Dutch GP 1984

Dutch GP, 1984

There was only a week between the Austrian and Dutch GPs and the only change to the entry was that ATS reverted to one car. Qualifying saw Alain Prost (overtaken in the World Championship in Austria by Niki Lauda) taking pole position in his McLaren-TAG. Then came Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW), Elio de Angelis (Lotus-Renault), the two Renaults of Derek Warwick and Patrick Tambay and Lauda's McLaren. The top was completed by the two Williams-Hondas of Keke Rosberg and Jacques Laffite, Michele Alboreto's Ferrari and Teo Fabi in the second Brabham-BMW.

On race morning Zandvoort's aging facilities were highlighted when a walkway above the pits collapsed and several people were injured as they fell or were hit by the falling girders. Later in the morning it was announced that Ayrton Senna had signed to drive for Team Lotus. Toleman pointed out that the Brazilian was under contract to them and both Lotus drivers wondered about their future.

At the start of the race Piquet powered ahead of Prost with Tambay third, de Angelis fourth and Rosberg fifth. Then came Warwick, Laffite, Alboreto and a slow-starting Lauda. Rosberg was the man on the move in the early laps and he quickly passed de Angelis and Tambay to get to third place. Lauda too was on the move and on the ninth lap had moved up to fourth place. On the next lap Piquet went out with engine failure and so Prost led Rosberg and Lauda but a lap later Lauda was ahead of the Williams. The order then stayed the same until the closing laps when Nigel Mansell (Lotus-Renault) charged up to pass de Angelis and then Rosberg. He finished third with his team mate behind him, Fabi fifth and Tambay sixth.

Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Porsche  71 1h37m21.468s  
Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG Porsche  71 1h37m31.751s  
12 Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault  71 1h38m41.012s  12 
11 Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault  70  
Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW  70  10 
15 Patrick Tambay Renault  70  
25 Francois Hesnault Ligier-Renault  69  20 
dq Stefan Johansson Tyrrell-Cosworth  69 (1) 25 
dq Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Cosworth  69 (1) 24 
8r Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda  68 Out Of Fuel 
10 Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart  67  22 
10 Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart  67  26 
11r 28 Rene Arnoux Ferrari  66 Electrics 15 
12 30 Jo Gartner Osella-Alfa Romeo  66  23 
13r 23 Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo  65 Out Of Fuel 17 
18 Thierry Boutsen Arrows-Cosworth  59 Accident 11 
21 Huub Rothengatter Spirit-Hart  53 Throttle Linkage 27 
22 Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo  51 Engine 18 
26 Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault  31 Engine 14 
Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda  23 Engine 
16 Derek Warwick Renault  23 Spin 
14 Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW  22 Spin 16 
19 Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart  19 Engine 13 
17 Marc Surer Arrows-Cosworth  17 Wheel Bearing  19 
Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW  10 Oil Union 
24 Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo  Fuel Pump 21 
27 Michele Alboreto Ferrari  Engine