1984 European Grand Prix
The 1984 European Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Nürburgring on 7 October 1984. It was the fifteenth race of the 1984 Formula One World Championship. It was also the first Formula One race to be held at the Nürburgring since 1976, and the first to be run on the new 4.54 km (2.82 mi) GP-Strecke circuit, rather than the historic 22.835 km (14.189 mi) Nordschleife.
|1984 European Grand Prix|
|Race 15 of 16 in the 1984 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||7 October 1984|
|Official name||XXXVI Großer Preis von Europa|
Nürburg, West Germany
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.542 km (2.822 mi)|
|Distance||67 laps, 304.114 km (188.967 mi)|
|Drivers||Nelson Piquet (lap 62)||Brabham-BMW|
|Michele Alboreto (lap 62)||Ferrari|
The 67-lap race was won by Frenchman Alain Prost, driving a McLaren-TAG. Italian Michele Alboreto finished second in a Ferrari, with Brazilian Nelson Piquet third in a Brabham-BMW, having started from pole position.
Prost's Austrian teammate Niki Lauda, who nearly lost his life in the last F1 race at the Nürburgring in 1976, finished fourth. With the reallocation of the disqualified Tyrrell team's points two days after the race and Prost thus gaining an extra point, Lauda's lead in the Drivers' Championship was reduced to 3.5 points with one race remaining.
Young Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna triggered a first corner accident which took out the cars of Rosberg, Marc Surer, Gerhard Berger, and Piercarlo Ghinzani. Senna's Toleman (which had started 12th) had run into the back of Rosberg's Williams under braking at the end of the main straight which caused the accident. Rosberg had started fourth (after blowing his Honda engine coming out of the final corner of his qualifying lap), but was slow off the line as his engine had suddenly developed a misfire.
After qualifying second on the grid, Alain Prost won the race in his McLaren from the Ferrari of Michele Alboreto and the Brabham-BMW of defending World Champion Nelson Piquet, with both the Ferrari and Brabham running out of fuel as they crossed the finish line. When they got out of their cars which stopped at the pit exit, Alboreto and Piquet raised their arms to each other in a gesture of frustration at FISAs 220 litre fuel limit for turbos which had reduced races to economy runs.
Niki Lauda, who had almost lost his life in a fiery crash during the 1976 German GP, started 15th and finished 4th in his McLaren. In stark contrast to the lack of safety of the Nordschleife, Lauda gave the new GP-Strecke the thumbs up as a very safe Grand Prix circuit, saying that it was "the perfect place to hold a Grand Prix".
|3||15||Patrick Tambay||Renault||1:19.499||no time||+0.628|
|9||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||1:21.937||1:41.724||+3.066|
|13||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||1:22.525||1:41.285||+3.654|
|14||5||Jacques Laffite||Williams-Honda||1:22.613||no time||+3.742|
|17||26||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||1:23.034||1:42.362||+4.163|
|20||24||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||1:24.699||1:42.746||+5.828|
|22||30||Jo Gartner||Osella-Alfa Romeo||1:26.156||1:48.214||+7.285|
|23||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||1:26.161||1:39.762||+7.290|
|2||27||Michele Alboreto||Ferrari||67||+ 23.911||5||6|
|3||1||Nelson Piquet||Brabham-BMW||67||+ 24.922||1||4|
|4||8||Niki Lauda||McLaren-TAG||67||+ 43.086||15||3|
|5||28||René Arnoux||Ferrari||67||+ 1:01.430||6||2|
|6||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||66||+ 1 Lap||9||1|
|7||26||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||65||+ 2 Laps||17|
|8||21||Mauro Baldi||Spirit-Hart||65||+ 2 Laps||24|
|10||25||François Hesnault||Ligier-Renault||64||+ 3 Laps||19|
|Ret||30||Jo Gartner||Osella-Alfa Romeo||60||Fuel System||22|
|Ret||15||Patrick Tambay||Renault||47||Fuel System||3|
|Ret||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||37||Fuel System||13|
|Ret||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||25||Turbo||23|
|Ret||24||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||0||Collision||20|
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Points adjusted in accordance with FISA's decision on 9 October 1984 to reallocate Tyrrell's points. Prost's extra point comes from his promotion from fifth to fourth in the Detroit Grand Prix.
- "Grosser Preis Von Europa 1984 - QUALIFYING 1". formula1.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
- "Grosser Preis Von Europa 1984 - QUALIFYING 2". formula1.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
- "Grosser Preis Von Europa 1984 - OVERALL QUALIFYING". formula1.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
- "1984 European Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- "Europe 1984 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
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