1985 European Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 14 of 16 in the 1985 Formula One season
Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit 1976-1987.png
Date October 6, 1985
Official name XXXVII European Grand Prix
Location Brands Hatch, Kent, United Kingdom
Course Permanent Racing Facility
4.206 km (2.61 mi)
Distance 75 laps, 315.5 km (195.8 mi)
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault
Time 1:07.169
Fastest lap
Driver France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault
Time 1:11.526 on lap 55
Podium
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda
Second Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault
Third Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda

The 1985 European Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Brands Hatch on October 6, 1985. It was the fourteenth round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Ayrton Senna got pole position for the 6th time in the season, averaging 140.106 mph (225.479 km/h), the first time anyone had lapped the circuit faster than 140 mph. Second was Nelson Piquet, followed by the Williams-Hondas of Nigel Mansell and Keke Rosberg.

McLaren's defending World Champion Niki Lauda was still unfit to race due to the wrist injury he suffered in Belgium and was replaced by former driver John Watson in what would be his last start in Formula One. Watson qualified 21st and in his first F1 race since the 1983 season ending South African Grand Prix finished 7th, only 2 laps down and less than a second behind 6th placed Thierry Boutsen. Tyrrell were back to a two car team for the race with Italian rookie Ivan Capelli replacing the late Stefan Bellof for his first start in Formula One.

After a very poor start that dropped him to 14th, Alain Prost climbed 8 places in 10 laps, went down the field again to 9th, and climbed another 5 places, breaking the lap record 3 times in the process. He eventually went up to 4th place and in the process, clinched his first World Drivers' Championship, and Nigel Mansell took his first race win. Keke Rosberg took 3rd despite losing a full lap after a collision with Nelson Piquet caused by Ayrton Senna, who finished 2nd. Marc Surer was in second position for Brabham until a late, and dramatic turbo failure.

Michele Alboreto saw his World Championship dream go up in flames on lap 13. After stopping to replace a flat-spotted tyre on lap 11, his Ferrari blew its turbo halfway through lap 13. Alboreto, frustrated that Ferrari's late season reliability had cost him the World Championship (he led the points table until Round 11 at Zandvoort) drove his Ferrari 156/85 back to the pits with the rear of the car on fire. He (dangerously) drove the on-fire car into the pits and straight to his Ferrari pit. Many observers saw this as Alboreto's way of showing that the Ferrari's unreliability had cost him the World Championship, which Prost won by finishing 4th.

Senna's pole position is often cited as one of his greatest moments.[1]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:08.020 1:07.169
2 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:09.204 1:07.482 +0.313
3 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:10.537 1:08.059 +0.890
4 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:09.277 1:08.197 +1.028
5 25 France Philippe Streiff Ligier-Renault 1:10.396 1:09.080 +1.911
6 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:10.345 1:09.429 +2.260
7 8 Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 1:09.762 1:09.913 +2.593
8 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 1:11.014 1:09.904 +2.735
9 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:11.530 1:10.014 +2.845
10 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 1:11.312 1:10.081 +2.912
11 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:10.963 1:10.251 +3.082
12 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:10.918 1:10.323 +3.154
13 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1:11.309 1:10.517 +3.348
14 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Toleman-Hart 1:13.517 1:10.570 +3.401
15 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:10.877 1:10.659 +3.490
16 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 1:11.296 1:10.731 +3.562
17 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 1:13.048 1:10.934 +3.765
18 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:12.766 1:11.500 +4.331
19 17 Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 1:11.608 1:11.638 +4.439
20 19 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:13.024 1:12.090 +4.921
21 1 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-TAG 1:12.496 1:12.516 +5.327
22 33 Australia Alan Jones Lola-Hart 1:14.050 1:13.084 +5.915
23 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:14.355 1:13.537 +6.368
24 4 Italy Ivan Capelli Tyrrell-Renault 1:16.879 1:13.721 +6.552
25 30 West Germany Christian Danner Zakspeed 1:15.947 1:15.054 +7.885
26 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:16.642 1:15.127 +9.473
DNQ 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:16.994 1:18.022 +9.825

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 75 1:32:58.109 3 9
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 75 + 21.396 1 6
3 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 75 + 58.533 4 4
4 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 75 + 1:06.121 6 3
5 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 74 + 1 Lap 9 2
6 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 73 + 2 Laps 12 1
7 1 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-TAG 73 + 2 Laps 21  
8 25 France Philippe Streiff Ligier-Renault 73 + 2 Laps 5  
9 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 73 + 2 Laps 11  
10 17 Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 73 + 2 Laps 19  
11 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 73 + 2 Laps 18  
12 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 72 + 3 Laps 17  
13 8 Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 62 Turbo 7  
Ret 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 59 Electrical 13  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 58 Engine 10  
Ret 30 West Germany Christian Danner Zakspeed 55 Engine 25  
Ret 4 Italy Ivan Capelli Tyrrell-Renault 44 Accident 24  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 40 Water leak 16  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 33 Engine 20  
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 31 Engine 23  
Ret 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Toleman-Hart 16 Engine 14  
Ret 33 Australia Alan Jones Lola-Hart 13 Radiator 22  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 13 Turbo 15  
Ret 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 6 Collision 2  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 4 Injection 8  
Ret 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 3 Accident 26  

Notes[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/05/12/gran-turismo-6-relive-sennas-legendary-moments/
  2. ^ Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1985). AUTOCOURSE 1985-86. Hazleton Publishing. p. 256. ISBN 0-905138-38-4. 
  3. ^ Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1985). AUTOCOURSE 1985-86. Hazleton Publishing. p. 257. ISBN 0-905138-38-4. 
  4. ^ Williamson, Martin. "ESPN F1//Drivers/John Watson". ESPN.co.uk. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 

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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