Grand Prix Classic


Round 4 - Monaco Grand Prix
Monaco, 16-19 May, 1985
Team-by-Team Review


McLaren MP4/2B-TAG
1. Niki Lauda (Aut)
2. Alain Prost (Fr)

Minor problems and traffic restrict Prost to 5th and Lauda to 14th on the grid. Prost to 3rd at the start, then 2nd when Senna retires and briefly leads when Alboreto spins. Retakes the lead again and holds it to win at Monaco for the second year in succession, despite a jammed turbo wastegate affecting power delivery and oil consumption in closing stages. Lauda advances swiftly to reach 8th on lap 12, but spins and stalls six laps later on Piquet/Patrese oil.



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

Tyrrell have high hopes DFV cars will be competitive at Monaco, but these are largely dashed. One of the stars of 1984's race, Bellof fails to qualify. Brundle exorcises ghost of previous year's qualifying crash by getting in at 18th with last-gasp flying lap, and finds himself 8th on lap 18. However, a long stop to replenish brake fluid drops him to last, and Brundle finishes 11th, four laps down.



Williams FW10-Honda
5. Nigel Mansell (GB)
6. Keke Rosberg (Fin)

Barnstorming lap sees street-track specialist Mansell start 2nd, with Rosberg 7th. Both troubled by brake problems from early stages, and are easy meat for most other runners. Mansell holds 6th until two laps from the end, but is passed by Laffite and finishes 7th. Rosberg 5th laps 15-30 before stopping for tyres. Second stop from 7th on lap 51 drops him to 8th, where he finishes, two laps behind, for first 1985 finish.



Brabham BT54-BMW
7. Nelson Piquet (Brz)
8. Francois Hesnault (Fr)

More troubled qualifying, despite Piquet carrying out further testing at Paul Ricard on Friday between sessions. He starts 13th, but Hesnault is slowest of all (apart from the injured Martini) and fails to qualify. Piquet then spectacularly crashes out of 11th on lap 17 after being pushed into a barrier by good friend Patrese. 1985 turning out to be even more fraught than 1984.



RAM 03-Hart
9. Manfred Winkelhock (Ger)
10. Philippe Alliot (Fr)

Very poor weekend for team - both drivers have brushes with walls, engine troubles and gearbox troubles, leaving Winkelhock 23rd fastest and Alliot 24th fastest - meaning still no start for RAM team at Monaco despite five years of trying.



Lotus 97T-Renault
11. Elio de Angelis (It)
12. Ayrton Senna (Brz)

Despite being involved in questionable late session baulking gamesmanship, Senna completes hat-trick of poles, with de Angelis a disappointed 9th. Senna then leads confidently for first 13 laps before Renault engine fails, having been over-revved in morning warm-up. After good start, de Angelis to 4th by lap 7. Up to 3rd when Senna retires, then 2nd when Alboreto pits. Holds place until lap 61, when failing brakes allow the Ferrari past. Finishes full-distance 3rd to retain championship lead.



Renault RE60-Renault
15. Patrick Tambay (Fr)
16. Derek Warwick (GB)

Drastic weight-reduction programme largely negated by car's tendency to understeer badly on light fuel loads, leaving Warwick 10th and Tambay 17th on the grid. Tambay then out at the first corner for second year in succession after hitting Johansson and Berger. Warwick reaches 6th by lap 18 and then 5th when Rosberg pits. Despite handling problems when fuel load decreases in later stages stays there to score first points of 1985.



Arrows A8-BMW
17. Gerhard Berger (Aut)
18. Thierry Boutsen (Bel)

Another superb qualifying performance sees Boutsen 6th and Berger 11th. Berger out at the first corner after slow start sees him collide with Johansson and Tambay. Boutsen runs 7th early on, but stops twice for tyres and struggles with handling imbalance, and ends up disappointed 9th, two laps down.



Toleman TG185-Hart
19. Teo Fabi (It)

With financial help from Benetton, Toleman purchase ailing Spirit team's tyre contract, and hire Teo Fabi for first race of the season. Despite inexperience with car and Pirelli qualifiers, he makes the grid in 20th. The drives well to reach 13th by lap 17 - avoids getting caught in Piquet/Patrese accident and briefly reaches 10th, only for a turbo to break half a lap later.



Alfa Romeo 185T-Alfa Romeo
22. Riccardo Patrese (It)
23. Eddie Cheever (USA)

Improved EMS transforms cars. Cheever qualifies superb 4th, with Patrese 12th (after being 2nd on Friday but hitting traffic on Saturday). Cheever down to 5th at the start, but passes Mansell and holds strong 4th until electronic failure cuts engine on lap 11. Patrese drives erratically in midfield, culminating in violent accident with Piquet when defending 10th place on lap 17.



Osella FA1G-Alfa Romeo
24. Piercarlo Ghinzani (It)

Team runs FA1G properly for the first time but suffers numerous teething problems. Ghinzani seems set to start last on the grid despite these troubles, but is bumped by Brundle in the closing stages of the race, and does not qualify.



Ligier JS25-Renault
25. Andrea de Cesaris (It)
26. Jacques Laffite (Fr)

One new lightened JS25 for de Cesaris, who starts excellent 8th, while Laffite qualifies standard car 16th. After dropping to 10th at the start, de Cesaris drives superbly, briefly holding 3rd when Alboreto pits and eventually finishing splendid 4th. Laffite advances to 13th in the early stages, but spins down to last avoiding Patrese/Piquet collision. Fights back well, taking 6th from Mansell two laps from the end to score second point of the season - Ligier have already scored more points in 1985 than in 1983 and 1984 combined.



Ferrari 156/85-Ferrari
27. Michele Alboreto (It)
28. Stefan Johansson (Swe)

Alboreto qualifies well once again in 3rd, but Johansson 15th after another troubled practice, including a crash on Saturday. His weekend ends when he swerves to avoid Berger at the start and is hit by Tambay, the damage being enough to end his race. Alboreto passes Mansell to 2nd at the start of lap 2 and harries Senna until the Lotus retires. Then leads until hitting oil from Patrese/Piquet collision, dropping to 2nd. Repasses Prost after thrilling charge, but is forced to pit to fix a slow puncture. Down to 4th and charges again, passing de Cesaris and de Angelis but running out of laps to challenge Prost, and finishes 2nd for third time in four races.



Minardi M185-Motori Moderni
29. Pierluigi Martini (It)

Team's first Monaco meeting is cut short when Martini crashes on Thursday afternoon, writing off car and injuring his knee. With no spare car and no spare driver available, team are forced to withdraw from the meeting.



Zakspeed 841-Zakspeed
30. Jonathan Palmer (GB)

Despite being plagued by understeer through practice, Jonathan Palmer does well to qualify 19th in team's third race. Understeer persists in race, and Palmer has a big spin right in front of Prost and Alboreto, but he survives to come home 10th for impressive German team's first ever finish.