Grand Prix Gold: 1982 Las Vegas GP

Grand Prix Gold: 1982 Las Vegas GP

It all came down to Las Vegas, and the unloved car park circuit. Keke Rosberg came into the title decider with the points lead, and he left in the same manner. Watson did all he could, finishing second, but fifth was enough to hand the Finn his first - and what would prove to be only - world championship crown

The end of term concert went almost according to plan. We expected Keke Rosberg to clinch the world championship, and he did. We counted on a brilliant effort from John Watson, and we got it. We doubted that Ferrari could lose the constructors' cup, and we were right. We guessed it would be hot, and that few would bother to come and watch. Correct again, on both counts.

Perhaps we should also have thought about a race victory for Michele Alboreto and Tyrrell. They have frequently shone this season, after all, the young Italian emerging as a true star of the future, the 011 chassis developing simultaneously into a formidable machine.

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