The 1984 British Grand Prix, officially known as the XXXVII John Player Special British Grand Prix, was the tenth round of the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at Brands Hatch on the 22 July 1984. The race, which was the first since Tyrrell were banned from the 1984 World Championship, would see Niki Lauda battle to victory for McLaren-TAG.
Qualifying would see Nelson Piquet sweep to pole in his Brabham-BMW, with Alain Prost and Lauda his closest challengers. At the back, meanwhile, the two Tyrrells of Stefan Johansson and Stefan Bellof, allowed to enter as a result of the appeal against their ban, both qualified for the race, although they were well off the pace.
The start of the race would see Piquet leap into an early lead off the grid, with Prost and Lauda chasing him into Paddock Hill Bend. The rest of the field thundered in behind Elio de Angelis, although a huge accident partway around the opening tour would eliminate four cars from the proceedings.
Heading into Bottom Bend Riccardo Patrese tried a lunge inside of Jacques Laffite, only to get out of shape and spin on the kerb. Teammate Eddie Cheever, as well as Johansson both lifted off, only for Philippe Alliot to launch his RAM over the back of the Tyrrell and land atop of Cheever's Alfa Romeo. Jo Gartner, meanwhile, would shoot himself into the barriers while trying to avoid the accident.
The race carried on regardless, however, with Piquet fighting hard to keep the two McLarens at bay. Indeed, it was only when Jonathan Palmer crashed heavily at Clearways on lap twelve, the result of a suspension failure, that the race was finally stopped, with all of the damaged cars removed from the circuit.
Piquet's resistance would be broken at the restart of the race, with Prost lunging inside the Brazilian at Clearways to claim the lead. He duly broke clear as Piquet worked to keep Lauda at bay, although the Austrian would eventually force his way into second on lap 29.
A few laps later and Lauda was in the lead, Prost's race coming to an early end with a gearbox failure. The Austrian subsequently eased ahead of Piquet as the second half of the race unfolded, with the Brazilian instead left to look over his shoulder.
Lauda duly cruised home to claim a dominant victory half an hour later, with Derek Warwick and a buoyant Ayrton Senna completing the podium after Piquet's BMW sourced turbocharger predictably failed in the closing stages. Elio de Angelis was a lap down in forth ahead of the two Ferraris, whom all overtook Piquet on the final lap.
There had been some significant changes in the upper-reaches of the Championship as a result of the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix, although Champion-elect Alain Prost still held a healthy lead arriving in the UK. Indeed, at the end of the North American tour the Frenchman's lead stood at nine and a half points, with Elio de Angelis his closest challenger. The Italian himself was two ahead of Niki Lauda, with René Arnoux and Dallas race winner Keke Rosberg completing the top five.
In the Constructors Championship it was still McLaren-TAG whom led the charge upon arrival at their home race, in spite of the fact that they had failed to score at all in Dallas. Indeed, while Ferrari had moved back into second, half a point ahead of Lotus-Renault, they were still some 27 points off of the Anglo-German alliance with six races to go. Elsewhere, Williams-Honda had made some ground after their first victory of the season last time out, which saw them displace Brabham-BMW for fourth.
The full entry list for the 1984 British Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 1984 British Grand Prix are outlined below:
|4||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||1:11.734||1:11.573||+0.704s|
|17||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||1:14.871||1:14.568||+3.699s|
|18||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||1:15.113||1:14.609||+3.740s|
|19||26||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||1:16.116||1:15.112||+4.243s|
|21||24||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||1:16.466||1:16.829||+5.597s|
|25||3||Stefan Johansson||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||1:18.450||1:17.777||+6.908s|
|26||4||Stefan Bellof||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||1:17.893||1:17.912||+7.024s|
|27*||30||Jo Gartner||Osella-Alfa Romeo||1:18.347||1:18.121||+7.252s|
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
- Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
- * Gartner was allowed to join the back of the grid as the two Tyrrells were racing under appeal.
- † Cecotto's entry was withdrawn after his heavy accident during qualifying.
|Elio de Angelis||______________|
|20||Andrea de Cesaris|
The full results for the 1984 British Grand Prix are outlined below:
|4||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||70||+1 Lap||4||3|
|5||27||Michele Alboreto||Ferrari||70||+1 Lap||9||2|
|6||28||René Arnoux||Ferrari||70||+1 Lap||13||1|
|7||1||Nelson Piquet||Brabham-BMW||70||+1 Lap||1|
|9||24||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||68||+3 Laps||21|
|10||26||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||68||+3 Laps||19|
|11||17||Marc Surer||Arrows-BMW||67||+4 Laps||15|
|12||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||66||+5 Laps||17|
|DSQ†||4||Stefan Bellof||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||68||Disqualified||26|
|NC‡||21||Huub Rothengatter||Spirit-Hart||62||+9 Laps||22|
|Ret||5||Jacques Laffite||Williams-Honda||14||Water pump||16|
|Ret||2||Teo Fabi||Brabham-Alfa Romeo||9||Electrical||14|
|DSQ†||3||Stefan Johansson||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||1||Disqualified||25|
|Ret||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||0||Collision||18|
|Ret||30||Jo Gartner||Osella-Alfa Romeo||0||Accident||27|
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- * Tambay was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.
- † Bellof and Johansson were both retroactively disqualified following the "ban" of the Tyrrell 012.
- ‡ Rothengatter was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.
- 1000th entry for a Lotus chassis (Nigel Mansell).
- 250th race entry for a car using #15 as its race number.
- 200th race to feature a car using #25 as its race number.
- Ayrton Senna entered his tenth Grand Prix.
- Niki Lauda claimed his 22nd victory.
- Lauda also recorded his twentieth fastest lap.
- McLaren secured their 36th victory as a constructor.
Victory at Brands Hatch launched Niki Lauda right back into title contention, with the Austrian ace ending the weekend just two and a half points off of teammate Alain Prost. Indeed, Prost's poor run of reliability over the last few races had seen his advantage over the field largely collapse, with Elio de Angelis also within striking distance in third. Elsewhere, René Arnoux and Keke Rosberg retained their top five positions, while Ayrton Senna climbed back into the top ten after his visit to the podium.
In the Constructors Championship it still looked to be McLaren-TAG's title to lose, with the Anglo-German firm heading into the final third of the season with 68.5 points to their name. That left them 33 points clear of closest challengers Ferrari, who were just half a point ahead of Lotus-Renault as they swapped places again. Renault were next, eight off of their Norfolk based customers, while Williams-Honda completed the top five.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
Images and Videos:
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- 'Britain 1984: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/grande-bretagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
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- 'Britain 1984: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/grande-bretagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
- 'Britain 1984: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/grande-bretagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
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- '10. Britain 1984', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/grande-bretagne.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
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