Grand Prix Classic

Round 6 - Detroit Grand Prix
Detroit, 21-23 June, 1985
Team-by-Team Review

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

Both drivers hate the circuit, but Prost qualifies 4th despite jarring wrist in Friday morning crash, while a troublesome fifth gear leaves Lauda 12th. Prost passed by Alboreto and de Angelis on lap 3, and with brake trouble then humiliatingly loses out to Brundle. Horrible race cut short when he slides out of 8th and into wall on lap 20. Lauda up to 9th by lap 8, but retires soon afterwards, also with brake trouble.

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

Once more Tyrrell impress on tight Detroit circuit (winners in 1983, 2nd in 1984). Brundle qualifies 18th with Bellof 19th. Both make superb progress through the field to sit 4th (Brundle) and 7th (Bellof) on lap 24. Brundle battles with Alboreto's Ferrari but is taken out by Alliot on lap 31. Despite missing a nose panel after an early collision with Brundle and the clutch breaking, Bellof drives terrific race to take over 4th, only three seconds behind Alboreto. First Renault-powered 014 expected at Paul Ricard.

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

Both drivers well suited to Detroit, and Mansell qualifies 2nd, with Rosberg 5th. Rosberg makes terrific start, swiftly moving up through to 2nd and pressing Senna until the Lotus pits. Then dominantly leads the rest of the race, despite a late stop to remove rubbish from car radiators, to take 4th career victory by nearly a minute. Mansell runs 2nd laps 9-19 before falling back with brake and tyre trouble. Stops for new tyres, but spins and then crashes out of 7th on lap 27.

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

Some slight progress at last - 1984 winner Piquet qualifies 10th, with Surer a pleasing 11th. Aiming just to finish, Piquet pits from 9th on lap 12 to remove rubbish from radiators. Drops to 17th but achieves goal, taking lapped 6th place for his and team's first point of the season. Surer drops to 22nd on first lap after barely getting off the grid, but overcomes brake problems to finish a worthy 8th place, two laps down.

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

Another North American nightmare for RAM team. Winkelhock qualifies 20th. Up to 17th on first lap, but retires with broken turbo on lap 4. Alliot qualifies 23rd, and suffers a misfire. Presses on, but is 15th and last, three laps down, when he moves across on Brundle, eliminating both from the race. No finishes for the team since Rio.

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

Senna is another to vocally dislike Detroit, but nevertheless takes 4th pole position in six races. After huge crash with Tambay on Friday morning, de Angelis only 8th. Senna leads first seven laps before realising he has wrong tyre compound and pitting. Unfortunately, same compound are fitted again. Fights from 13th to flying 4th with second stop for correct tyres, setting fastest lap, but caught out by fading brakes and crashes on lap 52. With strong early run, de Angelis reaches 2nd by lap 20. However, breaks nose trying to lap Berger Stops for replacement, but spare has wrong settings, limiting him to lapped 5th.

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

Determined practice performance gives Warwick 6th on the grid, but Tambay only 15th in spare after being hit by de Angelis on Friday morning. Warwick runs 7th laps 9-13, but slips back with brake problems before broken transmission ends his race on lap 19. Tambay stuck behind slow-starting Surer and drops to 20th. Smoothly advances to 13th by lap 16 before brake trouble causes him to spin at Turn 3, breaking suspension on the wall.

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

Nightmare practice. Boutsen has electrical trouble and qualifies 21st in spare; Berger spins, collides with Patrese and crashes in three separate incidents, and also has car dropped by marshals. Qualifies 24th with wet Saturday time. His race is then derailed by stop to remove rubbish from sidepods and fit new tyres, leaving him 11th. Boutsen races with Surer for much of the race, despite losing a front wing in the early stages, and finishes worthy 7th.

Toleman TG185-Hart
19. Teo Fabi (It)

After an engine failure on Friday morning, Fabi qualifies respectably in 13th in spare car. Holds respectable 11th in race for first four laps before the clutch breaks, ending his race. Team pleased to be making some progress, though.

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

Street circuit specialist Cheever qualifies excellent 7th, with Patrese 14th. Cheever's high hopes dashed by first lap puncture dropping him to last. Drives dogged race to finish 9th, but had hoped for more. Patrese also stops early on to get electrical problem looked at. Continues, but problem returns and ends race after 19 laps.

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

Another fruitless meeting for enthusiastic but underfunded Italian team. Ghinzani qualifies 22nd, but brushes a wall on the very first lap, breaking the car's front suspension and ending his race.

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

Team tries running on a mix of Pirelli qualifiers and race tyres at the same time - with Laffite 16th and de Cesaris 17th, experiment is not considered a success. Laffite drives well to reach 6th by lap 26, but is unable to fend off de Angelis and Piquet. Then drops back with brake trouble before crashing out five laps from the end. After early spin, de Cesaris runs near the tail of the field. Reaches 9th in the later stages before also encountering brake trouble, and dropping back to 10th.

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

1983 winner Alboreto qualifies 3rd; Johansson back in 9th with understeer for first time at Detroit. Alboreto down to 5th at the start; passes Mansell but then loses out to de Angelis and Brundle with fading brakes. Retakes the Tyrrell when brakes cool and holds 3rd until the end. Johansson charges impressively to 3rd by lap 22; passes de Angelis and comes home strong second, despite front brake trouble in closing stages. Alboreto and Ferrari extend lead in respective championships.

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

Car plagued by misfire in practice, with Martini failing to record a single flying lap. Runs very slowly in last place for first 11 laps before Motori Moderni engine fails, ending another wretched weekend for hapless Italian newcomers.