1984 European Grand Prix

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West Germany  1984 European Grand Prix
Race details
Race 15 of 16 in the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship
Nurburgring 1984.jpg
Date 7 October 1984
Official name XXXVI Großer Preis von Europa
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent Racing Facility
Course length 4.542 km (2.822 mi)
Distance 67 laps, 304.114 km (188.967 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Brabham-BMW
Time 1:18.871
Fastest lap
Drivers Brazil Nelson Piquet (lap 62) Brabham-BMW
Fastest lap Italy Michele Alboreto (lap 62) Ferrari
Time 1:23.146
First McLaren-TAG
Second Ferrari
Third Brabham-BMW

The 1984 European Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Nürburgring on 7 October 1984. It was race 15 of 16 in the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship. This was the first time a Formula One race was run on the new 4.54 km (2.82 mi) Nürburgring GP-Strecke and the first time F1 had returned to the 'Ring since the 1976 German Grand Prix that was held on the old 22.835 km (14.19 mi) Nordschleife circuit.

During the race morning warm-up session, Alain Prost spun his McLaren-TAG and hit a course car parked at the side of the circuit.

Young Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna triggered a first corner accident which took out the cars of Rosberg, Marc Surer, Gerhard Berger, and Piercarlo Ghinzani. Senna's Toleman (which had started 12th) had run into the back of Rosberg's Williams under braking at the end of the main straight which caused the accident. Rosberg had started fourth (after blowing his Honda engine coming out of the final corner of his qualifying lap), but was slow off the line as his engine had suddenly developed a misfire.

After qualifying second on the grid, Alain Prost won the race in his McLaren from the Ferrari of Michele Alboreto and the Brabham-BMW of defending World Champion Nelson Piquet, with both the Ferrari and Brabham running out of fuel as they crossed the finish line. When they got out of their cars which stopped at the pit exit, Alboreto and Piquet raised their arms to each other in a gesture of frustration at FISAs 220 litre fuel limit for turbos which had reduced races to economy runs.

Niki Lauda, who had almost lost his life in a fiery crash while driving a Ferrari 312T2 during the 1976 German GP, started 15th and finished 4th in his McLaren, which could have been 3rd had it not been for a spin when he locked his brakes while lapping Mauro Baldi on lap 21. In stark contrast to the lack of safety of the Nordschleife, Lauda gave the new GP-Strecke the thumbs up as a very safe Grand Prix circuit, saying that it was "the perfect place to hold a Grand Prix". He also added that returning to the 'Ring held no fears for him as his accident was 8 years previous and if he had not gotten over it by then he never would.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 67 1:35:13.284 2 9
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 67 + 23.911 5 6
3 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 67 + 24.922 1 4
4 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 67 + 43.086 15 3
5 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 67 + 1:01.430 6 2
6 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 66 + 1 Lap 9 1
7 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 65 + 2 Laps 17  
8 21 Italy Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 65 + 2 Laps 24  
9 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 64 Ignition 11  
10 25 France François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 64 + 3 Laps 19  
11 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 61 Overheating 7  
Ret 30 Austria Jo Gartner Osella-Alfa Romeo 60 Fuel System 22  
Ret 2 Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 57 Gearbox 10  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 51 Engine 8  
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 47 Fuel System 3  
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 37 Fuel System 13  
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 37 Turbo 25  
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 35 Turbo 21  
Ret 5 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 27 Engine 14  
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 25 Turbo 23  
Ret 20 Sweden Stefan Johansson Toleman-Hart 17 Overheating 26  
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 0 Collision 4  
Ret 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 0 Collision 12  
Ret 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-BMW 0 Collision 16  
Ret 31 Austria Gerhard Berger ATS-BMW 0 Collision 18  
Ret 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 20  

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Points adjusted in accordance with FISA's decision on 9 October 1984 to reallocate Tyrrell's points. Prost's extra point comes from the Detroit Grand Prix, after promotion to 4th.


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

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