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The 1985 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix held at Monaco on May 19, 1985.
The Toleman team return after missing the first 3 races of the season due to a contract problem over tyres! Senna’s on pole with Mansell in 2nd on the grid.
You’ll notice that the chicance after the tunnel is very different to what it is today featuring just a “kink” to slow the cars down, but judging by the speed of them it didn’t have much effect!
Some great racing to look out for; Elio de Angelis overtaking Eddie Cheever’s Alfa Romeo at Virage Antony Noghes (not somewhere you usually get overtaken!), Boutsen, de Cesaris and Warwick battling for position while Lauda catches them, and Piquet coming together with Patrese on the main straight before they both go off at St. Devote.
Senna has a blown turbo while leading and later on Alboreto drives round the outside of Prost going into St. Devote to retake the lead.
Full Grand Prix results are available on Wikipedia. Race video is 39 minutes.
Particularly interesting is the Minardi/Coloni Subaru, McLaren Lamborghini (Senna and Hakkinen tested it!), and a Williams Renault with CVT.
The McLaren story makes me wonder what would have happened had Ron Dennis continued and actually raced with the Lambo engine. Would Senna have left for Williams…
The 1985 Formula One European Grand Prix held at Brands Hatch on October 6, 1985.
Nigel Mansell in the Williams Honda takes his first Grand Prix victory in front of the home crowd with Alain Prost finishing fourth to take the World Championship. John Watson returns for a one-off drive with McLaren after a 2 year absense in what will be his last GP.
Have a look at Keke Rosberg blocking Senna for nearly 2 laps after a coming together then goes on from a lap down to take 3rd place! Alboreto has a great turbo fire (those were the days when you could count on a Ferrari engine blowing up!). Jaques Laffite makes a brief appearance in the top 6 and takes fastest lap before his Ligier expires, and Marc Surer in the BMW Brabham has a spectacular turbo blow up.
The sleek, streamlined Brabham looks amazing compared with other cars and the simple blue/white colour scheme shows it off to best effect. This is in contrast to the McLaren which seems especially “fat”!
For those with a keen eye you should spot Ron Dennis (with some hair) of McLaren right at the end holding up a pit board with “Prost P1”