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25px-Brazilflag  1984 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 16 in the 1984 Formula One season
Circuit Jacarepagua
Date March 25, 1984
Official name X Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Location Jacarepaguá Circuit
Jacarepaguá, Rio de Janeiro
Course Permanent racing facility
5.031 km (3.126 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 61 laps, 306.891 km (190.686 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault
Time 1:28.392
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Time 1:36.499 on lap 42
Podium
First 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Second 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda
Third 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault

The 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Jacarepaguá Circuit in Rio de Janeiro on March 25, 1984. It was the first round of the 1984 Formula One season and the first race where the FISA mandated 220 litre fuel limit came into effect, with the re-fueling of 1983 now banned. Many of the drivers complained that this would turn Grand Prix racing into fuel economy runs rather than actual races.

QualifyingEdit

Elio de Angelis claimed the first pole position of the season in his Lotus-Renault from the Ferrari of Michele Alboreto in his first race for the Prancing Horse. Derek Warwick, in his first race for Renault, was 3rd on the grid with the McLaren-TAG of Alain Prost 4th, Prost returning to the team he started his career with after three seasons with Renault. Reigning World Champion (and local favourite) Nelson Piquet qualified 7th in his Brabham-BMW, while a Formula One rookie by the name of Ayrton Senna qualified 17th for his first ever Grand Prix in his Toleman-Hart.

RaceEdit

Alboreto got the jump at the start and led early from Warwick and de Angelis, with the McLarens of Niki Lauda and Prost (who had made a bad start after bogging down at the green light with too few revs and was 10th at the end of the first lap) beginning to show the superior race speed which would become the story of the season. When Lauda passed Warwick for 2nd at the end of the back straight on lap 10, the McLaren's right rear hit the Renault's left front tyre. The hit damaged Warwick's suspension, leading to suspension failure for the Renault driver late in the race when running second.

Senna was the first retirement of the 1984 season with turbo failure on lap 8.

Alboreto's race was ruined by a loose bolt in his car's right front brake caliper which released all the brake fluid and caused the brake to overheat, resulting in a couple of spins. Lauda was leading by some 40 seconds on lap 34 when the wires to his McLaren's battery came loose causing electrical faulure. Piquet, who had almost stalled his Brabham as the flag fell, finished an unhappy race on lap 32 when the BMW engine failed coming onto the pit straight.

After Passing Warwick for the lead, Prost, who was in the pits for a tyre change when Lauda coasted in to retire, lost the lead back to the Englishman when he made his second stop for tyres. He regained the lead for good following Warwick's retirement and ran out the winner by 40.514 seconds from the Williams-Honda of Keke Rosberg and the Lotus of de Angelis. Eddie Cheever drove well to finish 4th in the Alfa Romeo many said would not finish the race before running out of fuel, while Renault's Patrick Tambay was classified in 6th after running dry on the last lap, losing 5th to another F1 rookie in Martin Brundle in his Tyrrell-Ford.

Brundle, and the entire Tyrrell team would later be disqualified from the season for technical infringements. This gave 5th place to Tambay with Thierry Boutsen elevated to 6th in his Arrows-Ford.

Classification Edit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Qual Gap
1 11 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:28.392
2 27 22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:28.898 +0.506
3 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 1:29.025 +0.633
4 7 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:29.330 +0.938
5 12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1:29.364 +0.972
6 8 22px-Flag of Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:29.854 +1.462
7 1 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:30.149 +1.757
8 15 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay Renault 1:30.554 +2.162
9 6 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:30.611 +2.219
10 28 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux Ferrari 1:30.695 +2.303
11 22 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:30.973 +2.581
12 23 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:31.282 +2.890
13 5 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 1:31.548 +3.156
14 26 22px-Flag of Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:32.895 +4.503
15 14 Flag of Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1:32.997 +4.253
16 2 22px-Flag of Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 1:33.227 +4.835
17 19 25px-Brazilflag Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 1:33.525 +5.133
18 20 22px-Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Toleman-Hart 1:35.300 +6.908
19 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 1:36.081 +7.689
20 25 22px-Flag of France François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 1:36.238 +7.846
21 18 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Ford 1:36.312 +7.920
22 24 22px-Flag of Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:36.434 +8.042
23 4 Flag of Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 1:36.609 +8.217
24 21 22px-Flag of Italy Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 1:36.816 +8.424
25 17 20px-Flag of Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 1:37.204 +8.812
26 9 22px-Flag of France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:37.709 +9.317
DNQ 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 1:37.919 +9.527

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 61 1:42:34.492 4 9
2 6 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 61 + 40.514 9 6
3 11 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 61 + 59.128 1 4
4 23 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 60 + 1 Lap 12 3
DSQ 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 60 Disqualified 18  
5 15 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay Renault 59 Out of fuel 8 2
6 18 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Ford 59 + 2 Laps 20 1
7 17 20px-Flag of Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 59 + 2 Laps 24  
8 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 58 + 3 Laps 26  
DSQ 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 60 Disqualified 18  
Ret 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 51 Suspension 3  
Ret 26 22px-Flag of Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 42 Gearbox 14  
Ret 22 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 41 Gearbox 11  
Ret 8 22px-Flag of Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 38 Electrical 6  
Ret 12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 35 Accident 5  
Ret 1 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 32 Engine 7  
Ret 2 22px-Flag of Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 32 Turbo 15  
Ret 28 22px-Flag of France René Arnoux Ferrari 30 Battery 10  
Ret 24 22px-Flag of Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 28 Gearbox 21  
Ret 25 22px-Flag of France François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 25 Overheating 19  
Ret 9 22px-Flag of France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 24 Battery 25  
Ret 20 22px-Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Toleman-Hart 18 Turbo 17  
Ret 5 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 15 Electrical 13  
Ret 27 22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 14 Brakes 2  
Ret 21 22px-Flag of Italy Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 12 Distributor 23  
DSQ 4 Flag of Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 11 Disqualified 22  
Ret 19 25px-Brazilflag Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 8 Turbo 16  
EX 14 Flag of Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 0 Excluded    

Notes Edit

  • First Points: Thierry Boutsen
  • The race marked the Formula 1 racing debut for Ayrton Senna, Philippe Alliot, Stefan Bellof and Martin Brundle.
  • The Tyrrells of Brundle (finished 5th) and Bellof (retired) were both later disqualified from all the season's races for technical infringements.
  • Manfred Winkelhock was excluded after his car was pushed in the pitlane by his pit crew on Saturday, during a qualifying session. All cars slower than Winkelhock in qualifying moved up one place on the grid, including Jonathan Palmer in the RAM-Hart after initially failing to qualify.

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost 9
2 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg 6
3 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis 4
4 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever 3
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Martin Brundle 2
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 9
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Honda 6
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 4
4 22px-Flag of Italy Alfa Romeo 3
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 2
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Martin Brundle and Tyrrell were subsequently disqualified from 1984 results and their points reallocated.

ReferencesEdit

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". http://www.formula1.com/results/season/1984/311/. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 


External links Edit


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