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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