The little West German-owned (and British-based) team had pulled off something of a coup during the off season thanks to the BMW connections of driver Manfred Winkelhock. Gustav Brunner had designed a new D6 chassis to hold the same BMW Turbo engine that powered the Brabham, and with the team stripping back to a single car to focus on Winkelhock, Gunther Schmidt’s team hoped for more points in 1983 – but much of the team’s success would come down to reliability, something that had been a problem in the later half of 1982.

Winkelhock9. Manfred Winkelhock de

Winkelhock had done well in his first full season of F1 racing in 1982, scoring points in Brazil after finishing 7th thanks to the disqualifications, and although the car was increasingly left behind technically as well as reacting badly to the turbo-friendly circuits at the end of the year, he had a good platform to build on for 1983. He demolished team-mate Salazar, even if they did finish equal on points in the end, and will have to show similar speed to repay Schmidt’s faith in building the team around him.


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