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The 1985 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on a street circuit in the city of Adelaide on 3 November 1985. The Australian Grand Prix was the sixteenth and final race of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship. It was the 50th running of the AGP and the first to be held on the streets of Adelaide, on a layout specifically designed for the debut of the World Championship in Australia. The race was held over 82 laps of the 3.780 km (2.362 mi) circuit for a total race distance of 310 kilometres.


BackgroundEdit


Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1985 Australian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2B TAG TTE PO1 V6t 1.5 G
2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2B TAG TTE PO1 V6t 1.5 G
3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 014 Renault EF4B V6t 1.5 G
4 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 014 Renault EF4B V6t 1.5 G
5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Canon Williams Honda Team Williams FW10 Honda RA165E V6t 1.5 G
6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Canon Williams Honda Team Williams FW10 Honda RA165E V6t 1.5 G
7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT54 BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 P
8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT54 BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 P
11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom John Player Special Team Lotus Lotus 97T Renault EF15 V6t 1.5 G
12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom John Player Special Team Lotus Lotus 97T Renault EF15 V6t 1.5 G
15 France Patrick Tambay France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE60B Renault EF15 V6t 1.5 G
16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE60B Renault EF15 V6t 1.5 G
17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Barclay Arrows BMW Arrows A8 BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 G
18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Barclay Arrows BMW Arrows A8 BMW M12/13 L4t 1.5 G
19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman Group Motorsport Toleman TG185 Hart 415T L4t 1.5 P
20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani United Kingdom Toleman Group Motorsport Toleman TG185 Hart 415T L4t 1.5 P
22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Benetton Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 185T Alfa Romeo 890T V8t 1.5 G
23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Benetton Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 185T Alfa Romeo 890T V8t 1.5 G
24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1F Alfa Romeo 890T V8t 1.5 P
25 France Philippe Streiff France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS25 Renault EF4B V6t 1.5 P
26 France Jacques Laffite France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS25 Renault EF4B V6t 1.5 P
27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 156/85 Ferrari Tipo 031 V6t 1.5 G
28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 156/85 Ferrari Tipo 031 V6t 1.5 G
29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi Team SpA Minardi M185 Motori Moderni Tipo 615-90 V6t 1.5 P
33 Australia Alan Jones United States Team Haas (USA) Ltd Lola THL1 Hart 415T L4t 1.5 G

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:22.403 1:19.843
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:22.564 1:20.537 +0.704
3 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:22.402 1:21.877 +2.044
4 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:23.943 1:21.889 +2.056
5 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:24.666 1:22.337 +2.504
6 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:24.404 1:22.561 +2.728
7 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:25.362 1:22.592 +2.759
8 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 1:25.173 1:22.683 +2.850
9 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:23.018 1:22.718 +2.885
10 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:24.543 1:23.077 +3.244
11 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:23.943 1:23.196 +3.363
12 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 1:24.372 1:23.426 +3.593
13 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 1:23.597 1:24.295 +3.764
14 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 1:23.758 1:24.128 +3.925
15 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1:24.732 1:23.902 +4.069
16 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:24.691 1:23.941 +4.108
17 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:25.646 1:24.241 +4.408
18 25 France Philippe Streiff France Ligier-Renault 1:26.618 1:24.266 +4.433
19 33 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Template:Lola-Hart 1:25.780 1:24.369 +4.536
20 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 1:26.972 1:24.830 +4.997
21 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:25.021 1:26.630 +5.188
22 4 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:27.120 +7.287
23 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:27.196 1:27.402 +7.363
24 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 1:28.261 1:28.110 +8.277
25 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:30.319 +10.486

GridEdit

RaceEdit

Pre-Race Edit

"Senna really has dominated practice and expects to go away from most people, however Prost as usual didn't qualify terribly well but his car was very good this morning in race trim" - James Hunt. BBC.

Report Edit

"This race is likely to be decided in the last 20 laps, the big problem area here is brakes". - Murray Walker. BBC.

Nigel Mansell snatched the lead into the first corner with Ayrton Senna, Keke Rosberg, Michele Alboreto, Alain Prost, Gerhard Berger, Marc Surer, Patrick Tambay, Elio de Angelis, Nelson Piquet, Eddie Cheever and Thierry Boutsen following. It was a less successful start for the local hero, Alan Jones, who stalled his engine as he attempted to leave the starting blocks. The marshals were on hand to give him a push start, however he was left trailing behind the rest of the pack.

Entering the Wakefield corner, Senna made a lunge to reclaim the lead, succeeding only in pushing Mansell into the gravel and losing position to the second Williams of Rosberg who reclaimed the lead. Mansell rejoined the track in eighth position, however he quickly began to drop further down the field as it was evident he had suffered damage to his car. At the end of the first lap Mansell headed for the pits. The Williams mechanics attempted to repair Mansell's car, however after two laps in the pits he would be forced to exit the car and retire. He had quite simply "blown it" as noted by Murray Walker. His chance to complete a hat trick of wins at the end of the season were run.

"Senna will be very anxious to get past Rosberg as soon as possible, but the Williams-Honda is very quick in a straight line which is probably why Senna was keen to get the jump on Mansell on the first lap. " noted James Hunt. The two leaders of Rosberg and Senna had begun to pull away, leaving Alboreto behind to defend against Prost's McLaren. James Hunt advised to "watch out for Prost, later in the race". Alboreto notably was creating "a bit of a traffic jam" observed Murray Walker as Prost, Berger, Surer and Tambay remained in close proximity to the Ferrari.

Brundle in the Tyrrell then began to drastically slow along the pit straight. He lost a full lap to the leaders before pitting for repairs. James Hunt noting what had been "a pretty unhappy weekend for the Ken Tyrrell team". Senna remained right on the rear of Rosberg's Williams, however as was described by James Hunt, "Senna's problem is that his superiority over Rosberg seems to be on the wrong parts of the circuit. Its going out where they go out onto the faster parts of the circuit, that opportunities to overtake present themselves. He can't pass on the twisty bit unless he can force Rosberg into a mistake. And Keke is pretty experienced, he doesn't have to push at this point".

Rosberg continued to drive conservatively, Murray Walker noting "brakes are going to be the problem. The Williams team are very worried about their ability to finish. This is undoubtedly the toughest course in grand prix racing on brakes". However Walker would further note that "Senna is using carbon fibre brakes that are unlikely to last as long as the steel brakes that Keke Rosberg is using".

Martini made what was described as a "traditional" move from him as he spun his Minardi into the gravel at turn 3. With assistance from the marshalls, Martini was luckily able to be pushed out of the sand trap. There was further controversy added to the race when James Hunt alerted viewers that "there is some discussion as to whether Elio de Angelis departed the grid from exactly the right position. There may be some sort of penalty for De Angelis if he got off from the wrong position".

ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Honda 82 2:00:40.473 3 9
2 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 82 + 43.130 20 6
3 25 France Philippe Streiff France Ligier-Renault 82 + 1:28.536 18 4
4 4 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 81 + 1 Lap 22 3
5 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 81 + 1 Lap 15 2
6 17 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Arrows-BMW

81 + 1 Lap 7 1
7 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 78 + 4 Laps 25  
8 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 78 + 4 Laps 23  
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 62 Engine 1  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 61 Transmission 5  
Ret 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 57 Brakes 16  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick France Renault 57 Transmission 12  
NC 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 49 + 33 Laps 17  
Ret 8 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 42 Engine 6  
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Italy Alfa Romeo 42 Exhaust 14  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 40 Engine 24  
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 37 Oil Leak 11  
Ret 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani United Kingdom Toleman-Hart 28 Clutch 21  
Ret 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 26 Engine 4  
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay France Renault 20 Transmission 8  
Ret 33 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Template:Lola-Hart 20 Electrical 19  
DSQ 11 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 18 Disqualified 10  
Ret 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 14 Fire 9  
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Italy Alfa Romeo 5 Engine 13  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1 Transmission 2  
Source: [1]

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

V T E 1985 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren • Tyrrell • Williams • Brabham • RAM • Lotus • Renault • Arrows • Toleman • Spirit • Alfa Romeo • Osella • Ligier • Ferrari • Minardi • Zakspeed • Lola
Engines Alfa Romeo • BMW • Ferrari • Ford • Hart • Honda • Motori Moderni • Renault • TAG • Zakspeed
Drivers Lauda • 2 Prost • 3/4 Brundle • 4 Johansson • 3/4 Bellof • 4 Capelli • 4 Streiff • 5 Mansell • 6 Rosberg • 7 Piquet • 8 Hesnault • 8 Surer • 9 Winkelhock • 9/10 Alliot • 10 Acheson • 11 De Angelis • 12 Senna • 14 Hesnault • 15 Tambay • 16 Warwick • 17 Berger • 18 Boutsen • 19 Fabi • 20 Ghinzani • 21 Baldi • 22 Patrese • 23 Cheever • 24 Ghinzani • 24 Rothengatter • 25 De Cesaris • 25 Streiff • 26 Laffite • 27 Alboreto • 28 Arnoux • 28 Johansson • 29 Martini • 30 Palmer • 30 Danner • 33 Jones
Cars McLaren MP4/2B • Ferrari 156/85 • Williams FW10 • Lotus 97T • Brabham BT54 • Ligier JS25 • Renault RE60 • Arrows A8 • Tyrrell 012 • Tyrrell 014 • Osella FA1F • Minardi M185 • Alfa Romeo 184TB • Alfa Romeo 185T • RAM 03 • Zakspeed 841 • Toleman TG185 • Spirit 101D • Lola THL1
Tyres Goodyear • Pirelli
Races Brazil • Portugal • San Marino • Monaco • Canada • Detroit • France • Britain • Germany • Austria • Netherlands • Italy • Belgium • Europe • South Africa • Australia
See also 1984 Formula One Season • 1986 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Australia Australian Grand Prix
Circuits Adelaide Street Circuit (1985–1995) • Albert Park Circuit (1996–present)
Albert Park
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