British GP 1982

JULY 18, 1982

British GP, 1982

There were no big changes to the entry for the British GP but there was plenty of excitement as John Watson was leading the World Championship by one point from Didier Pironi. There was a new Fittipaldi chassis and Nigel Mansell was back in action for Team Lotus having missed the Dutch GP.

Qualifying resulted in a rare non-turbocharged pole position for Keke Rosberg with the two Brabham-BMWs right behind him, Nelson Piquet ahead of Riccardo Patrese. Fourth on the grid was Pironi's Ferrari with the top 10 being completed by Niki Lauda (McLaren), Rene Arnoux (Renault), Elio de Angelis (Lotus), Alan Prost (Renault), Michele Alboreto's Tyrrell and the second Williams of Derek Daly. Andrea de Cesaris was 11th in his Alfa Romeo but he had demolished a car in qualifying when his rear wing broke.

There was some excitement as the Brabham team had brought along refueling equipment and seemed to be planning to race with soft tires and half tanks and stop at the halfway point. As the field set off on the parade lap, Rosberg's car did not go and so Patrese became the pole position man. When the lights changed he did not move and so Piquet took off into the lead with Pironi jinking to the right to miss the Brabham but Rene Arnoux banging into the back of it. This forced Watson to go onto the grass while a wheel bounced into the path of Teo Fabi's Toleman and ended his race.

Piquet led Lauda while Rosberg drove a remarkable first lap to make up eight places. There was a spectacular accident on the second lap when Chico Serra (Fittipaldi) collided with Jean-Pierre Jarier's Osella, the Brazilian's car becoming airborne before crashing back onto the track and going backwards into the barriers and flipping upside-down. Serra emerged rather shaken.

Watson had to spin the avoid the crash and he was out.

At the front Piquet continued to lead Lauda with Pironi, de Angelis, Daly and de Cesaris following with Derek Warwick up to sixth place.

On the 10th lap Piquet suddenly slowed with a fuel injection pump failure, leaving Lauda ahead of Pironi while the fans became increasingly excited as Daly and Warwick moved into third and fourth places. Warwick eventually overtook Daly and on lap 26 went past Pironi as well. Rosberg's charge ended with a pit stop and Warwick's run also came to an end with a broken CV joint. This put Pironi back to second and there he stayed. De Angelis was third but was robbed of the place on the last lap by fuel starvation. Daly finished fifth with the final point going to Prost.

Niki Lauda McLaren-Cosworth  76 1h35m33.812s  
28 Didier Pironi Ferrari  76 1h35m59.538s  
27 Patrick Tambay Ferrari  76 1h36m12.248s  13 
11 Elio de Angelis Lotus-Cosworth  76 1h36m15.054s  
Derek Daly Williams-Cosworth  76 1h36m15.242s  10 
15 Alain Prost Renault  76 1h36m15.448s  
23 Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo  75  14 
Brian Henton Tyrrell-Cosworth  75  17 
30 Mauro Baldi Arrows-Cosworth  74  26 
10 17 Jochen Mass March-Cosworth  73  25 
22 Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo  66 Electrics 11 
25 Eddie Cheever Talbot Ligier-Matra  60 Engine 24 
29 Marc Surer Arrows-Cosworth  59 Engine 22 
Keke Rosberg Williams-Cosworth  50 Fuel Pressure 
nc Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Cosworth  44  
26 Jacques Laffite Talbot Ligier-Matra  41 Gearbox 20 
35 Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart  40 Cv Joint 16 
12 Nigel Mansell Lotus-Cosworth  29 Broken Skirt/driver Discomfort 23 
Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW  Fuel Injection Pump Belt 
14 Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Cosworth  Accident/oil Pipe/engine 19 
31 Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Cosworth  Accident 18 
20 Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Cosworth  Accident/fire 21 
John Watson McLaren-Cosworth  Spin 12 
36 Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart  Accident 15 
16 Rene Arnoux Renault  Accident 
Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW  Stalled On Grid/accident 
nq Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Cosworth    27 
nq 33 Jan Lammers Theodore-Cosworth    28 
nq 10 Eliseo Salazar ATS-Cosworth    29 
nq 18 Raul Boesel March-Cosworth    30