Grand Prix Gold: 1982 South African GP

Grand Prix Gold: 1982 South African GP

A new season dawned in South Africa with the turbocharged Renaults proving as reliable as they were quick and Frenchman Alain Prost proving that he was quickly becoming one of Formula 1's finest drivers with a superb charge to victory from a lap down

There was nothing unexpected about the final result of the South African Grand Prix. The turbocharged cars dominated at the high-altitude Kyalami track, but the eventual winner Alain Prost had to work hard for his victory, driving a brilliant race back through the field after losing a lap to replace a punctured rear tyre, which so nearly proved his downfall.

"Another few yards into the corner and I would have crashed at over 250kph, while on the way back to the pits the tyre came right off the rim and I was worried that the car had suffered suspension damage," said Prost after the race, which he described as "the most satisfying win of my career".

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