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1985 Austrian Grand Prix

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1985 Austrian Grand Prix
Race 10 of 16 in the 1985 Formula One World Championship
The Österreichring (last modified in 1977)
The Österreichring (last modified in 1977)
Race details
Date August 18, 1985
Official name XXIII Holiday Großer Preis von Osterreich
Location Österreichring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.942 km (3.692 mi)
Distance 52 laps, 308.984 km (191.994 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver McLaren-TAG
Time 1:25.490
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Time 1:29.241 on lap 39
First McLaren-TAG
Second Lotus-Renault
Third Ferrari

The 1985 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Österreichring on August 18, 1985. It was the tenth round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship. It was the 25th Austrian Grand Prix and the 24th to be held at Österreichring. The race was held over 52 laps of the six-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 309 kilometres.

The race was won by French driver Alain Prost driving a McLaren MP4/2B. It was Prost's fourth victory of his championship-winning season. Prost won by 30 seconds over Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna driving a Lotus 97T. Italian driver Michele Alboreto driving a Ferrari 156/85 finished third, tying Alboreto and Prost in the championship.

In what was to be the last race for the venerable Cosworth DFV V8 engine until 1987, Tyrrell's Martin Brundle failed to qualify giving the race the distinction of being the first ever all-turbo Formula One Grand Prix starting a string of 22 races where all cars would be powered by turbocharged engines.

Race summary

Missing from the grid was RAM driver Manfred Winkelhock who had been killed in a sportscar race in Canada just a week before. His place was taken in the team by Kenny Acheson for his first Formula One race since the 1983 South African Grand Prix.

A second Toleman was driven by Piercarlo Ghinzani.

Before Saturday morning practice triple and defending World Champion (and 1984 Austrian Grand Prix winner) Niki Lauda, flanked by a very unhappy McLaren team boss Ron Dennis, announced to the media that he would be retiring for good from Formula One following the season ending Australian Grand Prix to concentrate on running his airline Lauda Air. Dennis was reportedly unhappy as he had paid Lauda a considerable amount of money to make his F1 comeback in 1982 and he had unsuccessfully tried to get Lauda to continue racing into the 1986 season.

A now relaxed Lauda gave his home fans something to cheer about when he qualified a season-high third. Lauda's team mate Alain Prost captured pole position, averaging 155.478 mph (250.219 km/h), followed by Nigel Mansell (Williams-Honda), Lauda, Keke Rosberg (Williams) and Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW). After a troubled qualifying, Senna only qualified 14th on the grid in his Lotus-Renault.

The race was restarted after one lap (with Niki Lauda having made a great start from third on the grid to lead Prost as the race was stopped). Mansell had got away very slowly in his Williams, but behind him Teo Fabi in the Toleman-Hart barely moved. Elio de Angelis (Lotus) dived left to avoid Fabi and was hit by the Ferrari of Alboreto. Fabi suffered damage as did the Arrows-BMW of Austria's "other" driver in the race Gerhard Berger. Luckily for those with damaged cars (especially championship leader Alboreto) the first lap was declared null and void and the race was completely restarted meaning those with damaged cars were permitted to start in the team spares. Lucky too was Prost who was able to change cars after his McLaren had developed a misfire. Piercarlo Ghinzani became a non-starter in his Toleman after team mate Fabi took over the spare TG185 for the race as he had qualified 6th while Ghinzani started 19th. This left Ghinzani without a drive.

On lap 13 Andrea de Cesaris survived one of the biggest crashes ever seen in Formula One when his Ligier-Renault got sideways at the left hand Panorama Curve and slid onto the outside grass at high speed. The grass, wet from overnight rain caused the Ligier to initially slide sideways before his right rear hit a slight bank launching the car into a series of rolls with de Cesaris's head bouncing around freely in the cockpit. Somehow as soon as the Ligier came to a rest (thankfully the right way up), de Cesaris undid his seat belts and walked away with nothing more than a mud-splattered helmet and driving suit. The crash was the end for de Cesaris at Ligier, with team owner Guy Ligier firing the Italian after he saw a replay of the crash stating "I can no longer afford to keep employing this man" referring to the constant repair bills from de Cesaris's crashes since he joined the team in 1984.[1] When he returned to the pits, de Cesaris told the team that the reason for his DNF was that the car had stalled and wouldn't restart. It was reported at that point that the Ligier team had not seen a replay of the accident.

With his 20th career victory, Prost moved into a shared lead in the World Drivers' Championship alongside Alboreto, with each having 50 points. After a string of non-finishes since his win in the second race of the season in Portugal, Senna drove a great race into second from a lowly (for him) 14th on the grid, with Alboreto finishing third in the spare Ferrari to retain his lead in the World Championship (now shared with Prost). Stefan Johansson (Ferrari), Elio de Angelis, and Marc Surer (Brabham), completed the points-scoring finishers.



Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:25.490
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:26.453 1:26.052 +0.562
3 1 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:26.250 1:26.727 +0.760
4 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:26.333 1:26.762 +0.843
5 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:26.568 1:26.404 +0.914
6 19 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 1:26.664 11:12.639 +1.174
7 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:26.799 +1.309
8 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 1:27.722 1:27.502 +2.012
9 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:29.774 1:27.516 +2.026
10 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:29.485 1:27.851 +2.361
11 8 Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 1:27.954 1:50.796 +2.464
12 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1:28.134 1:27.961 +2.471
13 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 1:30.602 1:28.006 +2.516
14 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:28.123 3:04.856 +2.633
15 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 1:29.181 1:28.249 +2.759
16 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:28.617 1:28.262 +2.772
17 17 Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 1:28.566 1:28.762 +3.076
18 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:28.666 +3.176
19 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Toleman-Hart 1:28.894 +3.404
20 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:29.031 1:29.608 +3.541
21 10 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:32.766 1:29.827 +4.337
22 3 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Renault 1:31.022 1:30.514 +5.024
23 9 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson RAM-Hart 1:35.072 +9.582
24 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:35.329 1:58.090 +9.839
25 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 1:36.060 1:35.787 +10.297
26 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 10:36.417 1:36.765 +11.275
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 1:39.247 1:37.317 +11.827


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 52 1:20:12.583 1 9
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 52 + 30.002 14 6
3 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 52 + 34.356 9 4
4 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 52 + 39.073 12 3
5 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 52 + 1:22.092 7 2
6 8 Switzerland Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 51 +1 Lap 11 1
7 3 Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Renault 49 Out of Fuel 22  
8 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 49 +3 Laps 16  
9 24 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Osella-Alfa Romeo 48 +4 Laps 24  
10 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 46 Engine 8  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 43 Accident 15  
Ret 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 40 Suspension 26  
Ret 1 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 39 Engine 3  
Ret 17 Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 33 Turbo 17  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 31 Electrical 6  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 29 Engine 13  
Ret 10 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson RAM-Hart 28 Engine 23  
Ret 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 26 Exhaust 5  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 25 Engine 2  
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 25 Engine 10  
Ret 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 17 Engine 25  
Ret 9 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 16 Turbo 21  
Ret 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 13 Accident 18  
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 6 Turbo 20  
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 4 Oil Pressure 4  
DNS 20 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Toleman-Hart 0 Non Starter 19  
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford

Lap leaders

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  1. ^ Andrea de Cesaris crashes out of the 1985 Austrian Grand Prix on YouTube
  2. ^ "1985 Austrian Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Austria 1985 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 7 March 2019.

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1985 German Grand Prix
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