Grand Prix 2: Gilles Villeneuve/Ferrari - Germany 1982 [9/16]




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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.

The Race:

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

Fastest Laps:

1st Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW) 1m 52.823s
2nd Riccardo Patrese (Brabham-BMW) +0.372s
3rd Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari) +1.864s
4th Rene Arnoux (Renault) +2.006s
5th Alain Prost (Renault) +2.215s

Championship for Drivers:

1st Gilles Villeneuve 39
2nd Didier Pironi 37
3rd Nelson Piquet 28
4th Riccardo Patrese 23
5th Alain Prost 15
6th Andrea de Cesaris 11
7th Keke Rosberg 11
8th Eddie Cheever 8
9th Mario Andretti 7
10th Michele Alboreto 6
11th Jacques Laffite 6
12th Elio de Angelis 6
13th John Watson 5
14th Slim Borgudd 5
15th Nigel Mansell 5
16th Bruno Giacomelli 4
17th Rene Arnoux 3
18th Teo Fabi 2
19th Jean-Pierre Jarier 2
20th Derek Warwick 2

Championship for Constructors:

1st Ferrari 76
2nd Brabham-BMW 51
3rd Renault 18
4th Williams-Ford 18
5th Alfa Romeo 15
6th Ligier-Matra 14
7th Tyrrell-Ford 11
8th Lotus-Ford 11
9th McLaren-Ford 5
10th Toleman-Hart 4
11th Osella-Ford 2


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