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The 1985 Monaco Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the 43e Grand Prix de Monaco, was the fourth round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Monaco on the 19 May 1985.[1] The race would see Alain Prost grab victory from fifth on the grid, after issues for his rivals shook up the order.[1]

Pole position for the race would go to Ayrton Senna during qualifying, the Brazilian Lotus-Renault pilot's third in three races.[1] Nigel Mansell in the Williams-Honda would join him on the front row once again, with Michele Alboreto and Eddie Cheever also ahead of fifth placed Prost.[1]

Senna duly aced his start to pull into the lead through Sainte Devote, leaving Mansell to fend off Alboreto and Prost, the latter having jumped Cheever.[1] Further back, however, there would be chaos as Gerhard Berger's engine failed moments after he launched off the grid, resulting in Stefan Johansson and Patrick Tambay slamming into the Arrows-BMW.[1]

Tambay and Berger were out on the spot, while Johannson dragged his ruined Ferrari around to retire in the pits.[1] Yet, the race not stopped as the Renault and Arrows were dragged away, meaning Alboreto was free to make an early move on Mansell for second, before harassing Senna for the lead.[1]

Indeed, that was as good as it got for Mansell, with the Brit soon dropping behind Prost, Cheever, Championship leader Elio de Angelis and teammate Keke Rosberg.[1] Out front, meanwhile, Alboreto would begin to fall away from Senna as the Brazilian settled into an impressive rhythm, only for his Renault engine to expire on lap fourteen.[1]

Alboreto duly inherited the lead, moments before a huge accident between Riccardo Patrese and Nelson Piquet coated the run into Sainte Devote with oil.[1] The Italian race leader was the first man to come across the accident on the following lap, and duly slid wide on the slick surface, picking up a puncture in the process.[1]

That slide would hand the lead to Prost, who duly eased clear as Alboreto limped around to pit for a fresh set of tyres.[1] The Italian would rejoin behind Andrea de Cesaris in sixth, before spending the rest of the afternoon fighting his way back up the order.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Prost was left to claim a comfortable victory for McLaren-TAG Porsche, moving him back into second in the Championship.[1] Alboreto, meanwhile, would make a late move on de Angelis to claim second, with the Lotus pilot the last man on the lead lap in third.[1] The rest of the points were then shared between de Cesaris, Derek Warwick and Jacques Laffite.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Elio de Angelis had moved to the top of the Championship after inheriting victory in Imola, moving four clear of Michele Alboreto in second. Indeed, the Italian ace had lost the lead to his compatriot on home soil, with both looking like title contenders in the opening stages of the season. Alain Prost, meanwhile, would slip to fifth after having victory in San Marino taken from him, even slipping behind Ayrton Senna on count-back.

In the Constructors' Championship it was Lotus-Renault who had remained at the head of the pack in Imola, having won their second race of the season. Ferrari were still second, left to rue the fact that Stefan Johansson had run-out of fuel late on, while McLaren-TAG Porsche were down in third. Renault and Arrows-BMW completed the top five, with eight different constructors on the board after three races.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1985 Monaco 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 012 Ford Cosworth DFY 3.0 V8 G
4 Germany Stefan Bellof 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 RA165E 1.5 V6t G
6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Canon Williams Honda Team Williams FW10 Honda RA165E 1.5 V6t G
7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT54 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t P
8 France François Hesnault United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT54 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t P
9 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
15 France Patrick Tambay France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE60 Renault EF4B 1.5 V6t G
16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE60 Renault EF4B 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 185T Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 V8t G
23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Benetton Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 185T Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 V8t G
24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1F 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 Germany West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 841 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t P
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Thursday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:21.631 1:20.450
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:22.560 1:20.536 +0.086s
3 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:22.630 1:20.563 +0.113s
4 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1:22.755 1:20.729 +0.279s
5 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:22.270 1:20.885 +0.435s
6 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:24.510 1:21.302 +0.852s
7 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:23.099 1:21.320 +0.870s
8 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 1:22.992 1:21.347 +0.897s
9 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:23.319 1:21.465 +1.015s
10 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:23.524 1:21.531 +1.081s
11 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:24.293 1:21.665 +1.215s
12 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:22.145 1:21.813 +1.363s
13 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:23.548 1:21.817 +1.367s
14 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:22.897 1:21.813 +1.457s
15 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1:23.163 1:22.635 +2.185s
16 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 1:26.681 1:22.888 +2.438s
17 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:24.473 1:22.912 +2.462s
18 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:26.499 1:23.827 +3.377s
19 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 1:41.564 1:23.840 +3.390s
20 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:26.243 1:23.965 +3.515s
DNQ 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:26.230 1:24.071 +3.621s
DNQ 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:26.214 1:24.236 +3.786s
DNQ 10 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:28.026 1:24.763 +4.313s
DNQ 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:26.102 1:24.764 +4.314s
DNQ 8 France François Hesnault United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:27.505 1:25.068 +4.618s
DNQ 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 6:41.307 +5:20.857
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 Ayrton Senna
Nigel Mansell ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Michele Alboreto
Eddie Cheever ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Alain Prost
Thierry Boutsen ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Keke Rosberg
Andrea de Cesaris ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Elio de Angelis
Derek Warwick ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Gerhard Berger
Riccardo Patrese ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Nelson Piquet
Niki Lauda ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Stefan Johansson
Jacques Laffite ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Patrick Tambay
Martin Brundle ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Jonathan Palmer
Teo Fabi ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 78 1:51:58.034 5 9
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 78 +7.541s 3 6
3 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 78 +1:27.171 9 4
4 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 77 +1 Lap 8 3
5 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 77 +1 Lap 10 2
6 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 77 +1 Lap 16 1
7 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 77 +1 Lap 2
8 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 76 +2 Laps 7
9 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 76 +2 Laps 6
10 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 74 +4 Laps 18
11 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 74 +4 Laps 19
Ret 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 17 Spin 14
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 16 Collision 12
Ret 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 16 Collision 13
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 16 Turbo 20
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 13 Engine 1
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 10 Alternator 4
Ret 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1 Damage 15
Ret 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 0 Engine/Collision 11
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 0 Collision 17
DNQ 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo
DNQ 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 10 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart
DNQ 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock United Kingdom RAM-Hart
DNQ 8 France François Hesnault United Kingdom Brabham-BMW
DNQ 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Elio de Angelis retained the lead in the Championship hunt after finishing third at the Monaco Grand Prix, although his lead had been cut to just two points at the end of the weekend. His closest challenger was now Alain Prost, who was level with Michele Alboreto on points but deemed ahead courtesy of his two race wins. Patrick Tambay was next, eight points off their tally, while Ayrton Senna completed the top five.

In the Constructors' Championship it was still advantage Lotus-Renault after the fourth round of the season, with the Norfolk based squad ending the weekend on 29 points. Ferrari had likewise held station in second, and managed to cut into Lotus' lead, while McLaren-TAG Porsche moved within a point of the Scuderia in third. Renault were next, with less than half the points of their Championship leading customers, while Arrows-BMW remained in the top five.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Italy Elio de Angelis 20
2 France Alain Prost 18 ▲3
3 Italy Michele Alboreto 18 ▼1
4 France Patrick Tambay 10 ▼1
5 Brazil Ayrton Senna 9 ▼1
6 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 6
7 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 4
8 Austria Niki Lauda 3
9 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3 ▲10
10 France René Arnoux 3 ▼1
11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 2 ▲2
12 France Jacques Laffite 2 ▼1
13 Sweden Stefan Johansson 1 ▼3
14 West Germany Stefan Bellof 1 ▼2
World Championship for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 29
2 Italy Ferrari 22
3 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 21
4 France Renault 12
5 United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 6
6 France Ligier-Renault 5 ▲2
7 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 4 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Monaco 1985: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1985/monaco/engages.aspx, (Accessed 24/03/2019)
  3. '43e Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1985/races/485/monaco/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 24/03/2019)
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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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