San Marino GP 1982
APRIL 25, 1982
San Marino GP, 1982
In the three weeks after the race at Long Beach the FIA ruled that Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg should be excluded from the results of the Brazilian GP because they had been running water tanks designed to allow them to run under the weight limit. There was an outcry from the FOCA teams and it was agreed that they would boycott the race at Imola.
While all this was going on Williams had decided to sign Derek Daly as replacement for Carlos Reutemann. as a result Theodore was looking for a driver and Geoff Lees stepped in. Marc Surer was due to be back in action for Arrows and so Brian Henton moved to Tyrrell to replace Slim Borgudd. In the end only seven teams appeared: Ferrari, Renault, Alfa Romeo, Tyrrell, ATS, Toleman and Osella. The others stayed away.
Qualifying resulted in pole position for Rene Arnoux with his Renault team mate Alain Prost alongside. Then came the Ferraris of Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi while Michele Alboreto was fifth ahead of the two Alfas of Bruno Giacomelli and Andrea de Cesaris. The top 10 was completed by Derek Warwick's Toleman, Jean-Pierre Jarier in the Osella and Teo Fabi's Toleman.
The race saw the two Renaults break down and left Villeneuve and Pironi running first and second for Ferrari - to the delight of the local fans. It was a very dull race but in the closing stages Pironi closed right up on Villeneuve and the Canadian - believing that victory was his as the Ferrari team orders meant that Pironi would sit behind him - thought that the Frenchman was not fighting for the lead but merely putting on a show for the fans. Pironi got ahead, Villeneuve overtook him again.
On the last lap Villeneuve was not expecting any more moves from his teammate. But at Tosa Corner Pironi outbraked him and took the lead. For the rest of the lap Villeneuve was stuck behind with Pironi not giving him the chance to pass. Pironi took the chequered flag. Villeneuve was furious. Alboreto took third place with Jarier fourth and Eliseo Salazar fifth. There were no other finishers.
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|r||23||Bruno Giacomelli||Alfa Romeo||24||Engine||6|
|r||22||Andrea de Cesaris||Alfa Romeo||4||Fuel Pump||7|