Grand Prix Gold: 1982 Swiss GP

Grand Prix Gold: 1982 Swiss GP

With two races left in the season after the Swiss Grand Prix, Keke Rosberg finally delivered his first F1 world championship race win, in a Swiss race actually held at Dijon, and in doing so moved to the head of the points for the first time

Keke Rosberg breathes a little easier this week. On Sunday he won the Swiss Grand Prix, his first, and he moves into a conclusive lead in the world championship. Having taken the race in brilliant style, he can now feel more comfortable with his thoughts of the title. This was a magnificent performance.

He cut it fine. For most of the afternoon, Alain Prost's Renault looked supremely in control, under possible threat only from Rene Arnoux's sister car. As has so often happened to the Renault team, however, victory slipped away in the dying laps. Arnoux, apparently on the verge of taking the lead, retired with a fault in the electronic fuel injection, and Prost, with half a skirt missing for the last quarter of the race, began to lose pace. When Rosberg, driving at the limit, attacked with a couple of laps to go, Prost was unable to respond. At the finish the Williams was four seconds ahead, and Frank had his first victory in nearly a year.

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