1985 German Grand Prix
|Race 9 of 16 in the 1985 Formula One season|
|Date||August 4, 1985|
|Official name||XLII Großer Preis von Deutschland|
|Location||Nürburgring, Nürburg, West Germany|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.54 km (2.82 mi)|
|Distance||67 laps, 304.18 km (188.94 mi)|
|Time||1:22.806 on lap 53|
This was the first German Grand Prix that was held on the new GP-Strecke section of the track that replaced the old Südschleife section that had not been used since 1970. It was also the first time in nine years the German GP was held at Nürburgring; previously the German GP was held on the dangerous and very long Nordschleife section of the track up until 1976, and at that race Niki Lauda had a near-fatal accident in his Ferrari that forced the Formula One circus to move to the safer, shorter and faster Hockenheimring. The GP-Strecke would not host another Grand Prix until it hosted the 1995 European Grand Prix, and would not host the German Grand Prix again until 2009.
Michele Alboreto won the race, his fifth and last F1 victory. This event was the first occasion on which an onboard camera was used in a race; one was attached to François Hesnault's Renault. That car was not eligible for championship points, and this race marked the last time, as of the 2016 season, that an F1 team entered three cars for a race.
As it was the German Grand Prix (and that the team still only had 1 new car built) Tyrrell team boss Ken Tyrrell gave his German driver Stefan Bellof use of the Renault powered Tyrrell 014 for the weekend instead of the car's usual driver Martin Brundle who was given Bellof's Cosworth powered 012 to drive. To get around a FISA rule that a team and driver can not run more than 2 engines in the one chassis during a season (with the 012 running the Cosworth and 014 the Renault), Tyrrell simply switched the drivers from one car to the other but not their car numbers meaning Bellof drove in car #3 and Brundle in car #4. Bellof qualified the turbo powered car 19th while Brundle was 26th and last with the Cosworth V8, some 10.2 seconds of Fabi's pole time and 6.4 seconds slower than his team mate in his usual car, something Brundle was reported to be not happy with.
It would be Manfred Winkelhock's last ever Formula One Grand Prix. The German was killed after he crashed his Porsche 962C sportscar at the 1000 km of Mosport in Canada just a week after the German Grand Prix.
A surprise pole position went to Teo Fabi, the first of his career, and the only pole for Toleman Motorsport. This was a time he set during Friday's qualifying session; during Saturday it rained and none of the drivers could improve on their times.
|7||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||1:19.120||1:29.714||+1.691|
|9||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||1:19.338||+1.909|
|14||25||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||1:19.738||1:39.623||+2.309|
|18||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||1:21.074||1:32.376||+3.645|
|25||24||Huub Rothengatter||Osella-Alfa Romeo||1:26.478||+9.049|
|DNQ||29||Pierluigi Martini||Minardi-Motori Moderni||1:40.506||+23.077|
|2||2||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG||67||+ 11.661||3||6|
|3||26||Jacques Laffite||Ligier-Renault||67||+ 51.154||13||4|
|4||18||Thierry Boutsen||Arrows-BMW||67||+ 55.279||15||3|
|5||1||Niki Lauda||McLaren-TAG||67||+ 1:13.972||12||2|
|6||5||Nigel Mansell||Williams-Honda||67||+ 1:16.820||10||1|
|7||17||Gerhard Berger||Arrows-BMW||66||+ 1 Lap||17|
|8||3||Stefan Bellof||Tyrrell-Renault||66||+ 1 lap||19|
|9||28||Stefan Johansson||Ferrari||66||+ 1 Lap||2|
|10||4||Martin Brundle||Tyrrell-Ford||63||+ 4 Laps||26|
|11||29||Pierluigi Martini||Minardi-Motori Moderni||62||Engine||27|
|Ret||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||45||Turbo||18|
|Ret||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||40||Engine||7|
|Ret||24||Huub Rothengatter||Osella-Alfa Romeo||32||Gearbox||25|
|Ret||12||Ayrton Senna||Lotus-Renault||27||CV joint||5|
|Ret||15||Patrick Tambay||Renault||19||Spun Off||16|
|Ret||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||8||Gearbox||9|
|Ret||10||Philippe Alliot||RAM-Hart||8||Oil Pressure||21|
|Ret||25||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||0||Collision||14|
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
1985 British Grand Prix
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1985 Austrian Grand Prix
1984 German Grand Prix
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1986 German Grand Prix