1984 French Grand Prix

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1984 French Grand Prix
Race 5 of 16 in the 1984 Formula One World Championship
Dijon-Prenois Circuit.svg
Race details
Date 20 May 1984
Official name 70e Grand Prix de France[1]
Location Dijon-Prenois, Dijon, France
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.801 km (2.361 mi)
Distance 79 laps, 300.279 km (186.519 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Renault
Time 1:02.200
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Time 1:05.257 on lap 59
Podium
First McLaren-TAG
Second Renault
Third Lotus-Renault

The 1984 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Dijon on 20 May 1984. It was race 5 of 16 in the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship.

This was the final Formula One race to be held at the 3.801 km (2.362 mi) Dijon-Prenois circuit, as it was deemed too short by governing body FISA. Fittingly in France, Frenchman Patrick Tambay, in the all-French team (French car, French engine, French tyres and French fuel) scored the Equipe Renault team's last pole position.

Double World Champion Niki Lauda won the race in his McLaren-TAG, his first win in France since 1975. Tambay finished second in his Renault RE50, with the Lotus-Renault of Nigel Mansell third. Lauda's team-mate and World Championship leader, Alain Prost, could only manage seventh after he was forced to pit to change a loose wheel.

Andrea de Cesaris failed to qualify his Ligier, but nonetheless started the race and finished tenth. De Cesaris' Friday qualifying time was disallowed when his car's onboard fire extinguisher was found to be empty, before rain in the Saturday session prevented him from setting a time fast enough to make the grid. Ligier took the bizarre step of withdrawing their second car, driven by François Hesnault (who had qualified 14th), in order to allow de Cesaris to start 26th and last.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Qual Gap
1 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 1:02.200
2 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:02.336 +0.136
3 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:02.806 +0.606
4 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:02.908 +0.708
5 7 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:02.982 +0.782
6 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1:03.200 +1.000
7 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 1:03.540 +1.340
8 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1:03.865 +1.665
9 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:04.419 +2.219
10 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:04.459 +2.259
11 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 1:04.917 +2.517
12 5 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 1:05.410 +3.210
13 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 1:05.744 +3.544
14 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:05.972 +3.772
15 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:06.172 +3.972
16 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:06.281 +4.081
17 2 Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 1:06.370 +4.170
18 20 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Toleman-Hart 1:08.109 +5.989
19 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 1:08.457 +6.257
20 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 1:08.608 +6.408
21 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 1:09.047 +6.847
22 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:09.447 +7.247
23 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 1:09.554 +7.354
24 21 Italy Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 1:09.629 +7.429
25 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:11.625 +10.431
26 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:22.388 +20.188
25 France François Hesnault* Ligier-Renault

* François Hesnault qualified 14th with a time of 1:05.850 in the first qualifying session. However, Ligier withdrew his entry in order for their #1 driver Andrea de Cesaris to start, after the Italian's Friday time was disallowed due to an empty on-board fire extinguisher in his JS23 and he could not post a quick time in the wet final session.

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 79 1:31:11.951 9 9
2 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 79 + 7.154 1 6
3 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 79 + 23.969 6 4
4 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 79 + 43.706 11 3
5 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 79 + 1:06.125 2 2
6 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 78 + 1 Lap 4 1
7 7 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 78 + 1 Lap 5  
8 5 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 78 + 1 Lap 12  
9 2 Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 78 + 1 Lap 17  
10 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 77 + 2 Laps 26  
11 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 77 + 2 Laps 14  
12 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 74 + 5 Laps 25  
13 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 72 + 7 Laps 21  
DSQ 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 76 Disqualified 23  
Ret 21 Italy Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 61 Engine 24  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 53 Accident 7  
Ret 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 51 Accident 19  
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 51 Engine 16  
Ret 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 35 Turbo 13  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 33 Engine 10  
Ret 20 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Toleman-Hart 22 Turbo 18  
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 15 Engine 15  
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 11 Turbo 3  
DSQ 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 11 Disqualified 20  
Ret 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 5 Clutch 8  
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 4 Electrical 22  
Source:[2]

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 and its drivers were subsequently disqualified and their points reallocated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1984". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 22 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "1984 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 


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