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The mighty are fallen
Imola, May 5th. As soon as the Portuguese Grand Prix was over, all the cars and material were loaded into the familiar articulated transporters and, ten days later, everything was unloaded in the paddock at the Autodromo Dino Ferrari at Imola, south-east of Bologna. Everything had been back to base, overhauled, rebuilt or replaced and was like new, and a number of teams actually had brand new cars on the strength. The car that Rosberg had crashed, which caused him injury to a hand and wrist, had been repaired and was relegated to the status of T-car, while a brand new one (FW10/03) was ready for Rosberg as his race-car. The RAM team had a brand new car (RAM 03/03) to bring its strength up to three, this new car being unchanged in specification and finished, like the others, in the very attractive green and white colour scheme of Skoal Bandit tobacco, its major sponsors. Team leader Winkelhock took over this car and his old one became the T-car.
The Spirit team completed the updating of its second car (101D/3) now painted red and blue, and the crashed car from Portugal was on hand as an emergency spare. The Euro-Racing Alfa Romeo team was out in force, with three 185T cars, a new one for Cheever, plus the old 184T/1B as an extra spare car. Two of the cars were fitted with Bosch Motronic ignition and fuel injection, and two retained the old mechanical injection system. Osella had a new car on hand, the first of the FA1G models, even though it carried the number 02, but the old FA1/F was used for the race. Ferrari produced a new 156/85 for Alboreto. this being number 081, and Johansson took over 079, while 078 was still the T-car.