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1982 Monaco Grand Prix

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Date  23 May 1982
Course  Street circuit
Weather  Dry, then Wet
Location  Circuit de Monaco
Course length  3.312 km (2.057 mi)
1982 Monaco Grand Prix
Distance  76 laps, 251.712 km (156.406 mi)

The 1982 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monaco on 23 May 1982.

This was the first race following the death of Gilles Villeneuve at the Belgian Grand Prix; consequently Ferrari entered only one driver, Didier Pironi.

Polesitter and race leader René Arnoux retired on lap 15. By around lap 67, the race became a 2-horse sprint between Alain Prost and Riccardo Patrese. Once it started to rain and while Patrese was pushing hard, Prost was storming around the track, trying to finish the race before it started to rain. On lap 74, Prost pushed too hard and crashed into the Armco barriers coming out of the Chicane du Port (also known as the Dog Leg). On lap 75, Patrese led, spun and stalled at Loews.

On the last lap, Didier Pironi led into the tunnel and ran out of fuel, Andrea de Cesaris also ran out of fuel before he could take over the lead, and Derek Daly, the next leader, already had a car with no front or back wing- and then a damaged gearbox which seized up before he could start the final lap. Patrese, who had managed to restart his car by rolling downhill and bump-starting, took his first race win. Pironi and de Cesaris were classified 2nd and 3rd, with Daly sixth.

BBC commentator and 1976 world champion James Hunt commented, "Well we've got this ridiculous situation where we're all sitting by the start-finish line waiting for a winner to come past and we don't seem to be getting one!".

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
  • References

    1982 Monaco Grand Prix Wikipedia

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