Grand Prix 2: Gilles Villeneuve/Ferrari - Belgium 1982 [11/16]




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Published on Sep 12, 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 'B' compound (Medium)
Fuel: Agip 102 RON
Car failure probability: 13282/32767 [40.5%]
Difficulty: Ace (no driver aids)

An exciting race with plenty action and a very close finish. The plan was to stop once, and so after setting fastest lap I slowed down to prevent sliding the tyres. I also short-shifted to ease the fuel consumption. Piquet slipped past on the undefended inside, and then a mistake when running in his turbulent air. GV runs wide and the front wing is broken. After this first pit stop, I burned rubber and hauled in Piquet, but Patrese's pace was impressive and impossible to match. A stroke of luck led to a transmission failure, a moment before the pit lane. I hit "ENTER" in the nick of time, and lost nothing. Pironi was not so lucky. Piquet retired and it seems likely that a technical failure was the reason for Patrese's third stop - he too must've been lucky enough to suffer a failure close to the pit entrance, on such a long lap as this. On much newer rubber and with a faster car, Patrese battled Villeneuve for the lead right up until the end. He couldn't make the pass, and the Scuderia Ferrari was victorious at Spa. An excellent way to commemorate his death at this event [at Zolder] in 1982.


1st Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari) 1h 31m 28.233s
2nd Riccardo Patrese (Brabham-BMW) +0.181s
3rd Keke Rosberg (Williams-Ford) -1 lap
4th Michele Alboreto (Tyrrell-Ford) -1 lap
5th John Watson (McLaren-Ford) -1 lap
6th Niki Lauda (McLaren-Ford) -1 lap
7th Nigel Mansell (Lotus-Ford) -2 laps
8th Raul Boesel (March-Ford) -2 laps
9th Eddie Cheever (Ligier-Matra) -2 laps
10th Derek Warwick (Toleman-Hart) -2 laps
11th Brian Henton (Arrows-Ford) -2 laps
12th Manfred Winkelhock (ATS-Ford) Transmission
13th Slim Borgudd (Tyrrell-Ford) Transmission
14th Andrea de Cesaris (Alfa Romeo) Transmission
15th Bruno Giacomelli (Alfa Romeo) Transmission
16th Elio de Angelis (Lotus-Ford) Transmission
17th Mauro Baldi (Arrows-Ford) Transmission
18th Rene Arnoux (Renault) Didn't Finish
19th Jochen Mass (March-Ford) Transmission
20th Alain Prost (Renault) Suspension
21st Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW) Loose Wheel
22nd Riccardo Paletti (Osella-Ford) Transmission
23rd Teo Fabi (Toleman-Hart) Loose Wheel
24th Didier Pironi (Ferrari) Transmission
25th Jacques Laffite (Ligier-Matra) Loose Wheel
26th Mario Andretti (Williams-Ford) Loose Wheel

Fastest Laps:

1st Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari) 2m 01.179s
2nd Riccardo Patrese (Brabham-BMW) +0.028s
3rd Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW) +1.004s
4th Didier Pironi (Ferrari) +2.542s
5th Alain Prost (Renault) +2.697s

Driver's Championship:

1st Gilles Villeneuve 57
2nd Didier Pironi 37
3rd Nelson Piquet 32
4th Riccardo Patrese 29
5th Alain Prost 15
6th Keke Rosberg 15
7th Andrea de Cesaris 11
8th Michele Alboreto 9
9th Eddie Cheever 8
10th Niki Lauda 7
11th Mario Andretti 7
12th John Watson 7
13th Jacques Laffite 6
14th Elio de Angelis 6
15th Bruno Giacomelli 6
16th Derek Warwick 5
17th Slim Borgudd 5
18th Nigel Mansell 5
19th Rene Arnoux 3
20th Teo Fabi 2
21st Jean-Pierre Jarier 2
22nd Jochen Mass 1

Constructor's Championship:

1st Ferrari 94
2nd Brabham-BMW 61
3rd Williams-Ford 22
4th Renault 18
5th Alfa Romeo 17
6th Tyrrell-Ford 14
7th McLaren-Ford 14
8th Ligier-Matra 14
9th Lotus-Ford 11
10th Toleman-Hart 7
11th Osella-Ford 2
12th March-Ford 1


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