Grand Prix Gold: 1982 San Marino GP

Grand Prix Gold: 1982 San Marino GP

With the FISA/FOCA war at its zenith, the San Marino Grand Prix was contested by just 14 cars. The race would go down in infamy however thanks to the infighting at Ferrari between winner Didier Pironi and Gilles Villeneuve, who, unbeknownst to him, started a Formula 1 race for the last time...

"You know," said a colleague halfway through the San Marino Grand Prix. "FOCA are going to say this was rigged...All I can say is, if it is rigged, I wish they'd rig them all..."

Fourteen cars only were present at Imola last weekend, for the bulk of the FOCA entries were withdrawn, following the FIA tribunal's decision to disqualify Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg from the Brazilian Grand Prix, and to state that, in the future, no topping-up with liquids and coolants would be permitted before the post-race weight check. Ken Tyrrell's cars did take part, however, and Michele Alboreto finished third.

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