Italian GP 1984
SEPTEMBER 9, 1984
Italian GP, 1984
The fortnight between the Dutch and Italian GPs witnessed a meeting of the FIA Court of Appeal which confirmed the ban on the Tyrrell team and forbade it from taking part in the final races of the year. Monza would thus be the first all-turbo race in F1 history. Toleman decided that it would suspend Ayrton Senna (who had signed for Team Lotus despite being under contract for 1985 to Toleman) and so Stefan Johansson moved from Tyrrell to Toleman and was joined by new boy Pierluigi Martini. There were rumors that Lotus's Nigel Mansell would be moving to Williams to replace Jacques Laffite, who was expected to go back to Ligier. ATS designer Gustav Brunner was also on the move, joining RAM. The field was boosted once again by a second ATS with Gerhard Berger driving.
In qualifying Nelson Piquet was on pole in his Brabham-BMW with World Championship contender Alain Prost second in his McLaren. Third was Elio de Angelis (Lotus-Renault) with Prost's rival (and McLaren team mate) Niki Lauda fourth. Fifth was a good effort from Teo Fabi (Brabham-BMW) while the top 10 was completed by Keke Rosberg (Williams-Honda), Nigel Mansell (Lotus-Renault), Patrick Tambay (Renault) and the Euroracing Alfa Romeos of Riccardo Patrese and Eddie Cheever. The first Ferrari (Michele Alboreto) was 11th and there were rumors of big changes coming at Maranello.
Piquet took the lead from Prost at the start with de Angelis quickly falling behind a fast-starting Tambay then came Fabi and Lauda, although de Angelis soon fell behind both Teo and Niki. Prost disappeared with an engine failure on the fourth lap and Fabi then spun and dropped down the order. The retirements came thick and fast with Arnoux, Rosberg and Laffite all going out with mechanical trouble and Mansell spinning. De Angelis soon followed with gearbox trouble and then on lap 16 out went the leader Piquet with an engine failure. Tambay took the lead with the recovering Fabi second, Lauda third and Alboreto fourth. Warwick moved to fifth but soon disappeared with an engine failure and he was followed on lap 44 by Fabi and a lap later by the leader. Lauda was left to win with Alboreto second, Patrese third (albeit a lap down), Johansson fourth, Jo Gartner (Osella) fifth, although he ran out of fuel at the finish line, and Berger sixth after Cheever and Piercarlo Ghinzani (Alfa) ran out of fuel in the closing laps.
|1||8||Niki Lauda||McLaren-TAG Porsche||51||1h20m29.056s||4|
|3||22||Riccardo Patrese||Alfa Romeo||50||9|
|5||30||Jo Gartner||Osella-Alfa Romeo||49||24|
|7r||24||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||48||Out Of Fuel||22|
|9r||23||Eddie Cheever||Alfa Romeo||45||Out Of Fuel||10|
|r||15||Patrick Tambay||Renault||43||Throttle Linkage||8|
|r||2||Teo Fabi||Brabham-BMW||43||Oil Union/engine||5|
|r||16||Derek Warwick||Renault||31||Oil Pressure||12|
|r||10||Jonathan Palmer||RAM-Hart||20||Oil Pressure||26|
|r||11||Elio de Angelis||Lotus-Renault||14||Gearbox||3|
|r||26||Andrea de Cesaris||Ligier-Renault||7||Engine||16|
|r||7||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG Porsche||3||Engine||2|