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Winning the 1982 F1 World Championship was far from easy for Keke.

He had a number of rivals who were just as eager to win the title as he was. His five main rivals all had superior machinery, but in the age of turbo engines Keke proved that driver skill was just as important.

 

Five main rivals made up the main team gunning for the crown in ‘82 and all five of them wanted it just as badly as Keke. Each one had a good chance at winning the title that year and all scored two wins to Keke’s single victory but they all suffered from bad luck in the form

of reliablity and other problems. It is also worth mentioning that Gilles Villenuve would most definitely have been a major title contender if

not for his tragic and lethal accident at Zolder earlier in the year.

The Rivals for the Title

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The key to Keke’s success was that he kept scoring consistantly throughout the season taking points from many of the races. At the end

of the season Keke had won with 44 points and one win, needing only

a sixth place in the last race of the year. Michele Alboreto won the race but Keke did more than he needed and came a very deserved 5th. It is worth noting that this was during the era when only the top 6 scored points with the winner receiving just nine.

 

Through determination and raw talent Keke was able to beat some of

the best drivers the sport has ever seen, picking up the ultimate accolade, the 1982 F1 Drivers World Championship.

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John Watson

Team: McLaren Ford

Wins (1982): 2

Points: 39

Final Position: 2nd =

Didier Pironi

Team: Ferrari

Wins (1982): 2

Points: 39

Final Position: 2nd =

Alain Prost

Team: Renault

Wins (1982): 2

Points: 34

Final Position: 4th

Niki Lauda

Team: McLaren Ford

Wins (1982): 2

Points: 30

Final Position: 5th

Rene Arnoux

Team: Renault

Wins (1982): 2

Points: 28

Final Position: 6th

The Five Main Rivals

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