Dutch GP 1985
AUGUST 25, 1985
Dutch GP, 1985
There was only a week between the Austrian and Dutch GPs. Carl Haas decided to launch his new Beatrice Lola and Alan Jones gave the car a run around Brands Hatch. At Zandvoort Tyrrell had finally decided to let Stefan Bellof try out a Renault-engined 014 but otherwise the field was as normal, Andrea de Cesaris having his last race with Ligier, both parties having decided that they were wasting their time. The team had decided to replace Andrea with Philippe Streiff.
Qualifying resulted in pole position for Nelson Piquet's Brabham-BMW with Keke Rosberg alongside in his Williams-Honda. World Championship leader Alain Prost was third with Ayrton Senna fourth in his Lotus-Renault while Teo Fabi was fifth in his Toleman-Hart ahead of Patrick Tambay's Renault, Nigel Mansell's Williams-Honda, Thierry Boutsen's Arrows-BMW, Marc Surer's Brabham and Niki Lauda's McLaren. The Ferraris were off the pace with World Championship hopeful Michele Alboreto 16th on the grid and Stefan Johansson 17th. On the reconnaissance laps Tambay's Renault suffered a suspension failure and so Patrick had to start from the pitlane.
At the start both Piquet and Boutsen both stalled but everyone else managed to get by. Rosberg took the lead with Senna and Fabi behind him while Prost lost a little time dodging around Piquet and so dropped to fourth. Prost quickly repassed Fabi and he was followed by Lauda. Fabi soon went off the road and bounced through the sand. He blamed a loose rear wheel.
On the nineteenth lap Rosberg disappeared with a blown engine and so Senna led Prost and Lauda. The Austrian pitted almost immediately and so third place went to the Renault of Derek Warwick, up from 12th on the grid. He was followed by the flying Tambay. It did not last long on lap 23 Tambay disappeared with a transmission failure. Warwick lasted only a few more laps before he stopped with a gearbox failure. The other front-runners pitted but Prost had a problem with one tire and lost a lot of time so that Lauda was left ahead of Senna and then a 12 second gap back to Prost, then came Surer who was running nonstop ahead of de Angelis, Alboreto and Gerhard Berger (Arrows-BMW). Alboreto quickly caught and passed de Angelis while Prost closed on Senna and took second place on lap 48.
Surer dropped away with a broken exhaust and so de Angelis was fourth ahead of Mansell, Martin Brundle (Tyrrell-Renault) and Berger. For the last few laps Lauda and Prost ran nose-to-tail. They finished just 0.232s apart. Third place also featured a battle with the down-on-power Senna trying to hold off Alboreto. The two cars hit on the final lap but both made it to the flag. while de Angelis and Mansell completed the top six.
|1||1||Niki Lauda||McLaren-TAG Porsche||70||1h32m29.263s||10|
|2||2||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG Porsche||70||1h32m29.263s||3|
|5||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||69||11|
|nc||24||Huub Rothengotter||Osella-Alfa Romeo||56||26|
|r||25||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||25||Turbo||18|
|r||19||Teo Fabi||Toleman-Hart||18||Wheel Bearing||5|
|r||30||Jonathan Palmer||Zakspeed||13||Oil Pressure||23|
|r||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||1||Turbo||20|
|r||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||1||Turbo||19|