F1 Flashback: Another bad day for Keke in Brazil, 1983


It takes a special kind of bad luck to finish in the same place at the same race for two years running – and get disqualified both times.

Keke Rosberg achieved that unique feat in the 1983 season-opener held on this day 30 years ago.

The reigning world champion was up against it at the start of his title defense. Turbo-powered F1 cars were in the ascendancy – and he didn’t have one.

But the Williams-Cosworth FW08C, a development of the car he won the title with the year before, was a known quantity and he put it on pole position at the Jacarepagua circuit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In the race, Nelson Piquet’s turbocharged Brabham-BMW was too much for Rosberg. Brabham had innovated by reintroducing mid-race refueling pit stops the year before, the Brazilian driver’s went like clockwork and he took a popular home win.

Rosberg’s race did not go so smoothly and it all went wrong when he took to pit lane. A problem with the fuel coupling led to a fire, and he sprang from the cockpit.

Showing typical Rosberg grit, he jumped back into the cockpit the moment the flames had been doused. He left the pits having fallen to eighth, but impressively fought his way back to take second place.

Or so he though. The stewards decreed he’d received a push start following the fire, and erased his name from the final standings.

This was an especially bitter blow as much the same had happened to him the year before. Then too he’d finished behind Piquet on the road and that time both were disqualified as their cars were deemed to have run overweight.

His 1983 disqualification was an unpromising start to Rosberg’s title defense. As the season wore on the turbo cars moved further out of reach. His one moment of glory came at Monaco, where he produced a superb victory in damp conditions.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change