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The 1985 British Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XXXVIII Marlboro British Grand Prix, was the eighth round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship staged at the Silverstone Circuit on the 21 July 1985.[1] The race would see Alain Prost claim victory for McLaren-TAG Porsche, battling his way up from third on the grid after a record breaking qualifying session.[1]

Indeed, qualifying had seen Keke Rosberg grab pole with the then fastest ever average lap speed, the Finn having lapped Silverstone at 160.9 mph (259 km/h) to record a 1:05.591.[1] That record would stand until the 2002 Italian Grand Prix, with Rosberg sharing the front row with Nelson Piquet, while Prost and Ayrton Senna shared the second.[1]

The start would see Senna's Lotus-Renault storm into the lead, leaving Rosberg, Prost and Piquet to fend off Nigel Mansell and Andrea de Cesaris.[1] They were instantly given means to escape the rest of the field, as a four car accident through Copse eliminated Patrick Tambay, Stefan Johansson, Piercarlo Ghinzani and Philippe Alliot.[1]

Senna and Rosberg would ease away during the early stages, while Prost and Mansell fell behind a charging de Cesaris as the Italian claimed third.[1] Unfortunately for the Ligier-Renault pilot his race was to be immediately hampered by tyre wear, meaning he soon fell back behind both the McLaren and the Williams-Honda.[1]

The two Williams-Hondas would not last much longer, however, with clutch and exhaust failures for Mansell and Rosberg respectively ending their afternoons before half-distance.[1] That left Prost with a clear run onto the back of Senna, while Lauda moved into third after a simple move on de Cesaris.[1]

Indeed, de Cesaris' race was to come to an end with a clutch failure just after the halfway point, while Lauda's race was ended by an electrical failure.[1] Prost, meanwhile, would have to wait until lap 42 before he could catch Senna, although the Frenchman found the young Brazilian a very difficult obstacle to pass.[1]

For twelve laps the duel between the Frenchman's McLaren and the Brazilian's Lotus would rage, with Senna placing his car perfectly to block Prost's lunges.[1] It was therefore a cruel and disappointing end to the fight when Senna's Lotus developed a fault in the fuel system and lost power, handing the lead to Prost.[1]

Senna's race was over a couple of laps later, the engine ultimately getting starved of fuel when the injection system failed completely.[1] Prost was left to cruise home a lap ahead of the rest of the field, the chequered flag having been show a lap earlier than scheduled, with Championship leader Michele Alboreto and Jacques Laffite completing the podium.[1]

The results of the race meant that Alboreto had retained the lead in the Championship, although his advantage over Prost had been cut to just two points. In contrast, Ferrari had managed to extend their lead in the Constructors Championship, moving eighteen clear of the now second placed McLaren-TAG Porsche effort.

BackgroundEdit

Into the Championship and Michele Alboreto had retained the lead despite failing to score at all in France last time out, although his advantage had been cut to five points by his two nearest challengers. Indeed, Alain Prost had moved back into second with 26 points, once again overhauling Elio de Angelis courtesy of his two wins to the Italian's one, although both remained serious title contenders. Keke Rosberg, meanwhile, had moved into fourth after his podium finish, while victory in France had catapulted Nelson Piquet up into seventh.

Likewise, there had been very little movement in the Constructors Championship after the battle in Le Castellet, with Ferrari eking out their lead to fifteen points. Lotus-Renault had remained their closest challengers in second, while McLaren-TAG Porsche had closed to within six points of their Norfolk based rivals. Williams-Honda had also made ground in fourth, while Brabham-BMW ended the weekend just outside the top five after Piquet's winning performance.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1985 British 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
4 West Germany Stefan Bellof 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 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock United Kingdom Skoal Bandit F1 Team RAM 03 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t P
10 France Philippe Alliot 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
22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Benetton Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 185T 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 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1F 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 British Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:06.107 1:05.591
2 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:08.933 1:06.249 +0.658s
3 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:06.308 1:08.532 +0.717s
4 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:06.324 1:06.794 +0.733s
5 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:09.080 1:06.675 +1.084s
6 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:06.793 1:07.427 +1.202s
7 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 1:11.082 1:07.448 +1.857s
8 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:07.581 1:07.696 +1.990s
9 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:07.678 1:07.871 +2.087s
10 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:07.743 1:09.001 +2.152s
11 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1:08.169 1:07.887 +2.296s
12 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:08.238 1:08.604 +2.647s
13 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:09.898 1:08.240 +2.649s
14 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:08.384 1:10.110 +2.793s
15 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:09.572 1:08.587 +2.996s
16 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 1:10.756 1:08.656 +3.065s
17 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:09.870 1:08.672 +3.081s
18 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:10.299 1:09.114 +3.523s
19 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:09.413 1:09.131 +3.540s
20 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:10.718 1:09.242 +3.651s
21 10 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:11.162 1:09.609 +4.018s
22 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1:11.072 1:10.345 +4.754s
23 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:13.645 1:15.363 +8.054s
24 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 1:17.856 1:13.713 +8.122s
25 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:16.400 +10.809s
26 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:17.009 1:16.596 +11.005s
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
2 Keke Rosberg
Nelson Piquet ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Alain Prost
Ayrton Senna ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Nigel Mansell
Michele Alboreto ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Andrea de Cesaris
Elio de Angelis ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Teo Fabi
Niki Lauda ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Stefan Johansson
Derek Warwick ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Patrick Tambay
Riccardo Patrese ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Marc Surer
Jacques Laffite ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Gerhard Berger
Manfred Winkelhock ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Thierry Boutsen
Martin Brundle* ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Philippe Alliot
Eddie Cheever ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Pierluigi Martini
Jonathan Palmer ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Piercarlo Ghinzani
Stefan Bellof ______________
  • * Brundle would start from the pit lane after an issue on the formation lap.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 65 1:18:10.436 3 9
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 64 +1 Lap 6 6
3 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 64 +1 Lap 16 4
4 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 64 +1 Lap 2 3
5 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 64 +1 Lap 12 2
6 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 63 +2 Laps 15 1
7 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 63 +2 Laps 20
8 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 63 +2 Laps 17
9 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 62 +3 Laps 14
10* 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 60 Fuel injection 4
11 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 59 +6 Laps 26
Ret 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 57 Electrical 10
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 57 Spin 19
Ret 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 41 Clutch 7
Ret 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 38 Transmission 23
NC 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 37 +28 Laps 8
Ret 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock United Kingdom RAM-Hart 28 Turbo 18
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 21 Exhaust 1
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 17 Clutch 5
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 17 Turbo 22
Ret 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 6 Engine 24
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 4 Transmission 9
Ret 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1 Damage 11
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 0 Collision 13
Ret 10 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 0 Collision 21
Ret 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 25
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Senna was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • de Angelis was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90 of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

The gap at the top of the Championship had been cut to just two points as a result of Alain Prost's victory, the Frenchman ending the weekend on 35 points to Michele Alboreto's 37. Indeed, they also now had clear air between themselves and third placed Elio de Angelis, who slipped nine behind the aforementioned Prost, although he was still eight ahead of fourth placed Keke Rosberg. Elsewhere, Stefan Johansson had retained fifth ahead of Nelson Piquet, while Jacques Laffite moved into the top ten after his trip onto the podium.

Ferrari, in contrast, had extended their lead in the Constructors' Championship, moving eighteen clear of their nearest challengers. Those challengers were now defending Champions McLaren-TAG Porsche, who jumped three ahead of Lotus-Renault as the season hit its halfway point. Elsewhere, Williams-Honda had remained in fourth ahead of Renault, while Ligier-Renault moved ahead of Arrows-BMW and Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Italy Michele Alboreto 37
2 France Alain Prost 35
3 Italy Elio de Angelis 26
4 Finland Keke Rosberg 18
5 Sweden Stefan Johansson 16
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet 13 ▲1
7 France Patrick Tambay 11 ▼1
8 Brazil Ayrton Senna 9
9 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 6
10 France Jacques Laffite 6 ▲6
11 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 5 ▼1
12 West Germany Stefan Bellof 4 ▼1
13 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 4 ▲2
14 Austria Niki Lauda 3 ▼2
15 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3 ▼2
16 France René Arnoux 3 ▼2
17 Switzerland Marc Surer 1
World Championship for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 56
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 38 ▲1
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 35 ▼1
4 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 23
5 France Renault 15
6 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 14
7 France Ligier-Renault 9 ▲1
8 United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 6 ▼1
9 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 4

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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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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