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Grand Prix 2: Gilles Villeneuve/Ferrari - Brazil 1982 [1/16]

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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

[*] Transmission failed on lap 67

Fastest Laps:

1st Didier Pironi (Ferrari) 1m 19.982s
2nd Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari) +0.521s
3rd Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW) +1.002s

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.

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