1984 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 5 of 16 in the 1984 Formula One season
Dijon-Prenois.svg
Date May 20, 1984
Location Dijon, France
Course Dijon-Prenois
3.801 km (2.361 mi)
Distance 79 laps, 300.279 km (186.519 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver France Patrick Tambay Renault
Time 1:02.200
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Time 1:05.257 on lap 59
Podium
First Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG
Second France Patrick Tambay Renault
Third United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault

The 1984 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Dijon on May 20, 1984. It was the fifth round of the 1984 Formula One season.

This was the 5th French and 6th and last ever World Championship Grand Prix to be held at the 3.801km (2.361m) Dijon-Prenois circuit as it was deemed too short by the governing body FISA (circuits where lap times were under 60 seconds were considered too small for Grand Prix racing. With speeds increasing, it was felt that another race at Dijon would see the cars lapping in under one minute. The same fate would fall on the shortened Paul Ricard Circuit after 1990). Fittingly in France, Frenchman Patrick Tambay, in the all French team (French car, French engine, French tyres and French fuel) scored the Equipe Renault team's last pole position.

Dual World Champion Niki Lauda won the race in his McLaren-TAG, his first win in France since 1975. Tambay finished second in his Renault RE50 with the Lotus-Renault of Nigel Mansell third. After almost losing a wheel on the fast Courbe de Pouas leading onto the pit straight, World Championship leader Alain Prost was forced to pit to change the wheel. He put in one of his usual stirring drives, but could still only manage 7th in his McLaren-TAG.

After impressing in the final qualifying session run in heavy rain, François Hesnault was not allowed to start on race day after Ligier was withdrawn from the race, despite the Frenchman qualifying 14th (one place behind the new Toleman-Hart of Ayrton Senna). This was done so the teams number one driver Andrea de Cesaris could start from the back of the grid. de Cesaris' Friday time was disallowed when his Ligier JS23's onboard fire extinguisher was found to be empty. As the final qualifying session was run in the wet, de Cesaris actually failed to qualify as his best time was 11 seconds slower than 26th placed Piercarlo Ghinzani in the Osella and 17 seconds slower than Hesnault. de Cesaris would go on to finish in 10th place, two laps adrift of Lauda.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Qual Gap
1 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 1:02.200
2 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:02.336 +0.136
3 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:02.806 +0.606
4 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:02.908 +0.708
5 7 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:02.982 +0.782
6 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1:03.200 +1.000
7 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 1:03.540 +1.340
8 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1:03.865 +1.665
9 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:04.419 +2.219
10 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:04.459 +2.259
11 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 1:04.917 +2.517
12 5 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 1:05.410 +3.210
13 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 1:05.744 +3.544
14 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:05.972 +3.772
15 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:06.172 +3.972
16 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:06.281 +4.081
17 2 Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 1:06.370 +4.170
18 20 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Toleman-Hart 1:08.109 +5.989
19 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 1:08.457 +6.257
20 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 1:08.608 +6.408
21 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 1:09.047 +6.847
22 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:09.447 +7.247
23 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 1:09.554 +7.354
24 21 Italy Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 1:09.629 +7.429
25 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:11.625 +10.431
26 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:22.388 +20.188
25 France François Hesnault* Ligier-Renault

* François Hesnault actually qualified 14th with a time of 1:05.850 in the first qualifying session. However Ligier withdrew his entry in order for their #1 driver Andrea de Cesaris to start after the Italians Friday time was disallowed due to an empty onboard fire extinguisher in his JS23 and he could not post a quick time in the wet final session.

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 79 1:31:11.951 9 9
2 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 79 + 7.154 1 6
3 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 79 + 23.969 6 4
4 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 79 + 43.706 11 3
5 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 79 + 1:06.125 2 2
6 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 78 + 1 Lap 4 1
7 7 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 78 + 1 Lap 5  
8 5 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 78 + 1 Lap 12  
9 2 Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 78 + 1 Lap 17  
10 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 77 + 2 Laps 26  
11 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 77 + 2 Laps 14  
12 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 74 + 5 Laps 25  
13 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 72 + 7 Laps 21  
DSQ 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 76 Disqualified 23  
Ret 21 Italy Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 61 Engine 24  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 53 Accident 7  
Ret 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 51 Accident 19  
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 51 Engine 16  
Ret 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 35 Turbo 13  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 33 Engine 10  
Ret 20 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Toleman-Hart 22 Turbo 18  
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 15 Engine 15  
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 11 Turbo 3  
DSQ 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 11 Disqualified 20  
Ret 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 5 Clutch 8  
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 4 Electrical 22  

Notes[edit]

  • The Tyrrells of Brundle (finished 12th) and Bellof (retired) were both later disqualified from all the season's races for technical infringements.

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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