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Arnoux and Ferrari dominate
Montreal, June 12th
A packed motorsporting month means that the Canadian Grand Prix, held on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the island in the St Lawrence river where it runs through Montreal, can only be very brief. The entry was the same as Detroit, held the week before, and Arnoux dominated both qualifying sessions and the race. All the top teams made pit stops for petrol and tyres and as nobody bungled the job the overall scene did not change as a result. After challenging in the early part of the race Piquet's Brabham-BMW retired with a broken throttle cable and Patrese in the second BMW-powered car retired with transmission trouble. With Prost in trouble with a loss of 800 r.p.m. at the top end of his Renault V6 power range, and further delayed by a puncture, Eddie Cheever stepped in to run a worthy second, ahead of Tambay's Ferrari, but nowhere near Arnoux's Ferrari. Rosberg drove his usual hard race to earn a distant fourth place and Watson ran his usual consistent race to end up sixth, though he was severely challenged by the young Belgian driver Thierry Boutsen in only his third Formula 1 race with the Arrows team. The start was delayed 40 minutes by a power line failure within the city electricity supply, but apart from that everything went very smoothly and a blazing sun brought out a good crowd to watch.