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The XLVII AvD-Großer Preis von Deutschland, otherwise known as the 1985 German Grand Prix, was the ninth round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring on the 4 August 1985.[1] The race was the first German Grand Prix to be held at the Nürburgring GP-Strecke, replacing the Hockenheimring as the home of the German Grand Prix.[1]

Qualifying saw Teo Fabi claim a shock pole position for Toleman-Hart, with heavy rain on Saturday preventing anyone from improving on their Friday efforts.[1] A huge gap then followed to second placed Stefan Johansson in the #28 Ferrari, while Alain Prost claimed third ahead of Keke Rosberg.[1]

Unfortunately pole would be as good as it got for Fabi, with a miserable start ensuring that the Italian tumbled down the field.[1] Johansson duly swept into the lead, only for a hiccough from his engine to gift the lead to Rosberg into the first corner.[1]

Ayrton Senna would also take advantage of the Swede's issue diving inside the Ferrari through the first corner to grab second.[1] Championship leader Michele Alboreto tried to follow the Brazilian through, only for teammate Johansson to close the door, resulting in the Italian's front wing puncturing the Swede's right rear tyre.[1]

Miraculously Alboreto would carry on in third with no damage, while Senna and Rosberg duelled for the lead.[1] Ultimately, however, the Finn would emerge ahead at the end of the opening tour, and duly eased clear as the race settled into a fairly sedate rhythm in the early stages.[1]

Indeed, there would only be one overtake in the top six before half-distance, with Nigel Mansell passing Nelson Piquet, before the Brazilian's race was ended with a turbo failure.[1] Senna then lost second when his transmission failed, before Fabi, then running in sixth, dropped out with a clutch failure.[1]

Rosberg's pace would deteriorate shortly after half-distance, prompting the Finn to pit from the lead as Elio de Angelis dropped out with an engine failure.[1] Rosberg subsequently rejoined in third behind Alboreto and Prost, but his charge for the lead would be ended by a brake failure in the closing stages.[1]

With that the race was run, with Alboreto able to keep far enough away from Prost to claim victory and extend his Championship lead.[1] Third went to Jacques Laffite in the Ligier-Renault, who would overtake Nigel Mansell late on when the Brit's pace collapsed due to a turbo issue.[1] Mansell eventually claimed sixth, with Thierry Boutsen and Niki Lauda also getting past the Williams-Honda.[1]

BackgroundEdit

The gap at the top of the Championship had been cut to just two points as a result of Alain Prost's victory in Britain, the Frenchman having ended the Silverstone weekend on 35 points to Michele Alboreto's 37. Indeed, they also arrived in Germany with clear air between themselves and third placed Elio de Angelis, who had 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 at Silverstone, moving eighteen clear of their nearest challengers. Those challengers were now defending Champions McLaren-TAG Porsche, who had 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 had moved ahead of Arrows-BMW and Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1985 German 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 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 014 Renault EF4B 1.5 V6t G
4 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 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
14 France François Hesnault France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE60 Renault EF4B 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 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 German Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:17.429
2 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1:18.616 1:46.919 +1.187s
3 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:18.725 1:43.088 +1.296s
4 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:18.781 1:39.547 +1.352s
5 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:18.792 1:36.471 +1.363s
6 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:18.802 1:49.347 +1.373s
7 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:19.120 1:29.714 +1.691s
8 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:19.194 1:41.490 +1.765s
9 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:19.338 +1.909s
10 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:19.475 1:42.050 +2.046s
11 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:19.558 1:38.330 +2.129s
12 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:19.562 1:44.330 +2.133s
13 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 1:19.656 +2.227s
14 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 1:19.738 1:39.623 +2.309s
15 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:19.781 1:54.674 +2.352s
16 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:19.917 1:33.373 +2.488s
17 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:20.666 1:41.131 +3.237s
18 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1:21.074 1:32.376 +3.645s
19 3 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:21.219 14:04.270 +3.790s
20 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:21.237 2:08.604 +3.808s
21 10 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:22.017 +4.588s
22 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:22.607 1:51.109 +5.178s
23 14 France François Hesnault France Renault 1:23.161 +5.732s
24 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 1:24.217 1:51.833 +6.788s
25 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:26.478 +9.049s
26 4 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:27.621 1:47.820 +10.192s
27 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:40.506 +23.077s
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 Teo Fabi
Stefan Johansson ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Alain Prost
Keke Rosberg ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Ayrton Senna
Nelson Piquet ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Elio de Angelis
Michele Alboreto ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Riccardo Patrese
Nigel Mansell ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Marc Surer
Niki Lauda ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Jacques Laffite
Andrea de Cesaris ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Thierry Boutsen
Patrick Tambay ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Gerhard Berger
Eddie Cheever ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Stefan Bellof
Derek Warwick ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Philippe Alliot
Manfred Winkelhock ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 François Hesnault
Jonathan Palmer ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Huub Rothengatter
Martin Brundle ______________
Row 14 ______________ 27
28 Pierluigi Martini
______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 67 1:35:31.337 8 9
2 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 67 +51.154s 4 6
3 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 67 +51.154s 13 4
4 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 67 +55.279s 15 3
5 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 67 +1:13.972 12 2
6 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 67 +1:16.820 10 1
7 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 66 +1 Lap 17
8 3 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 66 +1 Lap 19
9 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 2
10 4 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 63 +4 Laps 26
11* 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 62 Engine 27
12* 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 61 Brakes 4
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 45 Turbo 18
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 40 Engine 7
Ret 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 32 Gearbox 25
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 29 Clutch 1
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 27 CV joint 5
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 25 Ignition 20
Ret 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 23 Turbo 6
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 19 Spin 16
Ret 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 15 Engine 11
Ret 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock United Kingdom RAM-Hart 8 Engine 22
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 8 Gearbox 9
Ret 14 France François Hesnault France Renault 8 Clutch 23
Ret 10 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 8 Oil pressure 21
Ret 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 7 Alternator 24
Ret 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 0 Collision 14
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Martini and Rosberg were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory ensured that Championship leader Michele Alboreto increased his advantage over Alain Prost, with a five point gap separating the two protagonists. Elio de Angelis, meanwhile, was now an increasingly distant third, having failed to score again, with fifteen points between him and Prost. Keke Rosberg had also lost ground in fourth, while Stefan Johansson completed the top five.

In the Constructors' Championship it was still Ferrari who led the charge, with the Scuderia again managing to extend their advantage. Indeed, McLaren-TAG Porsche had slipped nineteen points behind the Italian firm, with Lotus-Renault also losing ground in third. Williams-Honda, meanwhile, inched closer to their British compatriots, now eleven behind the Norfolk squad, while Renault remained in the top five.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Italy Michele Alboreto 46
2 France Alain Prost 41
3 Italy Elio de Angelis 26
4 Finland Keke Rosberg 18
5 Sweden Stefan Johansson 16
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet 13
7 France Patrick Tambay 11
8 France Jacques Laffite 10 ▲2
9 Brazil Ayrton Senna 9 ▼1
10 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 9 ▼1
11 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 6
12 Austria Niki Lauda 5 ▲2
13 West Germany Stefan Bellof 4 ▼1
14 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 4 ▼1
15 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3
16 France René Arnoux 3
17 Switzerland Marc Surer 1
World Championship for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 65
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 46
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 35
4 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 24
5 France Renault 15
6 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 14
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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  2. 'Germany 1985: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1985/allemagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 25/03/2019)
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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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V T E Germany German Grand Prix
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