Grand Prix Gold: 1982 British GP

Grand Prix Gold: 1982 British GP

Keke Rosberg secured his first pole position and intrigue surrounded Brabham's formative pitstop strategy, but it was Niki Lauda who came through it all to win the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, and with consummate ease.

"For me," said Niki, "it was a race without problem. For sure, I could not stay with Piquet, no, but once he was out it was straightforward. Easy? No way. No grand prix is easy but I had no worries…"

Lauda won this one like he won at Long Beach, by being neat, calm, efficient, aggressive only when necessary. On the first lap he was very firm and assertive in beating Didier Pironi into Druids, but thereafter there was no need of such things. Coolly, he drove away from the Ferrari, and waited for something to happen to the Brabham, which broke after nine laps. When that happened, the McLaren was home. It was a typical piece of Lauda superiority.

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