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The 1984 Portuguese Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the IV Grande Premio de Portugal, was the sixteenth and final round of the 1984 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autódromo do Estoril on the 21 October 1984.[1] The race, which was the first Grand Prix to be staged in Portugal since 1960, would see Niki Lauda claim his third World Championship title by just half a point.[1]

However, Lauda would have to overcome a poor qualifying performance to do so, with the Austrian a lowly eleventh in his McLaren-TAG.[1] Furthermore, his main Championship rival, and teammate, Alain Prost would grab second on the grid, having been beaten to pole by Nelson Piquet.[1]

The start of the race would see Piquet and Prost make poor starts, allowing Keke Rosberg and Nigel Mansell to duel for the lead into the first corner.[1] Further back, meanwhile, Lauda would battle his way up into the top ten off the grid, before lining up a move on Derek Warwick for ninth.[1]

The early stages would see Prost make progress, with the Frenchman moving into the lead of the race on lap nine.[1] Lauda, meanwhile, would get stuck in ninth in a long queue of traffic that was struggling to get past Rosberg in third.[1]

Indeed, it was only when tyre wear came into play that the Austrian finally made progress, with a series of moves carrying him into the points on lap 28.[1] Up ahead, meanwhile, Prost had built a healthy lead over Mansell, while Ayrton Senna had elbowed his way past Rosberg to claim third.[1]

Rosberg and Senna would fall to Lauda shortly before half-distance, although the Austrian was unable to make any progress on Mansell.[1] That was, until Mansell picked up a brake issue and spin on lap 51, with the Brit only just managing to rejoin ahead of Lauda.[1]

Yet, that was effectively it for Mansell's race, with the Brit spinning in the exact same spot a lap later and so retired.[1] That left Lauda in second, the exact position he needed to claim the Championship crown, provided he could finish there.[1]

Ultimately there would be no late twist of fate in the closing stages, with Prost cruising home to win the race, but to lose the World Championship to Lauda by just half a point.[1] Indeed, it was the closest ever finish in terms of the overall World Championship, although Prost had won seven races to Lauda's five.[1]

Elsewhere, Senna would come home in third in his last race for Toleman-Hart, while Michele Alboreto grabbed fourth for Ferrari, just three tenths behind the Brazilian.[1] Elio de Angelis finished fifth to claim third in the World Championship, while out-going World Champion Piquet ended the season with a sixth place finish.[1]

BackgroundEdit

In terms of the Championship victory last time out at the Nürburgring had kept Alain Prost's title hopes alive heading into the season finale, with the Frenchman just 3.5 points behind teammate Niki Lauda. However, the Austrian would win his third World Championship if he finished second in 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 Portugal.

In the Constructors' Championship McLaren-TAG had continued to show their dominance in Germany, 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 to go the fight for second seemed to be over, although the Ethel based squad still had a mathematical chance of overhauling the Scuderia on Portuguese soil.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1984 Portuguese 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 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock 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
14 Austria Gerhard Berger 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 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
32 Sweden Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2 TAG TTE PO1 1.5 V6t M
33 France Philippe Streiff France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE50 Renault EF4 1.5 V6t M
34 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter 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 Portuguese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:30.889 1:21.703T
2 7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:28.276 1:21.774 +0.071s
3 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:30.077 1:21.936 +0.233s
4 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:32.269 1:22.049 +0.346s
5 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:28.428 1:22.291 +0.588s
6 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:32.986 1:22.319 +0.616s
7 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:29.409 1:22.583 +0.880s
8 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:31.192 1:22.686 +0.983s
9 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:35.913 1:22.801 +1.098s
10 20 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:28.991 1:22.942 +1.239s
11 8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:28.837 1:23.183 +1.480s
12 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:37.154 1:24.048 +2.345s
13 33 France Philippe Streiff France Renault 1:37.280 1:24.089 +2.386s
14 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1:34.809 1:24.235 +2.532s
15 5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:39.696 1:24.437 +2.734s
16 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:34.003 1:24.688 +2.985s
17 28 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari 1:36.634 1:24.848 +3.145s
18 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:32.530 1:25.115 +3.412s
19 2 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:25.289 +3.586s
20 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 1:33.398 1:26.082 +4.379s
21 25 France François Hesnault France Ligier-Renault 1:34.233 1:26.701 +4.998s
22 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:31.336 1:26.840 +5.137s
23 14 Austria Gerhard Berger West Germany ATS-BMW 1:44.966 1:28.106 +6.403s
24 30 Austria Jo Gartner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:33.540 1:28.229 +6.526s
25 21 Italy Mauro Baldi United Kingdom Spirit-Hart 1:36.483 1:29.001 +7.298s
26 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:40.344 1:29.397 +7.694s
27 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:34.839 1:30.406 +8.703s
WD* 32 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Withdrawn
WD 34 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter United Kingdom Spirit-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.
  • * Bellof's entry was withdrawn as the German failed to attend the race.[5]
  • Rothengatter's entry was rejected by the officials.[5]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 70 1:41:11.753 2 9
2 8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 70 +13.425s 11 6
3 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 70 +20.042s 3 4
4 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 70 +20.317s 8 3
5 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 70 +1:32.169 5 2
6 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 69 +1 Lap 1 1
7 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 69 +1 Lap 7
8 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 69 +1 Lap 12
9 28 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 17
10 2 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 69 +1 Lap 19
11 20 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 69 +1 Lap 10
12 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 69 +1 Lap 20
13 14 Austria Gerhard Berger West Germany ATS-BMW 68 +2 Laps 23
14 5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams-Honda 67 +3 Laps 15
15 21 Italy Mauro Baldi United Kingdom Spirit-Hart 66 +4 Laps 25
16* 30 Austria Jo Gartner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 65 Out of fuel 14
17 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 64 +6 Laps 14
Ret 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 60 Engine 22
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 52 Brakes 6
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 51 Gearbox 9
Ret 33 France Philippe Streiff France Renault 48 Transmission 13
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 39 Engine 4
Ret 25 France François Hesnault France Ligier-Renault 31 Electrical 21
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 24 Transmission 18
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom RAM-Hart 19 Gearbox 26
Ret 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 8 Electrical 16
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 2 Engine 27
WD 32 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom McLaren-TAG
WD 34 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter United Kingdom Spirit-Hart
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Gartner was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Alain Prost would win the battle of Portugal but ultimately lost the war, the Frenchman suffering a narrow defeat for a third straight season. Instead, it was Niki Lauda who ended 1984 as the World Champion, his third title and first since 1977, with a record half a point separating the two teammates. Third, meanwhile, would go to Elio de Angelis, with the Italian's compatriot Michele Alboreto, and out-going Champion Nelson Piquet, completing the top five.

In the Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, it had been an imperious season for McLaren-TAG, with the Anglo-German effort ending the season with a huge tally of 143.5 points. Indeed, McLaren had claimed over 61% of the points on offer in 1984, having won twelve of the season's sixteen races and only failed to score points at all in two. Unsurprisingly, there was then a huge gap back to arch-rivals Ferrari in second, while Lotus-Renault concluded a surprisingly competitive season in third.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Austria Niki Lauda 72
2 France Alain Prost 71.5
3 Italy Elio de Angelis 34
4 Italy Michele Alboreto 30.5 ▲1
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet 29 ▼1
6 France René Arnoux 27
7 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 23
8 Finland Keke Rosberg 20.5
9 Brazil Ayrton Senna 13 ▲2
10 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 13 ▼1
11 France Patrick Tambay 11 ▼1
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 143.5
2 Italy Ferrari 57.5
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 47
4 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 38
5 France Renault 34
6 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 25.5
7 United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 16
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:

  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 1.16 1.17 1.18 'Portuguese GP, 1984', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr404.html, (Accessed 21/03/2019)
  2. 'Portugal 1984: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/portugal/engages.aspx, (Accessed 21/03/2019)
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named MM
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  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 'Portugal 1984: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/portugal/classement.aspx, (Accessed 21/03/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 '16. Portugal 1984', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1984/portugal.aspx, (Accessed 21/03/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 '1984 Portuguese GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1984&gp=Portuguese%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 21/03/2019)

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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
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