1984 Austrian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 12 of 16 in the 1984 Formula One season
The Österreichring (last modified in 1977)
The Österreichring (last modified in 1977)
Date August 19, 1984
Official name XVII Holiday Großer Preis von Osterreich
Location Österreichring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.942 km (3.692 mi)
Distance 51 laps, 303.042 km (188.292 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Brabham-BMW
Time 1:26.173
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG
Time 1:32.882 on lap 23
First McLaren-TAG
Second Brabham-BMW
Third Ferrari

The 1984 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Österreichring on August 19, 1984. It was the twelfth round of the 1984 Formula One season and the 400th World Championship Grand Prix held since the championship began in 1950.

McLaren's Niki Lauda took the lead in the World Championship with his 23rd career win. Second was defending champion Nelson Piquet in his Brabham-BMW, with Ferrari's Michele Alboreto completing the podium in third place.

In what seemed like normal practice for the Österreichring with its narrow pit straight, the race had to be stopped soon after the first start, this time due to a problem with the starting lights which caused chaos among the drivers with Niki Lauda claiming that he saw "Red, green, yellow then red again". This caused 3rd fastest qualifier Elio de Angelis to hesitate badly off the line and his Lotus-Renault was almost hit from behind by several cars and saw the Toleman-Hart of Ayrton Senna in 4th place by the time they reached Hella-Licht after starting 10th. On the formation lap for the re-start, pole sitter Piquet, who had seen the McLarens change tyres on the grid, angered the other drivers when he led the field on an extremely slow lap in an effort to not allow Prost or Lauda to scrub in their new Michelin rubber.

Alain Prost, Lauda's team mate and the World Championship leader going into the race, failed to finish after spinning off on oil at the Jochen Rindt Curve on lap 28. Prost had been running a close second behind Piquet at the time of his spin. Piquet came upon the oil first and managed to keep his car from sliding off despite a twitch on the oil. Prost however was having gear selection problems and hit the oil with one hand on the steering wheel and the other on the gear lever holding his McLaren-TAG in gear. As a result, he could not control the car and spun off into retirement. This saw Lauda move to second behind Piquet who was having tyre troubles. After taking the lead Lauda then suddenly found he could not engage a gear and it appeared his race was over as he slowed significantly while desperately trying to find a working gear. The problem proved to be temporary though and soon the McLaren was going at speed again and he went on to a 23-second win.

Another Austrian driver Gerhard Berger, who would go on to win 10 Grands Prix before retiring at the end of the 1997 season, made his Formula One debut at the Österreichring, finishing 12th and last in his ATS-BMW. The third Austrian in the race, Jo Gartner, retired after only 6 laps with engine troubles in his Osella-Alfa Romeo.

Renault, who had won the 1983 Austrian Grand Prix with Alain Prost driving, had a race to forget in 1984. Derek Warwick retired with engine trouble on lap 17 while Patrick Tambay also retired with engine drama on lap 42.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 51 1:21:12.851 4 9
2 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 51 + 23.525 1 6
3 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 51 + 48.998 12 4
4 2 Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 51 + 56.312 7 3
5 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 50 + 1 Lap 17 2
6 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-BMW 50 + 1 Lap 19 1
7 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 50 + 1 Lap 15  
8 25 France François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 49 + 2 Laps 21  
9 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 49 + 2 Laps 24  
10 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 48 Out of fuel 13  
11 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 48 + 3 Laps 25  
12 31 Austria Gerhard Berger ATS-BMW 48 Gearbox 20  
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 42 Engine 5  
Ret 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 35 Oil pressure 10  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 32 Engine 8  
Ret 7 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 28 Spun off 2  
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 28 Engine 3  
NC 21 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Spirit-Hart 23 Not classified 26  
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 18 Engine 16  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 17 Engine 6  
Ret 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 15 Injection 18  
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 15 Handling 9  
Ret 5 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 12 Engine 11  
Ret 30 Austria Jo Gartner Osella-Alfa Romeo 6 Engine 22  
Ret 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 4 Gearbox 23  
DNS 14 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 0 Gearbox 14  
DNQ 3 Sweden Stefan Johansson Tyrrell-Ford        
EX 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford  

Lap leaders[edit]

First race: Alain Prost (1)
Second race: Nelson Piquet (1-39) Niki Lauda (40-51)

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Points accurate at final declaration of results. Tyrrell's points were subsequently reallocated.


  1. ^ "1984 Austrian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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