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Maybe Jochen Mass made the most prophetic remark after winning at Vallelunga, when he commented that the cars would get better, and the drivers would get used to driving for economy. The opening round had almost been an embarrassment as the leading cars slowed, and then slowed some more to reach the finish line on their allocation of 510 litres, 15% less than last year's 600 litres.
Almost unnoticed at the time was the fact that Mass and Ickx covered the distance in shorter time than the average of the last race held there, in 1983. Monza's result was distorted as the race was halted after four hours, but the winning average was almost identical to last year's.