Grand Prix Classic

Round 11 - German Grand Prix
Hockenheim, 3-5 August, 1984
Team-by-Team Review

Brabham BT53B-BMW
1. Nelson Piquet (Brz)
2. Teo Fabi (It)

At BMW's home circuit Piquet disappointed with 5th on the grid. Fabi, now concentrating on Grand Prix full time, starts 8th. Piquet runs 3rd laps 1-8, but moves up to first when de Angelis' engine fails and he passes Prost. Holds lead until lap 22, when a broken gearbox pinion bearing causes gears to disappear, ending his race. Fabi advances to 6th by lap 5, and up to 4th after Piquet's retirement. Gaining on Warwick when boost falls, and he too is forced to retire.

Tyrrell 012-Cosworth
3. Stefan Johansson (Swe)
4. Mike Thackwell (NZ)

Team's suspension lifted pending appeal. Mike Thackwell deputises for Stefan Bellof, away driving for Rothmans Porsche at Mosport. Circuit greatly penalises DFY-engined cars (also running extra fixed ballast to avoid any chance of being underweight at any point), and Johansson is 26th fastest, Thackwell 27th. Despite a petition organised by Tyrrell, the latter does not qualify. Johansson drives enthusiastically and at least beats Rothengatter home on the way to a worthy 9th place, two laps behind.

Williams FW09B-Honda
5. Jacques Laffite (Fr)
6. Keke Rosberg (Fin)

Rosberg suffers a turbo failure on Friday - causing team to gather a petition to allow him to start in the event of rain on Saturday. Despite engine failure, qualifies 19th. Up to 16th by the end of first lap, then passes four cars on lap two. By lap 9 is an amazing 5th, but grinds to a halt with electrical problems. Laffite qualifies 12th. Advances to 9th by lap 8 after poor start only for a piston to fail on Honda V6.

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

Prost takes pole position by a whisker from de Angelis, with Lauda 7th after overheating his tyres on Friday and down-on-power engine on Saturday. Prost, starting in spare after his race car sounded rough in the warm-up, 2nd to de Angelis laps 1-8, then behind Piquet until lap 22. Once they both retire takes easy victory to extend championship lead to 4.5 points. Lauda passes Warwick and Rosberg early on, but unable to close on Prost. Nevertheless takes 2nd place to keep in touch. Maximum points for McLaren for second time in 1984.

RAM 02-Hart
9. Philippe Alliot (Fr)
10. Jonathan Palmer (GB)

Alliot starts 22nd, with Palmer 25th after an electrical problem costs him most of Saturday's session. Both out early - Alliot from 24th and last on lap 7 with overheating, Palmer from 18th on lap 11 with a broken turbo.

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

After taking provisional pole on Friday, de Angelis is disappointed to be bumped down to 2nd on Saturday. Mansell only starts 16th after being held up by de Cesaris on fastest lap. Off the grid, de Angelis takes the lead for the first 8 laps before a turbo fails. Mansell drives sensible race, preserving engine and tyres in early stages, and reaps benefits advancing to take 4th from Tambay after 10-lap battle.

14. Manfred Winkelhock (Ger)

Home race for team and driver. Colin Seeley appointed team manager on Thursday, walks out on Saturday, unable to deal with autocratic Schmidt. Winkelhock qualifies 11th. Runs 12th laps 11-23 with fading boost, gearbox failure finally causing retirement on lap 31 when 11th and last.

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

Some improvement in disappointing season, with Warwick qualifying 3rd and Tambay 4th. Warwick makes good start but gets boxed in by de Angelis, running distant 4th to leading trio. Passed by Lauda, but elevated to 3rd by problems of de Angelis and Piquet. Tambay down to 5th at the start; passed by Senna and later Mansell. With down-on-power engine finishes lapped 5th, scoring his first points for five races.

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

Respectable qualifying sees Surer start 14th and Boutsen 15th, after both using new spare A7. Surer makes superlative start to reach 9th by first corner, but coasts into the pits at the end of the first lap with faulty injection causing turbo problems. Boutsen gets off the line badly and drops to 21st. Makes up seven places in 8 laps only for oil pressure to rise and end race. Not a good weekend at engine supplier BMW's home race.

Toleman TG184-Hart
19. Ayrton Senna (Brz)

Team enters a single car for Senna - who is reportedly wanted by Lotus and Williams for 1985, despite being contracted to Toleman until 1986. He qualifies well in 9th, and is up to 6th on first lap. Passes Tambay and pressing Warwick when new Williams-style rear wing collapses at Clark Chicane on lap 5, sending car into the barriers backwards.

Spirit 101-Hart
21. Huub Rothengatter (Hol)

Troubled practice as car breaks down on Saturday, leaving Rothengatter 24th on the grid. Engine failure in warm-up sees him switch to spare for race, as Spirit only have two Hart engines (one in each chassis). Runs reliably, if slowly (beaten home by Johansson's Tyrrell-Cosworth) to finish 10th and last.

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

Already tense internal relations not helped by Patrese's point-blank refusal to accept responsibility for Brands pile-up, much to Cheever's annoyance. Both complain of a lack of power on the way to 18th (Cheever) and 20th (Patrese) on the grid. Cheever briefly reaches 13th at the end of lap 1, but slides back with a lack of straight-line speed. Holds 9th laps 11-23 but out lap 29 when engine gives up. Patrese runs well down the order, retiring from 13th of 15 runners on lap 16 with faulty metering unit. No points since South Africa for team.

Osella FA1F-Alfa Romeo
24. Piercarlo Ghinzani (It)
30. Jo Gartner (Aut)

Ghinzani suffers two turbo failures in practice and qualifies 21st, with Gartner 23rd. Gartner runs 15th laps 11-13 until a spectacular turbo fire ends his race, causing some excitement in the pitlane as he arrives with blazing car. Ghinzani drops out of 13th a lap later with an electrical failure out on the circuit.

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

With Guy Ligier not in attendance and minimal development to chassis, de Cesaris does well to start 11th, with Hesnault in 17th. Run together from lap 10, providing much needed entertainment with exciting battle for (from lap 29) 7th place. After Hesnault runs out of fuel, de Cesaris takes place, with Hesnault rolling in a best-yet 8th.

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

Team struggles with setup all weekend, unable to work out if revised suspension is an improvement or not. Alboreto qualifies solid 6th, however, with Arnoux 10th. Alboreto passed by Senna, Lauda and Fabi in early laps before sliding back with a misfire. Unable to get any improvement, retires after 13th laps. Arnoux drives unremarkable but reliable race to finish lapped 6th as Ferrari malaise continues.