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1982 South African Grand Prix
1982 South African Grand Prix
1-DVD (123 Minutes)
This is the complete race as broadcast on LIVE TV.
The Turbo Era was alive and well for 1982! The “cab-forward” look of this era was quite unique, with cars
running little (if any) front wings. The first race of the season began in problematic fashion with the
drivers going on strike, and this led to an unpleasant weekend of controversy. The Williams Team had lost
Alan Jones but had hired Keke Rosberg to be Carlos Reutemann’s teammate. The McClaren Team were
strong, with John Watson and Niki Lauda, back from retirement after two years away. The Renault Team
retained Alain Prost and Rene Arnoux, while Ferrari continued with Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi.
March returned to F1 with a new team, and drivers Jochen Mass and Raul Boesel.
Because of the drivers’ strike, practice was confined to one day, and so the grid was rather
hit-and-miss. Arnoux was on pole with Piquet second and Villeneuve third. Then came Patrese,
Prost and Pironi, making it six turbocharged cars in the first six places.
In the race Arnoux took the lead but Prost made a good start to power his way to second place by the end
of the first lap. Early on Piquet went off because of fading brakes and retired. Soon afterwards Rosberg
dropped behind Patrese. Not long afterwards Villeneuve went out with an engine failure and while Rosberg
hoped all the turbos would follow things began to go wrong for him. His gear lever fell apart and he soon
slipped behind Reutemann. Things changed at the front when Arnoux came upon backmarkers on lap 14 and
had to lift. In a flash Prost was ahead. Pironi was third with Patrese fourth followed by Reutemann and
Rosberg. On lap 18 Patrese disappeared with an engine failure and six laps later Pironi pitted for new tires
and dropped out of the action. This meant that Watson and Lauda were fifth and sixth. That ordered
remained unchanged until Pironi came charging back and overtook Lauda. On lap 41 Prost stopped for tires,
leaving Arnoux in the lead but the little Frenchman’s recovery drive was even more impressive than Pironi
and so he took second place a lap after the Ferrari driver had got ahead of Rosberg. Alain then chased
after Arnoux and took the lead with 10 laps to go. Pironi’s race ended early with engine trouble and then
four laps from the finish Arnoux slipped behind Reutemann. Lauda finished fourth.
Commentary switches back-and-forth between a German commentator and Murray Walker (along with
James Hunt), and the quality of the video is very good. Since the big news was Niki Lauda’s return after a
2-year retirement, there is a 17-minute review (and interview) with Niki before the start of the race.
Quality Note : There is an interruption in the satellite feed about half way though this race,
which lasts about 1 minute before the video returns to normal.