1984 Monaco Grand Prix

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The 1984 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monaco on June 3, 1984. It was the sixth round of the 1984 Formula One season. It was the only race of the 1984 season that was run on a wet track.

During practice, Tyrrell's Martin Brundle had a huge crash at the Tabac corner. He landed upside down and was slightly injured, but it was enough to make him a non-qualifier for the race.

Race

The race, held amidst heavy rain, was one of the most contentious in Formula One history, and announced the emergence of at least two new stars. Alain Prost took the first of his four victories at the circuit.

The race start was delayed by 45 minutes due to the heavy rain. With the rain soaking the track, Niki Lauda sought out Bernie Ecclestone on the grid in a bid to have the Tunnel flooded as well (the Tunnel was dry but coated with oil from the previous days use which Lauda explained had turned it into a fifth gear skid pad when the cars came racing in carrying the spray from their tyres). Ecclestone used his power as the head of FOCA to do exactly that, with a local fire truck called in to water down the only dry road on the track.

Pole-sitter Prost led the race from the start, while first corner contact between Ferrari's René Arnoux and the Renault of Derek Warwick pitched the Englishman's car into the fence on the outside of St. Devote and into the path of his team-mate Patrick Tambay. Both drivers suffered leg injuries, Warwick bruised his left leg while Tambay broke his leg after his car's suspension punched through the carbon fibre monocoque, causing him to miss the next round in Canada.

Prost was passed on lap nine by Nigel Mansell, leading a Grand Prix for the first time, when Prost's TAG engine was misfiring and he was delayed by both Corrado Fabi's stalled Brabham and Michele Alboreto's about to be lapped Ferrari just before the tunnel (Prost actually hit a marshal who was pushing Fabi's car away but thankfully with no serious injury). Mansell pulled away from Prost at around two seconds per lap, before going off six laps later on the run up to Casino Square after hitting a painted white line, damaging his car and retiring from the race.

Lauda disposed of Arnoux but Prost assumed the lead again, only to have the Toleman-Hart of Ayrton Senna, who had also passed the Ferrari, quickly closing in. Senna had started the race thirteenth, the first Formula One street race in his rookie season, in the generally uncompetitive Toleman and was showing his wet weather skills that would become legendary. On lap 29, Prost waved to the stewards of the race to indicate that he felt the race should be stopped (he was also suffering from a major brake imbalance as his McLaren's carbon brakes were locking due to not generating enough heat in the conditions). He waved again on lap 31 as he passed the start/finish line.

The red flag to stop the race was shown at the end of the 32nd lap after clerk of the course Jacky Ickx decided that conditions were too poor for the race to continue. Senna passed Prost's slowing McLaren before the finish line, but according to the rules, the positions counted are those from the last lap completed by every driver – lap 31, at which point Prost was still leading.<ref name="Autocourse1">Hamilton, Maurice (1984)) Autocourse 1984–85 p.141 Hazleton publishing ISBN 0-905138-32-5</ref> The stoppage was controversial, as it benefitted Prost with a Porsche-designed engine, and was made by Ickx, a Porsche employee in sports car racing. Ickx was suspended from his race control duties for not consulting with the stewards over his decision before making it. The rain was not falling as hard at this stage as it had previously been.

Had the race been allowed to continue until 75% of the laps, full points would have been awarded and Prost could have had six points from a second place (or nine for a win) instead of 4.5 points from the half-race win, had he actually finished. Prost would eventually go on to lose the championship to Niki Lauda by only half a point.

Speculation that Ayrton Senna would have won his first race was proved wrong when his team later revealed that his TG184 had suffered suspension damage due to his consistently bouncing the car over the curbs at the Chicane du Port and through the Piscine (swimming pool) over the last few laps before the red flag. Toleman mechanics confirmed that this would have forced him to retire within one or two laps of when the red flag was shown.

Senna and Mansell were not the only new drivers to run near the front – Stefan Bellof, running in the only naturally aspirated car in the race, finished third and had been closing on both Senna and Prost. Bellof had qualified 20th and last in his Tyrrell 012-Cosworth.<ref name="Autocourse1" /> The Tyrrell team's results were erased later in the season due to weight infringements, meaning that Bellof was stripped of his podium finish, with his place being taken by René Arnoux. It would prove to be Bellof's only podium visit during his tragically short (22 races, 20 starts) Formula One career.

This was the first time that Ayrton Senna had set a Formula One fastest lap.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Qual Gap
1 7 Template:Flagicon Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:22.661
2 12 Template:Flagicon Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 1:22.752 +0.091
3 28 Template:Flagicon René Arnoux Ferrari 1:22.935 +0.274
4 27 Template:Flagicon Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:22.937 +0.276
5 16 Template:Flagicon Derek Warwick Renault 1:23.237 +0.576
6 15 Template:Flagicon Patrick Tambay Renault 1:23.414 +0.753
7 26 Template:Flagicon Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 1:23.578 +0.917
8 8 Template:Flagicon Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 1:23.886 +1.225
9 1 Template:Flagicon Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 1:23.918 +1.257
10 6 Template:Flagicon Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 1:24.151 +1.490
11 11 Template:Flagicon Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 1:24.426 +1.765
12 14 Template:Flagicon Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 1:24.473 +1.812
13 19 Template:Flagicon Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 1:25.009 +2.348
14 22 Template:Flagicon Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 1:25.101 +2.440
15 2 Template:Flagicon Corrado Fabi Brabham-BMW 1:25.290 +2.629
16 5 Template:Flagicon Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 1:25.719 +3.058
17 25 Template:Flagicon François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 1:25.815 +3.154
18 20 Template:Flagicon Johnny Cecotto Toleman-Hart 1:25.872 +3.211
19 24 Template:Flagicon Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:25.877 +3.216
20 4 Template:Flagicon Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 1:26.117 +3.456
DNQ 17 Template:Flagicon Marc Surer Arrows-Ford 1:26.273 +3.612
DNQ 3 Template:Flagicon Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford 1:26.773 +3.712
DNQ 23 Template:Flagicon Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 1:26.471 +3.810
DNQ 18 Template:Flagicon Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:26.514 +3.853
DNQ 10 Template:Flagicon Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart 1:27.458 +4.797
DNQ 21 Template:Flagicon Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart 1:28.360 +5.699
DNQ 9 Template:Flagicon Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart 1:29.576 +6.915

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 Template:Flagicon Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 31 1:01:07.740 1 4.5
2 19 Template:Flagicon Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart 31 + 7.446 13 3
3 28 Template:Flagicon René Arnoux Ferrari 31 + 29.077 3 2
4 6 Template:Flagicon Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 31 + 35.246 10 1.5
5 11 Template:Flagicon Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 31 + 44.439 11 1
6 27 Template:Flagicon Michele Alboreto Ferrari 30 + 1 Lap 4 0.5
7 24 Template:Flagicon Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 30 + 1 Lap 19  
8 5 Template:Flagicon Jacques Laffite Williams-Honda 30 + 1 Lap 16  
DSQ 4 Template:Flagicon Stefan Bellof Tyrrell-Ford 31 Disqualified 20  
Ret 22 Template:Flagicon Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 24 Steering 14  
Ret 8 Template:Flagicon Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 23 Spun Off 8  
Ret 14 Template:Flagicon Manfred Winkelhock ATS-BMW 22 Spun Off 12  
Ret 12 Template:Flagicon Nigel Mansell Lotus-Renault 15 Spun Off 2  
Ret 1 Template:Flagicon Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 14 Electrical 9  
Ret 25 Template:Flagicon François Hesnault Ligier-Renault 12 Electrical 17  
Ret 2 Template:Flagicon Corrado Fabi Brabham-BMW 9 Electrical 15  
Ret 20 Template:Flagicon Johnny Cecotto Toleman-Hart 1 Spun Off 18  
Ret 16 Template:Flagicon Derek Warwick Renault 0 Collision 5  
Ret 15 Template:Flagicon Patrick Tambay Renault 0 Collision 6  
Ret 26 Template:Flagicon Andrea de Cesaris Ligier-Renault 0 Accident 7  
DNQ 17 Template:Flagicon Marc Surer Arrows-Ford    
DNQ 3 Template:Flagicon Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Ford    
DNQ 23 Template:Flagicon Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo    
DNQ 18 Template:Flagicon Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW    
DNQ 10 Template:Flagicon Jonathan Palmer RAM-Hart    
DNQ 21 Template:Flagicon Mauro Baldi Spirit-Hart    
DNQ 9 Template:Flagicon Philippe Alliot RAM-Hart        

Standings after the race

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Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Flagicon Alain Prost 28.5
2 Template:Flagicon Niki Lauda 18
3 Template:Flagicon René Arnoux 14.5
4 Template:Flagicon Derek Warwick 13
5 Template:Flagicon Elio de Angelis 12.5

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Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Flagicon McLaren-TAG 46.5
2 Template:Flagicon Ferrari 23.5
3 Template:Flagicon Renault 20
4 Template:Flagicon Lotus-Renault 16.5
5 Template:Flagicon Williams-Honda 11

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  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Points accurate at final declaration of results. Tyrrell and its drivers were subsequently disqualified from 1984 results and their points reallocated.

References

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