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On this day in Williams history: Rosberg wins his only Grand Prix of 1982

August 29, 2018

In a turbulent Formula 1 season that saw fatalities and career-ending accidents turn Formula 1 on its head, 1982 was the year that Keke Rosberg would see his Grand Prix ambitions realised with a first and only World Championship Drivers title.

One of the remarkable things about that season was that Rosberg was able to take the Championship with a solitary Grand Prix win at the Swiss Grand Prix (being held at Dijon in France as a result of motor racing being banned in Switzerland after the 1955 Le Mans disaster) on this day 36 years ago.

Starting from 8th place on the grid, Rosberg was able to make his way to the front, overtaking home favourite (although not Swiss!) and future Williams driver Alain Prost in the Renault, to take his first Grand Prix win and the first for a Finnish driver, taking to the top of the championship standings, a position he would maintain until the end of the season.

1982 was the last time the anomalous Swiss Grand Prix was held.


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