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1982 FIA Formula 1 Season
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Champion Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,7,19)
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT)
Champion Driver: Keke Rosberg (FI,1,1)
Putative Driver: Keke Rosberg (FI)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 126C2, 1.49-liter, six-cylinder vee, aluminum/cast-iron engine, DOHC, fuel injection, dual turbocharged, five-speed, ventilated disc brakes, carbon fibre composite/aluminum honeycomb monocoque chassis, double wishbone independent suspension, 605 horsepower (Harvey Postlethwaite).

The FIA reverses course in 1982 and again allows the teams to utilize aerodynamic floor pans with the ground effects venturis for the pending season. Open warfare again erupts between FISA and FOCA when race officials at Kyalami in January summarily suspend the licenses of 29 drivers who protest the summary mandate of superlicenses by FISA. The sanctioning body also demands that all drivers agree to a one-year commitment to a signed constructor and bans all criticism of FISA officials. After the non-FOCA constructors bitterly complain of the use of cooling tanks by the British teams as a ruse to carry expendable ballast at Rio de Janeiro in March, the FIA bans the use of said devices and implements a minimum weight requirement for all entries, prompting the FOCA teams to boycott the event at Imola in April. Scuderia Ferrari holds off McLaren and prevails for the constructors' championship, while a late season scoring rush by Williams driver Keke Rosberg, unfortunately assisted by the abrupt career-ending shunt to title points leader Didier Pironi at Hockenheim in August, narrowly lifts the Finn past Pironi to his maiden drivers' title. Niki Lauda returns to Formula 1 for McLaren after a two-year absence and wins for the first time in four seasons at Long Beach in April. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Detroit in June. BMW earns its maiden series powerplant victory at Montréal in June. Twelve spectators suffer injuries after March driver Jochen Mass soars into a catchfence at Paul Ricard in July. Ferrari driver Didier Pironi suffers career-ending injuries during a practice shunt at Hockenheim in August. Drivers Nelson Piquet and Eliseo Salazar come to blows after both tangle on track at Hockenheim in August. F1 hosts the Swiss GP for the first time since the 1954 season at Dijon in France in August. Departures: J. Gilles Villeneuve, 32, b. Saint-Jean-sur-Richileau, Quebec, Canada 1950, d. at qualifying, GP Belgium, Heusden-Zolder, May. A. Colin Chapman, 54, b. Richmond, England 1928, d. heart attack, Norwich, England, December.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Scuderia Ferrari95     Rosberg K56
McLaren Ford87     Pironi53
Renault Gordini81     Watson J50
Williams Ford71     Prost49
Brabham BMW/Ford52     Arnoux42
Lotus Ford34     Lauda37

Noteworthy 1982 Races

1982 X Grande Prêmio do Brasil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil1982 1982 X Grande Prêmio do Brasil At Jacarepagua for the Brazilian Grand Prix (317 kilometers) on a very warm day (93 degrees) in March, the race comes to a British Brabham BT49D Ford under Nelson Piquet (BR) in 1:43:53.8 (average 113.02 mph), under thirteen seconds ahead of a Williams entry. Piquet moves out front on Lap 35 of 63 after race leaders Gilles Villeneuve in his Ferrari and Riccardo Patrese in his Brabham each spin out on the circuit, allowing Piquet to inherit the point. Piquet crosses first at the wire on home soil and then subsequently faints on the podium from heat exhaustion, yet temperatures rise even higher after Scuderia Ferrari and Renault, both non-FOCA teams, afterwards protest the result on grounds that the FOCA teams utilize water tanks for deceptive ballast rather than the ostensible reason for cooling. The FIA agrees, disqualifies both Piquet and Rosberg of Williams days later from the result, and promotes Alain Prost and Renault as the race winner. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1982 II Gran Premio di San Marino Imola, Italy1982 1982 II Gran Premio di San Marino At Imola for the San Marino Grand Prix (302.5 kilometers) in April, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari 126C2 under Didier Pironi (FR) takes race honors in 1:36:38.9 (average 116.65 mph), under a second (.37) ahead of a companion Ferrari driven by Gilles Villeneuve. Pironi, in open defiance of Ferrari team orders, dices with teammate Villeneuve over the closing laps before moving out front with a pass of his teammate at Tosa on the final circuit. Both drivers afterwards refuse to shake hands on the podium. FOCA constructors Williams, Brabham, and McLaren opt to boycott the contest after FISA mandates that all entries must weigh a minimum of 580 kilograms, all in response to the ballast chicanery utilized by the British constructors in prior events. The British FOCA entries, which do not carry heavier blown engines, contend that the new weight restrictions unfairly penalize their cars. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1982 XL Grote Prijs van België Heusden-Zolder, Belgium1982 1982 XL Grote Prijs van België At Zolder for the Belgian Grand Prix (298.5 kilometers) in May, a British McLaren MP4-1B Ford under John Watson (GB) takes the flag in 1:35:41.9 (average 116.23 mph), under eight seconds ahead of a Williams driven by Keke Rosberg. Watson moves out front after race leader Rosberg bobbles on worn rubber and allows Watson to slip past with only two laps remaining. The race claims the life of driver Gilles Villeneuve, who tragically perishes in a dramatic qualifying session shunt, prompting Scuderia Ferrari to abandon the weekend. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1982 XL Circuit de Monaco Monte Carlo1982 1982 XL Circuit de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (251.5 kilometers) in May, a British Brabham BT49D Ford under Riccardo Patrese (IT) notches a victory in light rains in 1:54:11.3 (average 82.18 mph), a lap ahead of a Ferrari entry. Patrese briefly moves out front after race leader Alain Prost in his Renault inexplicably loses control and smashes into the guardrail with only four laps remaining. Patrese shortly thereafter bobbles at the Loews hairpin, allowing Didier Pironi in his Ferrari to slip past into the lead. Much to his frustration, Pironi exhausts his fuel supply in the Tunnel on the final circuit only two kilometers from the finish and Patrese, unaware of the race order, fortuitously inherits his maiden F1 victory, the first for Brabham (Hulme) in the principality since the 1967 season. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1982 LXVIII Grand Prix de France Le Castellet, France1982 1982 LXVIII Grand Prix de France At Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix (313.5 kilometers) in July, a French Renault RE30B Gordini under René Arnoux (FR) bests the field in 1:33:33.2 (average 125.03 mph), under eighteen seconds ahead of a companion Renault entry. Arnoux ignores team orders from Renault to allow Prost to pass for the win to enhance his drivers’ title chances with ten laps remaining. Jochen Mass in his March suffers a tremendous shunt on Lap 10 after his entry soars over the guardrail and into the catchfence, injuring twelve spectators. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1982 XV Großer Preis von Österreich Knittelfeld, Austria1982 1982 XV Großer Preis von Österreich At the Osterreichring for the Austrian Grand Prix (315 kilometers) in August, a British Lotus 91 Ford under Elio de Angelis (IT) crosses first in 1:25:02.2 (average 138.08 mph), under a second (.05) ahead of a Williams driven by Keke Rosberg. De Angelis moves out front after race leader Alain Prost in his Renault drops a turbocharger with only five laps remaining. Rosberg submits a last challenge to De Angelis on the final circuit, yet the Finn stalls at Rindtkurve, allowing De Angelis to hold off Rosberg by a mere nose at the wire to preserve his maiden F1 victory. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1982 Grand Prix of Switzerland Fontains-les-Dijon, France 1982 1982 Grand Prix of Switzerland At Dijon-Prenois, France for the Swiss Grand Prix (304 kilometers) in August, a British Williams FW08 Ford under Keke Rosberg (FI) wins in 1:32:41.1 (average 122.28 mph), under five seconds ahead of a Renault driven by Alain Prost. Rosberg moves out front with a pass of race leader Prost, slowing on worn rubber, with only two laps remaining for his maiden F1 victory. Race officials neglect to wave checkers at Lap 80, compelling Rosberg to complete another circuit to ensure his triumph. The FIA hosts the Swiss Grand Prix for the first time since the 1954 season, and in France for its first and only instance due to the existing ban on motorsport in Switzerland. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.