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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.[1] 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.[1]

Qualifying would see Nelson Piquet sweep to pole in his Brabham-BMW, with Alain Prost and Lauda his closest challengers.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

Heading into Bottom Bend Riccardo Patrese tried a lunge inside of Jacques Laffite, only to get out of shape and spin on the kerb.[1] 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.[1] Jo Gartner, meanwhile, would shoot himself into the barriers while trying to avoid the accident.[1]

The race carried on regardless, however, with Piquet fighting hard to keep the two McLarens at bay.[1] 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.[1]

Piquet's resistance would be broken at the restart of the race, with Prost lunging inside the Brazilian at Clearways to claim the lead.[1] 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.[1]

A few laps later and Lauda was in the lead, Prost's race coming to an early end with a gearbox failure.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] Elio de Angelis was a lap down in forth ahead of the two Ferraris, whom all overtook Piquet on the final lap.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1984 British 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
20 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto 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
Source:[2]

PracticeEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:14.568 1:10.869
2 7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:11.494 1:11.076 +0.207s
3 8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:11.598 1:11.344 +0.475s
4 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:11.734 1:11.573 +0.704s
5 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:13.740 1:11.603 +0.734s
6 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:12.278 1:11.703 +0.834s
7 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:11.890 1:13.991 +1.021s
8 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:13.184 1:12.435 +1.566s
9 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:13.645 1:13.122 +2.253s
10 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:14.106 1:13.138 +2.269s
11 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock West Germany ATS-BMW 1:13.713 1:13.374 +2.505s
12 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:15.355 1:13.528 +2.659s
13 28 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari 1:14.281 1:13.934 +3.065s
14 2 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:17.731 1:14.040 +3.171s
15 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:17.040 1:14.336 +3.467s
16 5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:14.568 1:26.939 +3.699s
17 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:14.871 1:14.568 +3.699s
18 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1:15.113 1:14.609 +3.740s
19 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 1:16.116 1:15.112 +4.243s
20 25 France François Hesnault France Ligier-Renault 1:17.384 1:15.837 +4.968s
21 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:16.466 1:16.829 +5.597s
22 21 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter United Kingdom Spirit-Hart 1:17.665 1:16.759 +5.890s
23 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:18.244 1:17.265 +6.396s
24 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:24.043 1:17.517 +6.648s
25 3 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:18.450 1:17.777 +6.908s
26 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:17.893 1:17.912 +7.024s
27* 30 Austria Jo Gartner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:18.347 1:18.121 +7.252s
WD 20 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto United Kingdom Toleman-Hart Withdrawn
Source:[3][4]
  • 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.[4]
  • Cecotto's entry was withdrawn after his heavy accident during qualifying.[4]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Nelson Piquet
Alain Prost ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Niki Lauda
Elio de Angelis ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Keke Rosberg
Derek Warwick ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Ayrton Senna
Nigel Mansell ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Michele Alboreto
Patrick Tambay ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Manfred Winkelhock
Thierry Boutsen ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 René Arnoux
Teo Fabi ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Marc Surer
Jacques Laffite ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Riccardo Patrese
Eddie Cheever ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Andrea de Cesaris
François Hesnault ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Piercarlo Ghinzani
Huub Rothengatter ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Jonathan Palmer
Philippe Alliot ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Stefan Johansson
Stefan Bellof ______________
Row 14 ______________ 27
28 Jo Gartner
______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 71 1:29:28.532 3 9
2 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 71 +42.123s 6 6
3 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 71 +1:03.328 7 4
4 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 70 +1 Lap 4 3
5 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 9 2
6 28 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 13 1
7 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 70 +1 Lap 1
8* 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 69 Turbo 10
9 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 68 +3 Laps 21
10 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 68 +3 Laps 19
11 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 67 +4 Laps 15
12 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 66 +5 Laps 17
DSQ 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 68 Disqualified 26
NC 21 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter United Kingdom Spirit-Hart 62 +9 Laps 22
Ret 25 France François Hesnault France Ligier-Renault 43 Electrical 20
Ret 7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 37 Gearbox 2
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 24 Gearbox 8
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 24 Electrical 12
Ret 5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams-Honda 14 Water pump 16
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom RAM-Hart 10 Accident 23
Ret 2 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 9 Electrical 14
Ret 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock West Germany ATS-BMW 8 Spin 11
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 5 Engine 5
DSQ 3 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1 Disqualified 25
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 18
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 0 Collision 24
Ret 30 Austria Jo Gartner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 27
WD 20 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto United Kingdom Toleman-Hart
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Tambay was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]
  • Bellof and Johansson were both retroactively disqualified following the "ban" of the Tyrrell 012.[5]
  • Rothengatter was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 35.5
2 Austria Niki Lauda 33 ▲1
3 Italy Elio de Angelis 29 ▼1
4 France René Arnoux 24
5 Finland Keke Rosberg 20.5
6 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 19 ▲1
7 Brazil Nelson Piquet 18 ▼1
8 Italy Michele Alboreto 11.5
9 Brazil Ayrton Senna 9 ▲2
10 France Patrick Tambay 8 ▼1
11 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 6 ▼1
12 France Jacques Laffite 5
13 Italy Teo Fabi 4
14 United States Eddie Cheever 3
15 Italy Riccardo Patrese 3
16 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 3
17 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3
18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani 2
World Championship for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 68.5
2 Italy Ferrari 35.5
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 35
4 France Renault 27 ▲2
5 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 25.5 ▼1
6 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 22 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 9 ▲1
8 Italy Alfa Romeo 6 ▼1
9 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 3
10 France Ligier-Renault 3
11 Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 2

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:

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  2. '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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  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'Britain 1984: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/grande-bretagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 'Britain 1984: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/grande-bretagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 '1984 British GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1984&gp=British%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 '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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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
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