Brazilian GP 1984
MARCH 25, 1984
Brazilian GP, 1984
There were new regulations for the 1984 season with a maximum of 220 liters of fuel in a race and no refueling. There were changes in the teams as well with Riccardo Patrese departing Brabham to join Alfa Romeo which had picked up Tyrrell's sponsorship from Benetton and had taken on Eddie Cheever from Renault. The French team had blown up after the defeat at the end of 1983 with Alain Prost departing to replace John Watson at McLaren. Renault hired Patrick Tambay from Ferrari and Derek Warwick from Toleman. Ferrari replaced Tambay with Michele Alboreto and as Danny Sullivan had gone back to the United States the Tyrrell team had to find two new drivers. Ken Tyrrell decided to take on two youngsters: Martin Brundle and Stefan Bellof. Tyrrell was the only team without turbocharged engines.
Toleman also needed two new drivers as Teo Fabi had moved to Brabham and so the team hired Johnny Cecotto (from the defunct Theodore team) and a youngster called Ayrton Senna. The team had new sponsorship from Magirus and Segafredo.
There was a complete change at Ligier as well with a supply of Renault turbocharged engines and two new drivers: Andrea de Cesaris from Alfa Romeo and a rising French star called Francois Hesnault. Arrows had concluded a deal to use BMW engines and retained Marc Surer and Thierry Boutsen and landed sponsorship from Barclay cigarettes. Lotus retained Nigel Mansell and Elio de Angelis, Williams kept Keke Rosberg and Jacques Laffite and ATS continued with Manfred Winkelhock while Osella reduced its involvement to one car for Piercarlo Ghinzani. Mauro Baldi (who had been dropped by Alfa Romeo) found himself with the Spirit team, which was now using Hart engines but this did not appear until the European season began. The RAM team was revamped again with backing from Skoal Bandit and drivers Jonathan Palmer and Philippe Alliot.
Qualifying resulted in pole position for de Angelis with Alboreto alongside on the front row. Then came Warwick, Prost, Mansell, Niki Lauda (McLaren), Nelson Piquet (Brabham), Tambay, Rosberg and Rene Arnoux (Ferrari). At the start Alboreto took the lead from Warwick, Mansell and Lauda as de Angelis and Prost got away slowly and Piquet was left behind on the grid. Lauda quickly overtook Mansell and Tambay overtook de Angelis for fifth place. De Angelis then dropped behind Arnoux and Prost as well and it was not long before the McLaren-TAG driver overtook the Ferrari. Lauda was able to overtake Warwick as well and the two had a small coming-together as they battled for second.
On the 12th lap Alboreto spun because of a brake problem and so the lead passed to Lauda with Warwick second and Mansell third but soon Nigel was overtaken by Prost and Alain followed up by moving to second position on lap 24. The McLarens were running 1-2.
This was fine until the cars stopped for new tires. Lauda went out with an electrical problem during his stop and Prost was delayed in the confusion in the pits and so Warwick was ahead with Prost second, Tambay third, Rosberg fourth and de Angelis fifth. Mansell had gone off, Arnoux's car had blown up and Piquet too was out after a charge through the field.
Warwick now seemed to be in control of the race but on lap 51 his suspension, which had been damaged when he hit Lauda, collapsed and he spun off. Tambay, having to conserve fuel, slowed down and was overtaken by Rosberg. Two laps from the end the Renault ran out of gas.
|1||7||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG Porsche||61||1h42m34.492s||4|
|3||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||61||1h43m33.620s||1|
|4||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||60||12|
|5r||15||Patrick Tambay||Renault||59||Out Of Fuel||8|
|r||16||Derek Warwick||Renault||51||Front Suspension||3|
|r||26||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||42||Gearbox||14|
|r||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||41||Gearbox||11|
|r||8||Niki Lauda||McLaren-TAG Porsche||38||Electrics||6|
|r||24||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||28||Gearbox||21|
|r||25||Francois Hesnault||Ligier-Renault||25||Engine Overheating||19|
|r||9||Philippe Alliot||RAM-Hart||24||Battery Mounting||25|
|r||20||Johnny Cecotto||Toleman-Hart||18||Turbo Boost Pressure||17|
|r||27||Michele Alboreto||Ferrari||14||Brake Caliper||2|
|dq||4||Stefan Bellof||Tyrrell-Cosworth||11||Throttle Linkage/(1)||22|
|r||19||Ayrton Senna||Toleman-Hart||8||Turbo Boost Pressure||16|
|exc||14||Manfred Winkelhock||ATS-BMW||Mechanics Pushed Car Into Pits||27|