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The 1985 Formula One season was the 36th season of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

It began on April 7, 1985 in Brazil, and finished after sixteen races on November 3, 1985 in Australia.

The season was dominated by Alain Prost in his McLaren-TAG. Prost won the Drivers' Championship by 20 points over Michele Alboreto. McLaren also won the Constructors' Championship, but by only an eight-point margin over Alboreto's Ferrari team.


Teams and DriversEdit

Entry ListEdit

Constructor Chassis Tyre No. Driver Rounds Test/Reserve Drivers
Team Engine
McLaren-TAG Porsche MP4/2B G 1 Austria Niki Lauda 1-13, 15-16
United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International TAG Porsche TTE PO1 V6t 1.5 1 United Kingdom John Watson 14
2 France Alain Prost All
Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
Tyrrell-Renault
012
014
G 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle* All
United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Ford Cosworth DFY V8 3.0
Renault EF4B V6t 1.5
4 Sweden Stefan Johansson 1
4 Germany Stefan Bellof 2-11
4 Italy Ivan Capelli 14, 16
4 France Philippe Streiff 15
Williams-Honda FW10 G 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell All
United Kingdom Canon Williams Honda Team Honda RA164E V6t 1.5
Honda RA165E V6t 1.5
6 Finland Keke Rosberg All
Brabham-BMW BT54 P 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet All
United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 8 France François Hesnault 1-4
8 Switzerland Marc Gené 5-16
RAM-Hart 03 P 9 Germany Manfred Winkelhock 1-9
United Kingdom Skoal Bandit F1 Team Hart 415T L4t 1.5 10 France Philippe Alliot 1-14
10 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson 5-16
Lotus-Renault 97T G 11 Italy Elio de Angelis All
United Kingdom John Player Special Team Lotus Renault EF15 V6t 1.5 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna All
Renault RE60
RE60B
G 14 France François Hesnault 9
France Equipe Renault Elf Renault EF4B V6t 1.5
Renault EF15 V6t 1.5
15 France Patrick Tambay 1-14, 16
16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 1-14, 16
Arrows-BMW A8 G 17 Austria Gerhard Berger All
United Kingdom Barclay Arrows BMW BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen All
Toleman-Hart TG185 P 19 Italy Teo Fabi 4-16
United Kingdom Toleman Group Motorsport Hart 415T L4t 1.5 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani 10-16
Spirit-Hart 101D P 21 Italy Mauro Baldi 1-3
United Kingdom Spirit Enterprises Ltd. Hart 415T L4t 1.5
Alfa Romeo 184TB
185T
G 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese All
Italy Benetton Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 890T V8t 1.5 23 United States Eddie Cheever All
Osella-Alfa Romeo FA1F P 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani 1-8
Italy Osella Squadra Corse Alfa Romeo 890T V8t 1.5 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter 9-16
Ligier-Renault JS25 P 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 1-11
France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Renault EF4B V6t 1.5 25 France Philippe Streiff 12-14, 16
26 France Jacques Laffite 1-14, 16
Ferrari 156/85 G 27 Italy Michele Alboreto All
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari Ferrari 031 V6t 1.5 28 France René Arnoux 1
28 Sweden Stefan Johansson 2-16
Minardi-Ford Cosworth
Minardi-Motori Moderni
M185 P 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini All
Italy Minardi Team SpA Ford Cosworth DFY V8 3.0
Motori Moderni 615-90 V6t 1.5
Zakspeed 841 G 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 2-4, 7-11
Germany West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 1500/4 L4t 1.5 30 Germany Christian Danner 13-14
Lola-Hart THL1 G 33 Australia Alan Jones 12, 14-16
United States Team Haas Hart 415T L4t 1.5
  • * Brundle would drive a #4 car in Germany and Austria.
  • Bellof would drive a #3 car in Germany and Austria.
  • Alliot would drive a #9 car during the next four races.

CalendarEdit

Round Grand Prix Date
1 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix 7 April
Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet
Official Title XIV Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Circuit Jacarepaguá
Location Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lap distance 5.031 km (3.127 mi)
Race distance 306.891 km (190.734 mi)
Date 7 April Laps 61
2 Portugal Portuguese Grand Prix 21 April
Etoril 1984
Official Title 5° Grande Prémio de Portugal
Circuit Autódromo do Estoril
Location Portugal Estoril, Cascais, Portugal
Lap distance 4.349 km (2.703 mi)
Race distance 291.383 km (181.096 mi)
Date 21 April Laps 67
3 San Marino San Marino Grand Prix 5 May
Imola1980
Official Title 5° Gran Premio di San Marino
Circuit Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
Location San Marino Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Lap distance 4.933 km (3.066 mi)
Race distance 295.98 km (183.953 mi)
Date 5 May Laps 60
4 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix 19 May
Circuit de Monaco 1976
Official Title 43e Grand Prix de Monaco
Circuit Circuit de Monaco
Location Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco
Lap distance 3.312 km (2.058 mi)
Race distance 258.336 km (160.557 mi)
Date 19 May Laps 78
5 Canada Canadian Grand Prix 16 June
Gilles Villeneuve Circuit Montreal (78-86)
Official Title XXIV Grand Prix Labatt du Canada
Circuit Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Location Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Lap distance 4.41 km (2.741 mi)
Race distance 308.7 km (191.858 mi)
Date 16 June Laps 70
6 United States Detroit Grand Prix 23 June
Circuit Detroit
Official Title IV Detroit Grand Prix
Circuit Detroit Street Circuit
Location United States Detroit, Michigan, USA
Lap distance 4.023 km (2.5 mi)
Race distance 253.449 km (157.52 mi)
Date 23 June Laps 63
7 France French Grand Prix 7 July
Circuit Paul Ricard Le Castellet 1970-1999
Official Title 71e Grand Prix de France
Circuit Circuit Paul Ricard
Location France Le Castellet, Var, France
Lap distance 5.809 km (3.61 mi)
Race distance 307.877 km (191.347 mi)
Date 7 July Laps 53
8 United Kingdom British Grand Prix 21 July
Silverstone1975
Official Title XXXVIII Marlboro British Grand Prix
Circuit Silverstone Circuit
Location United Kingdom Northamptonshire, UK
Lap distance 4.718 km (2.932 mi)
Race distance 306.67 km (190.597 mi)
Date 21 July Laps 65
9 Germany German Grand Prix 4 August
Nurburgring 1995
Official Title XLVII Großer Preis von Deutschland
Circuit Nürburgring GP-Strecke
Location Germany Nürburg, Germany
Lap distance 4.556 km (2.832 mi)
Race distance 305.252 km (189.715 mi)
Date 4 August Laps 67
10 Austria Austrian Grand Prix 18 August
Österreichring1977
Official Title 23. Großer Preis von Österreich
Circuit Österreichring
Location Austria Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Lap distance 5.941 km (3.692 mi)
Race distance 308.932 km (192.002 mi)
Date 18 August Laps 52
11 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix 25 August
Circuit Park Zandvoort-1980
Official Title 34e Grote Prijs van Nederland
Circuit Circuit Park Zandvoort
Location Netherlands Zandvoort, Netherlands
Lap distance 4.252 km (2.643 mi)
Race distance 297.64 km (184.984 mi)
Date 25 August Laps 70
12 Italy Italian Grand Prix 8 September
Monza 1976
Official Title 56° Gran Premio d'Italia
Circuit Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Location Italy Monza, Italy
Lap distance 5.8 km (3.605 mi)
Race distance 295.8 km (183.841 mi)
Date 8 September Laps 70
13 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 15 September
Monza 1976
Official Title 32e Grand Prix de Belgique
Circuit Spa-Francorchamps
Location Belgium Stavelot, Belgium
Lap distance 6.968 km (4.331 mi)
Race distance 299.624 km (186.218 mi)
Date 15 September Laps 43
14 Europe European Grand Prix 6 October
Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit 1976-1987
Official Title XXXVII Shell Oils Grand Prix of Europe
Circuit Brands Hatch
Location United Kingdom West Kingsdown, Kent, UK
Lap distance 2.614 km (1.625 mi)
Race distance 196.05 km (121.846 mi)
Date 6 October Laps 75
15 South Africa South African Grand Prix 19 October
Kyalami 1968layout
Official Title XXXI Southern Sun Hotels S.A. Grand Prix
Circuit Kyalami Circuit
Location South Africa Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
Lap distance 4.104 km (2.551 mi)
Race distance 307.8 km (191.299 mi)
Date 19 October Laps 75
16 Australia Australian Grand Prix 3 November
Adelaide Street Circuit
Official Title 50th Mitsubishi Australian Grand Prix
Circuit Adelaide Street Circuit
Location Australia Adelaide, South Australia
Lap distance 3.780 km (2.349 mi)
Race distance 309.96 km (192.641 mi)
Date 3 November Laps 82

Season ReportEdit

Pre-SeasonEdit

Race One: 1985 Brazilian Grand PrixEdit

Race Two: 1985 Portuguese Grand PrixEdit

Race Three: 1985 San Marino Grand PrixEdit

Race Four: 1985 Monaco Grand PrixEdit

Race Five: 1985 Canadian Grand PrixEdit

Race Six: 1985 Detroit Grand PrixEdit

Race Seven: 1985 French Grand PrixEdit

Race Eight: 1985 British Grand PrixEdit

Race Nine: 1985 German Grand PrixEdit

Race Ten: 1985 Austrian Grand PrixEdit

Race Eleven: 1985 Dutch Grand PrixEdit

Race Twelve: 1985 Italian Grand PrixEdit

Race Thirteen: 1985 Belgian Grand PrixEdit

Race Fourteen: 1985 European Grand PrixEdit

Race Fifteen: 1985 South African Grand PrixEdit

Race Sixteen: 1985 Australian Grand PrixEdit

Post-SeasonEdit

ResultsEdit

Final StandingsEdit

World Championship for DriversEdit

Pos. Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points
Flag of Brazil (1968–1992) Flag of Portugal Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Belgium Flag of Europe Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Australia
1st Prost 1st Ret DSQ 1st 3rd Ret 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 4th 3rd Ret 73 (76)
2nd Alboreto 2nd 2nd Ret 2nd 1st 3rd Ret 2nd 1st 3rd 4th 13th Ret Ret Ret Ret 53

World Championship for ConstructorsEdit

Pos. Constructor No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points
Flag of Brazil (1968–1992) Flag of Portugal Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Belgium Flag of Europe Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Australia
1st McLaren-TAG Porsche 1 Ret Ret 4th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5th Ret 1st Ret DNS 7th Ret Ret 90
2 1st Ret DSQ 1st 3rd Ret 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 4th 3rd Ret
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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
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