Grand Prix Classic

Round 8 - Canadian Grand Prix
Montreal, 10 - 12 June, 1983
Team-by-Team Review

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

Once again the team is by far the most impressive of the Cosworth runners. Rosberg starts 9th, but is passed by Giacomelli off the line. Repasses the Toleman on lap 4, then battles with de Cesaris for 7th - colliding with him at the hairpin, but continuing unharmed in 10th. Gets back past Laffite and then past de Cesaris to run 6th, and is close enough to the leaders to take advantage of Prost and Patrese's problems in order to secure unlapped 4th place. Laffite also makes combative start after qualifying 13th to run 7th by lap 19. Retains position after pitstop, but retires lap 38 with gearbox trouble.

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

Back to hard reality after Detroit heroics, Alboreto starts 17th with Sullivan 22nd. After a reliable but slow race plagued by lack of grip, Alboreto finishes in lapped 8th. Sullivan stops lap 17 to have rear wing fixed, losing well over a lap, and drives excellently to finish 9th - but is then disqualified for his car being 4kg underweight. New Maurice Philippe design expected to appear in one of the upcoming European rounds.

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

Piquet and Patrese qualify 3rd and 5th respectively. Patrese makes great start to run 2nd laps 1-33, but is unable to challenge Arnoux. Piquet down to 4th, but passes Prost on lap 4. Then retires lap 16 with faulty throttle linkage. Patrese briefly leads before lap 38 fuel stop, then back in 2nd until lap 47. Begins losing gears and is passed by Cheever and Tambay. Gearbox finally gives up when battling with Prost for 4th, lap 57, causing 10th successive retirement. New 'B'-spec car, with Renault-style rear aerodynamics, expected for British Grand Prix.

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

Watson awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours list. As usual, both drivers qualify poorly (Lauda 19th, Watson 20th) and are much better in the race. Lauda spins and stalls trying to pass Giacomelli for 15th on lap 11, but Watson once again moves up through the field in the middle of the race, finding himself 7th by lap 38. Resists heavy pressure from Boutsen, and is promoted by Patrese retirement to 6th, securing the final point despite fading brakes. Still no firm date set for debut of TAG Porsche turbo car.

9. Manfred Winkelhock (Ger)

Winkelhock qualifies fine 7th, but slips down to 9th at the start. Keeps with de Cesaris and Rosberg and into 6th by lap 15, only to pit four laps later with overheated tyres. Resumes 15th, troubled by a misfire, and stops again for tyres on lap 55. Running in 10th, stops three laps from the end when faulty fuel system sets fire to the car, but is classified 9th.

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

After qualifying 11th, de Angelis completes just one lap before a broken accelerator cable ends his race. Mansell starts 18th and briefly moves up to 15th before stopping to change tyres on lap 5. Finds handling impossible, and stops for more tyres on laps 19, 27, 33 and 37, before finally admitting the car's handling problems are insoluble on lap 44. Much improved car hoped for in time for British Grand Prix.

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

Good qualifying sees Prost 2nd and Cheever 6th - after being blocked by Arnoux, who Cheever believes mistook him for Prost... Prost down to 3rd at the start, and almost immediately begins struggling with a down-on-power engine and dodgy gearbox, and loses out to Patrese, Piquet and Tambay before lap 33 stop. Keeps going and despite being passed by Rosberg at least hangs on for lapped 5th place. Cheever passes Prost lap 13 then Tambay lap 28 and into second before lap 36 stop. Chases and passes ailing Patrese to finish 2nd for best Renault result yet.

RAM March 01-Cosworth
17. Jacques Villeneuve (Can)

With local sponsorship, CanAm racer Jacques Villeneuve takes over drive after testing at Mosport. Despite sizeable local support is unable to make substandard chassis go any further than Eliseo Salazar, and fails to qualify by nearly four tenths of a second.

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

Another good performance sees de Cesaris start 8th. Up to 7th at the start and resists robust attack from Rosberg. However, drops back to 9th with overheating engine. Back to 8th before lap 32 fuel stop. Resumes in 12th, but only lasts until lap 43 when the engine fails altogether. Baldi's slump continues - he only qualifies 26th, and also suffers overheated engine. Runs slowly, with lap 38 fuel stop, to finish 12th and last, four laps adrift.

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

Jarier qualifies a respectable 16th, only to retire without completing a lap when gears rapidly disappear. Boesel qualifies 24th, nearly two seconds slower, and runs ahead of Sullivan, Baldi, Fabi and Mansell before retiring on lap 32 with broken driveshaft.

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

Arnoux takes second successive pole position, with Tambay 4th. Arnoux leads dominantly, pulling away to 30s lead before pitstop on lap 35. Drops briefly to 3rd but retakes lead when Patrese pits and romps away to 5th Grand Prix win by 42 seconds. Tambay runs 4th laps 1-11 before passing Prost. Passed by Cheever and resumes 4th after lap 39 fuel stop, but passes struggling Patrese to finish full-distance 3rd despite blistered tyres, gaining on Prost and Piquet in title race.

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

Surer starts fine 14th, only to cook clutch on the grid and retire almost immediately. Boutsen starts excellent 15th and is 9th chasing Watson by lap 33. After energetic attempts to get by breaks front wing on the McLaren and then suffers cutting engine due to lack of fuel on last lap, but nevertheless continues to finish 7th place, one lap down and continues his fine start to Formula 1.

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

This time Fabi qualifies, in 25th, while Ghinzani is slowest of all and doesn't. Fabi down to last before first corner, and stops lap 25 to have engine looked at. Sent on his way but retires two laps later with rising oil pressure. Team to switch entirely to FA1E with Alfa Romeo V12 from British Grand Prix onwards, and hope to run Alfa V8 turbo units in 1984.

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

Neither driver qualifies particularly well - Guerrero 21st, Cecotto 23rd. Cecotto out of 16th of 21 runners on lap 18 with a broken differential; Guerrero follows him into retirement on lap 27 when engine valve fails when in 14th place. Team needs injection of capital to move package forwards.

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

Giacomelli out-qualifies Warwick for the first time - 10th to 12th, but both are hindered by poor Pirelli tyres. Giacomelli runs 8th laps 1-3, but drops back, and is down to 13th after lap 32 pitstop. Retires from 11th lap 43 with blown engine. Warwick runs little better, reaching 10th before lap 29 stop, and returns to the same position only for a turbo to break on lap 47. Giacomelli hitches a lift back to the pits with Rosberg at the end of the race, only to fall off the Williams and spend Sunday night in hospital with a badly bruised arm...