Team Brabham, under the official name of Parmalat Racing Team, entered the 1982 with car numbers 1 and 2 as the team of the previous year drivers’ champion. Nelson Piquet was joined by Riccardo Patrese, recruited from Arrows to replace Mexican Hector Rebaque. New T50 model was developed for the 1982 season. The car designed by Gordon Murray was changed significantly to incorporate new BMW 1.5-litre turbo engine in place of 1981 naturally aspirated Ford Cosworth DFV. The BT50 made its debut at the South African Grand Prix before being withdrawn for further development of the engine while the team reverted to BT49. After return of BT50 Piquet finished 5th in the Belgian GP and won in Canada few races later. As to Patrese, he was 3rd in USA GP West, than achieved his first career victory in Monaco, and was third in Canada – all in old BT49D. In the BT50 Riccardo’s only finish in points was 5th place in Swiss GP held at Dijon. However in the final standings of the “crazy” 1982 F1 season Partese was 10th with 21 points, one position and one point ahead of Piquet.
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