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1985 San Marino Grand Prix

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1985 San Marino Grand Prix
Race 3 of 16 in the 1985 Formula One World Championship
Imola Circuit 1980-1995 Layout.png
Race details
Date 5 May 1985
Location Autodromo Dino Ferrari
Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.040 km (3.132 miles)
Distance 60 laps, 302.400 km (187.902 miles)
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Renault
Time 1:27.327
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari
Time 1:30.961 on lap 29
First Lotus-Renault
Second Arrows-BMW
Third Renault
Lap leaders

The 1985 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Imola on 5 May 1985. It was the third race of the 1985 Formula One World Championship. The 60-lap race was won by Elio de Angelis, driving a Lotus-Renault, after McLaren driver Alain Prost had been disqualified for being underweight. Thierry Boutsen was second in an Arrows-BMW, with Patrick Tambay third in a factory Renault.


Qualifying report

Before the previous race in Portugal it was revealed that René Arnoux had been fired by Ferrari, with no explanation ever given for his sudden departure by either the team or Arnoux. In his place was Swedish driver Stefan Johansson. Arnoux was in the pits at Imola, but was seen with the Brabham team, starting a false rumor he would soon join the team alongside Nelson Piquet. As it turned out, Arnoux would not drive in F1 again until joining Ligier in 1986.

Ayrton Senna took pole position in his Lotus-Renault with a time of 1:27.327, with Keke Rosberg alongside him on the front row in the Williams-Honda. For Senna it would be the first of seven consecutive pole positions at Imola, a run which ended in 1992.

Filling the second row were Elio de Angelis in the second Lotus and Michele Alboreto in the Ferrari. Belgian Thierry Boutsen was a surprise 5th fastest in the Arrows-BMW, ahead of the McLaren-TAG of Alain Prost. In his second race for Ferrari, Johansson qualified 15th.

Qualifying classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:27.589 1:27.327
2 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:28.347 1:27.354 +0.027
3 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:30.325 1:27.852 +0.525
4 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:27.871 1:30.637 +0.544
5 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:28.829 1:27.918 +0.591
6 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:28.604 1:28.099 +0.772
7 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:29.756 1:28.202 +0.875
8 1 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:29.413 1:28.399 +1.072
9 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:29.427 1:28.489 +1.162
10 17 Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 1:28.697 1:29.654 +1.370
11 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 1:30.201 1:29.102 +1.775
12 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:30.605 1:29.259 +1.932
13 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:30.339 1:29.406 +2.079
14 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 1:30.440 1:29.466 +2.139
15 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1:30.240 1:29.806 +2.479
16 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 1:31.625 1:30.982 +3.655
17 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 2:30.990 1:31.028 +3.701
18 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:31.388 1:31.108 +3.781
19 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:32.770 1:48.391 +5.443
20 8 France François Hesnault Brabham-BMW 1:33.142 1:33.160 +5.815
21 10 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:34.201 2:05.141 +6.874
22 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:34.974 1:34.209 +6.882
23 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock RAM-Hart 1:34.936 1:34.579 +7.252
24 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 1:35.774 1:35.653 +8.326
25 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 1:36.397 1:36.661 +9.070
26 21 Italy Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 1:36.922 1:38.235 +9.595


Race report

Limited fuel allowances played a big part in the race, as a succession of drivers ran out of fuel in the last few laps. Prost took the chequered flag before stopping on the slowing-down lap and hitching a ride with Patrick Tambay on the side pod to return to the pits. Later, Prost's car was found to be two kilograms underweight in post-race scrutineering, resulting in his disqualification. Summing up the general feeling that FISA's fuel limit rules had seen Formula One races reduced to mere economy runs, Williams driver Nigel Mansell noted that "it wasn't really racing".

Stefan Johansson ran a good race in his second drive for Ferrari. After starting 15th he steadily made his way through the field and by late in the race had moved to second (benefiting from others running out of fuel) and was poised to benefit from Senna also running dry 3 laps from home. Johansson took the lead from the Lotus to a thunderous applause from the Italian fans, only to run out of fuel himself half a lap later coming out of the Acque Minerali chicane. A post race examination of his car revealed the Ferrari had an electrical malfunction that caused the engine to use more fuel than the readout was telling the team or Johansson. The Ferrari's readout had told Johansson that he still had enough fuel to finish the race.

Prost's disqualification promoted de Angelis to the win, his second in F1, with second place awarded to Boutsen — who ran out of fuel as he reached the start-finish straight on his final lap and pushed his Arrows across the finish line to secure his finishing position — and third to Frenchman Patrick Tambay, in what would turn out to be the last podium finish for both Tambay and the original factory Renault team. Mauro Baldi and Spirit Racing entered their last Grand Prix: the small British team were having financial troubles and the Toleman team offered to buy out their tyre contract: Spirit accepted and withdrew from the championship, allowing Toleman to race for the rest of the season.

Race classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 60 1:34:35.955 3 9
2 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 59 Out of fuel 5 6
3 15 France Patrick Tambay Renault 59 + 1 Lap 11 4
4 1 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 59 + 1 Lap 8 3
5 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 58 Out of fuel 7 2
6 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 57 Out of fuel 15 1
7 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 57 Out of fuel 1  
8 7 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 57 Out of fuel 9  
9 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 56 Out of fuel 25  
10 16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Renault 56 + 4 Laps 14  
DSQ 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 60 Underweight 6  
Ret 23 United States Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 50 Engine 12  
NC 24 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 46 + 14 Laps 22  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 29 Electrical 4  
Ret 9 West Germany Manfred Winkelhock RAM-Hart 27 Engine 23  
Ret 10 France Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 24 Engine 21  
Ret 6 Finland Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 23 Brakes 2  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 22 Turbo 16  
Ret 29 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 14 Turbo 19  
Ret 25 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 11 Spun off 13  
Ret 21 Italy Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 9 Electrical 26  
Ret 8 France François Hesnault Brabham-BMW 5 Engine 20  
Ret 4 West Germany Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 5 Engine 24  
Ret 17 Austria Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 4 Engine 10  
Ret 22 Italy Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 4 Engine 18  
DNS 30 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 0 Engine 17  
Source: [1] [2]

Championship standings after the race

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


  1. ^ "1985 San Marino Grand Prix". Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  2. ^ "1985 San Marino Grand Prix - Highlights". Retrieved 22 January 2023.
  3. ^ a b "San Marino 1985 - Championship". Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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1985 Portuguese Grand Prix
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1985 Monaco Grand Prix
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1984 San Marino Grand Prix
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1986 San Marino Grand Prix
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