1984 Italian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 14 of 16 in the 1984 Formula One season
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Date September 9, 1984
Official name LV Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.800 km (3.60 mi)
Distance 51 laps, 295.800 km (183.600 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Brabham-BMW
Time 1:26.584
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG
Time 1:31.912 on lap 42
First McLaren-TAG
Second Ferrari
Third Alfa Romeo

The 1984 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on 9 September 1984. It was the fourteenth round of the 1984 Formula One season.

Niki Lauda won in his McLaren-TAG, stretching his championship lead over team mate Alain Prost (whose TAG engine blew on lap 3) to 10.5 points. Although he won, the race was difficult for the Austrian as he had injured his back during the final qualifying session and spent the night before the race receiving treatment from Willi Dungl. Luckily for Lauda his back was less affected when strapped into his car. Michele Alboreto and Riccardo Patrese gave the partisan Italian crowd something to cheer by bringing their Ferrari and Alfa Romeo home in second and third place respectively.

Sweden's Stefan Johansson finished fourth in his Toleman-Hart (after being last at the end of the first lap), while Austrians Jo Gartner (Osella-Alfa Romeo) and Gerhard Berger (ATS-BMW) finished 5th and 6th respectively, though as their teams had only entered one car for the season and both were in second cars entered for the race, neither Gartner or Berger scored championship points.

Patrese's third place was the final ever Formula One podium for Alfa Romeo as either a constructor or engine supplier, although the position came at the expense of his team mate Eddie Cheever who had been third until his Alfa (which was running a different, more powerful engine setting) ran out of fuel. The 1984 Italian Grand Prix was the only Formula One race in history to have three Austrian drivers finish in the top six placings.

Before the race, Lotus driver Elio de Angelis was the only driver mathematically capable of taking the Drivers' Championship from Lauda or Prost. His chances of becoming the first Italian World Champion since Alberto Ascari in 1953 (and the first Lotus champion since Mario Andretti in 1978) evaporated when the gearbox in his Lotus-Renault broke on lap 14 leaving him, like Prost, as a non-finisher.

Ayrton Senna did not compete at this Grand Prix. After it was announced just after the Dutch Grand Prix that the Brazilian would be joining Lotus in 1985, Toleman suspended him for a breach of contract (i.e. not informing the team he was leaving before the announcement was made which he was required to do as per his contract) and replaced him with Stefan Johansson who went on to finish 4th.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 51 1:20:29.065 4 9
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 51 + 24.249 11 6
3 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 50 + 1 Lap 9 4
4 19 Sweden Stefan Johansson Toleman-Hart 49 + 2 Laps 17 3
5 30 Austria Jo Gartner Osella-Alfa Romeo 49 + 2 Laps 24 0*
6 31 Austria Gerhard Berger ATS-BMW 49 + 2 Laps 20 0*
7 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 48 Out of Fuel 22  
8 21 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Spirit-Hart 48 + 3 Laps 25  
9 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 45 Out of Fuel 10  
10 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 45 + 6 Laps 19  
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 43 Throttle 8  
Ret 2 Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 43 Engine 5  
Ret 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-BMW 43 Engine 15  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 31 Oil Pressure 12  
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 20 Oil Pressure 26  
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 15 Engine 1  
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 14 Gearbox 3  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 13 Spun Off 7  
Ret 5 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 10 Turbo 13  
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 8 Turbo 6  
Ret 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 7 Engine 16  
Ret 25 France François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 7 Spun Off 18  
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 6 Electrical 23  
Ret 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 5 Gearbox 14  
Ret 7 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 3 Engine 2  
DNS 14 Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 0 Not Started 21  
DNQ 20 Italy Pierluigi Martini Toleman-Hart        

* Neither Gartner nor Berger were eligible for championship points, as they were driving their teams' "second entry" and because the team had only entered one car for the entire championship, the second entry was ineligible to score points.

Lap Leaders[edit]

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 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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