1985 Brazilian Grand Prix

Coordinates: 15°46′19.502″S 47°54′1.115″W / 15.77208389°S 47.90030972°W / -15.77208389; -47.90030972

The 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix (officially known as the XIV Grande Prêmio do Brasil) was a Formula One motor race held at Jacarepaguá in Jacarepaguá, Rio de Janeiro on 7 April 1985. It was the first round of the 1985 Formula One World Championship, and marked the 13th edition of the Brazilian Grand Prix as a round of the World Championship since its inception in 1950.

1985 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race 1 of 16 in the 1985 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date April 7, 1985
Official name XIV Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Location Jacarepaguá Circuit
Jacarepaguá, Rio de Janeiro
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.031 km (3.126 mi)
Distance 61 laps, 306.891 km (190.693 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:27.768
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Time 1:36.702 on lap 34
Podium
First McLaren-TAG
Second Ferrari
Third Lotus-Renault
Lap leaders

Alain Prost, driving for McLaren was the defending race winner heading into the race. In qualifying, Ferrari driver, Michele Alboreto took pole, his second of his career. In the race, he would finish second on the podium behind eventual race winner, Prost while Elio de Angelis rounded out the podium in the Lotus car. Of note, even though René Arnoux finished 4th for Ferrari, he was sacked after the race, with both the team and Arnoux never revealing the reason behind the sacking. The driver who finished 7th in this race, Stefan Johansson, was picked up by the Scuderia for the rest of the year. This race was also Nigel Mansell's first race of seven seasons with the Williams team.

BackgroundEdit

The 1985 Formula One season saw an entry list of 28 drivers competing with Zakspeed officially joining Formula One with Jonathan Palmer being the driver to compete for the team, though they wouldn't be competing in the opening round as they was going to join in the field in Portugal. The other brand new team that was competing in the 1985 season was Minardi who had competed in Formula Two from 1980 to 1984 with a custom chassis before stepping up and competing in F1.[1] The Toleman team, meanwhile, missed the race due to being unable to secure a tyre contract. Their lead driver, Stefan Johansson, was present, however, and substituted for Stefan Bellof when the German driver was suspended by his Tyrrell team due to a contract dispute.

The opening round in Brazil was the first round of the 1985 championship, this was the 14th edition of the Brazilian Grand Prix since its inception in 1972. It's also the 13th time that an Formula One World Championship had been held there with the 1972 edition being a non-championship race. The race was held at the Jacarepaguá circuit which held its first Grand Prix in 1978 and had been holding the Grand Prix since 1981.[2]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 27   Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:28.899 1:27.768
2 6   Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:32.135 1:27.864 +0.096
3 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:28.081 +0.313
4 12   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:28.705 1:28.389 +0.621
5 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:31.211 1:28.848 +1.080
6 2   Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:30.253 1:29.117 +1.349
7 28   René Arnoux Ferrari 1:30.813 1:29.612 +1.844
8 7   Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:31.364 1:29.855 +2.087
9 1   Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:30.716 1:29.984 +2.216
10 16   Derek Warwick Renault 1:31.533 1:30.100 +2.332
11 15   Patrick Tambay Renault 1:30.254 1:30.516 +2.486
12 18   Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:32.207 1:30.593 +2.825
13 25   Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:33.718 1:31.411 +3.643
14 22   Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:32.107 1:31.790 +4.022
15 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 1:37.803 1:32.021 +4.253
16 9   Manfred Winkelhock RAM-Hart 1:36.239 1:32.560 +4.792
17 8   François Hesnault Brabham-BMW 1:34.742 1:32.904 +5.136
18 23   Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:33.094 1:33.091 +5.323
19 17   Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 1:34.919 1:34.773 +7.005
20 10   Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:35.726 1:37.409 +7.958
21 3   Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 1:36.225 1:36.152 +8.384
22 24   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:38.272 1:36.743 +8.975
23 4   Stefan Johansson Tyrrell-Ford 1:37.799 1:37.293 +9.525
24 21   Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 1:41.330 +13.562
25 29   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:44.046 +16.278

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2   Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 61 1:41:26.115 6 9
2 27   Michele Alboreto Ferrari 61 + 3.259 1 6
3 11   Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 60 + 1 Lap 3 4
4 28   René Arnoux Ferrari 59 + 2 Laps 7 3
5 15   Patrick Tambay Renault 59 + 2 Laps 11 2
6 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 59 + 2 Laps 15 1
7 4   Stefan Johansson Tyrrell-Ford 58 + 3 Laps 23  
8 3   Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 58 + 3 Laps 21  
9 10   Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 58 + 3 Laps 20  
10 16   Derek Warwick Renault 57 + 4 Laps 10  
11 18   Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 57 + 4 Laps 12  
12 24   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 57 + 4 Laps 22  
13 9   Manfred Winkelhock RAM-Hart 57 + 4 Laps 16  
Ret 17   Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 51 Suspension 19  
Ret 12   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 48 Electrical 4  
Ret 23   Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 42 Engine 18  
Ret 29   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 41 Engine 25  
Ret 1   Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 27 Fuel System 9  
Ret 25   Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 26 Accident 13  
Ret 22   Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 20 Puncture 14  
Ret 6   Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 10 Turbo 2  
Ret 8   François Hesnault Brabham-BMW 9 Accident 17  
Ret 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 8 Exhaust 5  
Ret 21   Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 7 Turbo 24  
Ret 7   Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 2 Transmission 8  
Source:[3]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Roebuck, Nigel. Grand Prix World Formula One Championship. Motorbooks International. p. 31.
  2. ^ "Jacarepagua". Racing Reference. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  3. ^ "1985 Brazilian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Brazil 1985 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.


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