Grand Prix Classic

Round 12 - Dutch Grand Prix
Zandvoort, 26 - 28 August, 1983
Team-by-Team Review

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

Both drivers confirmed for 1984, but are going through the motions while they await Honda power, with Patrick Head back at Grove working on new car. FW08C doesn't suit Zandvoort, with a lack of grip hindering drivers. Laffite starts 17th, with Rosberg 23rd. Rosberg makes super start to 14th, with Laffite briefly 15th. Both struggle as the race goes on, however. Laffite pits twice for new tyres before retiring when the second set goes off almost straight away. Rosberg briefly reaches 10th, but with the same wear and a misfire exits from 13th on lap 52.

Tyrrell 012-Cosworth
3. Michele Alboreto (It)
Tyrrell 011-Cosworth
4. Danny Sullivan (USA)

Alboreto runs new 012 for whole weekend, but with conventional rear wing in place of reverse delta example seen in Austria. He starts 18th, is up to 13th at the start and advances steadily through the field to pass Patrese for 6th three laps from the end, despite making a late stop to top up on fuel. Sullivan just qualifies in 26th, and is in 21st when his engine fails on lap 21.

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

BT52B runs quickly at Zandvoort, aided by special high boost qualifying engine in T-car. Piquet takes his first pole position of the season, with Patrese 6th. Piquet then leads confidently from Prost until then Renault driver hits him on lap 42. Patrese battles with Cheever for 3rd until lap 15, but loses out to Arnoux. Moves up to 2nd after pitstops and holds off charging Tambay, only for turbo to blow. Limps around to finish, but is passed by seven cars and ends up 9th, two laps down.

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

Much attention and fuss over debut of Porsche-built TAG V6 turbo for Lauda, but he only qualifies 19th, four places behind Watson (rumoured to be dropped at the end of the year) with bad throttle lag. Lauda up to 12th by lap 13, but retires from 14th on lap 26 with boiling brake fluid. Watson runs well, passing numerous rivals and benefiting from attrition to finish a fine 3rd - first non-turbo driver on the rostrum since Detroit.

9. Manfred Winkelhock (Ger)

Fraught weekend for German team. Winkelhock qualifies respectable 9th. However, ignition problems prevent him from making the dummy grid. Instead joins the parade lap, moving up to his grid slot. Drops to 16th at the start. Is up to to 8th before lap 40 pitstop (where designer Gustav Brunner is hit by Cheever's Renault, breaking his leg) only to be belatedly black-flagged on lap 50 for not starting for the pitlane. Owner Gustav Schmidt and Winkelhock both furious at needless delay in informing team of disqualification.

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

Once more both drivers qualify well (with spare 94T for the first time) - de Angelis 3rd, Mansell 5th. However, again disappointing in the race. Poor start drops de Angelis to 5th, and is running in distant 7th when engine fails. Mansell not much better - drops to 10th at the start, passes Johansson and then runs 7th after de Angelis retirement. Catches Warwick, but slides off after overoptimistic attempt to pass the Toleman on lap 27.

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

Disastrous weekend for Renault. Prost starts 4th, with Cheever back in 12th. Both have a great start to the race - Cheever up to astonishing 2nd, Prost to 3rd. Prost takes over 2nd on lap 4 and chases down Piquet, while Cheever, with engine trouble, battles with Patrese over 3rd. Prost makes uncharacteristic error on lap 42, knocking Piquet into retirement, and crashes out himself with accident damage before the end of the lap. Cheever is already out by then with ignition trouble. Ferrari retake the lead of the constructors' cup.

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

Once more a lack of grip plagues unimpressive RAM March 01 and inexperienced Kenny Acheson - his fastest time is two seconds slower than next-fastest Cecotto's, and he once again fails to qualify.

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

183T chassis doesn't suit Zandvoort. Nevertheless de Cesaris starts 8th (despite ugly altercation with Patrese) and Baldi 12th. After a good start de Cesaris runs 5th laps 1-6 before retiring with a blown turbo. Baldi runs steadily and benefits from others' problems to finish full-distance 5th for his best result yet.

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

Unrepentant for blocking Tambay in Austria, Jarier qualifies 22nd. Moves up to 18th at the start, but hits Guerrero on first lap, and retires on lap 4 with resultant suspension damage. Despondent Boesel qualifies 24th, and - after battling Johansson in the second half of the race and losing - finishes 10th, two laps down.

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

Tambay qualifies 2nd as Piquet ends Ferrari run of poles, with Arnoux down in 10th after myriad technical problems. Tambay then has clutch trouble at the start and drops to 21st, while Arnoux moves up to 7th. Passes Mansell, Cheever and Patrese before being handed the lead by Prost/Piquet collision shortly after lap 39 pitstop. Then runs unchallenged to 3rd victory of 1983 season, moving up to 2nd in the championship, only 8 points behind Prost. Tambay drives fine race, passing Laffite, Surer, Rosberg, Alboreto, Lauda, Johansson, Watson, and Baldi to run 3rd at time of lap 41 pitstop. Resumes in 3rd and catches Patrese. Unable to pass, but takes 2nd when the Brabham has turbo trouble, and moves up to 3rd equal in the championship.

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

Surer qualifies impressive 14th (fastest Cosworth car) and Boutsen 21st. Surer up to 12th at the start, but spins down to 17th on lap 2, but continues with typical determined race to finish 8th, two laps down, having been passed by Johansson on the final lap. Boutsen also drives smooth, fast race in agile but under-powered car to reach 8th by lap 51, only to drop out with blown engine six laps from the end. Classified 14th.

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

Fabi qualifies 25th, but Ghinzani only 27th fastest (only 0.084s off Sullivan). Fabi reaches 16th of 20 runners on lap 28, but passed by Boesel and Giacomelli. Repasses Giacomelli on lap 58 and is running 11th when engine fails one lap from the finish. Still classified in that position, however, as he has completed more laps than the three runners behind him.

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

With Mo Nunn and Nigel Bennett absent working on Indycar project, team lacks technical direction. Guerrero is able to qualify 20th, but Cecotto is only 28th fastest and fails to start for the second time. Guerrero then hit by Jarier on the first lap, and pits to have damage to nosecone fixed in long stop. Then circulates at a respectable pace to finish 12th, four laps down. Team's future becoming more insecure with every race, with Nunn's energies directed elsewhere and Teddy Yip completely disinterested.

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

With Holsett turbos and cockpit boost controls now fitted to all cars, and Zandvoort suiting torque of Hart engine, Toleman finally get the results their efforts deserve. Warwick qualifies 7th, and runs 6th laps 6-31 before pitstop. Initially drops to 12th, but as others stop or hit problems finds himself a comfortable fifth. Passes Patrese five laps from the end and finishes overjoyed 4th for team's first ever points - however, with offers from several big teams for 1984, seems almost certain to leave at the end of the season. Giacomelli qualifies 13th, but makes another bad start - dropping to 23rd. Recovers to 17th by lap 6, but is no higher than 15th when he makes his stop on lap 25. With badly wearing Pirellis stops again on lap 56, and moves up to 12th. However, spins and damages underside of the car, and finishes limp 14th, four laps down.

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

Team still suffering minor technical problems, though Johansson finally able to both qualify (16th) and race new 201C, now in official Honda livery. Makes dynamite start to run 9th for first two laps, but gradually drops back to 13th on lap 23. Pits from 9th on lap 34, at which point his car briefly catches fire after fuel is spilled on engine cover, but continues from 16th after 50-second delay. Runs better in second half of the race, passing Patrese and Surer on final few laps to finish satisfied 7th. Spirit's first purpose-designed chassis expected for Italian Grand Prix.