The Austrian Grand Prix held no surprises for Ayrton Senna. However, the circumstances had changed significantly, as he now required immense effort just to keep his limited Toleman car competitive against the dominant teams.
During the race, Senna pushed hard to secure a scoring position, but once again, his car encountered a malfunction. This time, it was related to the oil pressure in the engine. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire on the 35th lap when he was already in ninth place.
Despite the persistent car troubles, Ayrton Senna’s talent was catching the attention of other teams. The upcoming 1985 season would see him engage in intense battles for victory.
In Austria, Peter Warr, the Lotus team manager, and Gerard Ducarouge, the Lotus race engineer, openly acknowledged that they had dined with the Brazilian driver at a small restaurant in the charming village of Zeltweg, adjacent to the racetrack. This further demonstrated the growing interest and recognition of Senna’s potential by other prominent figures in the Formula 1 community.
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final position (retired on lap 35)
position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated
best lap (did not finish)