The 1982 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on the 23 January 1982 at Kyalami. It was the first race of the 1982 FIA Formula One World Championship and the 28th edition of the South African Grand Prix and the 16th time that the Grand Prix had been held at Kyalami.
|1982 South African Grand Prix|
|Race 1 of 16 in the 1982 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||23 January 1982|
Transvaal Province, South Africa
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.104 km (2.55 mi)|
|Distance||77 laps, 316.008 km (196.358 mi)|
|Time||1:08.278 on lap 49|
The prelude to the race was notable for a strike action by the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, led by Niki Lauda and Didier Pironi, in protest at the new superlicence conditions imposed by FISA, which would have tied the drivers to a single team for up to three years. A late compromise was reached and the race went ahead. The drivers were subsequently fined between US$5,000 and US$10,000 and handed suspended race bans; however, the FIA Court of Appeal later reduced the penalties and criticised FISA's handling of the dispute.
Turbocharged cars took the first six positions on the grid. Despite Alain Prost suffering a puncture while leading, he was able to recover to win the race. Lauda, in his first race after two years out of F1, finished fourth. It was the final podium F1 finish for Carlos Reutemann, who retired from Grand Prix racing after the next race in Brazil, and his place at Williams was taken by Mario Andretti for the following race, at Long Beach.
|15||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Ford||1:10.685||+4.334|
|16||22||Andrea de Cesaris||Alfa Romeo||1:10.952||+4.601|
|19||23||Bruno Giacomelli||Alfa Romeo||1:11.285||+4.934|
|DNQ||36||Teo Fabi||Toleman-Hart||No time|
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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