1985 British Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 8 of 16 in the 1985 Formula One season
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Date July 21, 1985
Official name XXXVIII Marlboro British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, Great Britain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.719 km (2.932 mi)
Distance 65 laps, 306.735 km (190.569 mi)
Scheduled Distance 66 laps, 311.454 km (193.529 mi)
Weather Cool, overcast
Pole position
Driver Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda
Time 1:05.591[1]
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Time 1:09.886[2] on lap 43
Podium
First France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Second Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari
Third France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault

The 1985 British Grand Prix (formally the XXXVIII Marlboro British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 21 July 1985. It was the eighth round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Report[edit]

Qualifying saw Keke Rosberg take pole in his Williams with a lap of 1:05.591. At an average speed of 160.9 mph (259 km/h), it stood as the fastest qualifying lap in F1 history for 17 years. Alongside Rosberg on the front row was Nelson Piquet in the Brabham, while Alain Prost in the McLaren and Ayrton Senna in the Lotus were on the second row. Nigel Mansell in the second Williams and championship leader Michele Alboreto in the Ferrari filled the third row, while on the fourth were Andrea de Cesaris in the Ligier and Elio de Angelis in the second Lotus. Teo Fabi in the Toleman and Niki Lauda in the second McLaren completed the top ten.

At the start of the race, Senna passed Prost, the slow-starting Piquet and Rosberg to take the lead, while Mansell moved up to third and de Cesaris to fifth. Behind them, four cars were eliminated at the first corner, Copse, as Patrick Tambay in the Renault lost control and was hit by the second Ferrari of Stefan Johansson, which also caused the Osella of Piercarlo Ghinzani and the RAM of Philippe Alliot to crash into each other.

Back at the front, de Cesaris passed Prost and then Mansell to be third, before Prost repassed the Ligier on lap 9. Prost later admitted he was apprehensive about being behind the Ligier thanks to the unpredictable de Cesaris' reputation for crashing his race cars. Mansell dropped out on lap 18 with a clutch failure, before team-mate Rosberg suffered a broken exhaust four laps later. Senna continued to lead, with Prost now second and Lauda up to third ahead of de Cesaris, Piquet and Alboreto.

Alboreto passed Piquet for fifth, before moving up to fourth on lap 42 when de Cesaris's clutch failed. By then, Senna and Prost were running nose-to-tail. The Frenchman finally passed the Brazilian on lap 58, Lauda's electrics failing on the same lap. Then Senna's fuel injection failed, promoting Alboreto to second, while Jacques Laffite in the second Ligier moved up to third ahead of Piquet.

The chequered flag was erroneously shown at the end of lap 65, one lap early, with Prost having lapped the entire field. Halfway around what was meant to have been the final lap, Laffite ran out of fuel, which annoyed Piquet - he would have thus taken the final podium place had the error not been made. The final points were taken by Derek Warwick in the second Renault and Marc Surer in the second Brabham.

In the Drivers' Championship, Prost moved to within two points of Alboreto, while in the Constructors' Championship McLaren moved up to second, 18 points behind Ferrari.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:06.107 1:05.591
2 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:08.933 1:06.249 +0.658
3 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:06.308 1:08.532 +0.717
4 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:06.324 1:06.794 +0.733
5 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:09.080 1:06.675 +1.084
6 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:06.793 1:07.427 +1.202
7 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:11.082 1:07.448 +1.857
8 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:07.581 1:07.696 +1.990
9 19 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:07.678 1:07.871 +2.087
10 1 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:07.743 1:09.001 +2.152
11 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1:08.169 1:07.887 +2.296
12 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 1:08.238 1:08.604 +2.647
13 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 1:09.898 1:08.240 +2.649
14 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:08.384 1:10.110 +2.793
15 8 Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 1:09.572 1:08.587 +2.996
16 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 1:10.756 1:08.656 +3.065
17 17 Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 1:09.870 1:08.672 +3.081
18 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock RAM-Hart 1:10.299 1:09.114 +3.523
19 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:09.413 1:09.131 +3.540
20 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 1:10.718 1:09.242 +3.651
21 10 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:11.162 1:09.609 +4.018
22 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:11.072 1:10.345 +4.754
23 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:13.645 1:15.363 +8.054
24 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 1:17.856 1:13.713 +8.122
25 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:16.400 +10.809
26 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.009 1:16.596 +11.005

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 65 1:18:10.436 3 9
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 64 + 1 Lap 6 6
3 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 64 + 1 Lap 16 4
4 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 64 + 1 Lap 2 3
5 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 64 + 1 Lap 12 2
6 8 Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 63 + 2 Laps 15 1
7 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 63 + 2 Laps 20  
8 17 Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 63 + 2 Laps 17  
9 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 62 + 3 Laps 14  
10 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 60 Fuel injection, electronics[3] 4  
11 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 59 + 6 Laps 26  
Ret 1 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 57 Electrical 10  
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 57 Spun Off 19  
Ret 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 41 Clutch 7  
Ret 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 38 Transmission 23  
NC 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 37 Not Classified 8  
Ret 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock RAM-Hart 28 Turbo 18  
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 21 Exhaust 1  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 17 Clutch 5  
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 17 Turbo 22  
Ret 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 6 Engine 24  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 4 Transmission 9  
Ret 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1 Accident 11  
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 0 Collision 13  
Ret 10 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 0 Accident 21  
Ret 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 25  

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1985). AUTOCOURSE 1985-86. Hazleton Publishing. p. 244. ISBN 0-905138-38-4. 
  2. ^ Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1985). AUTOCOURSE 1985-86. Hazleton Publishing. p. 245. ISBN 0-905138-38-4. 
  3. ^ Anthony, Pritchard (March 2006). Lotus: The Competition Cars. Haynes Publishing. p. 245. ISBN 1-84425-006-7. 

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


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