1984 Italian Grand Prix
|Race 14 of 16 in the 1984 Formula One season|
|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)|
|Time||1:31.912 on lap 42|
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.
|2||27||Michele Alboreto||Ferrari||51||+ 24.249||11||6|
|3||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||50||+ 1 Lap||9||4|
|4||19||Stefan Johansson||Toleman-Hart||49||+ 2 Laps||17||3|
|5||30||Jo Gartner||Osella-Alfa Romeo||49||+ 2 Laps||24||0*|
|6||31||Gerhard Berger||ATS-BMW||49||+ 2 Laps||20||0*|
|7||24||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||48||Out of Fuel||22|
|8||21||Huub Rothengatter||Spirit-Hart||48||+ 3 Laps||25|
|9||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||45||Out of Fuel||10|
|10||18||Thierry Boutsen||Arrows-BMW||45||+ 6 Laps||19|
|Ret||16||Derek Warwick||Renault||31||Oil Pressure||12|
|Ret||10||Jonathan Palmer||RAM-Hart||20||Oil Pressure||26|
|Ret||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||14||Gearbox||3|
|Ret||12||Nigel Mansell||Lotus-Renault||13||Spun Off||7|
|Ret||26||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||7||Engine||16|
|Ret||25||François Hesnault||Ligier-Renault||7||Spun Off||18|
|DNS||14||Manfred Winkelhock||ATS-BMW||0||Not Started||21|
* 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.
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's points were subsequently reallocated.
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