Face to Face

Riccardo Patrese has been a different man since the start of this year’s Grand Prix season. He’s more open, more relaxed and seemingly more happy with his life. That’s perhaps because he feels a weight has been taken off his shoulders. Forgotten are his frequently fruitless drives in the middle of the field, the fact he was driving for a second-rate team, and his controversial reputation. Riccardo has left all that behind. After four years of waiting, he now has a competitive car with which he can pick up top three positions. But it’s not really that Riccardo himself has changed, it’s his life that is different.

By Eric Bhat of Grand Prix International Magazine (1981), from my private collection. Published here for non-profit, entertainment-only purposes. No copyright infringement is intended.