Canadian GP 1982

Canadian GP, 1982

With Ferrari retaining only Didier Pironi for the Canadian GP - which came a week after the inaugural Detroit GP - the field was little changed with Geoff Lees stepping in at Ensign to replace the injured Jan Lammers. having failed to qualify the Brabham-BMW in Detroit Nelson Piquet was keen to do well in Canada and lined up fourth while Manfred Winkelhock (ATS), the big surprise in Detroit, failed to qualify on this occasion (as did Emilio de Villota (Onyx March and Chico Serra (Fittipaldi). Riccardo Paletti did make it in his Osella and having qualified but not started in Detroit (because his team mate Jean-Pierre Jarier took the car) he was keen to well.

At the front of the grid Pironi was making the most of the Ferrari's considerable power and improving handling and he outqualified both Renault drivers, Alain Prost beating Rene Arnoux on this occasion. Then came Piquet, Bruno Giacomelli (Alfa Romeo), John Watson (McLaren), Keke Rosberg (Williams), Riccardo Patrese (Brabham), Andrea de Cesaris (Alfa Romeo) and Elio de Angelis (Lotus).

At the start Pironi stalled. Most of the field was able to avoid the Ferrari. But Raul Boesel (March) clipped the car and bounced across the road and behind him Paletti ran straight into the back of the Ferrari which was then punted across the track and into Lees's Theodore. Pironi immediately went to the aid of Paletti, who was trapped in the car. He was joined by F1 doctor Sid Watkins and as the two worked to free the Italian the car briefly caught fire. The blaze was quickly extinguished. It took nearly half an hour to get Paletti out and he was then helicoptered to hospital but there was little hope and he died two hours later.

All the delays meant that the race was not restarted until after six o'clock. Pironi took the spare Ferrari. the two Osellas and Lees (who did not have a spare) were missing. Pironi went into the lead from Arnoux, Prost, Piquet, Watson and Rosberg. On the first lap Nigel Mansell (Lotus) collided with Giacomelli and broke his wrist.

The Ferrari spare was not handling well and soon Pironi had dropped back to fourth. He would slip back for the rest of the afternoon.

Arnoux stayed ahead of Piquet only until the ninth lap and the early part of the race was marked by a drive to the front by Patrese who was second by lap 29. There he stayed to make it a Brabham-BMW 1-2. The first win for a BMW engine.

Both Renaults failed to make the distance Arnoux spinning off while running second and Prost going out soon afterwards with an engine failure. For much of the race de Cesaris was third with Eddie Cheever (Talbot Ligier) fourth, Watson fifth and Derek Daly (Williams) sixth. In the closing laps de Cesaris, Cheever and Daly all ran out of fuel and so Watson ended up third with de Angelis fourth, Marc Surer (Arrows) fifth and de Cesaris not running but sixth.

Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW  70 1h46m39.577s  
Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW  70 1h46m53.376s  
John Watson McLaren-Cosworth  70 1h47m41.413s  
11 Elio de Angelis Lotus-Cosworth  69  10 
29 Marc Surer Arrows-Cosworth  69  16 
6r 22 Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo  68 Out Of Fuel 
7r Derek Daly Williams-Cosworth  68 Out Of Fuel 13 
30 Mauro Baldi Arrows-Cosworth  68  17 
28 Didier Pironi Ferrari  67  
10r 25 Eddie Cheever Talbot Ligier-Matra  66 Out Of Fuel 12 
11 17 Jochen Mass March-Cosworth  66  22 
nc Brian Henton Tyrrell-Cosworth  59  26 
Keke Rosberg Williams-Cosworth  52 Gearbox 
18 Raul Boesel March-Cosworth  47 Engine 21 
Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Cosworth  41 Gearbox/fuel Pressure 15 
15 Alain Prost Renault  30 Engine 
16 Rene Arnoux Renault  28 Spin 
10 Eliseo Salazar ATS-Cosworth  20 Transmission 24 
Niki Lauda McLaren-Cosworth  17 Clutch 11 
26 Jacques Laffite Talbot Ligier-Matra  Handling 19 
14 Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Cosworth  Clutch 20 
23 Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo  Accident 
12 Nigel Mansell Lotus-Cosworth  Accident 14 
33 Geoff Lees Theodore-Cosworth  Accident 25 
31 Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Cosworth  Withdrew After Paletti Accident 18 
32 Riccardo Paletti Osella-Cosworth  Fatal Accident 23 
nq Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Cosworth    27 
nq 19 Emilio de Villota March-Cosworth    28 
nq 20 Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Cosworth    29