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22px-Flag of the United Kingdom  1985 European Grand Prix
Race details
Race 14 of 16 in the 1985 Formula One season
Brands Hatch.svg
Date October 6, 1985
Official name XXXVII Shell Oils European Grand Prix
Location Brands Hatch, Kent, United Kingdom
Course Permanent Racing Facility
4.206 km (2.61 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 75 laps, 315.5 km (195.8 mi)</td></tr>
Pole position
Driver 25px-Brazilflag Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault
Time 1:07.169
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault
Time 1:11.526 on lap 55
Podium
First 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda
Second 25px-Brazilflag Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault
Third 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda

The 1985 European Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Brands Hatch on October 6, 1985. It was the fourteenth round of the 1985 Formula One season.

Ayrton Senna got pole position for the 6th time in the season, averaging 140.106 mph (225.479 km/h). Second was Nelson Piquet, followed by the Williams-Hondas of Nigel Mansell and Keke Rosberg.

McLaren's defending World Champion Niki Lauda was still unfit to race due to the wrist injury he suffered in Belgium and was replaced by former driver John Watson in what would be his last start in Formula One. Watson qualified 21st and in his first F1 race since 1983 finished 7th, only 2 laps down and less than a second behind 6th placed Thierry Boutsen. Tyrrell were back to a two car team for the race with Italian rookie Ivan Capelli replacing the late Stefan Bellof for his first start in Formula One.

After a very poor start that dropped him to 14th, Alain Prost climbed 8 places in 10 laps, went down the field again to 9th, and climbed another 5 places, breaking the lap record 3 times in the process. He eventually went up to 4th place and in the process, clinched his first World Drivers' Championship, and Nigel Mansell took his first race win. Keke Rosberg took 3rd despite losing a full lap after a collision with Nelson Piquet caused by Ayrton Senna, who finished 2nd. Marc Surer was in second position for Brabham until a late, and dramatic turbo failure.

Michele Alboreto saw his World Championship dream go up in flames on lap 13. After stopping to replace a flat-spotted tyre on lap 11, his Ferrari blew its turbo halfway through lap 13. Alboreto, frustrated that Ferrari's late season reliability had cost him the World Championship (he led the points table until the Dutch Grand Prix) drove his Ferrari 156/85 back to the pits with the rear of the car on fire. He drove the on-fire car into the pits and straight to his Ferrari pit. Many observers saw this as Alboreto's way of showing that the Ferrari's unreliability had cost him the World Championship, which Prost won by finishing 4th.

Classification Edit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 12 25px-Brazilflag Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:08.020 1:07.169
2 7 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:09.204 1:07.482 +0.097
3 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:10.537 1:08.059 +0.890
4 6 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:09.277 1:08.197 +1.028
5 25 22px-Flag of France Philippe Streiff Ligier-Renault 1:10.396 1:09.080 +1.911
6 2 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:10.345 1:09.429 +2.260
7 8 20px-Flag of Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 1:09.762 1:09.913 +2.593
8 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 1:11.014 1:09.904 +2.735
9 11 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:11.530 1:10.014 +2.845
10 26 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 1:11.312 1:10.081 +2.912
11 22 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:10.963 1:10.251 +3.082
12 18 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:10.918 1:10.323 +3.154
13 28 22px-Flag of Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1:11.309 1:10.517 +3.348
14 20 22px-Flag of Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Toleman-Hart 1:13.517 1:10.570 +3.401
15 27 22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:10.877 1:10.659 +3.490
16 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 1:11.296 1:10.731 +3.562
17 15 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay Renault 1:13.048 1:10.934 +3.765
18 23 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:12.766 1:11.500 +4.331
19 17 22px-Flag of Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 1:11.608 1:11.638 +4.439
20 19 22px-Flag of Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:13.024 1:12.090 +4.921
21 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-TAG 1:12.496 1:12.516 +5.327
22 33 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Lola-Hart 1:14.050 1:13.084 +5.915
23 9 22px-Flag of France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:14.355 1:13.537 +6.368
24 4 22px-Flag of Italy Ivan Capelli Tyrrell-Renault 1:16.879 1:13.721 +6.552
25 30 Flag of Germany Christian Danner Zakspeed 1:15.947 1:15.054 +7.885
26 29 22px-Flag of Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:16.642 1:15.127 +9.473
DNQ 24 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:16.994 1:18.022 +9.825

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 75 1:32:58.109 3 9
2 12 25px-Brazilflag Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 75 + 21.396 1 6
3 6 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 75 + 58.533 4 4
4 2 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 75 + 1:06.121 6 3
5 11 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 74 + 1 Lap 9 2
6 18 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 73 + 2 Laps 12 1
7 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-TAG 73 + 2 Laps 21  
8 25 22px-Flag of France Philippe Streiff Ligier-Renault 73 + 2 Laps 5  
9 22 22px-Flag of Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 73 + 2 Laps 11  
10 17 22px-Flag of Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 73 + 2 Laps 19  
11 23 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 73 + 2 Laps 18  
12 15 22px-Flag of France Patrick Tambay Renault 72 + 3 Laps 17  
13 8 20px-Flag of Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 62 Turbo 7  
Ret 28 22px-Flag of Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 59 Electrical 13  
Ret 26 22px-Flag of France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 58 Engine 10  
Ret 30 Flag of Germany Christian Danner Zakspeed 55 Engine 25  
Ret 4 22px-Flag of Italy Ivan Capelli Tyrrell-Renault 44 Accident 24  
Ret 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 40 Water leak 16  
Ret 19 22px-Flag of Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 33 Engine 20  
Ret 9 22px-Flag of France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 31 Engine 23  
Ret 20 22px-Flag of Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Toleman-Hart 16 Engine 14  
Ret 33 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones Lola-Hart 13 Radiator 22  
Ret 27 22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 13 Turbo 15  
Ret 7 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 6 Collision 2  
Ret 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 4 Injection 8  
Ret 29 22px-Flag of Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 3 Accident 26  

Notes Edit

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of France Alain Prost 72
2 22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto 53
3 25px-Brazilflag Ayrton Senna 38
4 22px-Flag of Italy Elio de Angelis 33
5 22px-Flag of Finland Keke Rosberg 25
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 86
2 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 77
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 71
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Honda 47
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 26
  • 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. 256. 
  2. Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1985). AUTOCOURSE 1985-86. Hazleton Publishing. p. 257. 

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". http://www.formula1.com/results/season/1985/307/. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 


External linksEdit


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1985 Belgian Grand Prix
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1985 South African Grand Prix
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1984 European Grand Prix
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