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The 1984 Italian Grand Prix, officially known as the LV Gran Premio d'Italia, was the fourteenth round of the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on the 9 September 1984.[1] The race would be the first ever Grand Prix not to feature a naturally aspirated car on the entry list, following confirmation of Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth's ban.[1]

Indeed, the British squad had attended an FIA Court of Appeal tribunal to appeal against their ban in the fortnight since the Dutch Grand Prix, which had been enforced after the Tyrrell 012 failed post-race scrutineering back in Detroit.[1] Unfortunately for them the FIA upheld the ban, allowing FISA to deny Tyrrell entries to the final three races of the season and hence remove them from the FISA Technical Committee for 1985.[1]

For the Italian Grand Prix itself it was Nelson Piquet who emerged with pole position after qualifying, the powerful Brabham-BMW proving the class of the field.[1] Alain Prost would start the race from second, 0.5 points behind Championship leading teammate Niki Lauda, with the Austrian himself starting from fourth.[1]

Unsurprisingly Piquet was able to power ahead of Prost at the start to claim an early lead, while a poor start from Elio de Angelis left the Frenchman in a solid second.[1] Lauda, meanwhile, would have a difficult getaway and so dropped behind Patrick Tambay and Teo Fabi, with the latter two surging ahead of de Angelis later on during the opening tour.[1]

Prost's race was to end very early on, with the Frenchman suffering a rare TAG engine failure at the start of lap four.[1] Fabi would then spin on the Frenchman's oil, although he managed to rejoin ahead of Lauda after the Austrian lost time trying to pass de Angelis.[1]

Quick fire retirements would thin the field behind, before de Angelis' race came to an end with a gearbox failure, moments after teammate Nigel Mansell spun out of the race.[1] Piquet's race would also come to a premature end, his BMW engine making a smokey exit on lap sixteen, handing the lead to Tambay.[1]

Tambay would remain in complete control of the race until the closing stages, when his Renault broke a throttle linkage.[1] That, combined with an explosive engine failure for Fabi, put Lauda in control of the race, with the Austrian left holding a sizeable lead over the now second placed Michele Alboreto.[1]

With that the race was run, with Lauda cruising home almost 25 seconds clear of the Italian's Ferrari, extending his Championship lead to 9.5 points.[1] Behind them came Riccardo Patrese, whose Alfa Romeo had surprisingly made the distance, with Stefan Johansson, Jo Gartner and Gerhard Berger completing the points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Alain Prost's fifth win of the season in Zandvoort had put the Frenchman just half a point off of teammate Niki Lauda at the head of the Championship hunt, with the pair realistically the only drivers fighting for the crown. Indeed, third placed Elio de Angelis would have to win in Italy just to stay in the hunt, with a 22 point gap between himself and Lauda. He was therefore in a fight for third which included René Arnoux, Nelson Piquet and Derek Warwick.

In contrast the World Championship for Constructors battle was already over, for McLaren-TAG had wrapped up the title with three races to spare back in the Netherlands. Indeed, their stunning tally of 107.5 left them 52.5 points clear of second placed Lotus-Renault, with just 45 points left to fight for in 1984. The Ethel based squad were therefore fighting for second, with Ferrari, Renault and Brabham-BMW all in the hunt to finish as runner-up.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1984 Italian 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
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 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Toleman Group Motorsport Toleman TG184 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t M
20 Italy Pierluigi Martini 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 Italian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:28.709 1:26.584
2 7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:29.854 1:26.671 +0.087s
3 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:28.014 1:27.538 +0.954s
4 8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:30.142 1:28.533 +1.949s
5 2 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:29.383 1:28.587 +2.003s
6 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:33.386 1:28.818 +2.234s
7 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:31.715 1:28.969 +2.385s
8 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:31.532 1:29.253 +2.669s
9 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:30.710 1:29.382 +2.798s
10 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1:32.365 1:29.797 +3.213s
11 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:29.810 1:30.069 +3.226s
12 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:30.113 1:30.569 +3.529s
13 5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:32.091 1:30.578 +3.994s
14 28 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari 1:31.495 1:30.695 +4.111s
15 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:31.108 1:31.513 +4.524s
16 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 1:32.014 1:31.198 +4.614s
17 19 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:31.207 1:31.203 +4.619s
18 25 France François Hesnault France Ligier-Renault 1:32.779 1:31.274 +4.690s
19 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:32.636 1:31.342 +4.758s
20 31 Austria Gerhard Berger West Germany ATS-BMW 1:33.161 1:31.549 +4.965s
21 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock West Germany ATS-BMW 2:00.593 1:32.866 +6.282s
22 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:33.456 1:33.562 +6.872s
23 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:37.186 1:34.120 +7.536s
24 30 Austria Jo Gartner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:37.123 1:34.472 +7.888s
25 21 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter United Kingdom Spirit-Hart 1:38.255 1:34.719 +8.135s
26 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:36.876 1:35.412 +8.828s
DNQ 20 Italy Pierluigi Martini United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:38.312 1:35.840 +9.256s
WD* 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 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.
  • * Bellof was withdrawn after his entry was officially rejected by FISA.[2]

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 ______________
Teo Fabi 6
______________ Keke Rosberg
Row 4 7 ______________
Nigel Mansell 8
______________ Patrick Tambay
Row 5 9 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 10
______________ Eddie Cheever
Row 6 11 ______________
Michele Alboreto 12
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 7 13 ______________
Jacques Laffite 14
______________ René Arnoux
Row 8 15 ______________
Marc Surer 16
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 9 17 ______________
Stefan Johansson 18
______________ François Hesnault
Row 10 19 ______________
Thierry Boutsen 20
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 11 21 ______________
Manfred Winkelhock* 22
______________ Piercarlo Ghinzani
Row 12 23 ______________
Philippe Alliot 24
______________ Jo Gartner
Row 13 25 ______________
Huub Rothengatter 26
______________ Jonathan Palmer
  • * Winkelhock was unable to start the race after a gearbox failure on the formation lap.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 51 1:20:29.065 4 9
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 51 +24.249s 11 6
3 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 50 +1 Lap 9 4
4 19 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 49 +2 Laps 17 3
5* 30 Austria Jo Gartner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 49 +2 Laps 24
6* 31 Austria Gerhard Berger West Germany ATS-BMW 49 +2 Laps 20
7 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 48 Out of fuel 22
8 21 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter United Kingdom Spirit-Hart 48 +3 Laps 25
9 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 45 Out of fuel 10
10 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 45 +6 Laps 19
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 43 Throttle 8
Ret 2 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 43 Engine 5
Ret 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 43 Engine 15
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 31 Oil pressure 12
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom RAM-Hart 20 Oil pressure 26
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 15 Engine 1
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 14 Gearbox 3
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 13 Spin 7
Ret 5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams-Honda 10 Turbo 13
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 8 Turbo 6
Ret 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 7 Engine 16
Ret 25 France François Hesnault France Ligier-Renault 6 Electrical 23
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 6 Electrical 23
Ret 28 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari 5 Gearbox 14
Ret 7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 3 Engine 2
DNS 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock West Germany ATS-BMW
DNQ 20 Italy Pierluigi Martini United Kingdom Toleman-Hart
WD 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Gartner and Berger were not eligible to score points as Osella and ATS had only registered single entries for the World Championship.[5]
  • Ghinzani and Cheever were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]
  • Winkelhock was unable to start after a gearbox failure on the formation lap.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Niki Lauda's fifth victory of the season ensured that he would head to European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring with a 9.5 point lead at the head of the field, meaning he would take the title with victory. Indeed, Alain Prost would have to finish ahead of his Austrian teammate 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 was now too far back to challenge having failed to score, 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 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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Austria Niki Lauda 63
2 France Alain Prost 53.5
3 Italy Elio de Angelis 32
4 France René Arnoux 25
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet 24
6 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 23
7 Italy Michele Alboreto 21.5 ▲1
8 Finland Keke Rosberg 20.5 ▼1
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 7 ▲4
14 France Jacques Laffite 5 ▼1
15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 5 ▼1
16 United States Eddie Cheever 3 ▼1
17 Sweden Stefan Johansson 3 ▲11
18 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3 ▼1
19 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani 2 ▼1
20 Switzerland Marc Surer 1 ▼1
World Championship for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 116.5
2 Italy Ferrari 46.5 ▲1
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 45 ▼1
4 France Renault 34
5 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 33
6 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 25.5
7 United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 12
8 Italy Alfa Romeo 10
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:

  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 1.14 1.15 'Italian GP, 1984', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr402.html, (Accessed 21/03/2019)
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Italy 1984: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/italie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2019)
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named MM
  4. 'Italy 1984: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/italie/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 21/03/2019)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 'Italy 1984: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/italie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 30/01/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 '14. Italy 1984', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), '13. Netherlands 1984', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/pays-bas.aspx, (Accessed 21/03/2019), (Accessed 21/03/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 '1984 Italy GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1984&gp=Italian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 21/03/2019)
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