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1982 Belgian Grand Prix

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1982 Belgian Grand Prix
Race 5 of 16 in the 1982 Formula One World Championship
Circuit Zolder-1975-1985.svg
Race details
Date 9 May 1982
Official name XL Grote Prijs van België
Location Circuit Zolder
Heusden-Zolder, Limburg, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.262 km (2.648 miles)
Distance 70 laps, 298.340 km (185.380 miles)
Weather Cold with air temperatures reaching up to 13 °C (55 °F)[1]
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:15.701
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford
Time 1:20.214 on lap 67
Podium
First McLaren-Ford
Second Williams-Ford
Third Ligier-Matra
Lap leaders

The 1982 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zolder on 9 May 1982. It was the fifth round of the 1982 Formula One season.[2]

Qualifying and death of Gilles Villeneuve

Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve was killed in an accident during the final qualifying session. At the time of the crash, his teammate Didier Pironi had set a time 0.1s faster than Villeneuve for sixth place. Contemporary and more recent writers say that he was attempting to improve his time on his final lap. Some suggest that he was specifically aiming to beat Pironi due to bitterness at being passed by him two weeks earlier in the closing stages of the San Marino Grand Prix, when Villeneuve believed Pironi had been ordered to remain behind him.[3][4] Villeneuve's biographer Gerald Donaldson quotes Ferrari race engineer Mauro Forghieri as saying that the Canadian, although pressing on in his usual fashion, was returning to the pits on his last set of qualifying tyres when the accident occurred.[5] If so, he would not have set a time on that lap.

With eight minutes of the session left, Villeneuve came over the rise after the first chicane and found Jochen Mass in the March travelling much more slowly through Butte, the left-handed bend before the Terlamenbocht corner. Mass saw Villeneuve approaching at high speed and moved to the right to let him through on the racing line. At the same instant Villeneuve also moved right to pass Mass. The Ferrari hit the back of the March and was launched into the air at a speed estimated at 200–225 km/h (120–140 mph). It was airborne for over 100 metres before nosediving into the ground and disintegrating as it somersaulted along the edge of the track. Villeneuve, still strapped to his seat but without his helmet, was thrown a further 50 metres from the wreckage into the catch fencing on the outside edge of Terlamenbocht.[5][6]

Several drivers stopped and rushed to the scene. John Watson and Derek Warwick pulled Villeneuve, his face blue, from the catch fencing.[7] The first doctor arrived on the scene within 35 seconds to find that Villeneuve was not breathing, although his pulse continued throughout; he was intubated and ventilated before being transferred to the circuit medical centre and then by helicopter to University St Raphael Hospital where a fatal fracture of the neck was diagnosed.[8] Villeneuve was kept alive on life support while his wife travelled to the hospital and the doctors consulted with specialists worldwide. He died at 9:12 that evening.[5]

The Ferrari team withdrew from the race after the accident and left the circuit. The final eight minutes of the qualifying were run after the crash debris had been removed. No drivers improved their times, leaving the Renaults of Alain Prost and René Arnoux on the front row of the grid.[9]

Abbreviated race summary

John Watson won the race after taking the lead on the penultimate lap from Keke Rosberg, who was struggling on worn tires. Niki Lauda finished third on the road but was disqualified when his car was found to be underweight in post-race scrutineering,[9] and so the final podium place went to Eddie Cheever.

Classification

Pre-Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time
1 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford 1:18.333
2 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 1:19.999
3 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:20.847
4 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:21.499
5 32 Italy Riccardo Paletti Osella-Ford 1:21.784
6 19 Spain Emilio de Villota March-Ford 1:22.879

Qualifying

Pos No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 15 France Alain Prost Renault 1:15.962 1:15.701
2 16 France René Arnoux Renault 1:15.903 1:15.730 +0.029
3 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford 1:17.654 1:15.847 +0.146
4 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford 1:17.577 1:16:049 +0.348
5 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.344 1:16:308 +0.607
6 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari 1:18.796 1:16:501 +0.800
7 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:17.696 1:16:575 +0.874
8 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 1:17.507 1:16:616 +0.915
9 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford 1:17.614 1:16:944 +1.243
10 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:17.124 1:17.535 +1.423
11 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:18.366 1:17.126 +1.425
12 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford 1:18.639 1:17.144 +1.443
13 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford 1:18.655 1:17.762 +2.061
14 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford 1:19.430 1:17.879 +2.178
15 5 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford 1:18.194 1:18.591 +2.493
16 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra 1:20.182 1:18.301 +2.600
17 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 1:18.425 1:18.371 +2.670
18 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford 1:20.056 1:18.403 +2.702
19 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 1:19.403 1:18.565 +2.864
20 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford 1:20.440 1:18.967 +3.266
21 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:20.594 1:18.985 +3.284
22 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.518 1:19.150 +3.449
23 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:20.541 1:19.300 +3.599
24 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 1:22.512 1:19.584 +3.883
25 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford 1:21.775 1:19.598 +3.897
26 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford 1:20.522 1:19.621 +3.920
27 17 West Germany Jochen Mass March-Ford 1:20.552 1:19.777 +4.076
28 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford 1:20.802 1:19.815 +4.114
29 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford 1:20.116 1:20.482 +4.415
30 33 Netherlands Jan Lammers Theodore-Ford 1:21.453 1:20.584 +4.883
Source: [10]

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Tyre Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford M 70 1:35:41.995 10 9
2 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford G 70 + 7.268 3 6
3 25 United States Eddie Cheever Ligier-Matra M 69 + 1 Lap 14 4
4 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford G 68 + 2 Laps 11 3
5 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW G 67 + 3 Laps 8 2
6 20 Brazil Chico Serra Fittipaldi-Ford P 67 + 3 Laps 23 1
7 29 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford P 66 + 4 Laps 22  
8 18 Brazil Raul Boesel March-Ford P 66 + 4 Laps 24  
9 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra M 66 + 4 Laps 17  
DSQ 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford M 70 Underweight 4  
Ret 5 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly Williams-Ford G 60 Spun Off 13  
Ret 17 West Germany Jochen Mass March-Ford P 60 Engine 25  
Ret 15 France Alain Prost Renault M 59 Spun Off 1  
Ret 2 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW G 52 Spun Off 9  
Ret 30 Italy Mauro Baldi Arrows-Ford P 51 Throttle 26  
Ret 31 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Osella-Ford P 37 Broken Wing 16  
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo M 34 Gearbox 6  
Ret 4 United Kingdom Brian Henton Tyrrell-Ford G 33 Engine 20  
Ret 3 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford G 29 Engine 5  
Ret 35 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart P 29 Transmission 19  
Ret 36 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart P 13 Brakes 21  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Ford G 9 Clutch 7  
Ret 16 France René Arnoux Renault M 7 Turbo 2  
Ret 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-Ford M 0 Clutch 12  
Ret 23 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Alfa Romeo M 0 Collision 15  
Ret 10 Chile Eliseo Salazar ATS-Ford M 0 Collision 18  
DNS 28 France Didier Pironi Ferrari G   Withdrew due to Villeneuve's death  
DNS 27 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari G   Fatal accident during qualifying  
DNQ 14 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Ensign-Ford A    
DNQ 33 Netherlands Jan Lammers Theodore-Ford A    
DNPQ 32 Italy Riccardo Paletti Osella-Ford P    
DNPQ 19 Spain Emilio de Villota March-Ford P        
Source:[11][12]

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

  1. ^ Weather info for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix Archived 2015-02-14 at the Wayback Machine at Weather Underground
  2. ^ "1982 Belgian Grand Prix Entry list".
  3. ^ "Formula 1's greatest drivers. Number 12: Gilles Villeneuve". BBC Sport. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  4. ^ Bamsey (1983) p.50, Lang (1992) pp.96–97, Watkins (1997) p.98 and Fearnley (May 2007) all write that Villeneuve was attempting to beat Pironi. Jenkinson (June 1982) writes only that he "was in the middle of a last desperate bid to improve his grid position."
  5. ^ a b c Donaldson (2003) pp.296–298
  6. ^ Lang (1992) p.97
  7. ^ Fearnley (May 2007)
  8. ^ Watkins (1997) pp.96–98
  9. ^ a b Lang (1992) pp.95 99
  10. ^ "05/09/1982 race: Grand Prix of Belgium (F1) qualifying results - Racing-Reference.info". www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  11. ^ "1982 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  12. ^ "1982 Belgian Grand Prix - Race Results & History - GP Archive". GPArchive.com. 9 May 1982. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  13. ^ a b "Belgium 1982 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 12 March 2019.

Further reading

Books
  • Bamsey, Ian (1983). Automobile Sport 82-83. Yeovil, Somerset: Haynes Publications. ISBN 0-946321-01-9.
  • Donaldson, Gerald (2003). Gilles Villeneuve: The Life of the Legendary Racing Driver. London: Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0747-1.
  • Lang, Mike (1992). Grand Prix! Volume 4: 1981 to 1984. Yeovil, Somerset: Foulis Haynes. ISBN 0-85429-733-2.
  • Roebuck, Nigel (1986). Grand Prix Greats. Cambridge: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 0-85059-792-7.
  • Roebuck, Nigel (1999). Chasing the Title. Yeovil, Somerset: Haynes Publications. ISBN 1-85960-604-0.
  • Watkins, Sid (1997). Life at the Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One. London: Pan Books. ISBN 0-330-35139-7.
Magazines
  • Fearnley, Paul (May 2007). "It's war. Absolutely war". Motor Sport. Haymarket. pp. 52–61.


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