1985 European Formula 3000 Championship
|1985 FIA European Formula 3000 Championship|
The 1985 European Formula 3000 Championship was the inaugural season of the Formula 3000 category. The European Formula 3000 Championship replaced Formula Two as the official feeder series to Formula One. It was scheduled over 12 rounds and contested over 11 rounds. 14 different teams tried their luck with 33 different drivers and 7 different chassis. The series was won by the German Christian Danner driving for BS Automotive.
Danner, who was laying second in the championship at the time, would graduate to Formula One when he made his Grand Prix debut for the German Zakspeed team at the 1985 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on 15 September, a week before he won the final round of the F3000 championship at Donington Park to clinch the title from Mike Thackwell.
Danner had the dubious honour of being the first in a long line of Formula 3000 champions who would fail to make an impact on Formula One, despite the championship being seen as the highest level FIA single seater championship behind Grand Prix racing. Only future champions Jean Alesi, Olivier Panis and Juan Pablo Montoya would actually go on to win a Formula One Grand Prix.
Drivers and teamsEdit
|Rnd||Track||Date||Laps||Distance||Time||Speed||Pole Position||Fastest Lap||Race Winner||Report|
|1||Silverstone||24 March||44||207.64 km||1'07:41.01||183.976 km/h||Michel Ferté||John Nielsen||Mike Thackwell||Report|
|2||Thruxton||7 April||54||204.768 km||1'05:00.83||188.912 km/h||Mike Thackwell||Christian Danner||Emanuele Pirro||Report|
|3||Estoril||21 April||47||204.45 km||1'12:44.424||168.640 km/h||Mike Thackwell||Mike Thackwell||John Nielsen||Report|
|Nürburgring||28 April||cancelled due to snow|
|4||Vallelunga||12 May||65||208.0 km||1'15:14.83||165.53 km/h||Mike Thackwell||Emanuele Pirro||Emanuele Pirro||Report|
|5||Pau||27 May||72||198.72 km||1.30:28.63||131.781 km/h||Emanuele Pirro||Christian Danner||Christian Danner||Report|
|6||Spa-Francorchamps||2 June||29||201.521 km||1'11:56.510||167.852 km/h||Michel Ferté||Mike Thackwell||Mike Thackwell||Report|
|7||Dijon||30 June||55||209.0 km||1'08:54.10||181.998 km/h||John Nielsen||Thierry Tassin||Christian Danner||Report|
|8||Pergusa-Enna||28 July||40||198.0 km||1'01:58.99||191,664 km/h||Mike Thackwell||Christian Danner||Mike Thackwell||Report|
|9||Österreichring||17 August||31||184.202 km||0'53:56.114||204.915 km/h||Christian Danner||Mike Thackwell||Ivan Capelli||Report|
|10||Zandvoort||24 August||48||204.096 km||1'15:19.023||162.589 km/h||Christian Danner||Christian Danner||Christian Danner||Report|
|11||Donington Park||22 September||40||160.920 km||0'59:17.83||160.954 km/h||Mike Thackwell||Ivan Capelli||Christian Danner||Report|
- Scoring system
Points are awarded to the top 6 classified finishers.
Final point standingsEdit