1984 Austrian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 12 of 16 in the 1984 Formula One season
The Österreichring (last modified in 1977)
The Österreichring (last modified in 1977)
Date August 19, 1984
Official name XVII Holiday Großer Preis von Osterreich
Location Österreichring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
5.942 km (3.692 mi)
Distance 51 laps, 303.042 km (188.292 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW
Time 1:26.173
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG
Time 1:32.882 on lap 23
Podium
First Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG
Second Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW
Third Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari

The 1984 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Österreichring on August 19, 1984. It was the twelfth round of the 1984 Formula One season and the 400th World Championship Grand Prix held since the championship began in 1950.

McLaren's Niki Lauda took the lead in the World Championship with his 23rd career win. Second was defending champion Nelson Piquet in his Brabham-BMW, with Ferrari's Michele Alboreto completing the podium in third place.

Alain Prost, Lauda's team mate and the World Championship leader going into the race, failed to finish after spinning off on oil on lap 28. Prost had been running a close second behind Piquet at the time of his spin. Piquet came upon the oil first and managed to keep his car from sliding off despite a twitch on the oil. Prost however was having gear selection problems and hit the oil with one hand on the steering wheel and the other on the gear lever holding his McLaren-TAG in gear. As a result he could not control the car and spun off into retirement. This saw Lauda move to second behind Piquet who was having tyre troubles. After taking the lead Lauda then suddenly found he could not engage a gear and it appeared his race was over as he slowed significantly while desperately trying to find a working gear. The problem proved to be temporary though and soon the McLaren was going at speed again and he went on to a 23 second win.

Another Austrian driver Gerhard Berger, who would go on to win 10 Grands Prix before retiring at the end of the 1997 season, made his Formula One debut at the Österreichring, finishing 12th and last in his ATS-BMW. The third Austrian in the race, Jo Gartner, retired after only 6 laps with engine troubles in his Osella-Alfa Romeo.

Renault, who had won the 1983 Austrian Grand Prix with Alain Prost driving, had a race to forget in 1984. Derek Warwick retired with engine trouble on lap 17 while Patrick Tambay also retired with engine drama on lap 42.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 51 1:21:12.851 4 9
2 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 51 + 23.525 1 6
3 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 51 + 48.998 12 4
4 2 Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 51 + 56.312 7 3
5 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 50 + 1 Lap 17 2
6 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-BMW 50 + 1 Lap 19 1
7 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 50 + 1 Lap 15  
8 25 France François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 49 + 2 Laps 21  
9 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 49 + 2 Laps 24  
10 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 48 Out of Fuel 13  
11 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 48 + 3 Laps 25  
12 31 Austria Gerhard Berger ATS-BMW 48 Gearbox 20  
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 42 Engine 5  
Ret 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 35 Oil Pressure 10  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 32 Engine 8  
Ret 7 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 28 Spun Off 2  
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 28 Engine 3  
NC 21 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Spirit-Hart 23 Not Classified 26  
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 18 Engine 16  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 17 Engine 6  
Ret 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 15 Injection 18  
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 15 Handling 9  
Ret 5 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 12 Engine 11  
Ret 30 Austria Jo Gartner Osella-Alfa Romeo 6 Engine 22  
Ret 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 4 Gearbox 23  
DSQ 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 0 Disqualified  
DNQ 3 Sweden Stefan Johansson Tyrrell-Ford        

Notes[edit]

  • First race: Gerhard Berger
  • For the first time in Formula One history none of the cars starting on the grid had a naturally aspirated engine.
  • The race was restarted because of an improper starting procedure, due to the lights (according to Niki Lauda) going red, then green, then yellow and back to red again.
  • During the first race, Elio de Angelis stalled on the grid and blocked a number of cars including Patrick Tambay, who came to a dead stop behind De Angelis and stalled his Renault. This fracas allowed Ayrton Senna to come up from 10th to 4th in the underpowered Toleman-Hart.
  • This was the only time that Niki Lauda has won his home Grand Prix. His previous best was 2nd in 1977. As of 2014 when the Austrian Grand Prix returns to F1 for the first time since 2003, this is the only time that an Austrian driver has won their home Grand Prix.
  • Lap leaders:

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Points accurate at final declaration of results. Tyrrell's points were subsequently reallocated.

References[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-17. 


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