Grand Prix Classic


Round 10 - Austrian Grand Prix
Osterreichring, 16-18 August, 1985
Team-by-Team Review


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

Chassis suits circuit, allowing Prost to take pole position with Lauda - after announcing his retirement at the end of the year - 3rd. After Rosberg retires, they dominate the race. Prost - in spare - leads from the start, but Lauda presses him hard. Takes the lead when Prost stops for fresh tyres. Rejoins 2nd and chases Lauda, but the battle is ended when Lauda's engine fails on lap 40. Prost then wins comfortably, and draws level with Alboreto in the championship.



Tyrrell 014-Renault
3. Stefan Bellof (Ger)
Tyrrell 012-Cosworth
4. Martin Brundle (GB)

In second drive in turbo car, Bellof qualifies 22nd, but Brundle misses the cut in the old Cosworth car. Bellof then drives dogged race, reaching 14th by lap 10. Stops for tyres and charges again, reaching 7th when Tambay retires. Runs out of fuel three laps from home due to inexperience with boost controls, but still classified 7th.



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

Another promising but not quite there race from team. Mansell, confirmed for 1986, qualifies 2nd, with Rosberg - to be replaced by Piquet next season - 4th. Rosberg to 2nd at first corner, but retires on lap 4 when engine's oil pressure drops. Mansell gets away badly and drops to 6th; battles back up to 3rd by lap 25, but drops out the next lap, also with engine problems.



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

Piquet qualifies 5th with Surer in 11th. Piquet to 4th laps 1-3, then 3rd when Rosberg retires, but unable to close on McLarens. Passed by Mansell on lap 25, and out next lap with broken exhaust. Surer also suffers with a (less severe) broken exhaust, but moves into the points when Lauda retires, finishing 6th, one lap down.



RAM 03-Hart
9. Philippe Alliot (Fr)
10. Kenny Acheson (GB)

Team rocked by death of Manfred Winkelhock in Mosport 1000kms. Replacement Acheson qualifies 23rd, two places behind Alliot. Down to 24th and 25th at the start, both move past Martini and Rothengatter, but Alliot suffers turbo failure on lap 17. Acheson retires from 14th out of 17 runners on lap 29 when his engine breaks.



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

Team struggles to find set-up in practice, with de Angelis 7th on the grid and Senna 14th after engine troubles. Senna drives gutsy race, however, passing Alboreto, Fabi and de Angelis to secure 2nd place despite bad vibration - his first points finish since the Portuguese Grand Prix. Steady drive sees de Angelis reach 4th by lap 30, but running too soft tyres he pits and drops to 6th. Moves up to 5th when Lauda retires, but unable to catch either Ferrari.



Renault RE60B-Renault
15. Patrick Tambay (Fr)
16. Derek Warwick (GB)

Tambay qualifies 8th, with Warwick 13th. Tambay rockets to 4th at first start and is incensed when race is stopped. Not so successful at the second, and pits from 7th on lap 5 with a puncture. Drops to third-last but charges back to 7th, only for engine to fail six laps from the end, oiling rear wheels and spinning him off. Warwick struggles to make much of an impression in midfield, retiring from 8th on lap 30, also with engine problems.



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

Berger qualifies 17th for home race, one place behind Boutsen, both struggling with wayward handling. Both run in close proximity in midfield until Berger's car breaks a turbocharger on lap 34 when 9th. Boutsen looses boost pressure soon afterwards, and staggers home to finish 8th, three laps down.



Toleman TG185-Hart
19. Teo Fabi (It)
20. Piercarlo Ghinzani (It)

Team fields second car for Ghinzani, but he misses the dry period on Saturday and only qualifies 19th; Fabi, delighted with handling, starts 6th. Ghinzani over-revs engine at first start and misses second. Fabi drops to 8th at the start but runs well, reaching 6th on lap 7. Retires lap 31 after two stops fail to fix electrical problems.



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

Patrese again qualifies well in 10th, but Cheever is back in 20th, both suffering chronic understeer. Cheever at least enjoys himself in the wet on Saturday. Fortunes reversed in the race - Patrese gets off the line badly, dropping to 23rd. Fights up to 14th before engine fails. Cheever starts well, finishing first lap in 14th. Advances to 12th, but again retires with a turbocharger failure.



Osella FA1G-Alfa Romeo
24. Huub Rothengatter (Hol)

Rothengatter qualifies 24th. Moves up to 21st on the first lap, but falls back behind Patrese and both RAMs. Holds Martini until the Minardi retires, and despite a rough engine perseveres to finish 9th and last.



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

Unflustered Laffite qualifies 15th on Friday, with de Cesaris 18th after handling problems. After good start moving up to 11th, de Cesaris then puts a wheel on the grass and launches car into massive barrel roll on lap 17. Laffite moves through to 7th by lap 41 before stopping for fresh tyres. Retires two laps later when a wheel departs from his car.



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

Engine failures and poor handling ruin practice, leaving Alboreto 9th and Johansson 12th. Both run reliably but unspectacularly, not troubling front runners with Alboreto forcefully keeping Johansson behind him, advancing to 2nd and 3rd through attrition. Team extends lead in constructors' cup by one point, but seem to be on the back foot.



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

Martini again crashes on Friday, but manages to squeeze in a time good enough for 26th on the grid before rain comes on Saturday. Gets head of both RAMs (and Patrese) at the start, but soon falls back to last. Retires on lap 41 when Motori Moderni engine expires in a cloud of smoke.



Zakspeed 841-Zakspeed
30. Jonathan Palmer (GB)

Throttle problems limit Palmer to 25th on the grid, despite revised suspension layout suiting fast curves of circuit. Good start moves him up to 20th in the race, but out of 17th on lap 18 when the engine fails.