British Grand Prix – 1985


The British Grand Prix presented a host of problems that directly impacted Ayrton Senna’s performance during the race.

Initial errors were on the part of his team, Lotus. First, the amount of time it took to change Ayrton’s engine between the practice and qualifying sessions, took up precious minutes for fine tuning. During qualifying the Lotus car was over steering on the high-speed corners and the driver had to wait another half hour for the car to be set up again.

When he finally returned, there were less than five minutes left in the qualifying session and, shortly afterwards, the front brakes of his car went out.

Even still, he drove at high speed and went for the pole position, in taking the last corner, the brake failure became a problem. He still secured the fourth best time.At the start, there were no mistakes: the takeoff was good, he outpaced several drivers and assumed the lead on the second lap, maintaining this position until his car broke down at the 60th lap – only six to the end.

Or should we say five: the race director called off the race one lap before the established 66, another let down in the trajectory of events.

Resumo da Corrida

  • 1 K. Rosberg
  • 2 N. Piquet
  • 3 A. Prost
  • 4 Ayrton Senna
  • 5 N. Mansell
  • 6 M. Alboreto
  • 7 A. de Cesaris
  • 8 E. de Angelis
  • 9 T. Fabi
  • 10 N. Lauda
  • 11 S. Johansson
  • 12 D. Warwick
  • 13 P. Tambay
  • 14 R. Patrese
  • 15 M. Surer
  • 16 J. Laffite
  • 17 G. Berger
  • 18 M. Winkelhock
  • 19 T. Boutsen
  • 20 M. Brundle
  • 21 P. Alliot
  • 22 E. Cheever
  • 23 P. Martini
  • 24 J. Palmer
  • 25 P. Ghinzani
  • 26 S. Bellof
Voltas 65
Tempo Nublado
Volta mais rápida A. Prost - 1´09´´886
Podium 1º A. Prost 2º M. Alboreto 3º J. Laffite
Carros 26
Abandonos 15