Austrian GP 1982
AUGUST 15, 1982
Austrian GP, 1982
The 1982 Austrian Grand Prix came at a time when Formula 1 desperately needed some good news. That year Gilles Villeneuve had been killed at Zolder and a few days before the Zeltweg race, World Championship leader Didier Pironi was grievously injured in an accident in practice at the German Grand Prix.
Being at high altitude the Zeltweg track gave the advantage to the turbocharged cars and thousands of Ferrari fans came north in the hope that Patrick Tambay, in the only Ferrari, would give them something to cheer about. But in qualifying there was no catching the Brabham-BMWs of Nelson Piquet and Riccardo Patrese. Behind came the two turbo Renaults of Alain Prost and Rene Arnoux, split by Tambay. The first of the normally-aspirated cars was Keke Rosberg's Williams.
Ferrari's hopes were wiped out at the end of the first lap when Tambay picked up a puncture from wreckage from a first lap accident. This left the four turbos to pull away from the rest, with Patrese taking the lead from Piquet on the second lap. Lotus driver Elio de Angelis was driving a storming race in fifth, pulling well clear of the normally-aspirated opposition.
And then things began to go wrong for the turbo men. Arnoux retired with engine trouble and when Piquet pitted for new tires he was unable to pull away from fifth-placed Rosberg.
Patrese pitted without losing the lead but three laps later his engine failed. Piquet was fading too and on lap 32 Rosberg moved into third place and began to chase down de Angelis.
On lap 49 Prost's Renault engine stopped. The normally-aspirated battle became a battle for the lead. Neither man had won a Grand Prix and both were desperate to do so. Rosberg was quicker and the gap came down dramatically in the tense final laps. As they set off for the final lap Elio was 1.6s ahead. This was reduced to nothing by the time the pair came through the Texaco Schikane section and Rosberg was ready to challenge as they hurtled into the long sweeping Rindtkurve - the final corner.
But Rosberg lost momentum, having to brake behind the Lotus, and so de Angelis stayed ahead. Onto the start-finish straight the Finn jinked out and tried to power past the Lotus but he was still 0.050s behind when they crossed the line.
|1||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Cosworth||53||1h25m02.212s||7|
|3||26||Jacques Laffite||Talbot Ligier-Matra||52||14|
|8r||15||Alain Prost||Renault||48||Fuel Injection||3|
|r||7||John Watson||McLaren-Cosworth||44||Water Pipe||18|
|r||4||Brian Henton||Tyrrell-Cosworth||32||Valve Spring||19|
|r||1||Nelson Piquet||Brabham-BMW||31||Camshaft Drive||1|
|r||29||Marc Surer||Arrows-Cosworth||28||Fuel System||21|
|r||2||Riccardo Patrese||Brabham-BMW||27||Engine Gudgeon Pin/spin||2|
|r||25||Eddie Cheever||Talbot Ligier-Matra||22||Valve||22|
|r||35||Derek Warwick||Toleman-Hart||7||Rear Suspension||15|
|r||36||Teo Fabi||Toleman-Hart||7||Drive Shaft||17|
|r||14||Roberto Guerrero||Ensign-Cosworth||6||Drive Shaft||16|
|r||22||Andrea de Cesaris||Alfa Romeo||0||Accident||11|
|r||23||Bruno Giacomelli||Alfa Romeo||0||Accident||13|