Grand Prix Classic

Round 10 - German Grand Prix
Hockenheim, 5 - 7 August, 1983
Team-by-Team Review

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

Rosberg, reportedly being courted by Ferrari, takes usual place as fastest Cosworth driver in 12th, with Laffite 15th. Rosberg advances to 10th but, on soft Goodyear tyres, is unable to hold the McLarens. Struggles to find first gear after lap 22 stop, and eventually finishes lapped 10th. Laffite also unable to stop the McLarens, but passes Rosberg and runs 9th after lap 26 stop. Moves up with late retirements and Lauda's disqualification to finish 6th for final point.

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

Alboreto, strongly linked with Ferrari for 1984 and certain to leave unless team secures turbo deal, starts 16th and retires from 15th on lap 5 when fuel pump shears. Sullivan starts 21st and runs near the back on the way to 13th and last.

Brabham BT52B-BMW
5. Nelson Piquet (Brz)
6. Riccardo Patrese (It)

Piquet starts 4th (setting best time in spare car) and Patrese 8th. Both pass de Cesaris in the early part of the race to run 2nd and 5th before stops. Gamble to run longer fails to bear fruit, despite Piquet leading for seven laps. Piquet retires from 2nd three laps from the end after leaking fuel sets fire to his car, but Patrese benefits to finish 3rd for his first result of the season, despite constantly diminishing boost.

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

Lauda starts 18th and Watson 23rd, but on excellent Michelin tyres both race well, passing both Williams cars in the first half to lead the Cosworth cars. Pit for fuel and tyres on lap 26 (Lauda) and lap 29 (Watson) and finish 5th and 6th. However, Lauda disqualified for reversing after overshooting during pitstop, elevating Watson (rumoured to be retiring at the end of the season) to 5th instead.

9. Manfred Winkelhock (Ger)

Disastrous home race for team, who have high hopes of being competitive at fast Hockenheim. Technical problems prevent Winkelhock from running in Friday timed session (morning time would have had him 13th) and does not run in wet Saturday session, failing to qualify for all-important home race in front of BMW top brass.

Lotus 94T-Renault
11. Elio de Angelis (It)
12. Nigel Mansell (GB)

After sensational British Grand Prix, both cars suffer myriad technical problems, and drivers qualify badly - de Angelis 11th, Mansell 17th. Neither lasts long in the race either - Mansell out from 16th on lap 2 (in the old car), de Angelis pits from 9th on lap 9 with overheating, and retires with blown engine two laps after resumption.

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

Team slightly disappointed with 5th (Prost) and 6th (Cheever) in qualifying. Both pass de Cesaris and Tambay to run 3rd/4th before Prost pits, lap 21. Struggling with no first gear, loses 5th son after restart. Easy prey for other turbo runners, but handles the car carefully to finish 4th after others retire and extend championship lead. Cheever runs 3rd after lap 25 refuelling stop, only to retire lap 39 when throttle cable detaches.

RAM March 01-Cosworth
17. Kenny Acheson (GB)

Acheson fails to qualify, but is only 0.6s slower than Ghinzani, giving under-funded team some hope that progress is being made.

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

Finding V8's powerband suits the circuit and aided by enlarged turbochargers, de Cesaris qualifies 3rd, but is fined and has to pay bail after hitting two security guards on the way into the paddock. Baldi also qualifies well in 7th. In the race, de Cesaris loses out to Piquet and the Renaults early on, but repasses them all as they hit various problems to finish 2nd for his best-ever result and first points of the season. Baldi also fades at the start of the race, dropping as low as 10th, but returns to 7th before lap 24, when he pits with a loss of power. Continues for one more lap before retiring. Team rumoured to be tempting Emerson Fittipaldi out of retirement for 1984 season.

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

Poor 1982 starting to look like heaven compared to horrendous 1983. Jarier starts 19th and does well to race with the McLarens early on and finishes lapped 9th. Boesel starts 25th after a big crash on Friday, races with neck braced and has only Ghinzani behind him for most of the race before pulling out on lap 28 when his Cosworth engine expires. Still no points.

Ferrari 126C3-Ferrari
27. Patrick Tambay (Fr)
28. Rene Arnoux (Fr)

Tambay gives Ferrari their fourth pole in a row, with Arnoux 2nd on the grid. Arnoux passes Tambay lap 2, and they run in that order until Tambay pits on lap 11 with down-on-power engine (having been changed after morning warm-up). Makes one more slow lap before retiring. Arnoux holds comfortable lead before lap 24 fuel stop. Resumes 3rd, but repasses both Cheever and Piquet when they both stop, handily beating Brabham's new pitstop strategy. Then takes his second win of the season with relative ease, moving up to 4th in the championship and helping Ferrari retake the lead of the constructors' table.

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

Boutsen qualifies excellent 14th, second fastest DFV runner, with Surer 20th. Both have heavy tanks for non-stop run and are unable to compete with McLaren and Williams cars or Jarier, but both drive well to finish 7th (Surer) and 9th (Boutsen).

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

Continued reliability problems blight whole weekend. Once again Ghinzani qualifies (26th) and luckless Fabi doesn't (2.5s slower after the bulk of the technical problems). Ghinzani once again runs last for nearly the whole race (passes Boesel on lap 1, repassed on lap 2) before pitting on lap 21 to investigate power loss. Problem traced to a broken exhaust, so Ghinzani continues, only to retire from 17th thirteen laps later when V12 develops an oil leak and causes retirement.

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

Rudderless team's early season form seems long-gone. Guerrero qualifies 24th but retires on the first lap when ageing DFV blows. Cecotto starts 22nd and battles with Sullivan for most of the race, coming out on top to take 11th place, one lap behind.

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

With first points still elusive, team seems to be sliding back down the order. Warwick qualifies 9th and reaches 7th by lap 18 before pitting when Hart engine drops a valve. Giacomelli starts 10th, but gets off the line badly and falls to 14th. Spins on lap 5, dropping to 18th. Makes no significant progress before retiring from 13th when engine's turbine fails on lap 20, causing retirement.

Spirit 201C-Honda
40. Stefan Johansson (Swe)

Practice still interrupted by technical problems, but Johansson qualifies 13th in 201C. Up to 9th by the end of the first lap and running well despite being passed by de Angelis and Warwick. Back into 9th before lap 12 when engine fails.