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The 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix was the first round of the 1984 Formula One Season. It was held at the Jacarepaguá circuit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 25th 1984.

The race was won by McLaren-TAG driver, Alain Prost who also set the fastest lap. Second was Keke Rosberg in a Williams-Honda with polesitter Elio de Angelis third for Lotus-Renault.

The race saw future World Champion, Ayrton Senna make his debut. The Brazilian youngster qualified 16th but retired early on with a turbo failure. Also among the débutants was Martin Brundle who finished an impressive 5th in the Tyrrell-Ford. Brundle, however, was stripped of this finish when the Tyrrell team were disqualified from the championship for a technical infringement. Brundle's team-mate and fellow débutant, Stefan Bellof, failed to finish due to a throttle malfunction.

BackgroundEdit

Kyalami was the original venue for the opening round of the 1984 season, however the race was moved to a later time in the championship to allow the race organisers to garner more sponsorship. The race was notable home territory for reigning world champion, Nelson Piquet however the Brazilian driver and his team Brabham-BMW had been suffering from reliability problems in pre-season testing, foreboding grim prospects for the race ahead.

Debuting in Rio was the reigning British Formula Three champion, Ayrton Senna who would be competing at his home event for his debut with the Toleman team. Alongside Senna to make their Formula One debuts was Senna's F3 championship rival Martin Brundle and Stefan Bellof of the Tyrrell team as well as François Hesnault of Ligier and Phillipe Alliot of RAM.


Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom MRD International Brabham BT53 BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 M
2 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom MRD International Brabham BT53 BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 M
3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 012 Ford Cosworth DFY V8 3.0 G
4 Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 012 Ford Cosworth DFY V8 3.0 G
5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams Grand Prix Engineering Williams FW09 Honda RA163E V6t 1.5 G
6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams Grand Prix Engineering Williams FW09 Honda RA163E V6t 1.5 G
7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2 TAG TTE PO1 V6t 1.5 M
8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2 TAG TTE PO1 V6t 1.5 M
9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom Skoal Bandit Formula 1 Team RAM 02 Hart 415T L4t 1.5 P
10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Skoal Bandit Formula 1 Team RAM 01 Hart 415T L4t 1.5 P
11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 95T Renault EF4B V6t 1.5 G
12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 95T Renault EF4B V6t 1.5 G
14 Germany Manfred Winkelhock Germany Team ATS ATS D7 BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 P
15 France Patrick Tambay France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE50 Renault EF4 V6t 1.5 M
16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE50 Renault EF4 V6t 1.5 M
17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Barclay Nordica Arrows Arrows A6 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Barclay Nordica Arrows Arrows A6 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
19 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Toleman Group Motorsport Toleman TG183B Hart 415T L4t 1.5 P
20 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto United Kingdom Toleman Group Motorsport Toleman TG183B Hart 415T L4t 1.5 P
21 Italy Mauro Baldi United Kingdom Spirit Racing Spirit 101B Hart 415T L4t 1.5 P
22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Benetton Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 184T Alfa Romeo 890T V8t 1.5 G
23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Benetton Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 184T Alfa Romeo 890T V8t 1.5 G
24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1F Alfa Romeo 890T V8t 1.5 P
25 France François Hesnault France Ligier Loto Ligier JS23 Renault EF4 V6t 1.5 M
26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier Loto Ligier JS23 Renault EF4 V6t 1.5 M
27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 126C4 Ferrari 031 V6t 1.5 G
28 France René Arnoux Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 126C4 Ferrari 031 V6t 1.5 G

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

In qualifying, Piquet's reliability problems with his Brabham came to the foreground suffering an engine failure which saw him place only seventh on the grid. Ferrari, Renault, McLaren and Lotus battled for pole position in a thrilling session which went down to the wire. In the end it was Elio de Angelis of Lotus that took the pole time. Michele Alboreto's debut with the Ferrari team saw him line-up second ahead of Derek Warwick, his first race for the front running Renault team. Alain Prost's first race for McLaren in four years saw him line-up fourth ahead of Nigel Mansell and McLaren teammate Niki Lauda. Mansell being unable to equal De Angelis's time due to a spin into the gravel early in the Saturday session.

The Lotus's were quick but had faced stiff competition from Ferrari, Renault and McLaren. McLaren in particular had not showed their true hand, Lauda and Prost focussing on race set-up rather than grid position throughout practice.


Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Grid
1 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:28.392 1
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:28.898 2
3 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:20.025 3
4 7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:29.330 4
5 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:29.394 5
6 8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:29.894 6
7 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:30.149 7
8 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:30.554 8
9 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:30.611 9
10 28 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari 1:30.695 10
11 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:30.973 11
12 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1:31.282 12
13 5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:31.548 13
14 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 1:32.895 14
15 14 Germany Manfred Winkelhock Germany ATS-BMW 1:32.997 15
16 2 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:33.227 16
17 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:35.525 17
18 20 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:35.300 18
19 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1:36.081 19
20 25 France François Hesnault France Ligier-Renault 1:36.238 20
21 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 1:36.318 21
22 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:36.438 22
23 4 Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1:36.609 23
24 21 Italy Mauro Baldi United Kingdom Spirit-Hart 1:36.816 24
25 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 1:37.208 25
26 9 France Phillipe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:37.709 26
27 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom RAM-Hart 1:37.919 DNQ

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RaceEdit

Report Edit

The first grand prix of the season was set in extremely hot conditions, as a result there was expected to be many victims of mechanical failure in the race. On the formation lap Andrea de Cesaris's Ligier stalled, forcing the start to be delayed by an extra half an hour.

On the second formation lap, both the reigning champion Nelson Piquet and Johnny Cecotto's Arrows stalled. Rather than risk a further delay to the race, the Brazilian race organisers ordered the commencement of the race despite the stricken duo of Piquet and Cecotto. Piquet was able to get going with an assisting push from the marshalls and started from the back of the grid whilst Cecotto and De Cesaris made their starts from the pit-lane.

Taking the lead at the start was Michele Alboreto on his Ferrari debut, behind him De Angelis immediately began to suffer from a misfiring engine and dropped behind Derek Warwick, Nigel Mansell and Niki Lauda. Alain Prost had also made a poor start, his McLaren suffering from gearbox issues dropped down to tenth place. Stefan Bellof had got a flier of a start on his debut climbing from twenty second to fourteenth.

On the second lap, Lauda moved his way past Mansell and began to pressure Warwick's Renault ahead of him. Meanwhile the second McLaren of Prost began to make up for his poor start and began to move through the field, getting past Arnoux, Rosberg and Tambay in the following laps. Ayrton Senna's Toleman became the first retirement of 1984 when he pulled out with boost issues on lap 9.

The following lap, Warwick who had been holding Lauda up for a number of laps was shoved out of the way by the McLaren driver who moved into second behind Alboreto who continued to lead convincingly at the front. Whilst maintaining a lead, the Ferrari driver had been suffering from brake troubles and on lap eleven Alboreto spun at the final corner, meaning Lauda inherited the race lead.

Alboreto returned to the pits for a fix, the Ferrari mechanics tweaked the calipers however it was all for naught and a lap later Alboreto was back in the pits to retire. At this time, Stefan Bellof's impressive debut also came to an end with throttle problems and as did Mauro Baldi's Spirit who had distributor failure.

Lauda and Warwick held a convincing lead whilst Mansell who was some way back in third was being harrowed by Prost's McLaren who led a train of cars including Tambay's Renault, Arnoux's Ferrari, De Angelis's Lotus and Rosberg's Williams. On Lap 19, Nelson Piquet moved up into ninth, passing teammate Teo Fabi. It had been a strong comeback drive from the back of the field by Piquet.

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 61 1:42:34.492 4 9
2 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 61 +40.514s 9 6
3 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 61 +59.128s 1 4
4 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 60 +1 lap 12 3
DSQ 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 60 Disqualified 18
5 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 59 Out of fuel 8 2
6 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 59 +2 laps 20 1
7 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 59 +2 laps 24
8 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom RAM-Hart 58 +3 laps 26
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 51 Front suspension 3
Ret 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris France Ligier-Renault 42 Gearbox 14
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 41 Gearbox 11
Ret 8 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 38 Electrics 6
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 35 Accident 5
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 32 Engine 7
Ret 2 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 32 Turbo 15
Ret 28 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari 30 Battery 10
Ret 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 28 Gearbox 21
Ret 25 France François Hesnault France Ligier-Renault 25 Engine Overheating 19
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom RAM-Hart 24 Battery mounting 25
Ret 20 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 18 Turbo boost pressure 17
Ret 5 France Jacques Laffite United Kingdom Williams-Honda 15 Electrics 13
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 14 Brake caliper 2
Ret 21 Italy Mauro Baldi United Kingdom Spirit-Hart 12 Distributor 23
DSQ 4 Germany Stefan Bellof United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 11 Throttle linkage 22
Ret 19 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 8 Turbo boost pressure 16
EX 14 Germany Manfred Winkelhock Germany ATS-BMW 0 Mechanics pushed car into pits

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Note: These standings are adjusted to reflect the disqualification of Tyrrell and their drivers, Martin Brundle and Stefan Bellof. Their points have been appropriately reallocated.

Drivers' World Championship
PosDriverPts
1 France Alain Prost9
2 Finland Keke Rosberg6
3 Italy Elio de Angelis4
4 United States Eddie Cheever3
5 France Patrick Tambay2
6 Belgium Thierry Boutsen1
Constructors' World Championship
PosConstructorPts
1 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG9
2 United Kingdom Williams-Honda6
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault4
4 Italy Alfa Romeo3
5 France Renault2
6 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 1

NotesEdit

V T E 1984 Formula One Season
Teams Brabham • Tyrrell • Williams • McLaren • RAM • Lotus • ATS • Renault • Arrows • Toleman • Spirit • Alfa Romeo • Osella • Ligier • Ferrari
Engines Alfa Romeo • BMW • Ferrari • Ford • Hart • Honda • Renault • TAG
Drivers Piquet • 2 T. Fabi • 2 C. Fabi • 2 Winkelhock • 3 Brundle • 3 Johansson • 4 Bellof • 4 Thackwell • 5 Laffite • 6 Rosberg • 7 Prost • 8 Lauda • 9 Alliot • 10 Palmer • 10 Thackwell • 11 De Angelis • 12 Mansell • 14 Winkelhock • 14/31 Berger • 15 Tambay • 16 Warwick • 33 Streiff • 17 Surer • 18 Boutsen • 19 Senna • 19/20 Johansson • 20 Cecotto • 20 Martini • 21 Baldi • 21 Rothengatter • 22 Patrese • 23 Cheever • 24 Ghinzani • 30 Gartner • 25 Hesnault • 26 De Cesaris • 27 Alboreto • 28 Arnoux
Cars McLaren MP4/2 • Ferrari 126C4 • Lotus 95T • Brabham BT53 • Renault RE50 • Williams FW09 • Toleman TG183B • Toleman TG184 • Alfa Romeo 184T • Ligier JS23 • Arrows A6 • Arrows A7 • Osella FA1F • Osella FA1E • ATS D7 • Spirit 101B • Spirit 101C • RAM 01 • RAM 02 • Tyrrell 012
Tyres Goodyear • Michelin • Pirelli
Races Brazil • South Africa • Belgium • San Marino • France • Monaco • Canada • Detroit • Dallas • Britain • Germany • Austria • Netherlands • Italy • Europe • Portugal
See also 1983 Formula One Season • 1985 Formula One Season • Category
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