1985 Dutch Grand Prix

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Netherlands  1985 Dutch Grand Prix
Race details
Race 11 of 16 in the 1985 Formula One season
The Zandvoort Circuit (1980–1989)
The Zandvoort Circuit (1980–1989)
Date August 25, 1985
Official name XXXIV Grote Prijs van Nederland
Location Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands
Course Permanent racing facility
4.252 km (2.642 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 297.840 km (184.940 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW
Time 1:11.074
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Time 1:16.538 on lap 57
Podium
First Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG
Second France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Third Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault

The 1985 Dutch Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Circuit Zandvoort on August 25, 1985. It was the eleventh round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship. The race was held over 70 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 298 kilometres. The race also proved to be the 34th and last Dutch Grand Prix and the 25th and last Grand Prix victory for triple (and defending) World Champion Niki Lauda. Lauda's team mate Alain Prost was second in his McLaren MP4/2B with Brazilian racer Ayrton Senna third in his Lotus 97T.

It was also rising German star Stefan Bellof's last Grand Prix, as he was killed at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the 1000 km of Spa World Sportscar race a week later, driving a Porsche 956.

Race summary[edit]

Renault's Patrick Tambay, who qualified an excellent season best sixth, had a huge crash at nearly 200 mph (322 km/h) in the Sunday morning warm up from which he walked away from shaken but unhurt. After losing Saturday to rain and having not run on full tanks all weekend the RE60B's front suspension broke at the end of the main straight going into Tarzan. The car was destroyed in the tyre wall. Tambay was able to start in the spare. Both he and team mate Derek Warwick made what were considered brave decisions[citation needed] to start despite not really knowing what caused the suspension to fail in the first place.

Nelson Piquet recorded his first and only pole position of the season, averaging 133.824 mph (215.369 km/h), the first for tyre manufacturer Pirelli. It did him little good though as he stalled his Brabham BT54 when the lights changed to green. Luckily he was missed by those behind him and he was finally push started almost a lap behind. Despite a push start being against the rules, no one saw fit to protest as Piquet only finished in eighth place.

Niki Lauda won his last career victory in his McLaren MP4/2B. His team mate Alain Prost took the lead in the championship by finishing second, only 0.232 seconds behind Lauda. The two had diced for the lead over the final twelve laps of the race. Ayrton Senna continued his late season charge up the points and finished a fine third. Rounding out the points were Ferrari's Michele Alboreto, whose three points were not enough to keep his championship lead, Senna's Lotus team mate Elio de Angelis was fifth with Nigel Mansell sixth in his Williams FW10.

Following his car destroying crash at the previous race in Austria, this was also the last time Andrea de Cesaris appeared in a Ligier. It would in fact be the Italian's last race of the season.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:11.074
2 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:11.647 +0.573
3 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:11.801 1:29.507 +0.727
4 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:11.837 +0.763
5 19 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:12.310 +1.236
6 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 1:12.486 +1.412
7 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:12.614 1:32.740 +1.540
8 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:12.746 +1.672
9 8 Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 1:12.856 +1.782
10 1 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:13.059 +1.985
11 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:13.078 1:30.123 +2.004
12 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 1:13.289 +2.215
13 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 1:13.435 1:28.393 +2.361
14 17 Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 1:13.680 1:34.857 +2.606
15 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Toleman-Hart 1:13.705 +2.631
16 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:13.725 +2.651
17 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1:13.768 1:32.544 +2.694
18 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:13.797 1:34.638 +2.723
19 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:14.240 +3.166
20 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:14.912 1:32.572 +3.838
21 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 1:14.920 1:32.003 +3.846
22 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Renault 1:15.236 +4.162
23 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 1:16.257 1:34.316 +5.183
24 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:17.919 1:38.227 +6.845
25 10 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:18.525 1:36.270 +7.451
26 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:19.410 1:38.149 +8.336
DNQ 9 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson RAM-Hart 1:20.429 +9.335

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 70 1:32:29.263 10 9
2 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 70 + 0.232 3 6
3 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 70 + 48.491 4 4
4 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 70 + 48.837 16 3
5 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 69 + 1 Lap 11 2
6 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 69 + 1 Lap 7 1
7 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 69 + 1 Lap 21  
8 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 69 + 1 Lap 1  
9 17 Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 68 + 2 Laps 14  
10 8 Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 65 Exhaust 9  
NC 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Osella-Alfa Romeo 56 Not Classified 26  
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 54 Suspension 8  
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 52 Engine 25  
Ret 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Renault 39 Engine 22  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 27 Gearbox 12  
Ret 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 25 Turbo 18  
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 22 Transmission 6  
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 20 Engine 2  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 18 Wheel Bearing 5  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 17 Electrical 13  
Ret 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 13 Oil Pressure 23  
Ret 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Toleman-Hart 12 Engine 15  
Ret 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 9 Engine 17  
Ret 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1 Accident 24  
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1 Turbo 20  
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1 Turbo 19  

Lap leaders[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]


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