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The 1985 Austrian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXIII Holiday Großer Preis von Österreich, was the tenth round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Österreichring in Spielberg, Austria, on the 18 August 1985.[1] The race, which was the first to be held since the death of Manfred Winkelhock, would see Alain Prost move to the top of the Championship with his fourth win of the season.[1]

Winkelhock, who had spent the majority of 1985 racing for RAM-Hart , would be killed during a sportscar race at Mosport Park in Canada.[1] The West German racer had been leading the race at the time, and had only just got into the Porsche 962C he was sharing with fellow F1 racer Marc Surer.[1] He would be replaced at RAM by British racer Kenny Acheson, who was returning to F1 for the first time since the 1983 South African Grand Prix.[1]

Into the Austrian Grand Prix itself and Prost would dominate qualifying to claim pole, beating Nigel Mansell by half a second.[1] Home hero Niki Lauda, who announced that he would be retiring from F1 for good at the end of the season, claimed a season best of third, while Keke Rosberg put the second Williams-Honda into fourth.[1]

Lauda would make an excellent start to grab the lead at the start of the race, although the home fans barely had time to celebrate before the race was red flag.[1] The cause was Teo Fabi, who stalled on the grid and was duly collected by Michele Alboreto, Elio de Angelis and Gerhard Berger, with their quartet of cars left blocking the circuit.[1]

The order was reset for the restart as it had been in qualifying, with those four all able to take the restart in their spare cars.[1] Prost also jumped into his spare and subsequently eased into the lead at the second attempted start, with Rosberg squeezing ahead of Lauda to grab second.[1]

Unfortunately for Rosberg his hopes of challenging Prost for the lead would evaporate very early on, his engine failing at the start of lap four.[1] The two McLarens were hence left on their own at the head of the field, with Nelson Piquet leading the chase in third.[1]

The two McLarens quickly disappeared out of sight, with Prost ultimately able to pit for fresh tyres and rejoin mid-race without falling behind Piquet.[1] The Brazilian himself, meanwhile, would only make it to half distance before his turbo failed, leaving Ayrton Senna in third.[1]

Elsewhere, Andrea de Cesaris had a spectacular accident in his Ligier-Renault, which saw the blue car complete a series of barrel-rolls, although the Italian miraculously escaped unharmed.[1] Yet, while he had physically escaped harm it appeared that his future in F1 had not, for Guy Ligier fired the de Cesaris the moment he got back to the paddock.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Lauda looked set to claim an impressive victory in front of his home fans, only for a turbo failure on lap 40 to leave him on the sidelines.[1] Prost swept through to claim victory, half a minute clear of Senna in second and Alboreto in third.[1]

The result of the race meant that Prost moved to the head of the Championship hunt, level on 50 points with Alboreto but ahead on count-back. Those two were now 22 ahead of third placed Elio de Angelis with seven races remaining, suggesting that they were in a private duel for the Championship.

BackgroundEdit

Into the Championship and victory in Germany had ensured that Championship leader Michele Alboreto had increased his advantage over Alain Prost, with a five point gap separating the two protagonists. Elio de Angelis, meanwhile, had become an increasingly distant third, having failed to score again at the Nürburgring, with fifteen points between him and Prost. Keke Rosberg had also lost ground in fourth, while Stefan Johansson had remained in the top five.

In the Constructors' Championship it was still Ferrari who led the charge arriving in Austria, with the Scuderia again having managed to extend their advantage. Indeed, McLaren-TAG Porsche had slipped nineteen points behind the Italian firm, with Lotus-Renault also having lost ground in third. Williams-Honda, meanwhile, inched closer to their British compatriots, now eleven behind the Norfolk squad, while Renault remained in the top five.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1985 Austrian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2B TAG Porsche TTE PO1 1.5 V6t G
2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2B TAG Porsche TTE PO1 1.5 V6t G
3 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 014 Renault EF4B 1.5 V6t G
4 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 012 Ford Cosworth DFY 3.0 V8 G
5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Canon Williams Honda Team Williams FW10 Honda RA163E 1.5 V6t G
6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Canon Williams Honda Team Williams FW10 Honda RA163E 1.5 V6t G
7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT54 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t P
8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT54 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t P
9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom Skoal Bandit F1 Team RAM 03 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t P
10 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson United Kingdom Skoal Bandit F1 Team RAM 03 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t P
11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom John Player Special Team Lotus Lotus 97T Renault EF4 1.5 V6t G
12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom John Player Special Team Lotus Lotus 97T Renault EF4 1.5 V6t G
15 France Patrick Tambay France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE60B Renault EF15 1.5 V6t G
16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE60B Renault EF15 1.5 V6t G
17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Barclay Arrows BMW Arrows A8 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t G
18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Barclay Arrows BMW Arrows A8 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t G
19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman Group Motorsport Toleman TG185 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t P
20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani United Kingdom Toleman Group Motorsport Toleman TG185 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t P
22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Benetton Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 184TB Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 V8t G
23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Benetton Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 184TB Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 V8t G
24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1G Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 V8t P
25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS25 Renault EF4B 1.5 V6t P
26 France Jacques Laffite France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS25 Renault EF4B 1.5 V6t P
27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 156/85 Ferrari 031 1.5 V6t G
28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 156/85 Ferrari 031 1.5 V6t G
29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi Team SpA Minardi M185 Motori Moderni 615-90 1.5 V6t P
30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 841 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t P
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1985 Austrian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:25.490
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:26.453 1:26.052 +0.562s
3 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:26.250 1:26.727 +0.760s
4 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:26.333 1:26.762 +0.843s
5 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:26.568 1:26.404 +0.914s
6 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:26.664 11:12.639 +1.174s
7 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:26.799 +1.309s
8 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:27.722 1:27.502 +2.012s
9 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:29.774 1:27.516 +2.026s
10 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:29.485 1:27.851 +2.361s
11 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:27.954 1:50.796 +2.464s
12 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1:28.134 1:27.961 +2.471s
13 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:30.602 1:28.006 +2.516s
14 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:28.123 3:04.856 +2.633s
15 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 1:29.181 1:28.249 +2.759s
16 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:28.617 1:28.262 +2.772s
17 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:28.566 1:28.762 +3.076s
18 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 1:28.666 +3.176s
19 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:28.894 +3.404s
20 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1:29.031 1:29.608 +3.541s
21 10 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:32.766 1:29.827 +4.337s
22 3 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:31.022 1:30.514 +5.024s
23 9 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:35.072 +9.582s
24 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:35.329 1:58.090 +9.839s
25 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 1:36.060 1:35.787 +10.297s
26 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 10:36.417 1:36.765 +11.275s
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:39.247 1:37.317 +11.827s
Source:[3][4][5]
  • 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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1985 Austrian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2T France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 52 1:20:12.583 1 9
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 52 +30.002s 14 6
3 27T Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 52 +34.356s 9 4
4 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 52 +39.073s 12 3
5 11T Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 52 1:22.092 7 2
6 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 51 +1 Lap 11 1
7* 3 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 49 Out of fuel 22
8 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 49 +3 Laps 16
9 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 48 +4 Laps 24
10* 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 46 Engine 8
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 43 Accident 15
Ret 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 40 Suspension 26
Ret 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 39 Engine 3
Ret 17T Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 33 Turbo 17
Ret 19T Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 31 Electrical 6
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 29 Engine 13
Ret 10 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson United Kingdom RAM-Hart 28 Engine 23
Ret 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 26 Exhaust 5
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 25 Engine 2
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 25 Engine 10
Ret 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 17 Engine 25
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 16 Turbo 21
Ret 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 13 Accident 18
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 6 Turbo 20
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 4 Oil pressure 4
DNS 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani United Kingdom Toleman-Hart
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Bellof and Tambay were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • Ghinzani was unable to start after an issue ahead of the race.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Alain Prost's fourth victory of the season was enough to see the Frenchman finally return to the top of the Championship, although there was almost no difference between himself and the man in second. Indeed, the Frenchman was level on 50 points with former leader Michele Alboreto, and only considered to be ahead courtesy of his four wins to the Italian's two. In contrast, there was a significant gap back to third placed Elio de Angelis, with the Italian falling 22 points off the leaders.

In the Constructors' Championship it had been a rather neutral day at the head of the hunt, with Ferrari still holding a healthy lead. Indeed, McLaren-TAG Porsche had only chipped a point out of the Italian squad's advantage in spite of Prost's victory, leaving them seventeen off of the Scuderia. Lotus-Renault, meanwhile, were set to spend the rest of the season as dark horses for the Championship, as they slipped twelve points behind the second placed Anglo-German effort.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 50 ▲1
2 Italy Michele Alboreto 50 ▼1
3 Italy Elio de Angelis 28
4 Sweden Stefan Johansson 19 ▲1
5 Finland Keke Rosberg 18 ▼1
6 Brazil Ayrton Senna 15 ▲3
7 Brazil Nelson Piquet 13 ▼1
8 France Patrick Tambay 11 ▼1
9 France Jacques Laffite 10 ▼1
10 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 9
11 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 6
12 Austria Niki Lauda 5
13 West Germany Stefan Bellof 4
14 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 4
15 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3
16 France René Arnoux 3
17 Switzerland Marc Surer 2
World Championship for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 72
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 55
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 43
4 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 24
5 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 15 ▲1
6 France Renault 15 ▼1
7 France Ligier-Renault 13
8 United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 9
9 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 4

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Austria 1985: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1985/autriche/engages.aspx, (Accessed 25/03/2019)
  3. '23. Grosser Preis Von Oesterreich 1985 - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1985/races/491/austria/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 25/03/2019)
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 '1985 Austrian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1985&gp=Austrian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 25/03/2019)
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V T E 1985 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren • Tyrrell • Williams • Brabham • RAM • Lotus • Renault • Arrows • Toleman • Spirit • Alfa Romeo • Osella • Ligier • Ferrari • Minardi • Zakspeed • Lola
Engines Alfa Romeo • BMW • Ferrari • Ford • Hart • Honda • Motori Moderni • Renault • TAG • Zakspeed
Drivers Lauda • 2 Prost • 3/4 Brundle • 4 Johansson • 3/4 Bellof • 4 Capelli • 4 Streiff • 5 Mansell • 6 Rosberg • 7 Piquet • 8 Hesnault • 8 Surer • 9 Winkelhock • 9/10 Alliot • 10 Acheson • 11 De Angelis • 12 Senna • 14 Hesnault • 15 Tambay • 16 Warwick • 17 Berger • 18 Boutsen • 19 Fabi • 20 Ghinzani • 21 Baldi • 22 Patrese • 23 Cheever • 24 Ghinzani • 24 Rothengatter • 25 De Cesaris • 25 Streiff • 26 Laffite • 27 Alboreto • 28 Arnoux • 28 Johansson • 29 Martini • 30 Palmer • 30 Danner • 33 Jones
Cars McLaren MP4/2B • Ferrari 156/85 • Williams FW10 • Lotus 97T • Brabham BT54 • Ligier JS25 • Renault RE60 • Arrows A8 • Tyrrell 012 • Tyrrell 014 • Osella FA1F • Minardi M185 • Alfa Romeo 184TB • Alfa Romeo 185T • RAM 03 • Zakspeed 841 • Toleman TG185 • Spirit 101D • Lola THL1
Tyres Goodyear • Pirelli
Races Brazil • Portugal • San Marino • Monaco • Canada • Detroit • France • Britain • Germany • Austria • Netherlands • Italy • Belgium • Europe • South Africa • Australia
See also 1984 Formula One Season • 1986 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Austria Austrian Grand Prix
Circuits Zeltweg Airfield (1963–1964), Red Bull Ring (1970–1987, 1997-2003, 2014-present)
Circuit Red Bull Ring
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