Ayrton Senna’s move to Lotus for the 1985 season was a major coup for the team and the two weeks leading up to the Italian Grand Prix in 1984 were marked by uncertainty about Senna’s participation in the race.
Toleman had announced that Senna would be replaced by Pierluigi Martini for the race, citing a viral facial paralysis as the reason for Senna’s absence.
The facial paralysis was a real condition, but it was not serious enough to prevent Senna from racing. In fact, he had already competed in the European Grand Prix with the condition, and he had finished in sixth place.
Toleman’s decision to suspend Senna was controversial, and it was seen by many as a way to punish the driver for leaving the team. Martini, who was a talented driver, failed to qualify for the race.
E. de Angelis
A. de Cesaris
final position (did not qualify for the race)
position in championship following the race
starting place (did not qualify for the race)
championship points accumulated
best lap (did not qualify for the race)