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Formula 1 Print 1983 - Elio de Angelis racing his Lotus-Renault 94T at the 1983 European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch - Legends Of The Sport

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Formula 1 Print 1983 - Elio de Angelis racing his Lotus-Renault 94T at the 1983 European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch

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Elio de Angelis (ITA) racing in his Lotus-Renault 94T at the 1983 European Grand Prix in Brands Hatch on September 25th. The race was won by Nelson Piquet (BRA) in his Brabham-BMW with Alain Prost (FRA) second in a Renault. Elio de Angelis retired on lap 12 with an oil pump problem, despite having started in pole position.   

The 1983 Formula One season was the 34th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1983 FIA Formula One World Championship, which commenced on 13 March, and ended on 15 October after fifteen races.Nelson Piquet won the Drivers' Championship, his second Formula One title and the first to be won by a driver using a turbocharged engine. The Manufacturers' Championship was won by Ferrari.  

The season was a four-way battle between Piquet, Renault driver Alain Prost and Ferrari duo René Arnoux and Patrick Tambay. Prost lost a title chance with a technical problem in the final round in South Africa. The fact that Ferrari had two race-winning drivers pushing for the driver's title enabled the team to win the constructors' title in spite of its best driver (Arnoux) finishing only third - a unique feat in Formula One history.  

The season also included a single non-championship Formula One race, the Race of Champions, which was held at Brands Hatch and won by defending World Champion Keke Rosberg in a Williams Cosworth. This was to be the last Formula One season to include a non-championship race.

A major change in technical regulations mandated a flat under tray for the cars, with a complete ban on the ground effect technology pioneered by the Lotus 78 in 1977. This was done to reduce down force and cornering speeds, which were deemed to have reached dangerous levels in 1982, a season in which several violent and fatal accidents occurred. 

The 1983 European Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Brands Hatch on September 25th, 1983. This race saw Bruno Giacomelli score his final championship point, and was the first race for qualified doctor and current circuit owner Jonathan Palmer. It also took place exactly 22 years before the inaugural A1 Grand Prix event at Brands Hatch, September 25, 2005. It was the only race in F1 history that both Toleman cars finished in the points.  

Palmer debuted in a third car for Williams as a one-off appearance.  He was Williams' test driver and a works Honda driver that year and the race was his reward from Frank Williams for his hard work.  

It also was the last appearance of the Theodore Racing team, which left F1 before the next race in South Africa.  

The Lotus 94T was a Formula One racing car used by Team Lotus in the second part of the 1983 Formula One season. The car was powered by the Renault Gordini EF1 V6 turbo engine, and ran on Pirelli tyres. The car was designed and built in only six weeks by incumbent designer Gérard Ducarouge, who was brought into the team by boss Peter Warr in an attempt to stave off the uncompetitiveness of the previous Lotus cars.

The car featured a lower, slimmer monocoque with improved weight distribution over its predecessor. The 94T made its debut at the 1983 British Grand Prix and proved to be competitive in the hands of Nigel Mansell, who came home fourth in the race, and Elio de Angelis, and provided an upswing in form for the Lotus team which would carry them into the 1984 season with a developed version of the car. Its best result was a third place at the 1983 European Grand Prix with Mansell, who also claimed fastest lap in the race, while De Angelis won the pole position. De Angelis had the lion's share of bad luck, and scored only two points with the car, but Mansell made it into the top six on several occasions, and finished the season with 12 points to his credit. 


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