1984 Italian Grand Prix
Niki Lauda won in his McLaren-TAG, stretching his championship lead over team mate Alain Prost (whose TAG engine blew on lap 3) to 10.5 points. Michele Alboreto and Riccardo Patrese gave the partisan Italian crowd something to cheer by bringing their Ferrari and Alfa Romeo home in second and third place respectively.
Sweden's Stefan Johansson finished fourth in his Toleman-Hart (after being last at the end of the first lap), while Austrians Jo Gartner (Osella-Alfa Romeo) and Gerhard Berger (ATS-BMW) finished 5th and 6th respectively, though as their teams had only entered one car for the season and both were in second cars entered for the race, neither Gartner or Berger scored championship points.
Patrese's third place was the final ever Formula One podium for Alfa Romeo as either a constructor or engine supplier. The 1984 Italian Grand Prix was the only Formula One race in history to have three Austrian drivers finish in the top six placings.
Before the race, Lotus driver Elio de Angelis was the only driver mathematically capable of taking the Drivers' Championship from Lauda or Prost. His chances of becoming the first Italian World Champion since Alberto Ascari in 1953 evaporated when the gearbox in his Lotus-Renault broke on lap 14 leaving him, like Prost, as a non-finisher.
* Neither Gartner nor Berger were eligible for championship points, as they were driving their teams' "second entry" and because the team had only entered one car for the entire championship, the second entry was ineligible to score points.
- Ayrton Senna, regular driver for Toleman, was substituted with Pierluigi Martini as punishment for breaking his contract with the team to drive for Lotus in 1985.
- Riccardo Patrese's third place was the last podium for Alfa Romeo in Formula One.
- Only World Championship Grand Prix where 3 Austrians finished in the top 6.
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Points accurate at final declaration of results. Tyrrell's points were subsequently reallocated.
Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-17.
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