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The 1984 Austrian Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XXII Großer Preis von Österreich, was the twelfth round of the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Österreichring on the 19 August 1984.[1] The race, which was the 400th World Championship race, would see Niki Lauda grab his fourth win of the season on home soil, and claim the lead in the title hunt.[1]

Qualifying would, as ever, see Nelson Piquet grab pole in his Brabham-BMW, while Championship leader Alain Prost lined up in second.[1] Home hero Lauda, meanwhile, would find himself in fourth behind the Lotus-Renault of Elio de Angelis, while compatriot and F1 debutante Gerhard Berger qualified down in twentieth.[1]

Raceday saw clear skies and warm temperatures grace the Styrian Mountains, with no issues ahead of the start.[1] However, an issue with the starter's lights almost caused carnage when the field lined up on the grid, resulting first start having to be abandoned as some drivers pulled away while others sat in their grid slots.[1]

After a fair delay the start would eventually be made without a hitch, with Piquet easing ahead of Prost into the Hella Licht Chicane, while Lauda tumbled down to sixth after a poor start.[1] Indeed, the Austrian ace found himself stuck behind Renault teammates Derek Warwick and Patrick Tambay, as well as an equally sluggish de Angelis, having started on very cold Michelin tyres after a late swap on the grid.[1]

However, Lauda was determined to put on a show for his home fans, and duly battled back up to third as the Renault engined cars fought amongst themselves.[1] Out front, meanwhile, Piquet and Prost would exchange a few blows before the Brazilian established a small lead, although the Frenchman still had a healthy advantage over his charging teammate.[1]

That was, until the Frenchman hit an oil slick on lap 29, which had been left at the Jochen Rindt curve by de Angelis when his Renault engine expired.[1] The Frenchman duly shot off the circuit and into the barriers, while Piquet lost a lot of time to Lauda when he had a worrying slide a lap later.[1]

Lauda would spend the rest of the afternoon chasing down Piquet, and duly pounced on the Brabham with ten laps to go when the Brazilian was baulked by Michele Alboreto.[1] The Austrian ace duly shot away in the closing stages to claim victory ahead of Piquet, while a series of retirements late on would promote Alboreto's Ferrari onto the podium in third.[1]

The race would also be notable for being the first ever World Championship Grand Prix not to feature a naturally aspirated engine on the starting grid.

BackgroundEdit

In terms of the Championship, Alain Prost had managed to extend his lead with victory at the Hockenheimring, although teammate Niki Lauda finished second to keep within striking distance. Indeed, the Austrian remained a significant threat to the Frenchman's title hopes upon arrival at his home race, with the pair separated by just 5.5 points. A ten point followed before third placed Elio de Angelis appeared in the title hunt, with the Italian yet to win a race.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-TAG were effectively just two races away from claiming the crown upon arrival in Austria, with just 75 points left to fight for across the final five races. Indeed, their one-two in Germany had handed them a 45.5 point lead over Lotus-Renault at the head of the field, meaning the Norfolk squad would have to win every race until the end of the season just to match McLaren-TAG's 83.5 tally. They, therefore, were focusing on the fight for second, with just five points covering themselves, Ferrari and Renault in fourth at the start of the weekend in the Styrian Mountains.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1984 Austrian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom MRD International Brabham BT53 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t M
2 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom MRD International Brabham BT53 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t M
3 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 012 Ford Cosworth DFY 3.0 V8 G
4 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 012 Ford Cosworth DFY 3.0 V8 G
5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams Grand Prix Engineering Williams FW09B Honda RA164E 1.5 V6t G
6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams Grand Prix Engineering Williams FW09B Honda RA164E 1.5 V6t G
7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2 TAG TTE PO1 1.5 V6t M
8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2 TAG TTE PO1 1.5 V6t M
9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom Skoal Bandit F1 Team RAM 02 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t P
10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Skoal Bandit F1 Team RAM 02 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t P
11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 95T Renault EF4 1.5 V6t G
12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 95T Renault EF4 1.5 V6t G
14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock West Germany Team ATS ATS D7 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t P
15 France Patrick Tambay France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE50 Renault EF4 1.5 V6t M
16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE50 Renault EF4 1.5 V6t M
17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Barclay Nordica Arrows BMW Arrows A7 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t G
18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Barclay Nordica Arrows BMW Arrows A7 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t G
19 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Toleman Group Motorsport Toleman TG184 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t M
21 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter United Kingdom Spirit Racing Spirit 101 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t P
22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Benetton Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 184T Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 L4t G
23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Benetton Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 184T Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 L4t G
24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1F Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 L4t P
25 France François Hesnault France Ligier Loto Ligier JS23 Renault EF4 1.5 V6t M
26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier Loto Ligier JS23 Renault EF4 1.5 V6t M
27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 126C4 Ferrari 031 1.5 V6t G
28 France René Arnoux Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 126C4 Ferrari 031 1.5 V6t G
30 Austria Jo Gartner Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1F Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 L4t P
31 Austria Gerhard Berger West Germany Team ATS ATS D7 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t P
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1984 Austrian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:26.928T 1:26.173T
2 7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:26.203 1:27.098 +0.030s
3 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:27.531 1:26.318 +0.145s
4 8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:26.715 1:27.312 +0.542s
5 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:27.748 1:26.748T +0.575s
6 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:27.928 1:27.123 +0.950s
7 2 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:29.893T 1:27.201 +1.028s
8 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:28.430 1:27.558 +1.385s
9 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:28.760 1:29.012 +2.587s
10 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:29.463 1:29.200 +3.027s
11 5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:29.228 1:31.498 +3.055s
12 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:29.694T 1:30.000T +3.541s
13 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:30.966 1:30.736 +4.563s
14* 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock West Germany ATS-BMW 1:33.276 1:30.853 +4.680s
15 28 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari 1:31.003 1:31.313 +4.830s
16 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1:31.250 1:31.045 +4.872s
17 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:31.255 1:31.189T +5.016s
18 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 1:36.771 1:31.588 +5.415s
19 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:31.701T 1:31.655 +5.482s
20 31 Austria Gerhard Berger West Germany ATS-BMW 1:31.904 +5.731s
21 25 France François Hesnault France Ligier-Renault 1:32.582 1:32.270 +6.097s
22 30 Austria Jo Gartner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:35.212 1:33.019 +6.846s
23 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:33.172 +6.999s
24 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:34.622 1:34.128 +7.955s
25 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:34.495 1:44.304 +8.322s
26 21 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter United Kingdom Spirit-Hart 1:00:43.900 1:35.605 +9.432s
DNQ 3 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:37.292 1:36.282 +10.109s
DSQ 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:37.535T 1:37.893 +11.362s
Source:[3][4]
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
  • T Indicates a driver using a test/spare car.
  • * Winkelhock could not be able to start as his car had gearbox trouble.
  • Bellof was excluded from qualifying as he has been cheating.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Nelson Piquet 2
______________ Alain Prost
Row 2 3 ______________
Elio de Angelis 4
______________ Niki Lauda
Row 3 5 ______________
Patrick Tambay 6
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 4 7 ______________
Teo Fabi 8
______________ Nigel Mansell
Row 5 9 ______________
Keke Rosberg 10
______________ Ayrton Senna
Row 6 11 ______________
Jacques Laffite 12
______________ Michele Alboreto
Row 7 13 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 14
______________ Manfred Winkelhock*
Row 8 15 ______________
René Arnoux 16
______________ Eddie Cheever
Row 9 17 ______________
Thierry Boutsen 18
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 10 19 ______________
Marc Surer 20
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 11 21 ______________
François Hesnault 22
______________ Jo Gartner
Row 12 23 ______________
Piercarlo Ghinzani 24
______________ Jonathan Palmer
Row 13 25 ______________
Philippe Alliot 26
______________ Huub Rothengatter
  • * Winkelhock could not be able to start after a gearbox failure in the warm-up.

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1984 Austrian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 51 1:21:12.851 4 9
2 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 51 +23.535s 1 6
3 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 51 +48.998s 12 4
4 2 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 51 +56.312s 7 3
5 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 50 +1 Lap 19 2
6 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 50 +1 Lap 19 1
7 28 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari 50 +1 Lap 15
8 25 France François Hesnault France Ligier-Renault 49 +2 Laps 21
9 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom RAM-Hart 49 +2 Laps 24
10* 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 48 Out of fuel 13
11 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 48 +3 Laps 25
12* 31 Austria Gerhard Berger West Germany ATS-BMW 48 Gearbox 20
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 42 Engine 5
Ret 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 35 Oil pressure 10
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 32 Engine 8
Ret 7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 28 Spin 2
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 28 Engine 3
NC 21 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter United Kingdom Spirit-Hart 23 +28 Laps 26
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 18 Engine 16
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 17 Engine 6
Ret 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 15 Injection 18
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 15 Handling 9
Ret 5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams-Honda 12 Engine 11
Ret 30 Austria Jo Gartner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 6 Engine 22
Ret 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 4 Gearbox 23
DNS 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock West Germany ATS-BMW
DNQ 3 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
EXCƒ 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Patrese and Berger were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]
  • Rothengatter could not be classified as he had failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[5]
  • Winkelhock was unable to start the race due to a gearbox failure ahead of the original start.[3]
  • ƒ Bellof was excluded from the results of the meeting due to an issue in qualifying.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Niki Lauda meant that he moved to the top of the Championship standings, establishing a 3.5 point lead over teammate Alain Prost. Indeed, it was the first time all season that someone other than the Frenchman had led the title hunt, although Prost remained the favourite heading into the final four races. Furthermore, Lauda's leap had opened a significant gap back to third placed Elio de Angelis, with the Italian racer 15.5 points off of second placed Prost.

The Constructors Championship, meanwhile, was all but settled in favour of McLaren-TAG, with the Anglo-German squad ending the Austrian weekend 42 points clear, with just 60 left to fight for. Ferrari, meanwhile, would emerge as their closest challengers, having gone back ahead of Lotus-Renault in the latest edition of their game of leapfrog, although the Ethel based effort were only 2.5 points behind the Scuderia. Renault were also in the battle for fourth, as were Brabham-BMW in spite of their awful reliability throughout the season.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Austria Niki Lauda 48 ▲1
2 France Alain Prost 44.5 ▼1
3 Italy Elio de Angelis 29
4 France René Arnoux 25
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet 24 ▲2
6 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 23 ▼1
7 Finland Keke Rosberg 20.5 ▼1
8 Italy Michele Alboreto 15.5
9 France Patrick Tambay 10
10 Brazil Ayrton Senna 9
11 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 9
12 Italy Teo Fabi 7 ▲1
13 France Jacques Laffite 5 ▼1
14 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 5 ▲2
15 United States Eddie Cheever 3 ▼1
16 Italy Riccardo Patrese 3 ▼1
17 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3
18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani 2
19 Switzerland Marc Surer 1
World Championship for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 92.5
2 Italy Ferrari 40.5 ▲1
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 38 ▼1
4 France Renault 33
5 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 31 ▲1
6 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 25.5 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 9
8 Italy Alfa Romeo 6
9 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 3
10 France Ligier-Renault 3
11 United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 3 ▲1
12 Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 2 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

These standings have been modified to show the Championship as it stood after the retroactive disqualification of the Tyrrell 012 and drivers Martin Brundle and Stefan Bellof.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 'Austrian GP, 1984', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr400.html, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
  2. 'Austria 1984: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/autriche/engages.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named MM
  4. 'Austria 1984: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/autriche/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 'Austria 1984: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/autriche/classement.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
  6. '1984 Austrian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1984&gp=Austrian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 '12. Austria 1984', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/autriche.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
V T E Austria Austrian Grand Prix
Circuits Zeltweg Airfield (1963–1964), Red Bull Ring (1970–1987, 1997-2003, 2014-present)
Circuit Red Bull Ring
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V T E 1984 Formula One Season
Teams Brabham • Tyrrell • Williams • McLaren • RAM • Lotus • ATS • Renault • Arrows • Toleman • Spirit • Alfa Romeo • Osella • Ligier • Ferrari
Engines Alfa Romeo • BMW • Ferrari • Ford • Hart • Honda • Renault • TAG
Drivers Piquet • 2 T. Fabi • 2 C. Fabi • 2 Winkelhock • 3 Brundle • 3 Johansson • 4 Bellof • 4 Thackwell • 5 Laffite • 6 Rosberg • 7 Prost • 8 Lauda • 9 Alliot • 10 Palmer • 10 Thackwell • 11 De Angelis • 12 Mansell • 14 Winkelhock • 14/31 Berger • 15 Tambay • 16 Warwick • 33 Streiff • 17 Surer • 18 Boutsen • 19 Senna • 19/20 Johansson • 20 Cecotto • 20 Martini • 21 Baldi • 21 Rothengatter • 22 Patrese • 23 Cheever • 24 Ghinzani • 30 Gartner • 25 Hesnault • 26 De Cesaris • 27 Alboreto • 28 Arnoux
Cars McLaren MP4/2 • Ferrari 126C4 • Lotus 95T • Brabham BT53 • Renault RE50 • Williams FW09 • Toleman TG183B • Toleman TG184 • Alfa Romeo 184T • Ligier JS23 • Arrows A6 • Arrows A7 • Osella FA1F • Osella FA1E • ATS D7 • Spirit 101B • Spirit 101C • RAM 01 • RAM 02 • Tyrrell 012
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