When Niki Lauda came out of retirement for the 1982 Formula One season to race for Marlboro McLaren, he knew he still had the ability to win. He was proven correct, winning Long Beach that year, and his third World Formula One Driver’s Championship in 1984. Here, he presents the classic Lauda pre-race stare as he revises his attack plan before the 1982 Detroit Grand Prix.
Michelin had just advised him and teammate John Watson to change compounds, guaranteeing them dramatically improved grip. Watson would go on to win; Lauda would run as high as third before hitting the Armco.