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1985 Australian Grand Prix

Overview

 

The 1985 Australian Grand Prix held at the Adelaide Street Circuit was the final race of the season. It would be the final Grand Prix Keke would race for Williams and also his final ever F1 race win. After 1982, the 1985 season marked arguably Keke's best in the sport finishing with two wins, two second places, a third and two forth places. This allowed him to finish the season in third place in the standings, three places higher than team mate Mansell.

Qualifying

 

The fight for pole was a close faught battle with Keke battling it out with team mate Nigel Mansell and Lotus driver Ayrton Senna. Keke took Friday qualifying by clocking a 1:22.402, just 0.001 faster than the time set by Senna. But the Lotus driver would strike back in the official Saturday qualifying by getting pole with a 1:19:883, beating Mansell who would start second and Keke would lined up the row behind in third.

Race

 

The race began with Mansell taking the lead from Senna on the first lap but it would end in disaster with the two colliding. Senna was able to continue but Mansell was forced to retire. This allowed Keke into the lead with Senna following behind in second. Tyre problems for many meant that some drivers had to pit suddenly to regain lost grip and this allowed a number of drivers to make up positions. Local hero Alan Jones was at one point up to sixth

in his Beatrice Lola-Hart but would eventually retire after 20 laps due to electrical issues.

 

With Mansell out, the race lead would yo-yo between Keke and Ayrton, with both colliding when Keke pitted for tyres. It was an act that had obviously surprised Senna and he paid by losing his front wing, initially trying to continue but after losing the lead to Keke again, decided to pit. By not stopping Niki Lauda had been able to move into second place with Senna close behind, but Ayrton would soon get past him. Keke decided to pit again but a bad stop meant he would come back out behind both men. However Lauda's luck ran out on lap 58 after brake trouble forced him into a race ending crash. Senna too would succumb to car problems when his engine blew up and he had to retire on lap 62. This had promoted Keke back into the lead of the race. With Jacques Laffite now in a distant second place, Keke was able to complete the race with another pit stop for tyres, still emerging in the lead and winning with a 43.130 margin over the second place man.

Extra Info

 

This race would mark more than just the last win of Keke's F1 career. It was also the last race to feature the Alfa Romeo and Toleman teams, although the Toleman team continued into 1986 it was renamed as Benetton. The race also marked the final appearance by three times champion Niki Lauda would retire for good after his successful return to the sport in 1982.

 

Date: November 3rd, 1985

Circuit: Adelaide Street Circuit

Location: Adelaide, Australia

Lap Distance:  3.780 km (2.362 miles)

Laps:  82

Weather: Dry

Race Facts

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Race Classification - Top 10

Keke Rosberg

Jacques Laffite

Philippe Streiff

Ivan Capelli

Stafan Johansson

Gerhard Berger

H. Rothengatter

Pierluigi Martini

Ayrton Senna

Michelle Alboreto

 

Williams

Ligier

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Tyrrell

Ferrari

Arrows

Osella

Minardi

Lotus

Ferrari

Full Qualifying & Race Classification

Pole:  Ayrton Senna

Fastest lap: Keke Rosberg

'F1 Review GP Australia 1985'

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