Grand Prix Classic

Round 11 - Austrian Grand Prix
Osterreichring, 12 - 14 August, 1983
Team-by-Team Review

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

Two year deal for turbocharged Honda engines formally announced, with new car due to appear at European Grand Prix. Just as well, as both drivers struggle. Rosberg qualifies 15th and Laffite 24th. Poor start sees Rosberg briefly down to 20th, but he fights back and despite loss of power is up to 7th by lap 34. However, unable to hold off Jarier and finishes 8th, with 3rd gear having disappeared. Laffite up to 17th lap 1, but troubled by a severe vibration pits on lap 20. New tyres fail to help, and retires a lap later.

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

New Tyrrell 012 appears for the first time, one example present for Alboreto. After handling problems he qualifies 18th in old car, with Sullivan 23rd. Sullivan out on lap 1 after collision with Surer. Alboreto, keeping with the 011, battles with Lauda for 12th before lap 9 coming with Johansson causes retirement. Not a good day for the team.

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

Troubled practice, but Piquet still qualifies 4th and Patrese 6th. Both move up a place at the start, and Piquet passes Tambay for 2nd on lap 22. Patrese stops from 4th lap 28, resumes 6th but retires almost immediately with overheated BMW. Piquet takes the lead when Arnoux stops on lap 28, and just about retains the lead after his own very fast stop on lap 31. However, engine loses revs, and is down to 3rd by lap 37. Struggles on, just holding off Cheever to finish 3rd, but is now 14 points behind in title race.

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

Both qualify a little better than usual thanks to improving Michelins - Lauda 15th (fastest DFV) and Watson 18th. Watson caught up in first lap accident and pits for new nosecone, and slogs up to 9th place. Lauda sees off early challenge from Alboreto to be leading Cosworth car for the rest of the race, and thanks to retirements is rewarded with a lapped 6th place. McLaren-TAG expected for Dutch Grand Prix.

9. Manfred Winkelhock (Ger)

With more technical problems, Winkelhock qualifies 14th. Up to 9th by lap 14 but with overheating BMW engine is unable to match other turbos. Pits for fuel on lap 29 from 7th, but retires four laps later when overheating becomes terminal.

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

Mansell on fine form, and qualifies superb 3rd. With car trouble, de Angelis only 12th. On first lap de Angelis spins and is knocked into retirement by Giacomelli. Mansell drops to 5th at the start, and is then passed by Patrese. Follows the leaders at an ever-increasing distance with unsatisfactory Pirelli race tyres, and is overtaken by Cheever and de Cesaris before lap 30 fuel and tyres stop. Retirements elevate him to 5th place, one lap down, scoring his third points finish - but hugely frustrated at being unable to reprise practice form.

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

Renault once again lose out to Ferrari and Brabham in the qualifying shoot-out, with Prost starting 5th and Cheever 8th. Nevertheless, both race well. Prost up to 4th at the start, closely tailing 3rd place Piquet. Stops for fuel and tyres on lap 22 and is up to 3rd by lap 31. Then follows Arnoux past struggling Piquet on lap 37 before forcing his way past Arnoux five laps from the end for superb victory - now 14 points clear in the drivers' title. Cheever unable to keep in contact with the leaders, but passes Mansell just before lap 26 stop. Moves up through attrition and just fails to pass Piquet for 3rd on the last lap. Nevertheless, his three points help Renault move into the lead of the constructors' cup.

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

Acheson is nearly two seconds off making the grid, and 1.5s slower than 28th-fastest Cecotto, so once again fails to qualify.

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

Baldi qualifies 9th, with de Cesaris 11th. Race 8th/9th (with de Cesaris passing Baldi on lap 5) unable to keep up with front seven cars, until Baldi retires lap 14. Finding some speed, de Cesaris passes Mansell and up to 4th after others stop, only for a faulty fuel system and meter to cause him to run out of petrol when de Cesaris believed he had another two laps' worth in the tank.

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

Jarier starts 20th, with Boesel failing to qualify for the first time in a Ligier. Jarier's respectable run to 7th, one lap down, marred by moronic display of blocking which destroys Tambay's race - amid rumours the veteran will not be retained by Ligier for 1984.

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

Once again Ferrari are the class of qualifying, with Tambay on pole and Arnoux alongside this time. Lead away 1-2 and run in close company with Piquet and Prost until Tambay is cut up badly by Jarier on lap 22. Arnoux then leads until lap 28 pitstop. Tambay briefly retakes lead from Piquet, but drops out with no fuel pressure. Arnoux is leapfrogged by Piquet in the pits, despite robust attempt to pass the Brazilian on his out-lap, but retakes the lead on lap 37 when Piquet encounters engine problems. However, with no fourth gear and fading tyres, is picked off by Prost five laps from the end and finishes second. Moves past Tambay in the championship, but now 16 points behind Prost.

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

Lack of straight-line speed costs both drivers - Boutsen starts 19th, Surer 22nd. Surer then eliminated in first corner shunt with Sullivan. Boutsen moves up to 14th at the start, but pits on lap 23 with a misfiring engine. A change of plugs sees him resume after losing four laps, continuing to finish 13th and last, five laps behind.

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

Joyful weekend for the team - for only the third time in the team's history, both cars qualify, Fabi in 25th and Ghinzani in 26th - despite Alfa V12 chassis being slower in a straight line than all the Cosworth cars. And, for the first time in the team's history, both cars finish too - Fabi in 10th, three laps down, and Ghinzani in 11th, four laps behind the leader. Team delighted with reliable showing as it tries to persuade Alfa Romeo it is worthy of free V8 turbo engines for 1984.

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

For the second time in 1983, disillusioned Cecotto fails to qualify. Guerrero starts 21st and finishes first lap in 16th. Unable to hold off Rosberg, but is in 14th when he begins to lose gears. Retires on lap 25 when the unit packs up altogether.

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

Once more good practice followed by poor race. Team dabbles with new Holsett turbocharger on Warwick's car, in place of Garrett unit. Giacomelli starts fine 7th, but retires with smashed radiator after hitting spinning de Angelis on the opening lap. Warwick qualifies 10th, moves up to 8th on the first lap and then retires with failing turbo pressure.

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

Once more a weekend full of technical problems in new 201C. Johansson drives 201 test hack on Friday (slowest of all), but qualifies 16th in 201C on Saturday. Car then breaks down on dummy grid, and Johansson takes the start in old 201. Zaps up to 11th on the first lap, but passed by Lauda on lap 9, and promptly hit by following Alboreto. Loses nosecone and stalls, but is able to restart car and head to the pits. After repairs, finishes 12th, five laps down (with lap 30 fuel & tyres stop) to at least get some mileage on car and engine.