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1984 Italian Grand Prix

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1984 Italian Grand Prix
Race 14 of 16 in the 1984 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 9 September 1984
Official name 55º Gran Premio d'Italia[1]
Location Autodromo Nazionale di Monza
Monza, Lombardy, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.800 km (3.604 miles)
Distance 51 laps, 295.800 km (183.802 miles)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Brabham-BMW
Time 1:26.584
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG
Time 1:31.912 on lap 42
First McLaren-TAG
Second Ferrari
Third Alfa Romeo
Lap leaders

The 1984 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on 9 September 1984. It was the fourteenth race of the 1984 Formula One World Championship.

The 51-lap race was won by Austrian Niki Lauda, driving a McLaren-TAG, with local drivers Michele Alboreto and Riccardo Patrese second and third in a Ferrari and an Alfa Romeo respectively. With teammate Alain Prost retiring, Lauda opened up a 10.5-point lead over the Frenchman in the Drivers' Championship with two races remaining.

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In the fortnight between the Dutch and Italian Grands Prix, the FIA Court of Appeal upheld the exclusion of the Tyrrell team from the championship for alleged technical infringements, and the team were duly banned from the final three races of the season. The Italian Grand Prix would thus be the first all-turbo Formula One race in history.[2]

Meanwhile, the Toleman team had suspended Ayrton Senna for not informing them of his signing for Lotus for 1985 before the deal was announced at Zandvoort.[3] Stefan Johansson, out of a drive as a result of Tyrrell's ban, was drafted in to replace the Brazilian at Monza; he would be joined by newcomer Pierluigi Martini.


Qualifying report

Nelson Piquet took his seventh pole position of the season in his Brabham, with Alain Prost alongside him on the front row in his McLaren. The second row was made up of Elio de Angelis in the Lotus and Niki Lauda in the second McLaren, while the third row consisted of Teo Fabi in the second Brabham and Keke Rosberg in the Williams. The second Lotus of Nigel Mansell, the Renault of Patrick Tambay and the two Alfa Romeos of Riccardo Patrese and Eddie Cheever completed the top ten. Johansson was 17th in the Toleman while Martini, unfamiliar with the car, came 27th and last and thus failed to qualify.

Qualifying classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:28.709 1:26.584
2 7 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:29.854 1:26.671 +0.087
3 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:28.014 1:27.538 +0.954
4 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:30.142 1:28.533 +1.949
5 2 Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 1:29.383 1:28.587 +2.003
6 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:33.386 1:28.818 +2.234
7 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1:31.715 1:28.969 +2.385
8 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 1:31.532 1:29.253 +2.669
9 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:30.710 1:29.382 +2.798
10 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:32.365 1:29.797 +3.213
11 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:29.810 1:30.069 +3.226
12 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 1:30.113 1:30.569 +3.529
13 5 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 1:32.091 1:30.578 +3.994
14 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 1:31.495 1:30.695 +4.111
15 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-BMW 1:31.108 1:31.513 +4.524
16 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:32.014 1:31.198 +4.614
17 19 Sweden Stefan Johansson Toleman-Hart 1:31.207 1:31.203 +4.619
18 25 France François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 1:32.779 1:31.274 +4.690
19 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:32.636 1:31.342 +4.758
20 31 Austria Gerhard Berger ATS-BMW 1:33.161 1:31.549 +4.965
21 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 2:00.593 1:32.866 +6.282
22 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:33.456 1:33.562 +6.872
23 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:37.186 1:34.120 +7.536
24 30 Austria Jo Gartner Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:37.123 1:34.472 +7.888
25 21 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Spirit-Hart 1:38.255 1:34.719 +8.135
26 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 1:36.876 1:35.412 +8.828
DNQ 20 Italy Pierluigi Martini Toleman-Hart 1:38.312 1:35.840 +9.256


Race report

Manfred Winkelhock, who had qualified 21st in his ATS, suffered a gearbox failure on the formation lap for the second time in three races. Frustrated, he subsequently quit the team.

At the start, de Angelis passed Prost and Piquet, though the Brabham driver retook the lead into the first chicane. Tambay also made a fast start to run fourth, while Lauda fell to seventh behind Mansell and Fabi. While Piquet set about building a lead, Prost and Tambay overtook de Angelis, only for Prost's engine to fail on the fourth lap. In the meantime, Fabi and Lauda passed both Lotuses, and were thus up to third and fourth.

On lap 8, Fabi spun at the Roggia chicane, dropping to eighth; a charge put him back up to fourth by lap 12. By this point, Michele Alboreto in the Ferrari had also passed both Lotuses and was now fifth. While this was going on, a high attrition rate was building: the second Ferrari of René Arnoux suffered a gearbox failure on lap 6, while the two Ligiers of Andrea de Cesaris and François Hesnault dropped out on lap 8, followed shortly afterwards by the two Williams of Rosberg and Jacques Laffite. By lap 15 the two Lotuses had also retired, Mansell spinning off and de Angelis' gearbox failing.

Piquet continued to lead from Tambay, both clear of Lauda. On lap 16, Piquet's engine failed; at around the same time Fabi, continuing his charge, overtook Lauda to run second. Fabi then started to catch up to Tambay and by half-distance was on the Renault's tail, with Lauda keeping close behind; all three were clear of Alboreto, with Derek Warwick in the second Renault up to fifth and Cheever sixth. On lap 32, Warwick suffered an oil pressure problem, moving Johansson into the top six.

On lap 40, Lauda overtook Fabi at the Parabolica, before passing Tambay for the lead at the Roggia three laps later. Then, on lap 44, Fabi and Tambay suffered engine and throttle failures respectively. This left Lauda with a lead of 20 seconds over Alboreto, with Cheever up to third followed by Johansson, Patrese and the Osella of Piercarlo Ghinzani. On lap 46 Cheever ran out of fuel, followed three laps later by Ghinzani; meanwhile, Patrese passed Johansson for third. At the chequered flag, only Lauda and Alboreto were on the lead lap, with Patrese one lap behind Lauda and Johansson a further lap back. Completing the top six were Jo Gartner in the second Osella and Gerhard Berger in the second ATS, though neither driver would receive points as both their teams had officially entered only one car for the championship.

The win, Lauda's fifth of the season, put him 10.5 points clear of Prost at the top of the Drivers' Championship with two races remaining. In the Constructors' Championship, Alboreto's result enabled Ferrari to move ahead of Lotus into second behind McLaren.

Race classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 51 1:20:29.065 4 9
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 51 + 24.249 11 6
3 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 50 + 1 Lap 9 4
4 19 Sweden Stefan Johansson Toleman-Hart 49 + 2 Laps 17 3
5 30 Austria Jo Gartner Osella-Alfa Romeo 49 + 2 Laps 24 0*
6 31 Austria Gerhard Berger ATS-BMW 49 + 2 Laps 20 0*
7 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 48 Out of fuel 22  
8 21 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Spirit-Hart 48 + 3 Laps 25  
9 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 45 Out of fuel 10  
10 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 45 + 6 Laps 19  
Ret 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 43 Throttle 8  
Ret 2 Italy Teo Fabi Brabham-BMW 43 Engine 5  
Ret 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-BMW 43 Engine 15  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 31 Oil pressure 12  
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 20 Oil pressure 26  
Ret 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 15 Engine 1  
Ret 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 14 Gearbox 3  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 13 Spun off 7  
Ret 5 France Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 10 Turbo 13  
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 8 Turbo 6  
Ret 26 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 7 Engine 16  
Ret 25 France François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 7 Spun off 18  
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 6 Electrical 23  
Ret 28 France René Arnoux Ferrari 5 Gearbox 14  
Ret 7 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 3 Engine 2  
DNS 14 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 0 Gearbox 21  

* Neither Gartner nor Berger were eligible for points, as they were driving the respective "second entries" of Osella and ATS and both teams had officially entered only one car for the entire championship.

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Points accurate at final declaration of results. Tyrrell's points were subsequently reallocated.


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