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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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

Qualifying, meanwhile, would see Ayrton Senna claim pole position, his fifth of the season at the wheel of his Lotus-Renault 97T.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

With that the race was run, with Prost cruising home almost a full minute clear of Piquet and Senna behind.[1] 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.[1]

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.

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1985 Italian 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
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 France Philippe Streiff 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 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 841 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t G
33 Australia Alan Jones United States Team Haas (USA) Ltd. Lola THL1 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t G
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:27.009 1:25.084
2 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:26.161 1:25.230 +0.146s
3 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:26.960 1:25.486 +0.402s
4 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:25.679 1:25.584 +0.500s
5 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:27.576 1:25.790 +0.706s
6 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:27.098 1:26.004 +0.920s
7 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:27.552 1:26.468 +1.384s
8 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:28.578 1:27.020 +1.936s
9 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:27.799 1:27.153 +2.069s
10 28 Sweden Stefan Bellof Italy Ferrari 1:29.001 1:27.473 +2.389s
11 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:27.746 1:27.723 +2.639s
12 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:28.119 1:28.112 +3.028s
13 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:29.068 1:28.340 +3.256s
14 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:28.369 1:28.760 +3.285s
15 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:29.050 1:28.386 +3.302s
16 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:28.472 1:28.949 +3.388s
17 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1:29.298 1:28.629 +3.545s
18 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:33.503 1:28.793 +3.709s
19 25 France Philippe Alliot France Ligier-Renault 1:31.727 1:29.839 +4.755s
20 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 1:30.186 1:30.376 +5.102s
21 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:30.271 1:31.449 +5.187s
22 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:33.529 1:37.664 +8.445s
23 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:35.770 1:33.961 +8.877s
24 10 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:34.919 1:38.325 +9.835s
25 33 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Hart 1:34.943 1:45.823 +9.859s
26 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:36.221 1:37.664 +11.137s
WD* 30 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed Withdrawn
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.
  • * Zakspeed withdrew their entry after Jonathan Palmer's accident at the 1000 km of Spa.[6]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Ayrton Senna 2
______________ Keke Rosberg
Row 2 3 ______________
Nigel Mansell 4
______________ Nelson Piquet
Row 3 5 ______________
Alain Prost 6
______________ Elio de Angelis
Row 4 7 ______________
Michele Alboreto 8
______________ Patrick Tambay
Row 5 9 ______________
Marc Surer 10
______________ Stefan Johansson
Row 6 11 ______________
Gerhard Berger 12
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 7 13 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 14
______________ Thierry Boutsen
Row 8 15 ______________
Teo Fabi 16
______________ Niki Lauda
Row 9 17 ______________
Eddie Cheever 18
______________ Martin Brundle
Row 10 19 ______________
Philippe Streiff 20
______________ Jacques Laffite
Row 11 21 ______________
Piercarlo Ghinzani 22
______________ Huub Rothengatter
Row 12 23 ______________
Pierluigi Martini 24
______________ Kenny Acheson
Row 13 25 ______________
Alan Jones 26
______________ Philippe Alliot

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 51 1:17:59.451 5 9
2 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 51 +51.635s 4 6
3 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 51 +1:00.390 1 4
4 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 51 +1:00.609 9 3
5 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 50 +1 Lap 10 2
6 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 50 +1 Lap 6 1
7 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 50 +1 Lap 8
8 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 50 +1 Lap 18
9 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 50 +1 Lap 14
10 25 France Philippe Streiff France Ligier-Renault 49 +2 Laps 19
11* 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 47 Engine 3
12 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 47 +4 Laps 15
13* 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 45 Engine 7
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 44 Engine 2
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 40 Engine 20
Ret 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 33 Transmission 16
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 31 Exhaust 13
Ret 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 26 Engine 22
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 19 Turbo 26
Ret 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 13 Engine 11
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 9 Transmission 12
Ret 33 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Hart 6 Engine 25
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 3 Engine 17
Ret 10 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson United Kingdom RAM-Hart 2 Clutch 24
Ret 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 0 Fuel pump 23
DNS 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani United Kingdom Toleman-Hart
WD 30 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed
Source:[6]
  • 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.[6]
  • Ghinzani was unable to start after stalling on the formation lap.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 65
2 Italy Michele Alboreto 53
3 Italy Elio de Angelis 31
4 Brazil Ayrton Senna 23
5 Sweden Stefan Johansson 21
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet 19 ▲2
7 Finland Keke Rosberg 18 ▼1
8 Austria Niki Lauda 14 ▼1
9 France Patrick Tambay 11
10 France Jacques Laffite 10
11 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 9
12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 7
13 Switzerland Marc Surer 5 ▲4
14 West Germany Stefan Bellof 4 ▼1
15 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 4 ▼1
16 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3 ▼1
17 France René Arnoux 3 ▼1
World Championship for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 79 ▲1
2 Italy Ferrari 77 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 54
4 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 25
5 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 24
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
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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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