Grand Prix Classic


Round 5 - Canadian Grand Prix
Montreal, 14-16 June, 1985
Team-by-Team Review


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

Prost qualifies 6th after a spin, with Lauda (no fan of the circuit) well back in 17th. Prost gets off to a poor start and spends first half of the race in 5th stuck behind Tambay. Once past, catches and passes de Angelis and closes on the Ferraris, but is kept at bay by Johansson and finishes 3rd. Lauda advances steadily to reach 8th by lap 20, but retires from the same position on lap 38 when engine begins to overheat.



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

Renault-powered 014 expected on return to Europe, but for now drivers have to make do with Cosworth power, and due to circuit's long back straight struggle. Bellof draws admiring notices for his handling of the car, but is only 23rd fastest, with Brundle alongside. Bellof then makes up nine places in the first five laps, but is unable to keep up with the turbos, and both drivers settle in to drive sensible race, running in tandem to finish 9th and 10th - and looking forward to Detroit, where they should be more competitive.



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

Both drivers have troubled practice, leaving Rosberg 8th and Mansell 16th. Rosberg spins when 7th on lap 6 and stops to replace frayed tyres, dropping to 14th. However, then charges magnificently to take first points of the season with an unlapped 4th, 29 seconds behind the winner - roughly the time he lost spinning and changing tyres. Mansell also makes rugged progress, winning long battle with Cheever to finish full-distance 6th.



Brabham BT54-BMW
7. Nelson Piquet (Brz)
8. Marc Surer (Swz)

Yet another depressing meeting for winners of 1984 Canadian Grand Prix. Piquet has a suspension failure in practice, and is only 11th on the grid. Worse still, his transmission fails at the start and he completes only a few corners. Surer makes debut for Brabham after abortive Belgian Grand Prix, but is struck down by flu and further penalised for inexperience with Pirelli tyres. Qualifies mediocre 20th, and struggles around to finish 15th, further slowed by throttle problems - at least being the first Brabham driver to complete a race in 1985.



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

After going backwards in the previous couple of races, Winkelhock qualifies a fine 14th, with Alliot a disappointed 21st after being 9th in the Friday morning session. Winkelhock then holds 12th for four laps, holding off Lauda, until running wide and dropping to 14th. Then collected by spinning de Cesaris and forced to retire. Alliot reaches 18th before pitting to replace deteriorating Pirellis, and then spins on back straight to wreck the car on lap 29. Promising car still plagued by bad luck.



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

Once again team impresses in qualifying form, de Angelis taking his first pole position since Germany 1984, with Senna 2nd. Run in that order until Senna has to pit to repair compressor causing loss of boost pressure, costing him five laps. After leading first 15 laps, de Angelis passed by Alboreto then suffers engine trouble. Loses out to Johansson, Prost and Rosberg, but manages to salvage 5th place. Down to 2nd in championship. Senna makes fastest lap, but long stop leaves him 16th, five laps behind.



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

Warwick finds car much improved, and qualifies 6th, with Tambay 10th. On race day Warwick finds handling problems return with a vengeance, and spins from 4th to 12th on lap 2. Spins into a barrier on lap 26, ending race - handling trouble later traced to broken anti-roll bar. Tambay runs well in first half of the race, fending off Prost in 4th place until he loses 3rd gear, and sliding back to finish lapped 7th by the end.



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

Once more Boutsen qualifies well in 7th, with Berger 12th. However, the race is again a disappointment for decent car and promising drivers - Boutsen has race-long trouble with boost control and finishes 9th, while Berger spends much of the race stuck behind the Ligiers, and ends up 13th with gearbox trouble.



Toleman TG185-Hart
19. Teo Fabi (It)

Understeer and a trio of turbo failures limit Fabi to 18th on the grid. Further boost pressure problems in warm-up see him start from the pitlane anyway, and he makes no progress before another turbo failure on lap 5 ends his race.



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

Cheever qualifies 11th, two places ahead of Patrese on circuit he loves. Moves up to 6th by lap 8, but eventually passed by both Williams cars. Continues to battle with Mansell until EMS problems drastically limit his speed, dropping him to 17th by the finish. Patrese reaches 9th by lap 9, but has boost problems and ends up finishing 10th - though team are positive about both cars finishing.



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

Ghinzani qualifies 22nd and runs near the tail of the field before retiring from 18th out of 21 runners on lap 36 when Alfa Romeo engine goes sick. Team hope to get works-spec electronic ignition system on the car for return to Europe.



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

Neither driver qualifies particularly well - de Cesaris in 14th, Laffite (now in second lighter car) 19th. After running 13th, de Cesaris spins on lap 6, eliminating Winkelhock and pitting for a new nose. Continues to finish 14th after long stop. Laffite makes good progress through the field and passes Tambay for 7th two laps from the end - however, he jumped the start and is penalised a minute accordingly, dropping him back to 8th place.



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

Alboreto in contention for pole until oil leak on Saturday afternoon leaves him 3rd with Friday time, while Johansson finally qualifies well in 4th alongside him. Alboreto 3rd behind the Lotus cars until Senna retires; then catches and passes de Angelis to lead the race. Johansson down to 5th at the start, but 4th when Warwick spins, 3rd when Senna retires and also catches and passes de Angelis. Both cars then run closely to the finish, holding off Prost to secure superb 1-2. Alboreto into the lead of the drivers' standings, and Ferrari top constructors' table.



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

Martini crashes in practice on debris left by Patrese's exploding turbocharger, and qualifies dead last. Struggles all race, notably getting shoved into a spin by Tambay when he brakes too early for a corner and tangles with the Renault. Stops to check for damage and runs last - behind even delayed Senna - before hitting a barrier on lap 57 and retiring.