Canadian GP 1985
JUNE 16, 1985
Canadian GP, 1985
There was a month between the Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix. There was to have been a Belgian GP at Spa in the middle weekend and all the teams turned up and qualified but the new track surface was torn up by the cars and on Saturday evening the race was called off. Michele Alboreto had been fastest but it was agreed that racing in the conditions was impossible. Even before Spa there had been other excitements with Francois Hesnault have an enormous testing crash at Paul Ricard, after which he decided that he had had enough of F1, having been trapped in his car by catchfencing which wrapped around the cockpit. This resulted in Marc Surer being hired as his replacement. Zakspeed was also missing, the team deciding to concentrate on development.
Qualifying resulted in pole position for Elio de Angelis (Lotus-Renault) ahead of his team mate Ayrton Senna, then came the two Ferraris of Michele Alboreto and Stefan Johansson with fifth place going to Alain Prost's McLaren-TAG. The top 10 was completed by Derek Warwick (Renault), Thierry Boutsen (Arrows-BMW). Keke Rosberg (Williams-Honda), Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW) and Patrick Tambay in the second factory Renault.
In the race the two Lotuses went into the lead at the start but when Senna pitted with a turbo problem, Alboreto moved to second and then took the lead with a brilliant move on the outside of de Angelis while the pair were running flat in fifth gear. Later in the race Johansson was able to move ahead of de Angelis as well and so Ferrari scored a 1-2 with Prost moving to third in the closing laps ahead of Rosberg, de Angelis and Nigel Mansell (Williams-Honda).
|3||2||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG Porsche||70||1h46m06.154s||5|
|5||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||70||1h46m45.162s||1|
|10||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||68||13|
|14||25||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||67||15|
|17||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||64||11|
|r||1||Niki Lauda||McLaren-TAG Porsche||37||Engine||17|
|r||24||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||35||Engine||22|