The 1985 Italian Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the LVI Gran Premio d'Italia, was the twelfth round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on the 8 September 1985. The race, which was the 50th Grand Prix to to be held at Monza, would see Alain Prost claim victory and establish a significant lead in the Championship.
The build-up to the race was overshadowed by the death of another promising F1 talent, for Tyrrell racer Stefan Bellof had been killed at the 1000 km of Spa a week earlier. The West German born racer was not to be replaced for the Italian Grand Prix, with the Tyrrell team set to hot-foot away from the Monza circuit after the race to attend Bellof's funeral.
Qualifying, meanwhile, would see Ayrton Senna claim pole position, his fifth of the season at the wheel of his Lotus-Renault 97T. He would be joined on the front row by Keke Rosberg, while Championship leader Prost claimed fifth, a row ahead of main title rival Michele Alboreto of Ferrari.
The start of the race saw Rosberg sprint ahead of Senna off the grid to claim the lead, with Nigel Mansell following his Williams-Honda teammate through. Prost also made a strong start but could not sneak ahead of the Lotus, meaning it was Rosberg leading from Mansell, Senna and Prost at the head of the field.
The early stages would see the order at the front quickly established, with Prost easing ahead of Senna, while an electrical glitch for Mansell put the Brit in the pits. Rosberg, meanwhile, was able to ease clear of his pursuers, while Senna appeared to have some early struggles with his tyres and hence slipped behind both Elio de Angelis and Niki Lauda.
Once Lauda moved past de Angelis the order would remain fairly stable, until a failure of the Austrian's front wing forced the #1 McLaren-TAG Porsche into the pits. He would be followed into the pits by Rosberg a couple of laps later, the Finn needing fresh Goodyear tyres, leaving Prost with a small lead.
Rosberg duly caught and passed Prost with his new tyres, although his race was to come to an end in the closing stages with a spectacular engine failure. Prost duly re-inherited the lead with six laps to go, while a late move from Nelson Piquet saw the Brazilian move into second ahead of compatriot Senna.
With that the race was run, with Prost cruising home almost a full minute clear of Piquet and Senna behind. Marc Surer was next in the #8 Brabham-BMW, with Stefan Johansson classified in fifth for Ferrari having run out of fuel on the penultimate lap, while Elio de Angelis claimed the final point in sixth.
The results of the Italian Grand Prix meant that Prost had opened a twelve point lead at the head of the Championship, with Alboreto failing to score. McLaren-TAG Porsche, meanwhile, would finally overhaul Ferrari at the head of the Constructors Championship, with two points separating the established rivals.
Alain Prost had 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 in the Netherlands, 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 arriving in Italy, with Ferrari effectively relying on Alboreto's form to keep them ahead of the Anglo-German alliance. Behind, Lotus-Renault 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.
The full entry list for the 1985 Italian Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 1985 Italian Grand Prix are outlined below:
|5||2||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG Porsche||1:27.576||1:25.790||+0.706s|
|6||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||1:27.098||1:26.004||+0.920s|
|13||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||1:29.068||1:28.340||+3.256s|
|16||1||Niki Lauda||McLaren-TAG Porsche||1:28.472||1:28.949||+3.388s|
|17||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||1:29.298||1:28.629||+3.545s|
|22||24||Huub Rothengatter||Osella-Alfa Romeo||1:33.529||1:37.664||+8.445s|
|23||29||Pierluigi Martini||Minardi-Motori Moderni||1:35.770||1:33.961||+8.877s|
- 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.
- * Zakspeed withdrew their entry after Jonathan Palmer's accident at the 1000 km of Spa.
|______________||Elio de Angelis|
The full results for the 1985 Italian Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- * Mansell and Alboreto were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.
- † Ghinzani was unable to start after stalling on the formation lap.
- 1000th entry for a Ferrari chassis.
- Elio de Angelis made his 100th Grand Prix start.
- Motori Moderni entered their tenth race as an engine supplier.
- Tenth entry for Kenny Acheson.
- Debut for Lola as a constructor.
- Fifth pole position for Ayrton Senna.
- Alain Prost claimed his 21st victory.
- McLaren secured their 48th win as a constructor.
- Nelson Piquet secured BMW's twentieth podium finish.
- Nigel Mansell recorded Williams's twentieth fastest lap as a constructor.
Alain Prost extended his grip on the 1985 World Championship with victory in Monza, opening out a twelve point lead over second placed Michele Alboreto. Indeed, the Italian's inability to score on home soil may have proved fatal to his title ambitions, although with four races to go, and 36 points to fight for, Alboreto was still a major contender for the crown. In contrast, Elio de Angelis was now mathematically out of the fight, with the Italian only able to score 31 points before dropped scores were applied to his tally.
In the Constructors Championship it had been a bad day for the tifosi on home soil, for Ferrari had lost the lead in the title hunt for the first time since the Monaco Grand Prix. Indeed, it was rivals McLaren-TAG Porsche who would leave Italy at the head of the field, opening out a two point gap over the Italian team in their duel for the title. Indeed, third placed Lotus-Renault were running out of time to mount a title challenge, having slipped 23 points behind.
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 'Italian GP, 1985', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr416.html, (Accessed 26/03/2019)
- ↑ 'Italy 1985: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1985/italie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 26/03/2019)
- ↑ '56. Gran Premio d'Italia - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1985/races/493/italy/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 26/03/2019)
- ↑ '56. Gran Premio d'Italia - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1985/races/493/italy/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 26/03/2019)
- ↑ 'Italy 1985: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1985/italie/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 26/03/2019)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 'Italy 1985: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1985/italie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 26/03/2019)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 '1985 Italy GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1985&gp=Italian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 26/03/2019)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 '12. Italy 1985', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1985/italie.aspx, (Accessed 26/03/2019)
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