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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
Nurburgring 1984.jpg
Race details
Date 7 October 1984
Official name XXXVI Großer Preis von Europa
Location Nürburgring
Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.542 km (2.822 mi)
Distance 67 laps, 304.114 km (188.967 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Brabham-BMW
Time 1:18.871
Fastest lap
Drivers Brazil Nelson Piquet (lap 62) Brabham-BMW
Fastest lap Italy Michele Alboreto (lap 62) Ferrari
Time 1:23.146
Podium
First McLaren-TAG
Second Ferrari
Third Brabham-BMW

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.

ReportEdit

During the race morning warm-up session, Alain Prost spun his McLaren-TAG and hit a course car parked at the side of the circuit.

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".

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1   Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:18.871 1:43.988
2 7   Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:19.175 1:40.693 +0.304
3 15   Patrick Tambay Renault 1:19.499 no time +0.628
4 6   Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:20.652 1:43.619 +1.781
5 27   Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:20.910 1:41.878 +2.039
6 28   René Arnoux Ferrari 1:21.180 1:42.457 +2.309
7 16   Derek Warwick Renault 1:21.571 1:44.289 +2.700
8 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1:21.710 1:40.705 +2.839
9 22   Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:21.937 1:41.724 +3.066
10 2   Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 1:22.206 1:45.075 +3.335
11 18   Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:22.248 1:44.642 +3.377
12 19   Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 1:22.439 1:43.747 +3.568
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
15 8   Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:22.643 1:40.392 +3.772
16 17   Marc Surer Arrows-BMW 1:22.708 1:45.319 +3.837
17 26   Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:23.034 1:42.362 +4.163
18 31   Gerhard Berger ATS-BMW 1:23.116 1:44.899 +4.245
19 25   François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 1:23.322 1:44.420 +4.451
20 24   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:24.699 1:42.746 +5.828
21 10   Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 1:25.050 1:51.449 +6.179
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
24 21   Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 1:28.137 1:45.814 +9.266
25 9   Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:30.259 1:53.587 +11.388
26 20   Stefan Johansson Toleman-Hart 1:41.178 1:43.881 +22.307
Source:[1][2][3]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7   Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 67 1:35:13.284 2 9
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  
9 18   Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 64 Ignition 11  
10 25   François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 64 + 3 Laps 19  
11 16   Derek Warwick Renault 61 Overheating 7  
Ret 30   Jo Gartner Osella-Alfa Romeo 60 Fuel System 22  
Ret 2   Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 57 Gearbox 10  
Ret 12   Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 51 Engine 8  
Ret 15   Patrick Tambay Renault 47 Fuel System 3  
Ret 23   Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 37 Fuel System 13  
Ret 9   Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 37 Turbo 25  
Ret 10   Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 35 Turbo 21  
Ret 5   Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 27 Engine 14  
Ret 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 25 Turbo 23  
Ret 20   Stefan Johansson Toleman-Hart 17 Overheating 26  
Ret 6   Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 0 Collision 4  
Ret 19   Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 0 Collision 12  
Ret 17   Marc Surer Arrows-BMW 0 Collision 16  
Ret 31   Gerhard Berger ATS-BMW 0 Collision 18  
Ret 24   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 20  
Source:[4]

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Grosser Preis Von Europa 1984 - QUALIFYING 1". formula1.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Grosser Preis Von Europa 1984 - QUALIFYING 2". formula1.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Grosser Preis Von Europa 1984 - OVERALL QUALIFYING". formula1.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ "1984 European Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Europe 1984 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.


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