1985 International Formula 3000 season

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1985 FIA International Formula 3000 season
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The 1985 International Formula 3000 season was the inaugural season of the series and replaced F2 as the official feeder series to F1. It was scheduled over 12 rounds and contested over 11 rounds. 14 different teams tried their luck with 33 different drivers and 7 different chassis. The series was won by the German Christian Danner driving for BS Automotive.[1]

Danner, who was laying second in the championship at the time, would graduate to Formula One when he made his Grand Prix debut for the German Zakspeed team at the 1985 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on 15 September, a week before he won the final round of the F3000 championship at Donington Park to clinch the title from Mike Thackwell.

Danner had the dubious honour of being the first in a long line of Formula 3000 champions who would fail to make an impact on Formula One, despite the championship being seen as the highest level FIA single seater championship behind Grand Prix racing. Only future champions Jean Alesi, Olivier Panis and Juan Pablo Montoya would actually go on to win a Formula One Grand Prix.

Drivers and teams[edit]

Team Chassis Engine No. Drivers Rounds
United Kingdom Ralt Racing Ltd Ralt RT20 Cosworth 1 New Zealand Mike Thackwell All
2 Denmark John Nielsen All
France Equipe Oreca March 85B Cosworth 3 France Michel Ferté All
4 Austria Pierre Chauvet 1, 10
France Olivier Grouillard 2-9
France Pascal Fabre 11
35 France Alain Ferté 11
France Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH20 Cosworth 5 France Philippe Streiff All
United Kingdom BS Automotive March 85B Cosworth 7 Sweden Tomas Kaiser 1-4, 8-11
France Jean-Philippe Grand 5-6
France Philippe Alliot 7
8 Germany Christian Danner All
United Kingdom Onyx March 85B Cosworth 9 Italy Emanuele Pirro All
10 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries 1-4
Switzerland Mario Hytten 5-11
Italy Sanremo Racing March 85B Cosworth 13 Italy Gabriele Tarquini All
14 Italy Alessandro Santin 1-4, 8-11
Italy Ivan Capelli 5
Italy Aldo Bertuzzi 7
33 Italy Roberto Del Castello 2-4
Italy Guido Daccò 5-11
United Kingdom Lola Motorsport Lola T950 Cosworth 15 France Alain Ferté 1-4
United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries 6-7
France Philippe Streiff 8
United Kingdom James Weaver 9-10
United Kingdom Val Musetti 11
16 Switzerland Mario Hytten 1
Italy Fulvio Ballabio 11
United Kingdom PMC Motorsport Williams FW08 Cosworth 17 Belgium Thierry Tassin 1-2
18 Italy Lamberto Leoni 1-2, 4-7
Netherlands Barron Racing Tyrrell 012 Cosworth 19 Italy Claudio Langes 1-2
20 Brazil Roberto Moreno 1-4
Italy Corbari Italia Lola T950 Cosworth 21 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio II 2-6
22 Switzerland Mario Hytten 2-4
March 85B 21 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio II 7-8
Switzerland Max Busslinger 9-10
Italy Stefano Livio 11
22 France Alain Ferté 5-7
Italy Lamberto Leoni 8-11
Sweden Ekström Racing March 85B Cosworth 23 United States Eric Lang 2, 11
United Kingdom Eddie Jordan Racing March 85B Cosworth 25 Belgium Thierry Tassin 3, 6-7, 9-11
United Kingdom Roger Cowman Arrows A6 Cosworth 26 Sweden Slim Borgudd 2, 4, 6, 11
Italy Genoa Racing March 85B Cosworth 34 Italy Ivan Capelli 4, 6-11

Season review[edit]

Rnd Track Date Laps Distance Time Speed Pole Position Fastest Lap Race Winner
1 Silverstone March 24 44 207.64 km 1'07:41.01 183.976 km/h France Michel Ferté Denmark John Nielsen New Zealand Mike Thackwell
2 Thruxton April 7 54 204.768 km 1'05:00.83 188.912 km/h New Zealand Mike Thackwell Germany Christian Danner Italy Emanuele Pirro
3 Estoril April 21 47 204.45 km 1'12:44.424 168.640 km/h New Zealand Mike Thackwell New Zealand Mike Thackwell Denmark John Nielsen
Nürburgring April 28 cancelled due to snow
4 Vallelunga May 12 65 208.0 km 1'15:14.83 165.53 km/h New Zealand Mike Thackwell Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy Emanuele Pirro
5 Pau May 27 72 198.72 km 1.30:28.63 131.781 km/h Italy Emanuele Pirro Germany Christian Danner Germany Christian Danner
6 Spa-Francorchamps June 2 29 201.521 km 1'11:56.510 167.852 km/h France Michel Ferté New Zealand Mike Thackwell New Zealand Mike Thackwell
7 Dijon June 30 55 209.0 km 1'08:54.10 181.998 km/h Denmark John Nielsen Belgium Thierry Tassin Germany Christian Danner
8 Pergusa-Enna July 28 40 198.0 km 1'01:58.99 191,664 km/h New Zealand Mike Thackwell Germany Christian Danner New Zealand Mike Thackwell
9 Zeltweg August 17 31 184.202 km 0'53:56.114 204.915 km/h Germany Christian Danner New Zealand Mike Thackwell Italy Ivan Capelli
10 Zandvoort August 24 48 204.096 km 1'15:19.023 162.589 km/h Germany Christian Danner Germany Christian Danner Germany Christian Danner
11 Donington Park September 22 40 160.920 km 0'59:17.83 160.954 km/h New Zealand Mike Thackwell Italy Ivan Capelli Germany Christian Danner

Championship standings[edit]

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top 6 classified finishers.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
Points 9 6 4 3 2 1

Final point standings[edit]

Pos Driver Car(s) SIL
United Kingdom
THR
United Kingdom
EST
Portugal
VAL
Italy
PAU
France
SPA
Belgium
DIJ
France
PER
Italy
ZEL
Austria
ZAN
Netherlands
DON
United Kingdom
Pts
1 Germany Christian Danner March 85B-Cosworth 4 6 9 3 1 3 1 3 16 1 1 51 (52)
2 New Zealand Mike Thackwell Ralt RT20-Cosworth 1 2 NC Ret Ret 1 2 1 9 2 Ret 45
3 Italy Emanuele Pirro March 85B-Cosworth 7 1 4 1 2 Ret Ret 2 4 5 Ret 38
4 Denmark John Nielsen Ralt RT20-Cosworth 2 NC 1 2 Ret Ret 3 Ret 2 4 13 34
5 France Michel Ferté March 85B-Cosworth 3 3 2 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 4 17
6 Italy Gabriele Tarquini March 85B-Cosworth 5 5 3 Ret DNS 4 13 4 13 Ret Ret 14
7 Italy Ivan Capelli March 85B-Cosworth Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 DNS 3 13
8 France Philippe Streiff AGS JH20-Cosworth Ret Ret 10 5 5 Ret 9 Ret 5 3 5 12
9 France Alain Ferté Lola T950-Cosworth 8 12 7 Ret 10
March 85B-Cosworth Ret 2 4 6
10 Switzerland Mario Hytten Lola T950-Cosworth 9 10 Ret Ret 8
March 85B-Cosworth Ret Ret 12 5 10 Ret 2
11 Italy Lamberto Leoni Williams FW08-Cosworth NC 16 Ret 3 Ret 15 8
March 85B-Cosworth Ret 3 11 11
12 France Olivier Grouillard March 85B-Cosworth 8 6 4 4 Ret 7 8 8 7
13 Italy Guido Daccò March 85B-Cosworth DNS 5 5 6 12 6 7 6
14 Sweden Tomas Kaiser March 85B-Cosworth 10 4 DSQ 8 Ret 11 9 8 3
15 Brazil Roberto Moreno Tyrrell 012-Cosworth 6 Ret 5 9 3
16 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries March 85B-Cosworth Ret 7 Ret 6 1
Lola T950-Cosworth Ret 10
17 Belgium Thierry Tassin Williams FW08-Cosworth NC 13 1
March 85B-Cosworth Ret Ret Ret 6 8 Ret
18 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio II Lola T950-Cosworth Ret 11 Ret Ret 6 1
March 85B-Cosworth 14 Ret
19 France Philippe Alliot March 85B-Cosworth 6 1
Italy Alessandro Santin March 85B-Cosworth Ret 9 Ret Ret 7 7 7 9 0
Italy Roberto Del Castello March 85B-Cosworth 14 8 7 0
United Kingdom James Weaver Lola T950-Cosworth 14 10 0
Sweden Slim Borgudd Arrows A6 DNQ 10 Ret Ret 0
France Pascal Fabre March 85B-Cosworth 10 0
United States Eric Lang March 85B-Cosworth 11 12 0
Italy Aldo Bertuzzi March 85B-Cosworth 11 0
Switzerland Max Busslinger March 85B-Cosworth 15 12 0
Italy Fulvio Ballabio Lola T950-Cosworth 14 0
Italy Claudio Langes Tyrrell 012-Cosworth Ret 15 0
United Kingdom Val Musetti Lola T950-Cosworth 15 0
Italy Stefano Livio March 85B-Cosworth 16 0
Austria Pierre Chauvet March 85B-Cosworth Ret Ret 0
France Jean-Philippe Grand March 85B-Cosworth DNS Ret 0
Pos Driver Car(s) SIL
United Kingdom
THR
United Kingdom
EST
Portugal
VAL
Italy
PAU
France
SPA
Belgium
DIJ
France
PER
Italy
ZEL
Austria
ZAN
Netherlands
DON
United Kingdom
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1985 Formula 30000 season". F3000 results. Retrieved 10 February 2013.