Motor City

28. Apr 2021 
by Pierre Van Vliet

Detroit was known as the capital of the auto industry in the past century, hosting the three American giants Ford, GM and Chrysler.

In 1982, a first Formula One Grand Prix was organised; won by the McLaren of a surprising John Watson – only 17th on the starting grid – in front of local hero Eddie Cheever (Talbot Ligier) and Didier Pironi (Ferrari), a podium 100% Michelin in the country of tyre manufacturer Goodyear.

The track design was chaotic (picture below) with right angle turns and a delicate hairpin where one can see the Fittipaldi of Chico Serra preceding the Williams’ of Rosberg and Daly as well as the Arrows’ of Surer and Baldi.

Source: DR

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