Brazilian Grand Prix – 1985


The black Lotus was already in the back of this Brazilian driver’s mind, remembering Brazil’s first Formula 1 victory, won by Emerson Fittipaldi in 1972.

So, when Ayrton Senna sat down for the first time in the cockpit of car no. 12 on the Jacarepaguá circuit, in Rio de Janeiro, the public went wild, anticipating great wins.

And he was the first driver to enter the track for practice sessions that Thursday. After all, everything was new: the season, the car, the engine as well as his motivation, even though he knew his car’s limitations.

“I can’t promise a win. Our engine is the one with the poorest gas mileage out there and this has made us study race strategy in detail. What I can promise is a fight to the end for the podium.”

And, with a lot of effort in his team debut, Ayrton Senna secured the fourth place on the grid, behind Michele Alboreto’s Ferrari, Keke Rosberg’s Williams and his teammate, Elio de Angeles.

On Sunday, Ayrton Senna had a great start and maintained position. During the race, he fought for second against Alboreto. Unfortunately he had to stop on the 41st lap due to an electrical problem, but he saw the season as quite promising. Finally, he had a car which allowed him to battle directly for the top positions in the races.

Resumo da Corrida

  • 1 M. Alboreto
  • 2 K. Rosberg
  • 3 E. de Angelis
  • 4 Ayrton Senna
  • 5 N. Mansell
  • 6 A. Prost
  • 7 R. Arnoux
  • 8 N. Pique
  • 9 N. Lauda
  • 10 D. Warwick
  • 11 P. Tambay
  • 12 T. Boutsen
  • 13 A. de Cesaris
  • 14 R. Patrese
  • 15 J. Laffite
  • 16 M. Winkelhock
  • 17 F. Hesnault
  • 18 E. Cheever
  • 19 G. Berger
  • 20 P. Alliot
  • 21 M. Brundle
  • 22 P. Ghinzani
  • 23 S. Johansson
  • 24 M. Baldi
  • 25 P. Martini
Voltas 61
Tempo Ensolarado
Volta mais rápida A. Prost - 1´36´´702
Podium 1º A. Prost 2º M. Alboreto 3º E. de Angelis
Carros 25
Abandonos 12