Leading up to the fourth round of the 1982 Formula One World Championship, the political battles between the FISA-affiliated teams and the FOCA entities finally exploded into all-out war. Former World Champion and then BBC F1 commentator James Hunt had this to say.
Who knows? Maybe the good ol' days were not as good as we like to remember.
As the Formula One circus pitched up at Long Beach for the first of three American Grands Prix in 1982, the tensions between FOCA and FISA began to heat up once again following two heated meets in South Africa and Brazil.
With the 1982 Argentine Grand Prix lost due to lingering uncertainties within the sport, Formula One finally arrived in South America for the Brazilian Grand Prix in mid-March and although two months had passed since the infamous South African Grand Prix, ill feeling remained within the paddock and the outer reaches of Formula One itself.
My thoughts today for the forgotten man of the 1982 Formula One season, Riccardo Paletti.
Formula 1 has spent much of its existence embracing battles of every kind, whether they involve drivers, the teams, the commercial wing or the governing body itself. Rarely has an entire Grand Prix been lost.
Formula 1 loves controversy; it feeds off of it. Without the public displays of placated aggravation and sugar-coated cat calling, Formula 1 would probably fall from the public eye. At the start of 1982, Formula 1 got it very, very wrong.