"An exultant Patrese took the flag for only the second time this season, having driven a perfect race.  In the early laps he had assumed second place behind Piquet, ready to protect his team leader from an attack which never materialised.  Earlier the team had agreed that if the two should be running first and second in the late stages, with no threat to Nelson’s championship, then there would be no objection to a win by Riccardo.  And everything worked out to perfection.

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