Grand Prix Classic

Round 7 - Canadian Grand Prix
Montreal, 15-17 June, 1984
Team-by-Team Review

Brabham BT53-BMW
1. Nelson Piquet (Brz)
2. Corrado Fabi (It)

At last, a turnaround in fortunes. Piquet takes third pole position of the season. Beaten off the line by Prost, but retakes the lead at the hairpin on the first lap. Thereafter drives superb, mature measured race, fending off challenges from Prost and Lauda and enduring burns on his foot from new nose-mounted oil cooler to score superb victory - his and team's first points of 1984. Corrado Fabi starts 16th, and reaches 12th by lap 37, in tough battle with Cecotto, Boutsen, Patrese and Brundle, only for turbo to blow.

Tyrrell 012-Cosworth
3. Martin Brundle (GB)
4. Stefan Bellof (Ger)

Brundle - fully recovered from Monaco crash - qualifies 21st, one place ahead of Bellof. Both drive now-customary strong race, revelling in nimble car on circuit's corners. Brundle makes a superb start but is boxed in at first corner and drops back down to 22nd. Presses Patrese until the Alfa crashes off, passes Cecotto and finishes 10th, two laps behind after water stop. Bellof up to 17th after the first lap. Passes Fabi, Patrese and Winkelhock to reach 10th on lap 34. Stops with a broken driveshaft after water stop when on Senna's tail.

Williams FW09-Honda
5. Jacques Laffite (Fr)
6. Keke Rosberg (Fin)

In car that seems to be handling worse than ever, Rosberg qualifies 15th, with Laffite 17th. Rosberg battles with the difficult chassis and engine as usual, battling through to hold 6th for laps 19 to 32, only for his engine to cut out with a faulty timing sensor a lap after Laffite retires from 13th with no boost.

McLaren MP4/2-TAG
7. Alain Prost (Fr)
8. Niki Lauda (Aut)

Prost starts 2nd after engine failure, with Lauda 8th. Prost briefly passes Piquet off the line, but forced back down to 2nd. With engine not pulling cleanly over 10000rpm, Prost unable to challenge Piquet for the lead. Lauda charges past Mansell, de Angelis and Warwick to reach 5th by lap 5. Up to 3rd when both Ferraris stop, and rapidly catches Prost. Takes over 2nd from Prost on lap 44, but similarly unable to match the Brabham. Finishes 2nd with Prost 3rd, cutting his team-mate's championship lead by two points.

RAM 02-Hart
9. Philippe Alliot (Fr)
10. Mike Thackwell (NZ)

New engine cover which doesn't disrupt airflow over rear wing finally ready. With Jonathan Palmer racing at Le Mans, Mike Thackwell takes over second car. Despite being unimpressed by the car's handling, he qualifies 25th, ahead of Alliot. Drops to last at start, but passes Alliot and Rothengatter, only to retire from 21st on lap 29 with broken wastegate. Alliot also runs ahead of the Spirit, and finishes 11th, five laps down.

Lotus 95T-Renault
11. Elio de Angelis (It)
12. Nigel Mansell (GB)

Mansell suffers three engine failures in practice and starts 7th; de Angelis is 3rd on the grid. Racing with boost turned down, Mansell drops as low as 10th early on, but battles back, eventually passing uncooperative de Angelis for 6th on lap 42. Passes Arnoux to run 4th, but then looses 2nd and 5th gears, dropping back to 6th. Profiting from the problems of Mansell and Arnoux, de Angelis comes home 4th.

14. Manfred Winkelhock (Ger)

Stefan Fober leaves the team, and Gustav Schmidt takes over the team's engineering department himself. Despite Winkelhock's misgivings, Schmidt insists the team uses the same setup as they did at Monaco. Despite this and the transmission failing, Winkelhock still manages to qualify 12th. Starts well, only for the clutch to break six laps in. Despite this, continues to come home solid 8th, two laps down, for team's first finish of 1984.

Renault RE50-Renault
15. Patrick Tambay (Fr)
16. Derek Warwick (GB)

Still sore from Monaco crash, Tambay withdraws from meeting after a few slow laps on Friday. Warwick qualifies 4th, but drops to 6th at the start, but returns to 4th by lap 14. Unable to fight off Arnoux and runs 5th until making three stops to solve handling problems which are eventually traced to a loose undertray, ending his race after 57 laps.

Arrows A6-Cosworth
17. Marc Surer (Swz)
Arrows A7-BMW
18. Thierry Boutsen (Bel)

Boutsen chooses BMW-powered A7, and qualifies 18th. Surer starts 23rd in Cosworth car. Boutsen battles with Cecotto, Patrese and Brundle, and reaches 13th before a turbo breaks on lap 38. Surer makes a fine start to 20th, but is unable to advance much further in outdated A6 chassis. Cosworth engine fails when 12th out of 13 on lap 59.

Toleman TG184-Hart
19. Ayrton Senna (Brz)
20. Johnny Cecotto (Ven)

Senna starts best-yet 9th; Cecotto, unhappy with his inability to match team-mate, starts 20th. Senna runs 6th laps 15-17 until being passed by Arnoux. Struggles with gear and brake problems to finish exhausted 7th. Cecotto involved in big scrap with Boutsen, Patrese and Brundle, outlasting both fellow turbos and beating Brundle to come home 9th for first Toleman finish.

Spirit 101-Hart
21. Huub Rothengatter (Hol)

With Baldi out of funds and honouring his Lancia contract at Le Mans, Dutchman Huub Rothengatter takes over the car. Qualifies a respectable 24th, but passed by both RAM cars. With misfiring Hart engine, makes several pitstops and ends up 14 laps down, not classified but still running at the finish.

Alfa Romeo 184T-Alfa Romeo
22. Riccardo Patrese (It)
23. Eddie Cheever (USA)

On a track he loves, Cheever qualifies solid 11th, with Patrese 14th. Cheever drives superb race, passing de Cesaris, Senna and Mansell to reach 5th on lap 61. However, retires three laps later, out of fuel seven laps from home. Patrese less impressive - embroiled in midfield tussle and passed by Brundle's Tyrrell. Crashes out of 13th trying to repass the Englishman on lap 38.

Osella FA1F-Alfa Romeo
24. Piercarlo Ghinzani (It)

A good performance sees Ghinzani qualify 19th. Drops to 23rd at the start. Advances to 20th before gearbox fails after only 11 laps, but still a definite improvement for team and driver after torrid 1983.

Ligier JS23-Renault
25. Francois Hesnault (Fr)
26. Andrea de Cesaris (It)

Good practice sees de Cesaris starts 10th, with Hesnault 13th. Tailing Senna, de Cesaris reaches 8th before being passed by Mansell and Rosberg. Hit by brake problems, drops to 15th before retiring on lap 40 when the problem gets terminal. Hesnault runs 15th before turbo expires, causing retirement after completing only 7 laps.

Ferrari 126C4-Ferrari
27. Michele Alboreto (It)
28. Rene Arnoux (Fr)

Improved form continues with Arnoux qualifying 3rd and Alboreto 4th. Top morning warm-up and start well, Alboreto hovers behind Prost early on, only to retire on lap 11 with a loss of fuel pressure stopping the engine. Arnoux takes over 3rd for three laps before pitting on lap 14 to replace too-soft Goodyears. Resumes 6th, and passed by Senna. Passes the Toleman, de Angelis and Warwick before an exhaust breaks. Losing power, drops back behind Warwick, Mansell, de Angelis and Cheever, but moves back up to 4th after all but de Angelis strike trouble, scoring fifth successive points finish.