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The 1985 Belgian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XLIII Grote Prijs van België, was the thirteenth round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on the 15 September 1985.[1] The race, which had originally been scheduled for the 2 June, would see Ayrton Senna claim his second career victory and the first of five at Spa.[1]

Qualifying would see Alain Prost, Championship leader, grab pole for McLaren-TAG Porsche, with future nemesis Senna lining up in second.[1] Nelson Piquet was next ahead of Prost's main title rival Michele Alboreto, while defending Champion Niki Lauda would suffer a heavy accident on Friday and subsequently withdrew from the race with a sprained wrist.[1]

After two days of warm, dry weather race day would dawn with heavy rain pelting the shortened Spa circuit, although as start time approached the rain drifted away.[1] Regardless, all 24 starters would opt for full wet tyres for the start of the race, with everyone expecting to have to switch to slicks towards the end of the race.[1]

The start of the race would be all about two fast starting Brazilians, with Senna slithering into the lead, while Piquet leapt into second.[1] However, whereas Senna would sprint out of La Source without issue in his Lotus-Renault, Piquet would send himself into a spin, forcing the rest of the field to take avoiding action.[1] Prost hence moved back into second, although the delay for everyone else had left Senna with a huge lead.[1]

The early stages would see Prost carve into Senna's lead, leaving Nigel Mansell to defend third from Alboreto, Stefan Johansson, Thierry Boutsen, teammate Keke Rosberg, Elio de Angelis and Gerhard Berger.[1] Piquet, meanwhile, would battle his way back up the field from the back of the pack, and duly moved into the top ten when Alboreto's race was ended by a clutch failure.[1]

Surprisingly the Spa circuit would dry far quicker than anyone had thought, prompting Rosberg to stop on lap four for slicks.[1] After two slow laps the Finn was soon lighting up the timing screens, prompting the rest of the field to slither into the pits over the following five laps.[1]

The resulting shuffle from the stops would leave Rosberg up in third, with himself and Mansell jumping Prost during the switch to slicks.[1] Senna, meanwhile, continued to hold a handsome advantage at the head of the field, having briefly lost the lead to teammate Elio de Angelis before the Italian's stop.[1]

Light rain would return to Spa shortly before half-distance, although it never fell hard enough to force the drivers into making a switch back to wets.[1] Senna was hence able to simply drive away from Mansell in second, and ultimately won the race at a canter, thirty seconds clear of the Brit.[1]

Elsewhere, a brake problem for Rosberg would see the Finn slip behind Prost, promoting the Frenchman onto the podium.[1] That, combined with Alboreto's early retirement, would grow Prost's lead out to sixteen points, with just 27 left to fight for.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Alain Prost had extended his grip on the 1985 World Championship with victory in Monza, opening out a twelve point lead over second placed Michele Alboreto. Indeed, the Italian's inability to score on home soil may have proved fatal to his title ambitions, although with four races to go, and 36 points to fight for, Alboreto was still a major contender for the crown. In contrast, Elio de Angelis was now mathematically out of the fight, with the Italian only able to score 31 points before dropped scores were applied to his tally.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a bad day for the tifosi on home soil, for Ferrari had lost the lead in the title hunt for the first time since the Monaco Grand Prix. Indeed, it was rivals McLaren-TAG Porsche who had left Italy at the head of the field, opening out a two point gap over the Italian team in their duel for the title. Indeed, third placed Lotus-Renault were running out of time to mount a title challenge, having slipped 23 points behind.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1985 Belgian 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 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 014 Renault EF4B 1.5 V6t 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 France Philippe Streiff 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 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 841 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t G
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:56.563 1:55.306
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 2:00.710 1:55.403 +0.097s
3 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:56.643 1:55.648 +0.342s
4 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:56.999 1:56.021 +0.715s
5 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1:56.585 1:56.746 +1.279s
6 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:59.046 1:56.697 +1.391s
7 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:56.727 1:56.996 +1.421s
8 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:56.770 +1.464s
9 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:58.852 1:57.322 +2.016s
10 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:57.582 1:57.465 +2.159s
11 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:57.588 1:57.857 +2.828s
12 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 2:00.154 1:57.729 +2.423s
13 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:58.105 1:59.335 +2.799s
14 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:59.761 1:58.407 +3.101s
15 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:59.703 1:58.414 +3.108s
16 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:58.820 1:58.706 +3.400s
17 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 2:01.745 1:58.933 +3.627s
18 25 France Philippe Streiff France Ligier-Renault 2:00.599 1:59.245 +3.939s
19 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 2:00.861 1:59.370 +4.064s
20 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:59.626 1:59.755 +4.320s
21 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 2:00.950 2:01.364 +5.644s
22 30 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 2:05.059 2:07.046 +9.753s
23 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 2:06.083 2:05.776 +10.470s
24 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 2:06.007 2:06.606 +10.701s
25* 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche
WD 10 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson United Kingdom RAM-Hart Withdrawn
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.
  • * Lauda was unable to start the race after sustaining a wrist injury.[1]
  • Acheson's entry was withdrawn after RAM ran out of engines.[6]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Alain Prost
Ayrton Senna ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Nelson Piquet
Michele Alboreto ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Stefan Johansson
Thierry Boutsen ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Nigel Mansell
Gerhard Berger ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Elio de Angelis
Keke Rosberg ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Teo Fabi
Marc Surer ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Patrick Tambay
Derek Warwick ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Riccardo Patrese
Piercarlo Ghinzani ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Jacques Laffite
Philippe Streiff ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Eddie Cheever
Philippe Alliot ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Martin Brundle
Christian Danner* ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Huub Rothengatter
Pierluigi Martini ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Niki Lauda
______________
  • * Danner was to start from the pit lane after an issue at the start.[6]
  • Lauda was unable to start the race due to his wrist injury.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 43 1:34:19.893 2 9
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 43 +28.422s 7 6
3 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 43 +55.109s 1 4
4 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 43 +1:15.290 10 3
5 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 42 +1 Lap 3 2
6 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 42 +1 Lap 14 1
7 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 42 +1 Lap 8
8 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 42 +1 Lap 12
9 25 France Philippe Streiff France Ligier-Renault 42 +1 Lap 18
10* 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 40 Gearbox 6
11* 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 38 Accident 17
12 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 38 +5 Laps 24
13 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 38 +5 Laps 21
NC 24T Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 37 +6 Laps 23
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 31 Engine 15
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 26 Gearbox 19
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 24 Gearbox 13
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 23 Throttle 11
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 17 Turbo 9
Ret 30 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 16 Gearbox 22
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 10 Accident 20
Ret 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 7 Spin 5
Ret 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 7 Accident 16
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 3 Clutch 4
DNS 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche
WD 10 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson United Kingdom RAM-Hart
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Boutsen and Laffite were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • Rothengatter was unable to be classified as he had failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Third place in Belgium ensured that Alain Prost extended his Championship lead over Michele Alboreto, with the pair ending the weekend some sixteen points apart. Indeed, with just 27 points left to fight for Prost could realistically win the title in Brands Hatch, provided he scored two more points than Alboreto. Elsewhere, Ayrton Senna was up into third after his second victory of the season, with Elio de Angelis slipping away in fourth.

The Constructors Championship was still being led by McLaren-TAG Porsche after the battle of Belgium, although their lead was still a fairly insecure six points. Indeed, Ferrari had only dropped a couple of points further behind the Anglo-German effort after the race in Belgium, and hence remained a major contender for the title. Furthermore, Lotus-Renault had closed the gap in third, moving to within twenty points of the leaders.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 69
2 Italy Michele Alboreto 53
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 32 ▲1
4 Italy Elio de Angelis 31 ▼1
5 Finland Keke Rosberg 21 ▲2
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet 21
7 Sweden Stefan Johansson 21 ▼2
8 Austria Niki Lauda 14
9 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 13 ▲3
10 France Patrick Tambay 11 ▼1
11 France Jacques Laffite 10 ▼1
12 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 9 ▼1
13 Switzerland Marc Surer 5
14 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 5 ▲1
15 West Germany Stefan Bellof 4 ▼1
16 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3
17 France René Arnoux 3
World Championship for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 83
2 Italy Ferrari 77
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 63
4 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 34
5 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 26
6 France Renault 16
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:

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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
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