1985 British Grand Prix
The 1985 British Grand Prix (formally the XXXVIII Marlboro British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 21 July 1985. It was the eighth round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Qualifying saw Keke Rosberg take pole in his Williams with a lap of 1:05.591. At an average speed of 160.9 mph (259 km/h), it stood as the fastest qualifying lap in F1 history for 17 years. Alongside Rosberg on the front row was Nelson Piquet in the Brabham, while Alain Prost in the McLaren and Ayrton Senna in the Lotus were on the second row. Nigel Mansell in the second Williams and championship leader Michele Alboreto in the Ferrari filled the third row, while on the fourth were Andrea de Cesaris in the Ligier and Elio de Angelis in the second Lotus. Teo Fabi in the Toleman and Niki Lauda in the second McLaren completed the top ten.
At the start of the race, Senna passed Prost, the slow-starting Piquet and Rosberg to take the lead, while Mansell moved up to third and de Cesaris to fifth. Behind them, four cars were eliminated at the first corner, Copse, as Patrick Tambay in the Renault lost control and was hit by the second Ferrari of Stefan Johansson, which also caused the Osella of Piercarlo Ghinzani and the RAM of Philippe Alliot to crash into each other.
Back at the front, de Cesaris passed Prost and then Mansell to be third, before Prost repassed the Ligier on lap 9. Prost later admitted he was apprehensive about being behind the Ligier thanks to the unpredictable de Cesaris' reputation for crashing his race cars. Mansell dropped out on lap 18 with a clutch failure, before team-mate Rosberg suffered a broken exhaust four laps later. Senna continued to lead, with Prost now second and Lauda up to third ahead of de Cesaris, Piquet and Alboreto.
Alboreto passed Piquet for fifth, before moving up to fourth on lap 42 when de Cesaris's clutch failed. By then, Senna and Prost were running nose-to-tail. The Frenchman finally passed the Brazilian on lap 58, Lauda's electrics failing on the same lap. Then Senna's fuel injection failed, promoting Alboreto to second, while Jacques Laffite in the second Ligier moved up to third ahead of Piquet.
The chequered flag was erroneously shown at the end of lap 65, one lap early, with Prost having lapped the entire field. Halfway around what was meant to have been the final lap, Laffite ran out of fuel, which annoyed Piquet - he would have thus taken the final podium place had the error not been made. The final points were taken by Derek Warwick in the second Renault and Marc Surer in the second Brabham.
In the Drivers' Championship, Prost moved to within two points of Alboreto, while in the Constructors' Championship McLaren moved up to second, 18 points behind Ferrari.
|1||6||23x15px Keke Rosberg||Williams-Honda||1:06.107||1:05.591||—|
|2||7||23x15px Nelson Piquet||Brabham-BMW||1:08.933||1:06.249||+0.658|
|3||2||23x15px Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG||1:06.308||1:08.532||+0.717|
|4||12||23x15px Ayrton Senna||Lotus-Renault||1:06.324||1:06.794||+0.733|
|5||5||23x15px Nigel Mansell||Williams-Honda||1:09.080||1:06.675||+1.084|
|6||27||23x15px Michele Alboreto||Ferrari||1:06.793||1:07.427||+1.202|
|7||25||23x15px Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||1:11.082||1:07.448||+1.857|
|8||11||23x15px Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||1:07.581||1:07.696||+1.990|
|9||19||23x15px Teo Fabi||Toleman-Hart||1:07.678||1:07.871||+2.087|
|10||1||23x15px Niki Lauda||McLaren-TAG||1:07.743||1:09.001||+2.152|
|11||28||23x15px Stefan Johansson||Ferrari||1:08.169||1:07.887||+2.296|
|12||16||23x15px Derek Warwick||Renault||1:08.238||1:08.604||+2.647|
|13||15||23x15px Patrick Tambay||Renault||1:09.898||1:08.240||+2.649|
|14||22||23x15px Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||1:08.384||1:10.110||+2.793|
|15||8||23x16px Marc Surer||Brabham-BMW||1:09.572||1:08.587||+2.996|
|16||26||23x15px Jacques Laffite||Ligier-Renault||1:10.756||1:08.656||+3.065|
|17||17||23x15px Gerhard Berger||Arrows-BMW||1:09.870||1:08.672||+3.081|
|18||9||23x15px Manfred Winkelhock||RAM-Hart||1:10.299||1:09.114||+3.523|
|19||18||23x15px Thierry Boutsen||Arrows-BMW||1:09.413||1:09.131||+3.540|
|20||3||23x15px Martin Brundle||Tyrrell-Renault||1:10.718||1:09.242||+3.651|
|21||10||23x15px Philippe Alliot||RAM-Hart||1:11.162||1:09.609||+4.018|
|22||23||23x15px Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||1:11.072||1:10.345||+4.754|
|23||29||23x15px Pierluigi Martini||Minardi-Motori Moderni||1:13.645||1:15.363||+8.054|
|24||30||23x15px Jonathan Palmer||Zakspeed||1:17.856||1:13.713||+8.122|
|25||24||23x15px Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||1:16.400||+10.809|
|26||4||23x15px Stefan Bellof||Tyrrell-Ford||1:17.009||1:16.596||+11.005|
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1985). AUTOCOURSE 1985-86. Hazleton Publishing. p. 244. ISBN 0-905138-38-4.
- Hamilton, Maurice (ed.) (1985). AUTOCOURSE 1985-86. Hazleton Publishing. p. 245. ISBN 0-905138-38-4.
- Anthony, Pritchard (March 2006). Lotus: The Competition Cars. Haynes Publishing. p. 245. ISBN 1-84425-006-7.
Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-17.
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