The Formula 1 is sometimes a contact sport… So yes, on the track, where there are infrequent touches between wheels and spoilers. Out of the asphalt, the rows do not tend to pass of verbal exchange more or less angry. But the German Grand Prix of 1982 gave the scene more own of the pugilism that the motorsport. Its protagonists, Nelson Piquet and Eliseo Salazar.
What happened was a moment to a certain extent comical in the context of that turbulent season. The last chapter had been the tremendous accident, the day before, had suffered Didier Pironi in the official training and that was his goodbye to the title and the Formula 1. The Renault of Prost and Arnoux broke off in the head, but Piquet was soon to take the lead and put land of by means. Brabham-BMW took several runs using the strategy of taking the output with half a tank of fuel and soft tyres, and on lap 18 the champion in title, near the refuelling, had sufficient advantage to the plan fructificara.
at The exit of the first chicane, Piquet is prepared to bend the ATS of Salazar. Little by little he was alcanzándole and took the lead in the approximation of the chicane prior to the Ostkurve. But Salazar, surprisingly, not slowed down and slammed into the Brabham,leaving both out of the race. Nelson, furious, went to the chilean between fuss while Elisha stretched palms up as if to say “but what have I done?”. Without being able to hold back, Piquet fired a push two hands and a combination of punches left-right is not exempt of style, to finish with a kick of karate to the crotch, fortunately for Salazar, has not achieved its goal…
The blood did not reached the river.
Salazar took those of Villadiego circuit down behind a Piquet that ended
to let off some steam by throwing gloves to the ground before jumping the guardrail and disappear
between the trees to brood over his disappointment. That could be somewhat mitigated later,
when he was informed that, anyway, your engine would not have endured
until the checkered flag.