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The 1984 European Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XXXVI AvD-Großer Preis von Europa, was the fifteenth and penultimate round of the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring, Germany, on the 7 October 1984.[1] The race, which was the first Grand Prix to be staged on the new Nürburgring GP-Strecke, would see Alain Prost claim victory as he closed the gap on teammate Niki Lauda at the head of the Championship.[1]

A series of big announcements were made in the build-up to the race, with the biggest news originating from Michelin, who announced that they would withdraw from F1 at the end of the 1984 campaign.[1] Elsewhere the Ford funded Zakspeed was unveiled ahead of its planned debut in 1985, while Carl Haas revealed plans to enter his own F1 team in 1986.[1]

On track, meanwhile, it was Nelson Piquet who claimed pole position during qualifying, beating title pretender Prost by three tenths.[1] Championship leader Niki Lauda, meanwhile, would qualify a distant fifteenth, with rain during Saturday preventing any improvements on Friday's efforts.[1]

The start would see Piquet make an unusually sluggish getaway in the Brabham-BMW, allowing Prost and Patrick Tambay to sprint past to claim the lead.[1] Lauda, meanwhile, would make a relatively good start, before a huge accident eliminated six drives at the first corner.[1]

The cause of said accident was Ayrton Senna, who misjudged his braking point and slammed straight into the back of Keke Rosberg.[1] Seeing this, Marc Surer jumped on his brakes, resulting in Gerhard Berger slamming into the back of his Arrows-BMW, with the quartet of sliding cars also collecting Teo Fabi and Piercarlo Ghinzani en-route to the grass.[1]

Five of the drivers were out on the spot, with the cars abandoned at the side of the circuit without the race being stopped.[1] Fabi was the only one to rejoin, courtesy of an illegal push-start, although his race would be ended later on by a gearbox failure.[1]

On track, meanwhile, Prost would establish a fair lead over Tambay and Piquet, while Lauda made an early charge through the field.[1] Indeed, the Austrian ace would break into the points before the end of lap five, before chasing after the top five which had already broken clear.[1]

Yet, there would be no further overtaking action at the head of the field, with the only changes coming when Tambay and Derek Warwick hit engine trouble.[1] The former's retirement mid-race allowed Prost to cruise home to a sixth victory of the season, while Piquet lost second on the final lap after running out of fuel.[1] He would, however, still claim third ahead of Lauda, René Arnoux and Riccardo Patrese.[1]

The results of the race meant that Prost trailed teammate Lauda by 3.5 points heading into the season finale in Portugal, with McLaren-TAG already declared as the Constructors' Championship Champions.[1]

BackgroundEdit

In terms of the Championship Niki Lauda's fifth victory of the season last time out in Italy ensured that the Austrian would arrive at the Nürburgring with a 9.5 point lead at the head of the field, meaning he would take the title with victory. Indeed, teammate Alain Prost would have to finish ahead of Lauda if he was to keep his title challenge alive, with neither driver set to lose points as a result of the dropped score rule. Behind, Elio de Angelis arrived in Germany too far back to challenge having failed to score at Monza, leaving him at the head of the fight to finish third.

With McLaren-TAG already declared as Constructors Champions all of the focus in Italy had been on the fight for second, where Ferrari had moved back ahead of Lotus-Renault. Indeed, the Scuderia had moved 1.5 points ahead in their season-long game of leapfrog, having trailed the team from Ethel by 4.5 at the start of the Italian weekend. Those two also looked set to duel for the runner-up spot until the end of the season, although Renault and Brabham-BMW still had a mathematical chance of overtaking them upon arrival in Germany.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1984 European 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
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
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 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Toleman Group Motorsport Toleman TG184 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t M
21 Italy Mauro Baldi 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 JS23B 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
34 France Pascal Fabre United Kingdom Spirit Racing Spirit 101 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t P
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:18.871T 1:43.988
2 7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:19.175 1:40.693 +0.304s
3 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:19.499 +0.628s
4 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:20.652 1:43.619 +1.781s
5 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:20.910 1:41.878 +2.039s
6 28 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari 1:21.180 1:42.457 +2.309s
7 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:21.571T 1:44.289 +2.700s
8 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:21.710 1:40.705 +2.839s
9 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:21.937 1:41.724 +3.066s
10 2 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:22.206 1:45.075 +3.335s
11 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:22.248 1:44.642 +3.377s
12 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:22.439 1:43.747 +3.568s
13 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1:22.525 1:41.285 +3.654s
14 5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:22.613 +3.742s
15 8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:22.643T 1:40.392 +3.772s
16 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:22.708 1:45.319 +3.837s
17 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 1:23.034 1:42.362 +4.163s
18 31 Austria Gerhard Berger West Germany ATS-BMW 1:23.116T 1:44.899 +4.245s
19 25 France François Hesnault France Ligier-Renault 1:23.322T 1:44.420 +4.451s
20 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:24.699 1:42.746 +5.828s
21 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:25.050 1:51.449 +6.179s
22 30 Austria Jo Gartner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:26.156 1:48.214 +7.285s
23 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:26.161 1:39.762T +7.290s
24 21 Italy Mauro Baldi United Kingdom Spirit-Hart 1:28.137 1:45.814 +9.266s
25 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:30.259 1:53.587 +11.388s
26 20 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:41.178 1:43.881 +22.307s
WD 34 France Pascal Fabre United Kingdom Spirit-Hart Withdrawn
Source:[3][4]
  • Bold indicates best/qualifying time.
  • T Indicates driving a test/spare car in qualifying sessions.
  • * Fabre's entry was withdrawn as the Frenchman lacked a Super Licence.[5]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 67 1:35:13.284 2 9
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 67 +23.911s 5 6
3 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 67 +24.922s 1 4
4 8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 67 +43.086s 15 3
5 28 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari 67 +1:01.430 6 2
6 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 66 +1 lap 9 1
7 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 65 +2 laps 17
8 21 Italy Mauro Baldi United Kingdom Spirit-Hart 65 +2 laps 24
9* 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 64 Out of fuel 11
10 25 France François Hesnault France Ligier-Renault 64 +3 laps 19
11* 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 61 Exhaust 7
12* 30 Austria Jo Gartner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 60 Out of fuel 22
Ret 2 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 57 Gearbox 10
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 51 Engine 8
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 47 Fuel injection 3
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 37 Fuel pump 13
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 37 Turbo 25
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom RAM-Hart 35 Turbo 21
Ret 5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams-Honda 27 Engine 14
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 25 Turbo 23
Ret 20 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 17 Overheating 26
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 0 Accident 4
Ret 31 Austria Gerhard Berger West Germany ATS-BMW 0 Accident 18
Ret 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 0 Accident 16
Ret 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 20
Ret 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 0 Accident 12
WD 34 France Pascal Fabre United Kingdom Spirit-Hart
Source:[5]
  • * Boutsen, Warwick, and Gartner were classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory ensured that Alain Prost kept his title hopes alive heading into the season finale in Portugal, with the Frenchman just 3.5 points behind teammate Niki Lauda. Indeed, the Austrian would win his third World Championship if he finished second at Estoril, regardless of what Prost did, with the Frenchman having to finish third or higher just to overhaul Lauda's tally. The battle for third would also have to be concluded at the final race, with Elio de Angelis, the man in third, through to Derek Warwick in seventh, all having a mathematical chance to finish best of the rest.

In the Constructors' Championship McLaren-TAG continued to show their dominance, with the Anglo-German effort ending the European Grand Prix with 128.5 points to their name. Ferrari had remained their closest "challengers", albeit with less than half the number of points, and had opened a 9.5 point advantage over third placed Lotus-Renault. Indeed, with one race the fight for second seemed to be over, although the Ethel based squad still had a mathematical chance of overhauling the Scuderia in Portugal.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Austria Niki Lauda 66
2 France Alain Prost 62.5
3 Italy Elio de Angelis 32
4 Brazil Nelson Piquet 28 ▲1
5 Italy Michele Alboreto 27.5 ▲2
6 France René Arnoux 27 ▼2
7 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 23 ▼1
8 Finland Keke Rosberg 20.5
9 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 13
10 France Patrick Tambay 11
11 Brazil Ayrton Senna 9
12 Italy Teo Fabi 9
13 Italy Riccardo Patrese 8
14 France Jacques Laffite 5
15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 5
16 United States Eddie Cheever 3
17 Sweden Stefan Johansson 3
18 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3
19 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani 2
20 Switzerland Marc Surer 1
World Championship for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 128.5
2 Italy Ferrari 54.5
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 45
4 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 37 ▲1
5 France Renault 34 ▼1
6 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 25.5
7 United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 12
8 Italy Alfa Romeo 11
9 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 3
10 France Ligier-Renault 3
11 United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 3
12 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. 'Europe 1984: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/europe/engages.aspx, (Accessed 21/03/2019)
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 '1984 European GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1984&gp=European%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 21/03/2019)
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V T E Europe European Grand Prix
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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
Tyres Goodyear • Michelin • Pirelli
Races Brazil • South Africa • Belgium • San Marino • France • Monaco • Canada • Detroit • Dallas • Britain • Germany • Austria • Netherlands • Italy • Europe • Portugal
See also 1983 Formula One Season • 1985 Formula One Season • Category
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