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.
On a brief sombre note, today (January 18th) marks the 60th anniversary of the Argentine Grand Prix disaster.
Prema Powerteam’s Raffaele Marciello claimed the Grand Prix de Pau in an emphatic style in the southern French town this afternoon.
It is often remembered as a time of honour, sportsmanship and openness in motorsport. Simpler times when safety was not an issue and drivers were daredevils playing in the fire – and when Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh took to the wheel; motorsport felt the rare touch of royalty.