Keke Rosberg was the real life champion of 1982 and easily the favorite to win the Kubica Trophy as well. He did not disappoint: he won every race he finished, ending the season with an amazing points tally of 99. Rosberg was already crowned champion with three races to go.
Only Manfred Winkelhock led the championship at one moment, because he took his maiden win in the Brazilian GP. Another remarkable win took place in Imola, where Gilles Villeneuve won the last race he would ever compete in. Marc Surer also won his first race, while Roberto Guerrero became the first Colombian to finish on the podium.1983
1983 was another dominant year for Keke Rosberg. However, he did not start the year well with a disqualification in the season opener in Brazil. Strangely, the drivers who finished behind him did not move up a position, resulting in the first ever race which had finishers, but no winner. Marc Surer had taken 2nd place and won the USA West GP, putting himself in quite a firm lead in the championship.
Rosberg did win the next seven races, leaving the opposition without a realistic shot at the Kubica Trophy. Some more retirements prevented him from taking the Trophy even earlier than in 1982, but he was a double champion with two races to go. Surer had been the only one who stayed even remotely close all season: the Swiss had a very good season for Arrows, winning three races and securing seven more podium finishes. 1983 was also the year where Johnny Cecotto secured Venezuela's first podiums and where Stefan Johansson won his first race.1984
Before the season, there was once again just one favourite for the Kubica Trophy: Keke Rosberg. He seemed destined to become the second driver in history to win three consecutive Trophies. The Finn started the season pretty well with four wins in the first six races, but Thierry Boutsen was only 4.5 points adrift after the Monaco GP. Neither of them scored in the Canadian and USA East GPs, but Rosberg took a big step to his third Trophy by winning in Dallas, while Boutsen again did not finish.
Rosberg would again retire from three consecutive races after that win, but Boutsen also only managed to finish one. He did win that one, though, but his team mate Surer had also come back into contention with a win and a 2nd place in those three races. Rosberg still led the championship with four races to go - he had 40.5 points - but Boutsen and Surer followed closely, with 36 and 34 points respectively. The race which was not won by the title protagonists, saw Huub Rothengatter take a surprise victory in his Spirit.
The Dutch GP was won by Rosberg, while the Arrows duo did not finish. However, it was the last race of 1984 in which Rosberg would see the checkered flag. Surer also would not finish another race, but Boutsen edged closer with a 3rd place in Italy and a win in the penultimate GP. The difference between the Finn and the Belgian was only half a point when the season finale in Portugal started. Boutsen's dreams ended after only 24 laps, even though Rosberg also would not see the finish. He was a triple champion though and he equaled Emerson Fittipaldi in winning three consecutive Kubica Trophies.
Just how close that season was, could perhaps best be proven by this alternative scenario. Tyrrell got disqualified from all races in 1984 because of their illegal car, but what if they had kept their results? Bellof would have had a pretty impressive season up until the last three races where his team did not start anymore, but Boutsen is the surprisig winner in this scenario. If Tyrrell had not been caught, Thierry Boutsen would have won the 1984 Kubica Trophy!