European GP 1984
OCTOBER 7, 1984
European GP, 1984
There was a gap of a month between the Italian and European GPs and much was happening with the new Zakspeed F1 car unveiled. Michelin announced that it would be withdrawing from F1 at the end of the year and McLaren announced a deal with Goodyear and Brabham with Pirelli but Renault, Ligier and Toleman were without tires for the 1985 season. BMW decided that it would not be supplying ATS with engines in 1985 and team boss Gunther Schmid then fired Manfred Winkelhock leaving Gerhard Berger to be the team's driver in the final races of the year. Carl Haas also announced plans for a big new F1 team in 1986.
The return of Formula 1 to the Nurburgring was not greeted with much joy as many of the drivers found it to be not very challenging. The entry was slightly different than normal with Spirit having taken on Mauro Baldi again, Ayrton Senna back in the Toleman alongside Stefan Johansson. Tyrrell was missing as the team had been barred from competing in the World Championship.
Qualifying resulted in the familiar result of Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW) ahead of Alain Prost (McLaren-TAG). Then came Patrick Tambay's Renault, Keke Rosberg's Williams-Honda and the Ferraris of Michele Alboreto and Rene Arnoux. Seventh on the grid was Derek Warwick (Renault) with Nigel Mansell (Lotus-Renault), Riccardo Patrese (Alfa Romeo) and Teo Fabi's Brabham-BMW completing the top 10.
At the start Prost and Tambay got ahead of Piquet but in the first corner Senna collided with Rosberg and Berger ran into Marc Surer's Arrows-BMW. Fabi and Piercarlo Ghinzani also collided and so six cars were effectively out, although Fabi was illegally bump-started.
Prost led Tambay and Piquet with Warwick fourth and the two Ferraris, Alboreto ahead of Arnoux. Lauda soon began his customary charge through the field and overtook Arnoux on the fifth lap. The order then remained unchanged until lap 43 when Tambay dropped back with electrical trouble. Warwick too ran into engine trouble and soon dropped behind Alboreto and Lauda. He eventually retired with a turbo failure.
Piquet ran out of fuel on the last lap and so lost second place to Alboreto while Lauda finished fourth ahead of Arnoux and Patrese.
As the F1 trucks headed to Portugal Lauda was ahead in the World Championship by four and a half points.
|1||7||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG Porsche||67||1h35m13.284s||2|
|4||8||Niki Lauda||McLaren-TAG Porsche||67||1h35m56.370s||15|
|6||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||66||9|
|7||26||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||65||17|
|11r||16||Derek Warwick||Renault||61||Valve/engine Overheating||7|
|12r||30||Jo Gartner||Osella-Alfa Romeo||60||Fuel Injection||22|
|r||15||Patrick Tambay||Renault||47||Fuel Injection||3|
|r||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||37||Fuel Pump||13|
|r||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||25||Turbo||23|
|r||20||Stefan Johansson||Toleman-Hart||17||Engine Overheating||26|
|r||24||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||0||Accident||20|