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1985 San Marino Grand Prix

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The 1985 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Imola on May 5, 1985. It was the third round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship. It was the fifth San Marino Grand Prix.

Qualifying

Before the previous race in Portugal it was revealed that René Arnoux had been fired by Ferrari, with no explanation ever given for his sudden departure be either the team or Arnoux. In his place was Swedish driver Stefan Johansson. Arnoux was in the pits at Imola, but was seen with the Brabham team, starting a false rumor he would soon join the team alongside Nelson Piquet. As it turned out, Arnoux would not drive in F1 again until joining Ligier in 1986.

Portuguese Grand Prix winner Ayrton Senna took the pole in his Lotus-Renault with a time of 1:27.327 which was 1.19 seconds faster than Nelson Piquet's 1984 pole time. Keke Rosberg proved the Williams-Honda would be a much more competitive package in 1985 than its predecessor by taking second on the grid, only 0.027 behind the Black & Gold Lotus. For Senna it would be the first of seven consecutive pole positions at Imola, a run which ended in 1992.

Filling out the second row was an all-Italian affair. Elio de Angelis in his Lotus-Renault in third, followed by arguably the only car and driver the Tifosi really cared about for the race, Italian Michele Alboreto in his Ferrari. Belgian Thierry Boutsen was a surprise 5th fastest in his Arrows-BMW ahead of the McLaren-TAG of Alain Prost. In his second race for Ferrari, Johansson qualified in 15th position.

The slowest qualifier, Mauro Baldi in the Spirit-Hart, was some 9.595 seconds slower than Senna around the 5.040 km (3.132 mi) Imola circuit.

Race

Limited fuel allowances played a big part in the race, as a succession of drivers ran out in the last few laps. Alain Prost took the chequered flag before stopping on the slowing-down lap and being found to be 2 kg underweight in post-race scrutineering, leading to his disqualification. Elio de Angelis was initially disqualified for the same reason but was later reinstated.[1] Summing up the general feeling that FISA's fuel limit rules had seen Formula One races reduced to mere economy runs, Williams driver Nigel Mansell (who was the last driver to actually finish, 2 laps down in 5th place, and was one of only four of the ten classified finishers to not run out of fuel) noted that "it wasn't really racing".

Stefan Johansson ran a good race in his second drive for the Prancing Horse. After starting 15th he steadily made his way through the field and by late in the race had moved to second (benefiting from others running out of fuel) and was poised to benefit from Senna also running dry 3 laps from home. Johansson took the lead from the Lotus to a thunderous applause from the tifosi, only to run out of fuel himself half a lap later coming out of the Acque Minerali chicane. A post race examination of his car revealed the Ferrari had an electrical malfunction that caused the engine to use more fuel than what the readout was telling the team or Johansson. The Ferrari's read out had told Johansson that he still had enough fuel to finish the race.

The win was the second and last Grand Prix victory for Elio de Angelis who finished a lap ahead of the field. It was also the second win of the year for the John Player Special Team Lotus after Ayrton Senna had scored his first ever F1 win the previous race in Portugal. Second place was eventually awarded to Belgian driver Thierry Boutsen - who ran out of fuel as he reached the start-finish straight on his final lap and pushed his Arrows across the finish line - with Frenchman Patrick Tambay third in his Renault RE60.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 12 23x15px Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:27.589 1:27.327
2 6 23x15px Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:28.347 1:27.354 +0.027
3 11 23x15px Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:30.325 1:27.852 +0.525
4 27 23x15px Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:27.871 1:30.637 +0.544
5 18 23x15px Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:28.829 1:27.918 +0.591
6 2 23x15px Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:28.604 1:28.099 +0.772
7 5 23x15px Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:29.756 1:28.202 +0.875
8 1 23x15px Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:29.413 1:28.399 +1.072
9 7 23x15px Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:29.427 1:28.489 +1.162
10 17 23x15px Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 1:28.697 1:29.654 +1.370
11 15 23x15px Patrick Tambay Renault 1:30.201 1:29.102 +1.775
12 23 23x15px Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:30.605 1:29.259 +1.932
13 25 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:30.339 1:29.406 +2.079
14 16 23x15px Derek Warwick Renault 1:30.440 1:29.466 +2.139
15 28 23x15px Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1:30.240 1:29.806 +2.479
16 26 23x15px Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 1:31.625 1:30.982 +3.655
17 30 23x15px Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 2:30.990 1:31.028 +3.701
18 22 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:31.388 1:31.108 +3.781
19 29 23x15px Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:32.770 1:48.391 +5.443
20 8 23x15px François Hesnault Brabham-BMW 1:33.142 1:33.160 +5.833
21 10 23x15px Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:34.201 2:05.141 +6.874
22 24 23x15px Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:34.974 1:34.209 +6.882
23 9 23x15px Manfred Winkelhock RAM-Hart 1:34.936 1:34.579 +7.252
24 4 23x15px Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 1:35.774 1:35.653 +8.326
25 3 23x15px Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 1:36.397 1:36.661 +9.334
26 21 23x15px Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 1:36.922 1:38.235 +9.595

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 23x15px Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 60 1:34:35.955 3 9
2 18 23x15px Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 59 + 1 Lap 5 6
3 15 23x15px Patrick Tambay Renault 59 + 1 Lap 11 4
4 1 23x15px Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 59 + 1 Lap 8 3
5 5 23x15px Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 58 + 2 Laps 7 2
6 28 23x15px Stefan Johansson Ferrari 57 Out of Fuel 15 1
7 12 23x15px Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 57 Out of Fuel 1  
8 7 23x15px Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 57 Out of Fuel 9  
9 3 23x15px Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 56 Out of Fuel 25  
10 16 23x15px Derek Warwick Renault 56 Out of Fuel 14  
DSQ 2 23x15px Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 60 Disqualified 6  
Ret 23 23x15px Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 50 Engine 12  
NC 24 23x15px Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 46 Not Classified 22  
Ret 27 23x15px Michele Alboreto Ferrari 29 Electrical 4  
Ret 9 23x15px Manfred Winkelhock RAM-Hart 27 Engine 23  
Ret 10 23x15px Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 24 Engine 21  
Ret 6 23x15px Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 23 Brakes 2  
Ret 26 23x15px Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 22 Turbo 16  
Ret 29 23x15px Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 14 Turbo 19  
Ret 25 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 11 Spun Off 13  
Ret 21 23x15px Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 9 Electrical 26  
Ret 8 23x15px François Hesnault Brabham-BMW 5 Engine 20  
Ret 4 23x15px Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 5 Engine 24  
Ret 17 23x15px Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 4 Engine 10  
Ret 22 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 4 Engine 18  
DNS 30 23x15px Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 0 Non Starter 17  

Standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-17. 


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