Ferrari 126C2 was the successor of 126CK model built for the 1981 F1 racing season. Despite similar index, in fact C2 was almost completely new design rather than further evolution of CK. Designed by newcomer Harvey Postletwhaite based on the further developed V6 turbo engine and ground effect aerodynamics, the car featured all-new chassis and bodywork. 126C2 was 1st genuine Ferrari full monocoque chassis with honeycomb aluminum panels for the structure. The 1982 season was one of the most controversial in the history of Grand Prix racing. Very spectacular sporting side of the season with 11 different race winners in 16 races was darkened by political issues, scandals and fatal accidents. Scandals and tragedies did not pass the Ferrari team too – Maranello’s squad lost both drivers who started the season. First, at San Marino Grand Prix Didier Pironi passed Gilles Villeneuve to the lead and victory when the team signalled them to slow down. After the race Villeneuve said that he would never speak to Pironi again, and he kept his promise. Two weeks later Canadian died after an accident during the final qualifying session for the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. Then Pironi won the British Grand Prix and was in the lead in the Championship. At 11th round of the season at Hockenheim during a wet qualifying session, Pironi plowed into the back of Prost’s Renault. The Ferrari was launched into the air in an accident similar to the one that killed Villeneuve. Pironi was not thrown from the car, but suffered career-ending leg injuries. The Brumm scale model represents Pironi’s 126C2 from the USA-West Grand Prix at Long Beach where the car was fitted with the characteristic twin rear wing. See also the model of Pironi’s 126C2 from Ferrari F1 Collection.
|1982||F1WC||USA GP West|
|Didier Pironi||28||Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC|