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The 1985 Dutch Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XXXIV Grote Prijs van Nederland, was the eleventh round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit Park Zandvoort on the 25 August 1985.[1] The race would see Niki Lauda claim his 25th and final Grand Prix victory, moving into joint second on the all-time winners list alongside Jim Clark.[1]

Qualifying would see Nelson Piquet claim pole position for Brabham-BMW, sharing the front row with Keke Rosberg of Williams-Honda.[1] Championship leader Alain Prost was right behind in third ahead of Ayrton Senna, while Lauda would line up in tenth in the second McLaren-TAG Porsche.[1]

A chaotic start would see both Piquet and Thierry Boutsen stall on the grid, although they miraculously escaped without getting rammed from behind.[1] At the front of the field, meanwhile, Piquet's stall effectively handed the lead to Rosberg, with the Finn fending off Senna and a fast starting Teo Fabi into the first corner.[1]

Fabi's time in the sun was to come to an end fairly quickly, with the Italian quickly falling behind both Prost and Lauda before spinning off the circuit later on.[1] Otherwise, the opening laps proved to be fairly tame, with Rosberg easing away from Senna, while Prost and Lauda ran nose-to-tail.[1]

Indeed, there would be no change amongst the leaders until the end of lap nineteen, with Rosberg's engine exploding at the back of the circuit.[1] Senna duly inherited the lead as Lauda pitted for fresh tyres, leaving Prost in second ahead of the two Renaults of Derek Warwick and Patrick Tambay.[1]

Lauda's stop prompted the rest of the top end of the field to pit for fresh tyres, with the Austrian using his brief tyre advantage to jump ahead of both Prost and Senna.[1] Indeed, Prost's hopes of beating the Austrian were ended by an issue during his stop, meaning he would rejoin some twelve seconds behind the now second placed Senna.[1]

The rest of the race would see Prost catch and pass Senna with ease, before sprinting off to catch his now cruising teammate.[1] Those two would subsequently run nose-to-tail until the chequered flag was thrown, with Lauda just keeping ahead by 0.232s across the line.[1]

Behind, Senna would just hang onto third, for a late loss of power would allow a charging Michele Alboreto to attack the Lotus-Renault on the final lap.[1] Indeed, the pair would even survive a fairly hefty whack against one-another on the final tour, with Elio de Angelis and Nigel Mansell claiming the remaining points.[1]

In terms of the Championship, Prost would effectively extend his lead over Alboreto in the hunt for the crown, leaving the Netherlands with a three point advantage.[1] It would also be a productive afternoon for McLaren-TAG Porsche, with the Anglo-German squad's one-two putting them within five points of Ferrari at the head of the field.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Alain Prost's fourth victory of the season in Austria had been 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, Prost 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 after the battle of Spielberg, with the Italian having fallen 22 points behind the leaders.

In the Constructors' Championship the Austrian Grand Prix 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, which left them seventeen off of the Scuderia landing in the Netherlands. 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.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1985 Dutch 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 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 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 Dutch Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:11.074
2 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:11.647 +0.573s
3 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:11.801 1:29.507 +0.727s
4 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:11.837 +0.763s
5 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:12.310 +1.236s
6 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:12.486 +1.412s
7 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:12.614 1:32.740 +1.540s
8 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:12.856 +1.782s
9 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:12.856 +1.782s
10 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:13.059 +1.985s
11 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:13.078 1:30.123 +2.004s
12 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:13.289 +2.215s
13 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 1:13.435 1:28.393 +2.361s
14 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:13.680 1:34.857 +2.606s
15 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:13.705 +2.631s
16 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:13.725 +2.651s
17 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1:13.768 1:34.638 +2.694s
18 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 1:13.797 1:34.638 +2.723s
19 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:14.240 +3.166s
20 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1:14.912 1:32.572 +3.838s
21 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:14.920 1:32.003 +3.846s
22 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:15.236 +4.162s
23 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 1:16.257 1:34.316 +5.183s
24 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:17.919 1:38.227 +6.845s
25 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:18.525 1:36.270 +7.451s
26 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:19.410 1:38.149 +8.336s
DNQ 10 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:20.429 +9.355s
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 Nelson Piquet
Keke Rosberg ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Alain Prost
Ayrton Senna ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Teo Fabi
Patrick Tambay* ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Nigel Mansell
Thierry Boutsen ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Marc Surer
Niki Lauda ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Elio de Angelis
Derek Warwick ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Jacques Laffite
Gerhard Berger ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Piercarlo Ghinzani
Michele Alboreto ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Stefan Johansson
Andrea de Cesaris ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Riccardo Patrese
Eddie Cheever ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Martin Brundle
Stefan Bellof ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Jonathan Palmer
Pierluigi Martini ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Philippe Alliot
Huub Rothengatter ______________
  • * Tambay would start from the pit lane after an accident during the warm-up.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 70 1:32:29.263 10 9
2 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 70 +0.232s 3 6
3 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 70 +48.491s 4 4
4 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 70 +48.837s 16 3
5 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 69 +1 Lap 11 2
6 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 69 +1 Lap 7 1
7 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 69 +1 Lap 21
8 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 69 +1 Lap 1
9 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 68 +2 Laps 14
10* 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 65 Exhaust 9
NC 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 56 +14 Laps 26
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 54 Suspension 8
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 52 Engine 25
Ret 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 39 Engine 22
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 27 Gearbox 12
Ret 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 25 Turbo 18
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 22 Transmission 6
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 20 Engine 2
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 18 Wheel bearing 5
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 17 Electrical 13
Ret 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 13 Oil pressure 23
Ret 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 12 Engine 15
Ret 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 9 Engine 17
Ret 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1 Accident 24
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1 Turbo 20
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1 Turbo 19
DNQ 10 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson United Kingdom RAM-Hart
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Surer was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • Rothengatter was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Alain Prost established a small lead at the head of the title hunt as a result of the Dutch Grand Prix, moving three clear of second placed Michele Alboreto. Indeed, those two were now, realistically, the only drivers in the fight for the Championship, with a 23 point gap separating Alboreto from third placed Elio de Angelis. de Angelis would therefore have to win at least three of the remaining five races just to get on terms with the leaders, with dropped scores also set to come into effect later on in the year.

In the Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, it had been a very good afternoon's work for McLaren-TAG Porsche, with their first one-two of the campaign putting them within striking distance of leaders Ferrari. Indeed, the gap between the two was left at just five points after the Dutch Grand Prix, with Ferrari effectively relying on Alboreto's form to keep them ahead of the Anglo-German alliance. Behind, Lotus-Renault finally looked to be out of the fight in third, although with just 21 points between themselves and McLaren it would only take one good weekend to launch the Norfolk based squad back into the hunt.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 56
2 Italy Michele Alboreto 53
3 Italy Elio de Angelis 30
4 Brazil Ayrton Senna 19 ▲2
5 Sweden Stefan Johansson 19 ▼1
6 Finland Keke Rosberg 18 ▼1
7 Austria Niki Lauda 14 ▲5
8 Brazil Nelson Piquet 13 ▼1
9 France Patrick Tambay 11 ▼1
10 France Jacques Laffite 10 ▼1
11 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 9 ▼1
12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 7 ▼1
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 75
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 70
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 49
4 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 25
5 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 15
6 France Renault 15
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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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
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