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22px-Flag of the United Kingdom  1985 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 8 of 16 in the 1985 Formula One season
Silverstone 1975
Date July 21, 1985
Official name XXXVIII Marlboro British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, Great Britain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.719 km (2.932 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 65 laps, 306.735 km (190.569 mi)</td></tr>

<tr> <td>Scheduled Distance</td><td colspan="2">66 laps, 311.454 km (193.529 mi)</td></tr>

Weather Cool, overcast
Pole position
Driver 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda
Time 1:05.591[1]
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Time 1:09.886[2] on lap 43
Podium
First 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Second 22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari
Third 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault

The 1985 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 21 July 1985. It was the eighth round of the 1985 Formula One season.

At an average speed of 160.9 mph (258.9 km/h), Keke Rosberg's qualifying lap remained the fastest in F1 history until 2002.

On the first lap right after the start, 4 cars went out at Copse. Patrick Tambay touched Stefan Johansson, and Tambay lost his front right wheel and was out immediately but Johansson was able to make it back to the pits. Piercarlo Ghinzani and Philippe Alliot also crashed into each other and were out immediately.

After intentionally dropping to 6th in order to save fuel, Alain Prost stormed through the field, passed 5 leading cars (Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Andrea De Cesaris, Keke Rosberg and Ayrton Senna) and battled with Senna (who made an excellent start from fourth on the grid, had been leading almost every lap since lap 1, but eventually retired with fuel problems) for much of the second half of the race. By the time Prost had finished and won the race, he had lapped every running car in the field. Prost's teammate Niki Lauda also put up a notable drive; he started 10th; dropped to 15th at the start, and by the time he retired with an alternator failure he was up to 3rd.

The race was scheduled for 66 laps, but was stopped 1 lap early in error. Nelson Piquet who finished 4th in his Brabham, was particularly angry with the error. Jacques Laffite, who finished 3rd in his Ligier, had ran out of fuel half way around what was meant to be the last lap and would have been passed by Piquet who did have enough fuel to finish the scheduled distance. If the error had not been made, Piquet would have finished on the podium.

Classification Edit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 6 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:06.107 1:05.591
2 7 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:08.933 1:06.249 +0.658
3 2 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:06.308 1:08.532 +0.717
4 12 25px-Brazilflag Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:06.324 1:06.794 +0.733
5 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:09.080 1:06.675 +1.084
6 27 22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:06.793 1:07.427 +1.202
7 25 22px-Flag of Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:11.082 1:07.448 +1.857
8 11 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:07.581 1:07.696 +1.990
9 19 22px-Flag of Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:07.678 1:07.871 +2.087
10 1 22px-Flag of Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:07.743 1:09.001 +2.152
11 28 22px-Flag of Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1:08.169 1:07.887 +2.296
12 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 1:08.238 1:08.604 +2.647
13 15 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay Renault 1:09.898 1:08.240 +2.649
14 22 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:08.384 1:10.110 +2.793
15 8 20px-Flag of Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 1:09.572 1:08.587 +2.996
16 26 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 1:10.756 1:08.656 +3.065
17 17 22px-Flag of Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 1:09.870 1:08.672 +3.081
18 9 Flag of Germany Manfred Winkelhock RAM-Hart 1:10.299 1:09.114 +3.523
19 18 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:09.413 1:09.131 +3.540
20 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 1:10.718 1:09.242 +3.651
21 10 22px-Flag of France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:11.162 1:09.609 +4.018
22 23 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:11.072 1:10.345 +4.754
23 29 22px-Flag of Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:13.645 1:15.363 +8.054
24 30 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 1:17.856 1:13.713 +8.122
25 24 22px-Flag of Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:16.400 +10.809
26 4 Flag of Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.009 1:16.596 +11.005

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 65 1:18:10.436 3 9
2 27 22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 64 + 1 Lap 6 6
3 26 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 64 + 1 Lap 16 4
4 7 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 64 + 1 Lap 2 3
5 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 64 + 1 Lap 12 2
6 8 20px-Flag of Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 63 + 2 Laps 15 1
7 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 63 + 2 Laps 20  
8 17 22px-Flag of Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 63 + 2 Laps 17  
9 22 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 62 + 3 Laps 14  
10 12 25px-Brazilflag Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 60 Fuel injection, electronics[3] 4  
11 4 Flag of Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 59 + 6 Laps 26  
Ret 1 22px-Flag of Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 57 Electrical 10  
Ret 18 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 57 Spun Off 19  
Ret 25 22px-Flag of Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 41 Clutch 7  
Ret 29 22px-Flag of Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 38 Transmission 23  
NC 11 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 37 Not Classified 8  
Ret 9 Flag of Germany Manfred Winkelhock RAM-Hart 28 Turbo 18  
Ret 6 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 21 Exhaust 1  
Ret 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 17 Clutch 5  
Ret 23 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 17 Turbo 22  
Ret 30 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 6 Engine 24  
Ret 19 22px-Flag of Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 4 Transmission 9  
Ret 28 22px-Flag of Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1 Accident 11  
Ret 15 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay Renault 0 Collision 13  
Ret 10 22px-Flag of France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 0 Accident 21  
Ret 24 22px-Flag of Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 25  

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto 37
2 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost 35
3 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis 26
4 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg 18
5 22px-Flag of Sweden Stefan Johansson 16
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 56
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 38
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 35
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Honda 23
5 22px-Flag of France Renault 15
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1985). AUTOCOURSE 1985-86. Hazleton Publishing. p. 244. 
  2. Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1985). AUTOCOURSE 1985-86. Hazleton Publishing. p. 245. 
  3. Anthony, Pritchard (March 2006). Lotus: The Competition Cars. Haynes Publishing. p. 245. 

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". http://www.formula1.com/results/season/1985/302/. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 



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