Patrese unimpressive again. Moves up to 9th by lap 8, when he stops to replace blistered rear tyres. Drops to 19th, and retires from 16th on lap 25 complaining of poor brakes. Rear wing protested by Renault - protest thrown out, and Brabham unsuccessfully protest Renault's exhaust system in response.



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

Once more drivers nowhere in qualifying - Lauda 18th and Watson 21st. Watson puts in usual determined charge, vaulting up to 4th as others pit, retire and struggle. Unable to pass Rosberg, but elevated to 3rd by Piquet's puncture and stays there for best result since Long Beach. Lauda up to 12th by lap 15 before he pits to replace overheated tyres, dropping back to 18th. They go no better, and he stops for another set on lap 23. Retires on lap 51 with bad handling, later traced to broken rear suspension component.



ATS D6-BMW
9. Manfred Winkelhock (Ger)

Car not suited to tight circuit, and Winkelhock (5th on the grid in 1982 with Cosworth power) only starts 22nd. Then jumps the start, incurring a one-minute penalty. Climbs to 12th by lap 25 (before penalty), but crashes out on lap 27 with broken suspension caused by botched attempt to lap Lauda on lap 24.



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

Improved form sees de Angelis qualify 4th and Mansell 14th. With red light still on de Angelis jumps the start into 3rd, but retires with broken transmission on lap 6. Mansell - using modified version of four-tier rear wing - struggles with usual difficult Pirellis causing huge understeer, but keeps to the task in hand when they come back in during the later stages, passing Boutsen on his way to a lapped 6th and team's first point of a nightmare season despite overheating DFY. Team has signed Gerard Ducarouge, who doesn't travel to America, but instead stays at Hethel working on a new chassis to replace the dreadful 93T.



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

Prost despises the circuit, and qualifies back in 13th - six places behind Cheever. Cheever out from 8th on lap 5 when fuel feed breaks and starves the engine. Prost passes both Arrows drivers but loses a front wing getting past Boutsen and advances no further than 7th before lap 19 fuel and tyres stop. No better in second half of the race, finishing in a lapped 8th. Rear aeros again protested, this time by Brabham, and again proclaimed legal.



RAM March 01-Cosworth

Copec withdraw their sponsorship for Eliseo Salazar after recent poor results, and team does not enter United States Grand Prix, instead heading straight to Canada for familiarisation testing at Mosport with replacement driver Jacques Villeneuve.



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

Improved form of de Cesaris sees him start 8th. Up to 4th at the start, then 3rd when de Angelis retires. Passed by Rosberg, Alboreto and Warwick and pits from 5th on lap 29. Hits tyre wall shortly after resuming and is pushed by marshals, only for turbo to fail on lap 35. Baldi only qualifies 25th and only reaches 20th before pitstop on lap 19. Troubled by a misfire, finishes 12th and last, four laps down.



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

More disappointment, as Jarier starts only 19th and Boesel 23rd. Jarier briefly reaches 16th before pitting with overheated tyres on lap 7. Stops for three more sets on laps 17, 23 and 30, when the farce is finally ended by a wheel nut refusing to come off and causing retirement. Boesel causes less fuss but is no faster, finishing 10th, two laps down.



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

Under pressure Arnoux responds with pole position, with Tambay in 3rd. Tambay stalls at 2nd start and, to his consternation, is towed away by marshals. Arnoux down to 2nd behind Piquet laps 1-10 before taking the lead. Builds a 30-second cushion before lap 29 fuel & tyres stop. Resumes still in 1st place, only to retire with broken fuel injection system on lap 32.



Arrows A6-Cosworth
29. Marc Surer (Swz)
30. Thierry Boutsen (Bel)

Both drivers excel in qualifying, Surer 5th fastest and Boutsen 10th. Surer boxed in at the start and down to 10th. Spins down to 15th on lap 6 before making two stops to locate fluid leak. With radiators cleared continues to disappointed 11th, two laps down. Boutsen drives sensible, mature race, letting those he can't hold past and aiming for the finish. Achieves this in an impressive 7th position in only second Grand Prix.



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

Once again only one Osella qualifies, but this time it is Ghinzani, 24th in the Alfa Romeo V12 car, with Fabi the sole non-qualifier in the Cosworth machine. Ghinzani, making only his second GP start in nine attempts, down to last by the end of the second lap, and retires on lap 6 with an overheated engine.



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

Guerrero qualifies excellent 11th, with Cecotto back in 25th after limited practice running. Guerrero keeps pace in midfield for much of the race, reaching 9th before dropping into the pits with broken gear linkage on lap 22. Cecotto races superbly to move up to 9th on lap 33, only to retire three laps later in the pits with a broken gearbox - at which point team removes his gear linkage and fits it to Guerrero's car, with the Columbian completing another 16 laps to finish the race - albeit 22 laps down and unclassified.



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

Yet another troubled practice, but Warwick starts 9th and Giacomelli 17th. Warwick into 6th at the start. Passed by Rosberg but up to 5th by lap 25, but then hit by a misfire and retires on lap 26. Giacomelli unable to make much progress, also struggling with a misfire. Stops for fuel and tyres on lap 32 on the way to a lapped 9th place.