Guy Ligier wasn’t there to enjoy it – in fact he wasn’t in Sweden when we won either. I remember in the evening we had a dinner at the Sheraton with all the team… which was probably only 15 or 20 people. We were very happy. We had a long break before Brazil, and I was able to play golf and do some fishing. It was perfect.
We arrived in Brazil as favourites after our success in Buenos Aires, and the car was quick immediately. I had more opposition from Patrick, but I took pole by nearly a second again. I had a tougher race this time because it was warmer and the track was more difficult to drive. The left before the pits was flat, but it was really difficult to do it. During the race Patrick was always behind me. Every time he caught me I’d go flat on this last corner, and take about a second. He left me alone for a couple of laps, and then he’d catch up again. But a few laps before the end he let me go.
After these two wins I thought we could do something very good in that season, but in fact I didn’t win again that year. There’s a famous F1 myth that Ducarouge lost the settings we had used in South America, but we had the set-up, we knew exactly how the car should be. The only thing that changed was the underwing. In those first two races it was aluminium, and when we went back Ducarouge decided to make it in fibreglass. He made this wing very light and saved some kilos.