1984 British Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 10 of 16 in the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship
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Date 22 July 1984
Official name XXXVII John Player British Grand Prix
Location Brands Hatch, Kent, Great Britain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.207 km (2.614 mi)
Distance 71 (aggregated: 11 + 60) laps, 298.697 km (185.602 mi)
Scheduled distance 75 laps, 315.525 km (196.058 mi)
Pole position
Driver Brabham-BMW
Time 1:10.869
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG
Time 1:13.191 on lap 57
First McLaren-TAG
Second Renault
Third Toleman-Hart

The 1984 British Grand Prix (formally the XXXVII John Player British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 22 July 1984 at Brands Hatch, Kent, England. It was race 10 of 16 in the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship. The 71-lap race was won by Niki Lauda in a McLaren-TAG, with local driver Derek Warwick second in a Renault and Ayrton Senna third in a Toleman-Hart.



Going to the race, McLaren driver Alain Prost led the Drivers' Championship with 34.5 points, ahead of team-mate Niki Lauda on 24 points and Lotus driver Elio de Angelis on 23.5. Rene Arnoux (Ferrari) was fourth with 22.5 points while Keke Rosberg (Williams) was fifth on 20 points. In the Constructors' Championship, McLaren were leading with 58.5 points, Ferrari and Lotus were second and third with 31.5 and 29.5 points respectively, while Williams with 24 and Brabham on 21 points contended for fourth place.

Prior to the event, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) announced that Tyrrell would be disqualified from the World Championship for the illegal use of fuel and ballast on their cars. The ruiling resulted in all points scored by Tyrrell throughout the season would be removed.[1] Tyrrell owner Ken Tyrrell was granted an High Court order to allow their cars to compete in the Friday Qualifying session.[2] As a result of his crash in the previous race at Dallas in which he broke both of his ankles, Martin Brundle was replaced in the No. 4 Tyrrell by Swedish driver Stefan Johansson.


Johnny Cecotto broke both legs after a heavy crash during qualifying. He would never race in Formula One again. Nelson Piquet claimed pole position. Niki Lauda's win for McLaren saw him become the highest point scorer in Formula One history, passing Jackie Stewart's 390.

Renault driver Derek Warwick gave the British fans something to cheer when he finished 42 seconds behind Lauda in second place, while Cecotto's Toleman team mate Ayrton Senna finished 21 seconds behind Warwick in third. Lotus-Renault driver Elio de Angelis kept his championship hopes alive finishing a lap down in fourth place. He was followed by the two Ferraris of Michele Alboreto and René Arnoux in the final points positions.

Lauda's win saw him move to 33 points and with Prost failing to finish his championship lead was cut to just 1.5 points. With 67.5 points, McLaren had scored almost double the amount of Constructors' points than second placed Ferrari who were on 34.5 points.

Eddie Cheever (Alfa Romeo), Philippe Alliot (RAM) and Jo Gartner (Osella) were all outed in a first lap crash which started when Riccardo Patrese lost his Alfa going into Graham Hill Bend. The race was stopped 11 laps to clear Jonathan Palmer's RAM, a move which many felt had more to do with the McLaren's having past pole sitter Nelson Piquet (who was headed to the pits to change tyres). Due to the rules, when the cars formed on the grid for the restart, Piquet's Brabham-BMW, complete with a change of tyres, was back on the pole, though it didn't do any good as Prost won the re-start while he was also passed by Lauda under braking for Druids on the first lap.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 71 1:29:28.532 3 9
2 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 71 + 42.123 6 6
3 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 71 + 1:03.328 7 4
4 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 70 + 1 Lap 4 3
5 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 70 + 1 Lap 9 2
6 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 70 + 1 Lap 13 1
7 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 70 + 1 Lap 1  
8 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 69 Turbo 10  
9 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 68 + 3 Laps 21  
10 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 68 + 3 Laps 19  
11 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-BMW 67 + 4 Laps 15  
12 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 66 + 5 Laps 17  
DSQ 4 Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 68 Disqualified 26  
NC 21 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Spirit-Hart 62 + 9 Laps 22  
Ret 25 France François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 43 Electrical 20  
Ret 7 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 37 Gearbox 2  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 24 Gearbox 8  
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 24 Electrical 12  
Ret 5 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 14 Water Pump 16  
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 10 Accident 23  
Ret 2 Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 9 Electrical 14  
Ret 14 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 8 Spun Off 11  
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 5 Engine 5  
DSQ 3 Sweden Stefan Johansson Tyrrell-Ford 1 Disqualified 25  
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 18  
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 0 Accident 24  
Ret 30 Austria Jo Gartner Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 27  
DNQ 20 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Toleman-Hart        

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. ^ "Tyrrell are banned for rest of season". The Glasgow Herald. 19 July 1984. p. 16. 
  2. ^ "Tyrrell wins ruiling, to be in British Grand Prix". The Tuscaloosa News. 20 July 1984. p. 15. 
  3. ^ "1984 British Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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