|1982 Dutch Grand Prix: Pironi's Dutch Delight|
|There have been many moments throughout the history of sport where an individual's life off the field is about to spiral out of control and that at those moments, on the field, he or she has managed to put together the performance of a lifetime. In the case of Didier Pironi in 1982, all of the pressure would be found at the track. Yet, in the midst of incredible pressure he would come through with one of the best drives of his career.
No sooner had Villeneuve's body come to a rest against the...[Read more...]|
|1980 Belgian Grand Prix: Pironi's Star on the Rise|
|Following the outstanding performance in the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans that resulted in victory for Renault, its only victory in the 24 hour race, Didier Pironi would be considered a man to watch. On the 4th of May, 1980, in just his second season in Formula One, he would prove why.
He had to be careful to let the tactics play out. This would not be easy as the sister-car drew far away into the distance. It was the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans and Renault was still to crack the reliability and per...[Read more...]|
|1982 German Grand Prix: Unfortunate Fortuity and Great Loss|
|On the podium at Imola in late-April of 1982, the look on Gilles Villeneuve's face would speak volumes. Then there would be the tragic events at Zolder just a couple of weeks later. But while many would want to point fingers at Villeneuve's teammate, the sad fact of the matter is that Didier Pironi and Gilles would compliment each other in so many ways that it would be inevitable there would be friction, perhaps even a collision. In fact, they were so connected, so complimentary of each other, t...[Read more...]|
|1989 24 Hours of Le Mans: Mass and Mercedes Slay its Dragons|
It had been nearly 35 years since Mercedes-Benz had made an appearance at Le Mans as a factory team. It had been longer than that since the German manufacturer had taken victory in the famed event. To return to the top the manufacturer needed speed, but they would also need experience. Jochen Mass was their ideal candidate.
Mass had enjoyed a competitive, but short, Formula One career. He would earn victory in the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix at the impressive Montjuic Park Circuit. Unfo...[Read more...]|
|1982 Austrian Grand Prix: de Angelis Flying Through the Thin Air|
|It is almost impossible to predict events and just how momentous they just might be. This would certainly be the case with the 1982 Austrian Grand Prix, a truly special and memorable moment in Formula One history.
Heading into the Austrian Grand Prix in 1982 Formula One was in a bit of trouble and desperately needed a lift. All throughout the paddock there were teams that needed some good news. And then there would be others that needed some good news in order to be able to weather a storm co...[Read more...]|