7 November 2014

United States Grand Prix West, Long Beach, California. April 4, 1982

Dedicated to Andrea de Cesaris, 1959-2014

In his third race since returning from a self-imposed two-year "retirement", Niki Lauda won the seventh United States Grand Prix West at Long Beach, ahead of Keke Rosberg. It was the 18th victory of Lauda's career, and his first for McLaren. Gilles Villeneuve crossed the line in third, but he was disqualified after the race when a protest of his Ferrari's rear wing was upheld by the officials.
As an aside, De Chesaris scored his sole F1 pole position, here leading Rene Arnoux and Lauda in the Alfa 182.

Photo by LAT Photographic

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