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Published on Sep 1, 2013
Driver: #27 Gilles Villeneuve (Canada) Car: Ferrari 126 C2 Engine: Ferrari 021: 1496cc, 120° V6 turbo, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted Gearbox: Ferrari 6-speed manual Grand Prix 2 power rating in race/qualifying: 540/580 HP Grand Prix 2 weight: 595kg Tyres: Goodyear 'A' compound (Hard) Fuel: Agip 102 RON Car failure probability: 13282/32767 [40.5%] Difficulty: Ace (no driver aids)
After eight of sixteen races, Ferrari have double the points of Brabham-BMW (72 to 36), and third place Williams-Ford have half of that (18 points). Pironi is leading the championship by two points.
I set the sixth gear ratio high in anticipation of a long slipstream battle with the faster Brabham cars. Unfortunately, I was pushed off the track twice in the early stages (first by a Renault - I think it was Prost), which robbed us all of a constant running battle with the Brabham-BMWs, whose turbo power on the Hockenheimring was supreme. Their reliability finally held up, and they earned a well-deserved 1-2. In the end, the early accidents (I was very lucky not to sustain damage when a Lotus charged me off) and a few 360 spins didn't changed the result, and I came home a distant third. Nevertheless, it was enough to take the lead in the championship, since Pironi failed to finish due to transmission failure; Villeneuve's Ferrari suffered from gear selection problems but the car didn't fail. The Toleman team was rewarded with extra horsepower for this race: 535 in the race and 545 in qualifying. This was to simulate their improved running at 1982's Brands Hatch race. Unfortunately for Warwick, he retired in third from a probable fourth place (I was catching him a second a lap with enough time to close). His teammate Teo Fabi scored two valuable points.
In real life, Nelson Piquet retired from a secure lead when Eliseo Salazar drove into him, prompting Piquet to become a street-fighting-man.
1st Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW) 1h 26m 49.226s 2nd Riccardo Patrese (Brabham-BMW) +4.848s 3rd Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari) +1m 18.735s 4th Alain Prost (Renault) +1m 27.859s 5th Teo Fabi (Toleman-Hart) -1 lap 6th Andrea de Cesaris (Alfa Romeo) -1 lap 7th Jacques Laffite (Ligier-Matra) -1 lap 8th Eddie Cheever (Ligier-Matra) -1 lap 9th Mario Andretti (Williams-Ford) -1 lap 10th Niki Lauda (McLaren-Ford) -1 lap 11th Manfred Winkelhock (ATS-Ford) -1 lap 12th Elio de Angelis (Lotus-Ford) -1 lap 13th Nigel Mansell (Lotus-Ford) -2 laps 14th Jean-Pierre Jarier (Osella-Ford) -2 laps 15th Slim Borgudd (Tyrrell-Ford) -2 laps 16th Riccardo Paletti (Osella-Ford) Transmission 17th Derek Warwick (Toleman-Hart) Transmission 18th Bruno Giacomelli (Alfa Romeo) Transmission 19th John Watson (McLaren-Ford) Transmission 20th Raul Boesel (March-Ford) Puncture 21st Jochen Mass (March-Ford) Water Leak 22nd Eliseo Salazar (ATS-Ford) Suspension 23rd Didier Pironi (Ferrari) Transmission 24th Michele Alboreto (Tyrrell-Ford) Engine 25th Rene Arnoux (Renault) Transmission 26th Keke Rosberg (Williams-Ford) Engine