1985 Dutch Grand Prix
The 1985 Dutch Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Circuit Zandvoort on August 25, 1985. It was the eleventh round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship. The race was held over 70 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 298 kilometres. The race also proved to be the 34th and last Dutch Grand Prix and the 25th and last Grand Prix victory for triple (and defending) World Champion Niki Lauda. Lauda's team mate Alain Prost was second in his McLaren MP4/2B with Brazilian racer Ayrton Senna third in his Lotus 97T.
Renault's Patrick Tambay, who qualified an excellent season best sixth, had a huge crash at nearly Script error: No such module "convert". in the Sunday morning warm up from which he walked away from shaken but unhurt. After losing Saturday to rain and having not run on full tanks all weekend the RE60B's front suspension broke at the end of the main straight going into Tarzan. The car was destroyed in the tyre wall. Tambay was able to start in the spare. Both he and team mate Derek Warwick made what were considered brave decisions to start despite not really knowing what caused the suspension to fail in the first place.
Nelson Piquet recorded his first and only pole position of the season, averaging Script error: No such module "convert"., the first for tyre manufacturer Pirelli. It did him little good though as he stalled his Brabham BT54 when the lights changed to green. Luckily he was missed by those behind him and he was finally push started almost a lap behind. Despite a push start being against the rules, no one saw fit to protest as Piquet only finished in eighth place.
Niki Lauda won his last career victory in his McLaren MP4/2B. His team mate Alain Prost took the lead in the championship by finishing second, only 0.232 seconds behind Lauda. The two had diced for the lead over the final twelve laps of the race. Ayrton Senna continued his late season charge up the points and finished a fine third. Rounding out the points were Ferrari's Michele Alboreto, whose three points were not enough to keep his championship lead, Senna's Lotus team mate Elio de Angelis was fifth with Nigel Mansell sixth in his Williams FW10.
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-17.
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