1984 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 3 of 16 in the 1984 Formula One season
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Date April 29, 1984
Official name XL Grote Prijs van Belgie
Location Circuit Zolder
Heusden-Zolder, Limburg, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
4.262 km (2.648 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 298.340 km (185.380 mi)
Pole position
Driver Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari
Time 1:14.846
Fastest lap
Driver France René Arnoux Ferrari
Time 1:19.294 on lap 64
Podium
First Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari
Second United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault
Third France René Arnoux Ferrari

The 1984 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 29 April 1984. It was the third round of the 1984 Formula One season. The race was the 42nd Belgian Grand Prix and the tenth and last Grand Prix to be held at Circuit Zolder. The race was held over 70 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 298 kilometres.

The race was won by Italian driver Michele Alboreto driving a Ferrari 126C4. It was Alboreto's third Grand Prix victory and his first since joining Scuderia Ferrari for the 1984 season and became the first Italian to win for the Prancing Horse since Ludovico Scarfiotti won the 1966 Italian Grand Prix. Alboreto took a 42-second victory over British driver Derek Warwick driving a Renault RE50. It was Warwick's best ever Grand Prix result, improving on the third place he had achieved at the previous race in South Africa. Alboreto's French team mate René Arnoux was third.

Alboreto's win was the first and only win for Ferrari in 1984 and it confirmed Ferrari's faith in hiring the Italian away from Tyrrell. However Alboreto would get another top three finish until the Austrian Grand Prix in August. With Alain Prost finishing outside the points his lead in the world championship tightened to five points with Warwick moving into second place ahead of Niki Lauda.

Summary[edit]

Goodyear dominated qualifying filling six of the top seven places with Michele Alboreto securing his first career pole position. Team mate René Arnoux qualified second in what would be the last all-Ferrari front row until the 1988 British Grand Prix. 1982 world champion Keke Rosberg qualified third in his Williams FW09, demonstrating the growing speed of the Williams-Honda combination. Derek Warwick (Michelin) was fourth ahead of Elio de Angelis (Lotus 95T) and the surprising fast ATS D7 of emerging star Manfred Winkelhock. The McLarens were off the pace with points leader Alain Prost in eighth and Niki Lauda in 14th. Reigning world champion Nelson Piquet qualified his Brabham BT53 ninth. The best of the Pirelli runners was Johnny Cecotto in 16th in his Toleman TG183B. The only non-qualifier was Philippe Alliot in his RAM.

Alboreto led all 70 laps and was even able to retain the lead during pitstops, despite Piquet pushing through without stopping. Warwick started well to run second for much of the race with Arnoux, Winkelhock and de Angelis pursuing. Prost and Riccardo Patrese (Alfa Romeo 184T) were early retirements with Cecotto dropping out on lap 1 with a broken clutch.

Lauda's McLaren MP4/2 broke its water pump at half-distance. Shortly afterwards Winkelhock stopped and Andrea de Cesaris crashed his Ligier JS23. Piquet found himself third behind after the stops but faded as the race neared its conclusion. Arnoux moved into third until he was caught by Rosberg. Piquet's BMW engine blew and with a lap to go Rosberg ran out of fuel, allowing Arnoux to join Alboreto and Warwick on the podium. Alboreto had given Goodyear its first win in Formula One. Rosberg was classified fourth. De Angelis finished fifth in his Lotus with Stefan Bellof completing the points finishers in his Tyrrell 012. Just nine cars finished although eleven were classified including the late retirements of Rosberg and Piquet.

The 1984 Belgian Grand Prix would prove to be the last race in which actual factory backed teams and not defacto factory teams (such as Euroracing who ran the Alfa Romeo team) filled the podium until the 2003 Spanish Grand Prix where the podium was again filled with Ferrari, Renault and Ferrari.

Aftermath[edit]

The results would change months later as the impact of Tyrrell Racing's disqualification from the 1984 season saw Stefan Bellof removed from sixth position, promoting Ayrton Senna (Toleman TG183B) into the points.

The Belgian Grand Prix would return to traditional home at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in 1985. The shortened version of the home of Belgian motorsport had its Formula One debut the previous year and proven instantly popular and Gilles Villeneuve's death two years earlier at Zolder was still fresh.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Qual Gap
1 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:14.846
2 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 1:15.398 +0.552
3 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:15.414 +0.568
4 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 1:15.611 +0.765
5 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:15.979 +1.133
6 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1:16.130 +1.284
7 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:16.431 +1.585
8 7 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:16.587 +1.741
9 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:16.604 +1.758
10 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1:16.720 +1.874
11 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:16.746 +1.900
12 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 1:17.171 +2.325
13 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:17.471 +2.625
14 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:18.071 +3.225
15 5 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 1:18.125 +3.279
16 20 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Toleman-Hart 1:18.321 +3.475
17 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:18.351 +3.505
18 2 Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 1:18.848 +4.002
19 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 1:18.876 +4.030
20 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:19.734 +4.888
21 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.811 +4.965
22 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.123 +5.277
23 25 France François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 1:20.439 +5.593
24 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 1:20.615 +5.769
25 21 Italy Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 1:20.644 +5.798
26 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 1:20.793 +5.947
DNQ 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:21.253 +6.407

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 70 1:36:32.048 1 9
2 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 70 + 42.386 4 6
3 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 70 + 1:09.803 2 4
4 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 69 Out of Fuel 3 3
5 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 69 + 1 Lap 5 2
6 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 68 + 2 Laps 19 1
7 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 68 + 2 Laps 12  
8 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 68 + 2 Laps 24  
9 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 66 Engine 9  
10 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 64 + 6 Laps 26  
DSQ 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 69 Disqualified 21  
Ret 21 Italy Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 53 Suspension 25  
DSQ 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 51 Disqualified 22  
Ret 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 42 Accident 13  
Ret 2 Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 42 Spun off 18  
Ret 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 39 Exhaust 6  
Ret 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 35 Water Pump 14  
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 28 Engine 11  
Ret 5 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 15 Electrical 15  
Ret 25 France François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 15 Radiator 23  
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 15 Engine 17  
Ret 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 14 Transmission 20  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 14 Clutch 10  
Ret 7 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 5 Distributor 8  
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 2 Ignition 7  
Ret 20 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Toleman-Hart 1 Clutch 16  
DNQ 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart        

Lap leaders[edit]

  • Michele Alboreto 1-70

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 and its drivers were subsequently disqualified from 1984 results and their points 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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