1984 Belgian Grand Prix
|Race 3 of 16 in the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship|
|Date||29 April 1984|
|Official name||XL Grote Prijs van Belgie|
Heusden-Zolder, Limburg, Belgium
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.262 km (2.648 mi)|
|Distance||70 laps, 298.340 km (185.380 mi)|
|Time||1:19.294 on lap 64|
The 1984 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 29 April 1984. It was race 3 of 16 in the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship. It was the 42nd Belgian Grand Prix, and the tenth and last to be held at Circuit Zolder. The race was held over 70 laps of the 4.26-kilometre (2.65 mi) circuit for a race distance of 298.3 kilometres (185.4 mi).
The race was won by Italian driver Michele Alboreto driving a Ferrari 126C4. It was Alboreto's third Grand Prix victory and his first since joining Scuderia Ferrari for the 1984 season and became the first Italian to win for the Prancing Horse since Ludovico Scarfiotti won the 1966 Italian Grand Prix. Alboreto took a 42-second victory over British driver Derek Warwick driving a Renault RE50. It was Warwick's best ever Grand Prix result, improving on the third place he had achieved at the previous race in South Africa. Alboreto's French teammate René Arnoux was third.
Goodyear dominated qualifying filling six of the top seven places with Michele Alboreto securing his first career pole position. Teammate René Arnoux was second, followed by Keke Rosberg in the Williams FW09-Honda. Derek Warwick, the first Michelin runner, was fourth ahead of Elio de Angelis (Lotus 95T-Renault) and the surprising fast ATS D7-BMW of Manfred Winkelhock. The McLarens were off the pace with points leader Alain Prost in eighth and Niki Lauda in 14th. Reigning world champion Nelson Piquet qualified his Brabham BT53-BMW ninth. The best of the Pirelli runners was Johnny Cecotto in 16th in his Toleman TG183B-Hart. The only non-qualifier was Philippe Alliot in his RAM-Hart.
Alboreto led all 70 laps and was even able to retain the lead during pit stops, despite Piquet pushing through without stopping. Warwick started well to run second for much of the race with Arnoux, Winkelhock and de Angelis pursuing. Prost and Riccardo Patrese (Alfa Romeo 184T) were early retirements with Cecotto dropping out on lap 1 with a broken clutch.
Lauda's McLaren MP4/2 broke its water pump at half-distance, the second such failure for the TAG-Porsche engine after Prost suffered the same fate on the warm up lap in South Africa. Shortly afterwards Winkelhock stopped and Andrea de Cesaris crashed his Ligier JS23-Renault. Piquet found himself third after the stops, but faded as the race neared its conclusion. Arnoux moved into third until he was caught by Rosberg. Piquet's BMW engine blew and with a lap to go Rosberg ran out of fuel, allowing Arnoux to join Alboreto and Warwick on the podium. Rosberg was classified fourth, with de Angelis fifth and Stefan Bellof completing the top six in his Tyrrell 012-Ford.
The results would change months later as the impact of Tyrrell Racing's disqualification from the 1984 season saw Stefan Bellof removed from sixth position, promoting Ayrton Senna (Toleman TG183B) into the points.
The Belgian Grand Prix would return to traditional home at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in 1985. The shortened version of the home of Belgian motorsport had its Formula One debut the previous year and proven instantly popular and Gilles Villeneuve's death two years earlier at Zolder was still fresh.
|5||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||1:15.979||+1.133|
|7||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||1:16.431||+1.585|
|11||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||1:16.746||+1.900|
|13||26||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||1:17.471||+2.625|
|20||24||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||1:19.734||+4.888|
|2||16||Derek Warwick||Renault||70||+ 42.386||4||6|
|3||28||René Arnoux||Ferrari||70||+ 1:09.803||2||4|
|4||6||Keke Rosberg||Williams-Honda||69||Out of Fuel||3||3|
|5||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||69||+ 1 Lap||5||2|
|6||19||Ayrton Senna||Toleman-Hart||68||+ 2 Laps||19||1|
|7||15||Patrick Tambay||Renault||68||+ 2 Laps||12|
|8||17||Marc Surer||Arrows-Ford||68||+ 2 Laps||24|
|10||10||Jonathan Palmer||RAM-Hart||64||+ 6 Laps||26|
|Ret||26||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||42||Accident||13|
|Ret||2||Teo Fabi||Brabham-BMW||42||Spun Off||18|
|Ret||8||Niki Lauda||McLaren-TAG||35||Water Pump||14|
|Ret||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||28||Engine||11|
|Ret||24||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||14||Transmission||20|
|Ret||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||2||Ignition||7|
Michele Alboreto (1–70).
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Points accurate at final declaration of results. Tyrrell and its drivers were subsequently disqualified and their points reallocated.
1984 South African Grand Prix
|FIA Formula One World Championship
1984 San Marino Grand Prix
1983 Belgian Grand Prix
|Belgian Grand Prix||Next race:
1985 Belgian Grand Prix