Riccardo Patrese. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The Formula 1 are not the “Car Crazy”. But the outcome of the Monaco Grand Prix of 1982 might well have been the basis for the script of an episode of that classic animated series. Two weeks after the Belgian Grand Prix, where he lost the life of Gilles Villeneuve, the World came to the Principality for the sixth round of a season that led , Alain Prost (Renault), with a one-point lead over John Watson (McLaren), four on Keke Rosberg (Williams) and six on Niki Lauda (McLaren).
The race, which had begun in dry, entered its last ten laps with only a dozen cars on the track, something usual in a time in which the reliability was not what it is today. Prost was the leader from the abandonment of his teammate René Arnoux –which had departed from pole – on lap 7. He continued the Brabham of Riccardo Patrese, Ferrari Didier Pironi, Alfa Romeo Andrea de Cesaris and Williams Derek Daly.
In these, it began to rain. A fine rain, but enough to make the asphalt became slippery. On lap 74, two from the end, Prost lost control at the exit of the chicane of the port and collided with the barriers. Patrese took the command, but the joy will hard half-turn: he spun at Loews, and caló your BT49D. So Pironi, whose Ferrari was missing the snout, crossed first goal is to tackle the last lap.
did So slowly while was overtaken by bent. There was a caution: it was running out of fuel and his 126 C2 ended up stopping at the entrance to the tunnel. The next leader should have been De Cesaris, but its Alpha is stopped, also dry of fuel. Daly, who was wearing while circulating with half a front wing as the only appendix aerodynamic, seemed to be destined to win, but his gearbox gave up the ghost. Behind, a turn, circulated Mansell and De Angelis. What would Lotus a sensational doublet?
No, because, with the help of the commissioners, Patrese had managed to put his car in gear taking advantage of the unevenness between Loews and the curve low-Mirabeau. The Italian completed the final turn and received the banderazo without being aware that I had just achieved the first of his six victories in the Formula 1.