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Published on Aug 16, 2013
Driver: #27 Gilles Villeneuve (Canada) Car: Ferrari 126 C2 Engine: Ferrari 021, 1496 cc, 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 'B' compound (Medium) Fuel: Agip 102 RON Car failure probability: 13282/32767 [40.5%] Difficulty: Ace (no driver aids)
Well, there is nothing to say really; except "That's motor racing!" It appears Pironi also suffered a transmission problem on the exact same lap, but he was lucky enough to make it back to the pits. He then overhauled Patrese and won the race. This is the same bad luck as I suffered at the Detroit '87 race as Eddie Cheever: my transmission failed as I gained the lead on the home straight, with a handful of laps to go. Agonizing, and so close to the finish. In the end I was classified 13th, albeit four laps down, which means the game's end result screen didn't record the transmission failure and Villeneuve is credited with a race finish. Not the best way to start the championship, but at least we should have fun battling with Pironi over the next fifteen races. Classification after 71 laps:
1st Didier Pironi (Ferrari) 1h 38m 56.470s 2nd Riccardo Patrese (Brabham-BMW) +5.950s 3rd Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW) +8.965s 4th Mario Andretti (Williams-Ford) -2 laps 5th Derek Warwick (Toleman-Hart) -2 laps 6th Bruno Giacomelli (Alfa Romeo) -2 laps 7th Keke Rosberg (Williams-Ford) -2 laps 8th Jacques Laffite (Ligier-Matra) -2 laps 9th Niki Lauda (McLaren-Ford) -2 laps 10th Riccardo Paletti (Osella-Ford) -3 laps 11th Raul Boesel (March-Ford) -3 laps 12th Eliseo Salazar (ATS-Ford) -3 laps 13th Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari) -4 laps [*] 14th Michele Alboreto (Tyrrell-Ford) -4 laps 15th Jochen Mass (March-Ford) -5 laps 16th Mauro Baldi (Arrows-Ford) Oil Leak 17th Brian Henton (Arrows-Ford) Puncture 18th Eddie Cheever (Ligier-Matra) Engine 19th Slim Borgudd (Tyrrell-Ford) Oil Leak 20th Nigel Mansell (Lotus-Ford) Transmission 21st Alain Prost (Renault) Engine 22nd Rene Arnoux (Renault) Transmission 23rd Andrea de Cesaris (Alfa Romeo) Transmission 24th Manfred Winkelhock (ATS-Ford) Loose Wheel 25th Elio de Angelis (Lotus-Ford) Water Leak 26th John Watson (McLaren-Ford) Loose Wheel
I held fastest lap until Pironi emerged from the pits on lap 68 with fresh rubber, barely five laps of fuel and Patrese in his sights. No wonder he claimed fastest lap! The Brabhams are looking strong, the McLarens slow and the Renaults unreliable.