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The 1983 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami on 15 October 1983. It was the final race of the 1983 Formula One season.

1983 South African Grand Prix
Race 15 of 15 in the 1983 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 15 October 1983
Location Kyalami
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)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:06.554
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW
Time 1:09.948 on lap 6
Podium
First Brabham-BMW
Second Alfa Romeo
Third Brabham-BMW

Before the race, three drivers were still in a position to win the World Drivers' Championship: Alain Prost (Renault) led the championship with 57 points, followed by Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW) with 55 and René Arnoux (Ferrari) with 49. Piquet qualified second, behind Patrick Tambay (Ferrari) in pole position and ahead of Riccardo Patrese (Brabham), Arnoux and Prost in third, fourth and fifth. At the start Piquet passed Tambay to take the lead, with Patrese moving into second place. Arnoux retired with engine failure on lap 9. Prost fought his way up to third place, but he also retired on lap 35 with turbo failure. Needing only to finish fourth or higher, Piquet slowed and was overtaken by Patrese, Niki Lauda (McLaren) and Andrea de Cesaris (Alfa Romeo). Lauda's engine failed on lap 71. The race finished with Patrese in first place, de Cesaris in second and Piquet in third, and Piquet won the championship by two points. Ferrari won the Constructors' Championship despite not finishing in the points in the last race for the second consecutive year. John Watson, completing his last full Formula One season, was disqualified for overtaking other cars on the parade lap.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 27   Patrick Tambay Ferrari 1:06.554 1:07.029
2 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:06.792 1:06.821 +0.238
3 6   Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:08.181 1:07.001 +0.447
4 28   René Arnoux Ferrari 1:07.222 1:07.105 +0.551
5 15   Alain Prost Renault 1:07.186 1:08.136 +0.632
6 1   Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:07.256 1:07.344 +0.702
7 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1:09.443 1:07.643 +1.089
8 9   Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1:07.726 1:07.682 +1.128
9 22   Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 1:08.970 1:07.759 +1.205
10 2   Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 1:07.931 1:08.652 +1.377
11 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:07.937 1:07.980 +1.383
12 8   Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:07.974 1:08.587 +1.420
13 35   Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 1:08.061 1:08.301 +1.507
14 16   Eddie Cheever Renault 1:08.069 1:08.360 +1.515
15 7   John Watson McLaren-TAG 1:08.328 1:10.635 +1.774
16 36   Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 1:08.350 1:08.439 +1.796
17 23   Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 1:09.364 1:08.628 +2.074
18 3   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:11.096 1:11.284 +4.542
19 4   Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford 1:11.750 1:11.382 +4.828
20 30   Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Ford 1:11.988 1:11.658 +5.104
21 25   Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford 1:12.017 1:12.538 +5.463
22 29   Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 1:12.309 1:12.049 +5.495
23 26   Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford 1:12.745 1:13.330 +6.191
24 17   Kenny Acheson RAM-Ford 1:13.352 no time +6.798
25 31   Corrado Fabi Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:14.483 1:13.656 +7.102
26 32   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:14.903 1:15.503 +8.349
Source: [1][2][3][4]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6   Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 77 1:33:25.708 3 9
2 22   Andrea de Cesaris Alfa Romeo 77 + 9.319 9 6
3 5   Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 77 + 21.969 2 4
4 35   Derek Warwick Toleman-Hart 76 + 1 Lap 13 3
5 1   Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 76 + 1 Lap 6 2
6 16   Eddie Cheever Renault 76 + 1 Lap 14 1
7 4   Danny Sullivan Tyrrell-Ford 75 + 2 Laps 19  
8 29   Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 75 + 2 Laps 22  
9 30   Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Ford 74 + 3 Laps 20  
10 25   Jean-Pierre Jarier Ligier-Ford 73 + 4 Laps 21  
11 8   Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 71 Electrical 12  
12 17   Kenny Acheson RAM-Ford 71 + 6 Laps 24  
NC 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 68 + 9 Laps 7  
NC 26   Raul Boesel Ligier-Ford 66 + 11 Laps 23  
Ret 3   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 60 Engine 18  
Ret 27   Patrick Tambay Ferrari 56 Turbo 1  
Ret 36   Bruno Giacomelli Toleman-Hart 56 Turbo 16  
Ret 15   Alain Prost Renault 35 Turbo 5  
Ret 31   Corrado Fabi Osella-Alfa Romeo 28 Engine 25  
Ret 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 20 Engine 11  
DSQ 7   John Watson McLaren-TAG 18 Disqualified 15  
Ret 28   René Arnoux Ferrari 9 Engine 4  
Ret 23   Mauro Baldi Alfa Romeo 5 Engine 17  
Ret 9   Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1 Engine 8  
Ret 2   Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 1 Spun Off 10  
Ret 32   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1 Engine 26  
Source: [5]

NotesEdit

  • Prost, Piquet and Arnoux went into this race fighting for the championship.
    • Prost (57pts) needed either
      • 1st
      • 2nd, ahead of Piquet
      • 3rd, with Piquet 2nd or lower
      • 4th or 5th, with Piquet 3rd or lower
      • 6th, with Piquet 4th or lower and Arnoux 2nd or lower
      • Piquet 5th or lower and Arnoux 2nd or lower
    • Piquet (55pts)
      • 1st
      • 2nd, with Prost 4th or lower
      • 3rd, with Prost 6th or lower
      • 4th, with Prost 7th or lower and Arnoux 2nd or lower
    • Arnoux (49pts) needed 1st with Prost 6th or lower and Piquet 4th or lower
  • Ferrari and Renault were also fighting for the Constructor's Championship
    • Ferrari (89pts) needed either
      • To score 5pts or better
      • 4th, or 5th and 6th, or higher, with the Renaults 1st and 3rd or lower
      • 5th or better, with the Renaults 1st and 4th or lower
      • 6th or better, with the Renaults 1st and 5th or lower
      • The Renaults scoring fewer than 11pts
    • Renault (78pts) needed either
      • 1st and 2nd with the Ferraris scoring fewer than 5pts
      • 1st and 3rd with the Ferraris scoring fewer than 3pts
      • 1st and 4th with the Ferraris 6th or lower
      • 1st and 5th with the Ferraris 7th or lower.
  • This was the last Formula One race in the 12-year career of Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jarier and also the last Grand Prix for Danny Sullivan and Raul Boesel.
  • This was Riccardo Patrese's final win until the 1990 San Marino Grand Prix.

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Southern Sun Hotels Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1". formula1.com. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Southern Sun Hotels Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2". formula1.com. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Southern Sun Hotels Grand Prix - OVERALL QUALIFYING". formula1.com. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  4. ^ Hamilton, Maurice, ed. (1983). AUTOCOURSE 1983–84. Hazleton Publishing Ltd. p. 216. ISBN 0-905138-25-2.
  5. ^ "1983 South African Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b "South Africa 1983 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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