Grand Prix Gold: 1982 Dutch GP

Grand Prix Gold: 1982 Dutch GP

It would prove to be Didier Pironi's last grand prix victory, and in Holland, Ferrari's team leader was in imperious form, so much so that he would leave Zandvoort convinced of his championship credentials. Rene Arnoux, meanwhile, was happy to be leaving with his life...

As we all expected, it was a turbo race. They dominated qualifying, and they ran away with the race. Some failed before the end, but two did not. The chequered flag eventually fluttered for Didier Pironi, whose Ferrari took an early lead and left the rest behind.

As ever, the Renaults were the class of the field in practice, with Rene Arnoux on pole, Alain Prost next to him. But neither made it to half-distance, Prost suffering another engine failure, and Arnoux fortunate to come out of an enormous Tarzan accident without injury.

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