The 1985 Canadian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXIV Grand Prix Labatt de Canada, was the fifth round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, on the 16 June 1985. The race would see Michele Alboreto lead home a Ferrari one-two as the Italian racer moved to the head of Championship hunt.
The race was meant to have followed the Belgian Grand Prix on the 2 June, although that race was cancelled after qualifying as the track surface literally disintegrated. Fortunately the organisers of the race would manage to convince FISA and FOCA to reschedule the race, which was to be held on the 15 September.
Into the Canadian Grand Prix itself and it was Elio de Angelis who would grab pole position during qualifying, sharing the front row with teammate Ayrton Senna. They were followed by the two Ferraris, Alboreto ahead of Stefan Johansson, while Alain Prost and Derek Warwick completed the third row.
The start of the race would see de Angelis ease ahead of Senna off the line, with Alboreto neatly tucking in behind the two Lotus-Renaults. Warwick, meanwhile, would sprint past Johansson into the first corner, only to develop a handling issue later on during the lead lap.
The early stages proved fairly tame, with no real changes coming to the running order as the two Loti pulled away from Alboreto and Johansson. That was, until Senna was forced to pit with a turbo issue that released Alboreto to attack de Angelis. The Brazilian himself, meanwhile, would rejoin at the back of the field having lsot several laps as his team investigated the issue.
Alboreto would steadily eat into de Angelis' small lead, before completing an excellent overtake on his compatriot around the outside of turn one. He duly pulled clear of the Lotus without issue, leaving de Angelis to defend from the sister car of Johansson.
Ultimately, however, there would be no resisting the Swede, although Johansson would have to wait until half distance to complete his move. Regardless, he to would pull clear of the Lotus without much resistance, leaving de Angelis to unsuccessfully defend from Prost and Keke Rosberg.
With that the race was done, with Alboreto cruising home two seconds clear of teammate Johansson to claim the lead in the Championship. Prost would chase them hard but had to settle for third, while de Angelis ended the day in fifth in between the two Williams-Hondas of Rosberg and Nigel Mansell.
Elio de Angelis had retained the lead in the Championship hunt after finishing third at the Monaco Grand Prix, although his lead had been cut to just two points at the end of the weekend. His closest challenger was Alain Prost, who was level with Michele Alboreto on eighteen points but deemed ahead courtesy of his two race wins. Patrick Tambay was next, eight points off their tally, while Ayrton Senna completed the top five arriving in Canada.
In the Constructors' Championship it was still advantage Lotus-Renault after the fourth round of the season, with the Norfolk based squad ending the Monegasque weekend on 29 points. Ferrari had likewise held station in second, and managed to cut into Lotus' lead, while McLaren-TAG Porsche moved within a point of the Scuderia in third. Renault were next, with less than half the points of their Championship leading customers, while Arrows-BMW had remained in the top five.
The full entry list for the 1985 Canadian Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 1985 Canadian Grand Prix are outlined below:
|1||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||1:26.895||1:24.527||—|
|5||2||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG Porsche||1:25.977||1:25.557||+1.030s|
|11||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||1:27.638||1:26.354||+1.827s|
|13||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||1:28.081||1:26.995||+2.468s|
|15||25||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||1:28.746||1:27.403||+2.876s|
|17||1||Niki Lauda||McLaren-TAG Porsche||1:28.126||1:28.130||+3.599s|
|22||24||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||1:32.299||1:31.576||+7.049s|
|23||4||Stefan Bellof||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||1:32.589||1:31.733||+7.206s|
|24||3||Martin Brundle||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||1:32.760||1:31.923||+7.396s|
|25||29||Pierluigi Martini||Minardi-Motori Moderni||1:34.985||1:37.148||+10.458s|
- 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.
- * Berg's entry was withdrawn after an issue with his registration.
|2||Elio de Angelis|
|16||Andrea de Cesaris|
- * Fabi would start from the pit lane after an issue ahead of the race.
The full results for the 1985 Canadian Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- Brabham entered their 300th Grand Prix as a constructor.
- Nelson Piquet entered his 100th race.
- Ayrton Senna and Stefan Johansson entered their 20th respective Grand Prix.
- 200th entry for a car using #19 as its race number.
- Third and final pole position for Elio de Angelis.
- Michele Alboreto secured his fourth career victory.
- Ferrari recorded their 90th win as a constructor and engine supplier.
- Maiden podium finish for Johansson.
- Riccardo Patrese set a new record for most 10th place finishes: 8.
Victory propelled Michele Alboreto back into the lead of the Championship, with the Italian ace moving five points clear of Alain Prost in second. Indeed, for the second weekend in succession the Frenchman would end the afternoon level on points with the driver in third, Elio de Angelis, but was considered to be ahead having picked up two wins. A significant twelve point gap then separated them from fourth placed Patrick Tambay, while Ayrton Senna remained in fifth.
In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who dethroned Lotus-Renault, with the Scuderia's one-two leaving them on 37 points. The Norfolk based squad, meanwhile, would move onto 31 points, keeping them six ahead of defending Champions McLaren-TAG Porsche in third. Elsewhere Renault had held station in fourth, Williams-Honda moved into fifth, with eight of F1's sixteen registered teams on the score board.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
Images and Videos:
- ↑ 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 'Canadian GP, 1985', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr409.html, (Accessed 24/03/2019)
- ↑ 'Canada 1985: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1985/canada/engages.aspx, (Accessed 24/03/2019)
- ↑ 'Labatt Grand Prix of Canada - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1985/races/486/canada/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 24/03/2019)
- ↑ 'Labatt Grand Prix of Canada - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1985/races/486/canada/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 24/03/2019)
- ↑ 'Canada 1985: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1985/canada/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 24/03/2019)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 'Canada 1984: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1985/canada/classement.aspx, (Accessed 24/03/2019)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 '5. Canada 1985', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1985/canada.aspx, (Accessed 24/03/2019)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 '1985 Canadian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1985&gp=Canadian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 24/03/2019)
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