1985 German Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 9 of 16 in the 1985 Formula One season
Nurburgring 1984.jpg
Date August 4, 1985
Official name XLII Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
4.54 km (2.82 mi)
Distance 67 laps, 304.18 km (188.94 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart
Time 1:17.429
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG
Time 1:22.806 on lap 53
Podium
First Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari
Second France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Third France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault
Michele Alboreto won the race for Ferrari.
Alain Prost finished second, only eleven seconds behind.

The 1985 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Nürburgring on August 4, 1985. It was the ninth round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship.

This was the first German Grand Prix that was held on the new GP-Strecke section of the track that replaced the old Südschleife section that had not been used since 1970. It was also the first time in nine years the German GP was held at Nürburgring; previously the German GP was held on the dangerous and very long Nordschleife section of the track up until 1976, and at that race Niki Lauda had a near-fatal accident in his Ferrari that forced the Formula One circus to move to the safer, shorter and faster Hockenheimring. The GP-Strecke would not host another Grand Prix until it hosted the 1995 European Grand Prix, and would not host the German Grand Prix again until 2009.

Michele Alboreto won the race, his fifth and last F1 victory. This event was the first occasion on which an onboard camera was used in a race; one was attached to François Hesnault's Renault. That car was not eligible for championship points, and this race marked the last time, as of the 2014 season, that an F1 team entered three cars for a race.

As it was the German Grand Prix (and that the team still only had 1 new car built) Tyrrell team boss Ken Tyrrell gave his German driver Stefan Bellof use of the Renault powered Tyrrell 014 for the weekend instead of the car's usual driver Martin Brundle who was given Bellof's Cosworth powered 012 to drive. To get around a FISA rule that a team and driver can not run more than 2 engines in the one chassis during a season (with the 012 running the Cosworth and 014 the Renault), Tyrrell simply switched the drivers from one car to the other but not their car numbers meaning Bellof drove in car #3 and Brundle in car #4. Bellof qualified the turbo powered car 19th while Brundle was 26th and last with the Cosworth V8, some 10.2 seconds of Fabi's pole time and 6.4 seconds slower than his team mate in his usual car, something Brundle was reported to be not happy with.

It would be Manfred Winkelhock's last ever Formula One Grand Prix. The German was killed after he crashed his Porsche 962C sportscar at the 1000 km of Mosport in Canada just a week after the German Grand prix.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

A surprise pole position went to Teo Fabi, the first of his career, and the only pole for Toleman Motorsport. This was a time he set during Friday's qualifying session; during Saturday it rained and none of the drivers could improve on their times.

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 19 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:17.429
2 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1:18.616 1:46.919 +1.187
3 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:18.725 1:43.088 +1.296
4 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:18.781 1:39.547 +1.352
5 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:18.792 1:36.471 +1.363
6 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:18.802 1:49.347 +1.373
7 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:19.120 1:29.714 +1.691
8 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:19.194 1:41.490 +1.765
9 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:19.338 +1.909
10 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:19.475 1:42.050 +2.046
11 8 Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 1:19.558 1:38.330 +2.129
12 1 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:19.562 1:44.330 +2.133
13 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 1:19.656 +2.227
14 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:19.738 1:39.623 +2.309
15 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:19.781 1:54.674 +2.352
16 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 1:19.917 1:33.373 +2.488
17 17 Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 1:20.666 1:41.131 +3.237
18 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:21.074 1:32.376 +3.645
19 3 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Renault 1:21.219 14:04.270 +3.790
20 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 1:21.237 1:08.604 +3.808
21 10 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:22.017 +4.588
22 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock RAM-Hart 1:22.607 1:51.109 +5.178
23 14 France François Hesnault Renault 1:23.161 +5.732
24 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 1:24.217 1:51.833 +6.788
25 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:26.478 +9.049
26 4 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 1:27.621 1:47.820 +10.192
DNQ 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:40.506 +23.077

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 67 1:35:31.337 8 9
2 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 67 + 11.661 3 6
3 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 67 + 51.154 13 4
4 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 67 + 55.279 15 3
5 1 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 67 + 1:13.972 12 2
6 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 67 + 1:16.820 10 1
7 17 Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 66 + 1 Lap 17  
8 3 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Renault 66 + 1 lap 19  
9 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 66 + 1 Lap 2  
10 4 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 63 + 4 Laps 26  
11 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 62 Engine 27  
12 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 61 Brakes 4  
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 45 Turbo 18  
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 40 Engine 7  
Ret 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Osella-Alfa Romeo 32 Gearbox 25  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 29 Clutch 1  
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 27 CV joint[1] 5  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 25 Ignition 20  
Ret 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 23 Turbo 6  
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 19 Spun Off 16  
Ret 8 Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 15 Engine 11  
Ret 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock RAM-Hart 8 Engine 22  
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 8 Gearbox 9  
Ret 14 France François Hesnault Renault 8 Clutch 23  
Ret 10 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 8 Oil Pressure 21  
Ret 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 7 Alternator 24  
Ret 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 0 Collision 14  


Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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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