Autodelta V12, Alfa Romeo. Monaco Grand Prix, 1982.
elementary my dear Watson …
John Watson putting his Brabham BT46 on the third step of the rostrum during the 1978 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch
Is this Nelson Piquet being entered in a third Brabham during the 1978 season? Why yes it is. At the Canadian Grand Prix.
Behind him is Patrick Tambay in one of the Lowenbrau livery McLarens, with a Walter Wolf Racing in the background.
what we miss in modern day F1 …. enormous engines … Alfa Romeo V12 that powered Niki Lauda’s Brabham BT48
A car for the motoring aficionado
Back in the day. One Alfa Romeo you won’t see gracing the road.
Not to be an annoyance, but this is actually a Brabham BT48, Brabham’s 1979 race car powered by an Alfa Romeo V12. It wasn’t very reliable, including back-to-back races at Hockenheim and Osterriechring where the team suffered duel engine failures.
Alfa Romeo entered a team late 1979, and the reliability was similar. While Brabham went on to win 2 titles with a Cosworth and then BMW engines, Alfa failed to score a podium finish in their ten years returned to the sport. Did nothing to tarnish their impressive record from the early 50’s and pre-war years.
Interesting to note, as well, is that the BT48 Brabham was driver by two drivers who would become triple world champions: Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet.