Formula 1 Wins.
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The Swiss Grand Prix of 1982 became Keke Rosberg's first officIal win in Formula 1 but he had come so close to achieving the goal two weeks earlier in Austria. Having been pipped to the line by Elio de Angelis by just 0.050 seconds, this time at Dijon he made sure he couldn't be beaten. It would be the first win in Formula 1 for a Finnish driver and it propelled Keke into the lead of the 1982 Drivers Championship, a title he would win less than a month later.
Pole for a Swiss GP held in France was appropiately achieved by French driver Alain Prost setting a 1:01.380, with his countryman and fellow Renault driver Rene Arnoux in second place. Keke could only manage 8th with a 1:03.589, and had team mate Derek Daly just one place ahead in 7th. Ferrari driver Patrick Tambay would qualify in 10th but would not start the race due to a pinched nerve in his back.
At the start of the race both Renault drivers leapt away with Arnoux taking Prost for the lead, by the second lap the drivers had swaped places again. On lap 4 Patrese was overtaken by team mate Nelson Piquet who would then chase down the two Renault's with Keke behind Lauda in sixth. By lap 11 Piquet was up to second, getting past Arnoux with Keke into forth. On the fortieth lap Piquet was forced to pit for fuel dropping him back to fifth place, promoting Keke into third.
The GP would settle down until near the end of the race as each lap Arnoux and Rosberg were both catching leader Prost. Arnoux's race came to a dramtic end on lap 75 after first pitting with an issue, he quickly returned to the track only for his fuel injector to give up and for him to come to halt just off the race track. Keke was now into second place and catching Prost very quickly per lap. By lap 78 he was just a car length behind and on the following lap he took Prost down the inside at turn three with a beautiful move. For the remaining time left of the race Keke would pull further ahead to win his first official Grand Prix in Formula 1.
Despite being called the Swiss Grand Prix, motorsport had been banned in Switzerland since 1955 due to Le Mans disaster of the same year. However due to the popularity of French drivers and teams in F1 during the early 1980's, it was felt that a third race (with the French and Monaco GP's) could be successful. So F1 organisers arranged for the first Swiss GP since 1954 to take place at the Circuit de Dijon-Prenois.
Date: August 29th, 1982
Circuit: Circuit de Dijon-Prenois
Location: Dijon, France
Lap Distance: 3.801 km (2.361 miles)
Full Qualifying & Race Classification
Pole: Alain Prost
Fastest lap: Nelson Piquet
'1982 Swiss grand prix highlights'
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Elio de Angelis
Andre de Cesaris
Race Classification - Top 10
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