Grand Prix Classic

Round 13 - Italian Grand Prix
Monza, 9 - 11 September, 1983
Team-by-Team Review

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

Rosberg qualifies 16th, while Laffite (having spent much of free practice testing new Goodyear radial tyres) surprisingly fails to qualify a first for a post-Wolf works Williams. Rosberg up to 14th at the start, but encroaches on forbidden white line while doing so. Chases Winkelhock/Mansell/Giacomelli group for middle of the race before coming home lapped 9th; a minute is added to his time for start violation, dropping him to 11th. Rosberg also fined $2000, despite team's claims he only crossed the line avoiding Giacomelli. Much needed Honda power coming at Brands.

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

Sullivan (22nd) surprisingly out-qualifies Alboreto (24th) after the latter has problems setting up new 012. Alboreto soon passes him in the race, however, and charges up to a respectable 12th by lap 8, but retires from 11th on lap 29 with oil on the clutch. Sullivan struggles all race and is running last when he pits with a down-on-power engine on lap 41. Continues only for faulty metering unit to end his race four laps later.

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

After near-misses in Austria and Holland, team cements improving form in Italy. Patrese takes first pole of the season, with Piquet 4th. Run 1-2 for first lap under no pressure, only for Patrese's engine to blow. Piquet's advantage is such that he turns down boost and still holds a 25s lead after lap 33 pitstop. With engine overheating eases off, but still takes second win of the year, moving to within 5 points of Prost.

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

Both drivers have TAG-engined cars, but team is plagued by installation problems with new Bosch Motronic EMS and more throttle lag, and Lauda only 13th on the grid, two places ahead of Watson. Lauda stops in lap 3 for lengthy stop to fix brake fluid leak. Resumes last, and retires on lap 25 with blown engine. Watson drives well - up to 8th by lap 5 and then past Warwick into 7th on lap 8, only to retire on lap 14 with electrical trouble.

9. Manfred Winkelhock (Ger)

Winkelhock once again qualifies well in 9th. Slips down to 13th before the end of the first lap but then runs 8th laps 14-28, chasing Warwick. Resumes 7th after pitstop only for exhaust to break eight laps later. Speed is there for both car and driver, but team's reliability continues to be abysmal.

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

Relative downturn in qualifying pace - de Angelis 8th and Mansell 11th. However, for once both have reliable races. After steady start de Angelis catches and passes Prost and Tambay to run 4th before lap 24 pitstop. Resumes 5th and begins catching Tambay again before brakes fade. Eases off to score first points of 1983. Mansell up to 9th at the start, but soon passed by Warwick. Tails the Toleman until lap 28 pitstop. Second half of the race marred by fading Pirelli tyres, and Mansell is passed by Giacomelli after braking to avoid spectators on the track on last lap - much to displeasure of Peter Warr.

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

Another listless weekend for team. Prost, booed and abused everywhere he goes, qualifies 5th, two places ahead of Cheever. Cheever makes a good start to move up to 3rd by lap 3; Prost runs unimpressive 7th until de Cesaris/Patrese retirements, flat-spotting tyres avoiding the Alfa Romeo. Then passed by de Angelis before crawling into pits from 6th on lap 26. Resumes, but still going slowly, and retires a lap later with broken turbo. Title lead down to just two points. Cheever battles with Arnoux before settling for excellent 3rd place, despite losing fourth gear - but Renault now 17 points behind Ferrari in constructors' cup.

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

With no development on uncompetitive car and team's participation in 1984 very much in doubt, no-one expects Acheson to qualify, and he doesn't. However, this time margin of failure is only 0.167s - an improvement.

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

Home race sees more disappointment. With 1984 driver line-up still undecided, de Cesaris qualifies fine 6th, with Baldi 10th. However, de Cesaris spins out at the start of lap 3 after overoptimistic attempt to pass Tambay, while Baldi drops out of 7th two laps later with a blown engine. After much promise, Euroracing getting no more results than the Autodelta themselves did.

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

With team going through the motions and waiting for Renault turbos in 1984, Jarier qualifies 19th and Boesel fails to qualify for the second time in 3 races. Jarier then races with Alboreto for first half of the race, and passes both Arrows cars after lap 25 pitstop to finish lapped 10th - but promoted to 9th (and highest Cosworth finisher) with Rosberg's penalty.

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

Frustrating home race for team, with development of 126C3 seemingly having reached a plateau. Nevertheless, flying laps see Tambay and Arnoux start 2nd and 3rd. Down to 3rd-4th at start and unable to match the Brabhams. Arnoux passes Tambay and then runs 2nd after Patrese retirement. Challenged by Cheever but holds out, scoring 6 points to move within 2 points of Prost in championship. Tambay, after early contact with de Cesaris, runs unobtrusively. 5th before lap 28 pitstop and resumes 4th after others have stopped, and finishes there - still in title contention, but very much an outsider.

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

Team still hunting for finance and turbo engine for 1984. Boutsen qualifies 18th, Surer 20th. Both race in tandem in lower midfield for the whole race, until Boutsen retires on lap 42 when Cosworth fails. Surer continues to finish in 11th, and is promoted to lapped 10th after Rosberg is penalised.

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

For second time in 1983, both cars qualify - Ghinzani 23rd, Fabi 25th. Down to last two places by the end of the first lap, run ahead of only delayed Lauda before Ghinzani pits on lap 6 with gearbox trouble - which proves terminal four laps later. Fabi continues, and passes down-on-power Sullivan on lap 20, but retires from 14th and last on lap 46 when Alfa Romeo V12 develops an oil leak and blows.

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

With Mo Nunn leaving the team a few days before the meeting, Guerrero qualifies 21st and Cecotto 26th. Up to 17th/18th by lap 8 and then battle hard among themselves for the rest of the race, eventually finishing twice-lapped 11th (Cecotto) and 12th (Guerrero, despite sticking throttle). Team's future very much uncertain with departure of Nunn and Yip's disinterest.

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

More well-deserved success. Warwick starts 12th, but charges up to 7th by lap 5. Passed by Watson, but retakes place when the McLaren retires. Briefly runs 5th before lap 27 pitstop and resumes 6th, staying there to score second points finish in as many races after long wait. Giacomelli also drives well - up to 10th by lap 14, and reaches 6th before lap 30 pitstop. Rejoins 8th but chases down Mansell in later stages, controversially passing him during last lap track invasion to take 7th and his best Toleman result to date.

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

New 101C chassis taken to Italy incomplete with hopes of finishing it at the circuit, but problems with both 201 cars prevent further work being undertaken, and limit Johansson to 17th on the grid. Drives up to 14th by third lap, only to retire when an electrical problem stops car out on the circuit.