1984 British Grand Prix
|Race 10 of 16 in the 1984 Formula One season|
|Date||July 22, 1984|
|Official name||XXXVII John Player British Grand Prix|
|Location||Brands Hatch, Kent, Great Britain|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
4.207 km (2.614 mi)
|Distance||71 (aggregated: 11 + 60) laps, 298.697 km (185.602 mi)|
|Scheduled Distance||75 laps, 315.525 km (196.058 mi)|
|Time||1:13.191 on lap 57|
Johnny Cecotto broke both legs after a heavy crash during qualifying. He would never race in Formula One again. Nelson Piquet claimed pole position. Niki Lauda's win for McLaren saw him become the highest point scorer in Formula One history, passing Jackie Stewart's 390.
Renault driver Derek Warwick gave the British fans something to cheer when he finished 42 seconds behind Lauda in second place, while Cecotto's Toleman team mate Ayrton Senna finished 21 seconds behind Warwick in third. Lotus-Renault driver Elio de Angelis kept his championship hopes alive finishing a lap down in fourth place. He was followed by the two Ferraris of Michele Alboreto and René Arnoux in the final points positions.
Lauda's win saw him move to 33 points and cut team mate Alain Prost's championship lead to just 1.5 points. With 67.5 points, McLaren had scored almost double the amount of Constructors' points than second placed Ferrari who were on 34.5 points.
Eddie Cheever (Alfa Romeo), Philippe Alliot (RAM) and Jo Gartner (Osella) were all outed in a first lap crash which started when Riccardo Patrese lost his Alfa going into Graham Hill Bend. The race was stopped 11 laps in order to clear Jonathan Palmer's RAM, a move which many felt had more to do with the McLaren's having past pole sitter Nelson Piquet (who was headed to the pits to change tyres). Due to the rules, when the cars formed on the grid for the restart, Piquet's Brabham-BMW, complete with a change of tyres, was back on the pole, though it didn't do any good as he was soon passed by the superior handling McLarens.
|2||16||Derek Warwick||Renault||71||+ 42.123||6||6|
|3||19||Ayrton Senna||Toleman-Hart||71||+ 1:03.328||7||4|
|4||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||70||+ 1 Lap||4||3|
|5||27||Michele Alboreto||Ferrari||70||+ 1 Lap||9||2|
|6||28||René Arnoux||Ferrari||70||+ 1 Lap||13||1|
|7||1||Nelson Piquet||Brabham-BMW||70||+ 1 Lap||1|
|9||24||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||68||+ 3 Laps||21|
|10||26||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||68||+ 3 Laps||19|
|11||17||Marc Surer||Arrows-BMW||67||+ 4 Laps||15|
|12||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||66||+ 5 Laps||17|
|NC||21||Huub Rothengatter||Spirit-Hart||62||Not Classified||22|
|Ret||5||Jacques Laffite||Williams-Honda||14||Water Pump||16|
|Ret||14||Manfred Winkelhock||ATS-BMW||8||Spun Off||11|
|Ret||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||0||Accident||18|
|Ret||30||Jo Gartner||Osella-Alfa Romeo||0||Accident||27|
Standings after the race
- 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.
Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-17.
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